Bhutan was a wonderful surprise. Keshav and his team at Bhutan Rebirth Travel & Treks were amazing! My husband and I came away enlightened, extremely satisfied, and mostly HAPPY for having spent 10 days in this wonderfully unique country.
In order to travel to Bhutan, we needed to research the country and their tourism process. You can’t just jump on a plane and land in Bhutan; there are hoops you need to jump through. The country is admirably very protective of its Gross National Happiness philosophy for the wellbeing of its people and overall sustainability.
I needed to find a travel agency to manage our visit. We could choose between a local operator, or an overseas operator. Our preference was to go local. I scoured Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet Thorn Tree and approached a few local agencies. I did a huge amount of research to choose places and things of particular interest to us, therefore we needed a travel agency to be flexible, informative, practical and to arrange a custom, two person, tour. Keshav from Bhutan Rebirth Tours & Treks was the first to reply, but this didn’t immediately convince me. A received wonderful replies from a number of agencies, so I had a feeling this was going to be a difficult choice. The thing with Keshav that I liked the most, was that he LISTENED to what I was asking and answered every question thoroughly. He helped me to understand the whole process and quite literally made everything EASY. He was our “man”. From then on, each time I communicated with him I received precise answers to my questions that made planning our end that much easier.
The flight from Kathmandu to Paro, Bhutan is renowned as “the holy grail of flights”, and we weren’t disappointed. We got to the airport early to get seats on the left hand side so to not miss a single view of the Himalayan Mountains. When we landed in Paro, our guide Kinley and our driver were there to meet us and from that moment, until they put us back on the plane 10 days later, we were so very well looked after.
Three star hotel accommodation anywhere else in the world, could be hit and miss, however in Bhutan, I wouldn’t choose any higher. Each hotel and restaurant Keshav and his team chose for us were wonderful. From the location, to the service provided, to comfort, to HAPPINESS, we were impressed.
Kinley was a wonderful guide. I don’t think there was a question he couldn’t answer. With many qualifications and years of experience in travel guiding, combined with his passion for history and religion, he was SO interesting and easy to chat with; and every time with a smile. I could list everywhere they took us, but its better you communicate with them directly yourself!
My husband and I can’t recommend Bhutan Rebirth highly enough. Keshav made a special point of meeting us for dinner when we arrived into Thimphu, then again he arranged a special “Trashi Delek” last night for us in Paro – thank you, thank you, again and again to Keshav and his team.