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Bhutan Rebirth Travel & Treks - Thimphu Travel Agency

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Bhutan Rebirth Travel & Treks - Thimphu Travel Agency

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.

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Muscat, Oman
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Here is now to contact them - www.bhutanrebirth.com

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Last week I returned from a 4nights/5days trip to Bhutan with the same tour operator - Bhutan Rebirth Tours and Treks. There are dozens and dozens of licensed agencies in Bhutan. How did I manage to make the best choice? Basically, in three steps:

step1: consult the most trusted, in my opinion, guidebook publishers - Lonely Planet

step 2: review websites of the agencies most often recommended there

step 3: follow my intuition attracted by name (simple and to-the-pont kind of name) and website (friendly, outgoing, bits-and-pieces kind of website :), telling it all at first glance).

I had never gone on a package tour before, apart from a 2-day visit to the Sundarbans National Park, as I prefer to organise and arrange everything myself. So far have travelled like this around most of Europe and a large part of India and never had any reasons to complain.

To visit Bhutan I had to go for a tour operator, so felt compelled and a bit uncomfortable. But, what to do?

I must say that after exchanging a couple of mails with Keshav Gurung, the managing director, all my doubts just evaporated. I was communicating with an outgoing person, open to my suggestions about the itinerary and extremely patient in answering my questions of all sorts, almost daily, for around two months. I must have been a pest. Chapeaux bas, Keshav. :)

I wanted to squeeze as many points into the short-time itenaray as possible. What was rational, was taken into account. What was irrational, I was persuaded out of, always with rational arguments.

As I was travelling solo, I still had some doubts about having to spend time with strangers (the guide and the driver) who I wasn't sure I would get on with. Again, my doubts evaporated before reaching Thimphu on the way from Paro airport.

The driver, a man of few words, handling the car almost effortlessly, with great professional skill, made me feel completely safe, even on sometimes not-so-safe-looking roads. It was amazing how he tuned in - he would slow down, without a word from me, when I tried to take photos of some places we were passing by, or even if I didn't but the place was worth it.

The guide, an outgoing, good-humoured, caring and helpful young man, around my son's age :), was actually not just a tour guide but a great companion. I also appreciated his knowledge. Before the trip I had read and learnt a lot about the country's culture, history and customs. Still, I could learn more from him.

The food was delicious. I even ventured for the famed bhutanese chillies, though I usually avoid very spicy food. Both hotels I stayed in were very comfortable and warm (important at this time of the year). And none of the four nights I spent in Bhutan was disturbed by barking dogs that tourists so often complain about. It must be a myth. ;) All the stray dogs, indeed there are many of them, I met on my way, even on Taktsang trail, were quite friendly or at least neutral, for sure not aggressive.

So, a perfect trip? Nothing to complain about?

Well, there was one imperfection in it - the duration. :) I wish I had stayed in Bhutan much, much longer. Not only because of natural beauty but also because of kindness of the people. Which makes me think about trying to come again. If I ever manage to, I will certainly do it with Bhutan Rebirth again. Will feel like coming home I guess.

Thank you, Bhutan Rebirth.

Muscat, Oman
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Hi annaxxm2002 - so glad you experienced the same high level of service that we did. Again, I couldn't recommend Bhutan Rebirth Travel & Treks highly enough. Chris.

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