3 independent reviews for Buddhism cultural holiday in Bhutan

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review 31 Mar 2019

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

The people are amazing, not just those who work in the tourism or service industries, but those you encounter at the local restaurant, bar or karaoke/snooker hall. The people are humble but proud of their country, kind and generous while at the same time being strong and confident, and both steeped in a Buddhist tradition while at the same time curious of what is happening all over the world as they have one hand on a smartphone. Although I took the most pictures at Tigers Nest, what I remember the most are the people I met in each city or village during my travels. As for the operator, this family run business took care of me like an extended family member and I was lucky enough to be invited for a home cooked family dinner.

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

If you do not have a passport from India, Nepal or Bangladesh, then you will need to use an official travel agency and the overall process is very much full service. However, if you are the individual with particular opinions and tastes with preferences on how to spend your days, as I do, then you should identify and communicate them during the reservation process. Although these travel agencies have standard packages advertised, there is room to make it very individualized. On my trip, although we kept the days and site visits the same, we changed up where we were eating and in one place, we switched where I would be staying.

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

I went on a culture tour of Bhutan most interested in the influence of Bhuddism in their society. I would say that the tourism and activities I participated in were beneficial to those supporting the industry, supportive to the country as they receive a material portion of the daily rate a foreigner must pay to be in the country, and the activities I participated in were rather low impact to the environment. I did not do any trekking and I have heard from other travelers who have trekked in other countries that those routes are often littered with trash.

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

This was a great trip and one I would like to do again in the next several years. Bhutan received television and the internet in 1999 and so obviously the amount of information flowing into the people over the last 20 years has been unprecedented. For my next trip there, I will be as hands on as I am on my other travels even though I will be going through a full service travel agency. And for that trip, I will use the same operator again.

review 12 Jul 2017

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

The entire trip was simply awesome! It's difficult to choose a most memorable part. I completely appreciate the service and attention I received from my guide, Ugyen and my driver. I couldn't have asked for a more awesome two weeks. Every days was terrific, serene, and beautiful!

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

I whole heartedly recommend our tour operator. Be sure and let them know what you'd like to do, and I'm confident they will exceed your expectations!

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

Clearly, there was utmost respect for culture.

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

Couldn't have hoped for anything better!

review 31 Mar 2017

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

The hikes outside Punakha!

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

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

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

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