It is often difficult to sort through the many tour operators in Bhutan. I'm sure there are many good ones, but I am happy to report that I had a wonderful, fulfilling tour with Bhutan Rebirth! It is run by Keshav, who was amazingly responsive and patient with my many emails and questions. He organized a personalized 9 day, 8 night tour in Western Bhutan. I went with a friend and we saw some amazing, breathtaking places. Our guide, Phub, was fantastic and his English is very good. He is a very intelligent, knowledgeable, and kind man. Our driver, Tashi, was a very professional, skilled driver and I felt very safe with him. I went from late November to early December and I found this to be a great time to go. Not hot and not as many tourists. Some places were cool, but not cold (1 or 2 cold nights higher in the mountain area, but the hotels have heat). I found it to be very pleasant during the day. Some days had perfect, pleasant weather, such as the climb up to Tiger’s Nest in Paro!
I loved seeing the Black-necked cranes in Phobjikha Valley and would recommend two nights there to see the cranes, the visitor center, and strolling through the scenic valley, assuming you enjoy walking and go during the season that cranes are there, listed as late October to mid February, but I imagine it can vary. And don’t expect to get too close to them, unless you get lucky as I did. But there are telescopes in the visitor center and there was an injured bird they are caring for there, which you can see close up!
I found that a good quality walking shoe worked well for the level of activity I chose for my tour. I did no intensive trekking, though it’s quite a walk up the mountain to Tiger’s Nest Monastery. I had to stop a lot, perhaps because I am over 65 – and out of breath often due to the high altitude. But slow and steady got me up there and I’m glad I went! Some people take a pony half way up, though some Buddhists look unkindly upon that, believing it is unkind to the animals.
This tour exceeded my highest hopes! Bhutan is an enchanting place and I felt that I was in good hands. I found Keshav to be very kind, responsive, and thorough in planning my trip. His staff is very competent and I enjoyed the hotels where we stayed. Again, this was an amazing tour and I can’t recommend it enough!