6 independent reviews for Himalayan cultural tour, Bhutan and Nepal

Reviews for Himalayan cultural tour, Bhutan and Nepal

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review 19 Oct 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Bhutan was beautiful and Tibet was very intriguing. I especially enjoyed watching families worshipping in temples during festival.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Don't expect a scripted hour by hour experience. Just relax when you're not sure what's coming next; chances are very good it will be memorable.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely felt benefit in each country of tourism.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Totally memorable. Not without occasional stress but so worth it. The people are wonderful

review 6 Oct 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing the Potala Palace in Tibet and completing the hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan have been on my list of places to see and do for many years. I thoroughly enjoyed both.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be certain about the Visa information you receive. I was informed that my visa for Tibet could also be used for a stop in China on my return trip. That proved not to be the case and I had to apply for and purchase a second Visa for China. I ended up paying over $400 for the 2 visa's through the company the tour company contracts with. I have since learned that had I made my own Visa arrangement it would have cost $140 for US citizens to obtain a visa for China. I do not know if I could have used that same visa for Tibet, however.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I appreciated how well organized the tour operator were. Someone was always there at the airport(s) for pick up and got us back on time for departures. I was impressed with the way Achut and his team handled all of the trip details. With the exception of the visa issues, I am very pleased with my trip and with the tour company.

review 27 Aug 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Climbing Tiger's Nest in Bhutan, the guide we had was wonderful so kind and considerate - could not have done it without his encouragement

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Go for it - you will be well looked after and all arrangements will be carried out with efficiency and thought -

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Tibetan guide and hotel was used in Tibet - so yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Nothing was ever too much trouble for Achut at the vacation providers- sooooo do recommend

review 26 Jul 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

I was a solo traveler to Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet with the most memorable part being my trip from Lhasa to the Friendship bridge via Everest BC with my exceptional guide Tan Zin from whom I learned about the country, culture and Buddhism and more about myself.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

- Use a reputable well organised company like this one which I did as logistics can be complicated. Service and arrangements through them were excellent. - I also had a medical check up to ensure I wasn't anaemic plus used Diamox and Ibuprofen so was fortunate not to have altitude sickness/issues at all. - Travel with an open mind and heart.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely benefitted local people ... I gave educational books to orphanages in Nepal; I was mindful of plastic bottles and disposing of other materials which may cause pollution; I stayed in Tibetan hotels and ate at local restaurants to support local Tibetan people; plus happily chatted to talk to local people to maximise cultural exchange and learnings.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Outstanding - an adventure plus spiritual pilgrimage.

review 18 Nov 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The friendliness of the people we met in both Nepal and Bhutan was one of the highlights of the trip.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Road surfaces are really not good so it takes much longer to get from place to place than we'd be used to at home. Just allow sufficient time and relax.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes - tourism is a really important industry for both Nepal and Bhutan. It gives employment directly and indirectly. Tourism provides the impetus for conservation in the Chitwan.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I thoroughly enjoyed this vacation and would recommend the tour brothers Achut and Keshav who run the tour company organised for us wholeheartedly. I'd hope to be able to return and see more of this wonderful country sometime.

review 14 Nov 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

My vacation was on the whole just great. Anyway a plus was definitely constituted by the festival in Bhutan, which was not included in the tour but happened to take place just when I was there and the guide was ready to change the plan and fit it in.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Get Lonely Planet before leaving: it gives very useful information and can also help you find something extra to enrich the programme.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Considering the price of it, especially as regards Bhutan, I guess it did. As to the environment unluckily vacations on the whole use a lot of fuel (flights, cars) and it's difficult to find a more sustainable way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent. The places are really worth seeing, people are all very kind, the guides were all absolutely wonderful. The young guide in Bhutan and the driver really did all that they could to get the most and the best out of the time we had.

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