- The tour was really interesting culturally and included good opportunities to see the beautiful landscape of Western Bhutan. The accommodation generally exceeded my expectations and was of a very good standard. There was a mix-up with accommodation as 3 of us had paid for single rooms and had previously been informed that these would be available apart from the 3 nights of the Paro festival. On our arrival we were informed by the tour leader that we would only have single rooms for the first night of the tour and would have to share from them on. When we queried this, he sorted it out quickly and efficiently, however, it did mean a change of hotel in Gangtey. The replacement hotel was of a lower standard than the other accommodation during the trip.
The food in the hotels and restaurants was much more varied than I had expected and was generally very good.
I would suggest that the trip to Gangtey should be extended to two nights to make the long drive there and back worthwhile. A longer hike on the extra day would be good as there is scenic countryside in the area and it would compensate for the time spent in the bus.
It would also be good to spend the time in Kathmandu at the beginning of the tour rather than the end.
Overall, however, I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The Bhutanese people were warm, welcoming and friendly and our tour leader and his team were excellent. Their organisation of the itinerary, the logistics and the challenging driving meant that everything ran smoothly and seamlessly.
Published on: 19 April 2017