A Wonderful Experience
This was our first time in Bhutan, and the cultural tour was amazing! I learned a lot about Bhutanese culture, history, and religion. Our guides, Jamyang and Karma, were very informative about every site we visited, explaining in detail about why certain things are done the way they are, the history of Bhutan, and how modern Bhutan is the way it has come to be. They are very very knowledgeable about everything.
Our guides were also very flexible and accommodating to our schedule. We could spend as much or as little time as we wanted at each location. They understand that it's our vacation, and they just want to make us feel welcomed and happy.
The biggest highlight of our tour was of course the Tiger's Nest. It is truly an amazing and sacred place. The views of the temple are magnificent. Visiting inside the temple was very spiritual.
I highly recommend BookMyTour to anyone who wants to visit Bhutan!
San Francisco/California, United States
An AMAZING Experience !!
This was our first time partaking in a tour like this.
It was an AMAZING experience. Even before we touched down in Bhutan, the team from BookMyTour was responsive, helpful and patient ... we felt more like we were going to visit friends, rather than heading to a new country on our own. We had a few challenges including transiting through the New Delhi Airport and some lost luggage, but Sangay from BookMyTour was available to help, and even gave some of his personal time to call contacts in the Delhi airport and help us locate all of our things. Having traveled extensively and dealt with different airlines, hotels, etc we can assure you finding people who are willing to help out like this is beyond rare, it's almost unheard of. Not only that, these guys are all super cool, have diverse backgrounds and experiences and as soon as we met up we were sure everything would be OK.
Our guide (Karma) was extremely knowledgeable, organized and generally great to be around. Anyone who travels knows that travelling can be fun, but it can also be pretty tiring. Between rushing for transfers, dealing with booking companies, ticket offices etc. To be honest, this experience was the opposite. We never felt rushed or pressured during our time in Bhutan. Karma knew all the best spots to check out, whether for food, views, accommodation, a bit of shopping or even some mild mountain biking in the valley. Plus, he knows TONS of info about Bhutan's history, religious practices, wildlife, geography - you name it! We were beyond impressed.
The hotels we stayed in were great. They were clean, comfortable and filled with polite friendly people working there. Our personal favorite was a more rustic room in the Valley with a wood-burning stove for heat. It was so peaceful, and made for great photo's.
Another highlight of our trip was the hike up to Tiger's Nest Monastery. Again, Karma knew the best time to start, we avoided crowds and lines, which made the view and the experience a little less tourist-y feeling.
We would absolutely recommend BookMyTour for anyone looking to visit Bhutan. It was Amazing experience!
Hopefully we will see you again for some trekking or a bike tour! You are awesome!!!
Unique experience in Bhutan
I definitely recommend BookMyTour to travel to Bhutan. This agency arranged absolutely everything, until the tiniest detail, for us. We only had to relax and enjoy our trip.
We got the perfect balance between cultural heritage and nature sightseeing. The landscape was amazing and Karma and Kinley (our guide and driver) made sure we stop in strategic places to take pictures of it.
We also enjoyed having long conversations with Karma and Kinley. They carefully replayed all our questions about Bhutan, covering a wide variety of topics, from daily Bhutanese style of life to philosophy, and from politics to economics.
Besides this, the accommodation they have chosen for us were cozy and comfortable. The food was also delicious. We liked so much Bhutan that we planning to go back.
Perfect trip to Bhutan
If you're planning a trip to Bhutan, then bookmytour.bt are the guys to go with.
After checking a few different operators online I came across bookmytour.bt and was impressed by their website, so I emailed an enquiry, and Sonam replied immediately with lots of helpful information. Sonam was a pleasure to deal with, and was very flexible in helping me to fit my trip in with my other travel arrangements. He arranged all my visas and tour itinerary, and kept me updated throughout.
Upon arrival at Paro airport I was greeted by my guide, Karma, and driver Kinley. They explained how the tour would operate, and that they could customise anything to suit me. Within a very short time it was like travelling with two friends! The guys are very knowledgeable about Bhutan, but also laid back and easy going, so we all got along very well.
The quality of the hotels and food was very good, much better than I was expecting. During my trip I visited my temples, view points, landmarks, museums, etc. and visited Thiumphu, Punhaka and Paro.
Probably the highlight of most people's trip to Bhutan is the Tiger's Nest monastery. This is quite a climb to get to, and Karma recommended that we start early. To be honest I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to see anything due to clouds on the mountain, but Karma assured me that the cloud would clear,; and sure enough, by the time we arrived I was able to get some great views.
All in all I had a fantastic trip to Bhutan, but what really made it special was Karma and Kinley, and the service provided by Sonam and bookmytour.bt.
Highly recommended and I will definitely use their service for my next Bhutan tour.
Newcastle, United Kingdom
My decision to go to Bhutan was last minute, but Sonam did a great job organizing my trip in lightning fast time. He always made sure to give me a break down of the costs and was contactable nearly 24/7, for any questions I had.
My guide, Karma and driver, Nema, were great guys. They were really professional and diligent. Although I have no experience of using other agency in Bhutan, I would strongly recommend using BookMyTour as I could find no complaints with their service.
The hotels and homestay were really nice, and the guides brought me to a few western style restaurants/bars to add a bit of variety, although I had no complaints with the Bhutanese food.
Beautiful country and great people.
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Simply amazing trip to Bhutan!!
Traveled to Bhutan with my wife and eight year old kid this April through BookMyTour. From the onset, they were very professional and transparent with everything. Throughout the booking process, they were ready with answers for whatever queries we had and it was a pleasure to interact with them.
We visited three places - Thimpu, Punakha and Paro. Karma Tenzing as the guide and Sonam as the driver made awesome trip companions as they went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and altered plans as per our convenience. Not only did they take good care of our naughty son, they also are a storehouse of knowledge and kept making us understand the Bhutanese culture and customs. Bhutan tourism industry is non commercial and that's the best part about it. We sincerely hope it stays that way. The hotel staff and everyone go out of their way to deliver service and we think that the tourists also need to respect that and appreciate what they can instead of ranting about what they can't. Thank you to Sonam Dorji, Karma Tenzing and Sonam for all that they did for us. It was a trip we'll remember for a long long time.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
My family and I have just returned from a short and sweet trip. We had a wonderful time in Bhutan and the entire trip was organized very well. In fact there was some issue with the size of the car that we booked but the agency / Sonam solved it immediately and we were on our way. The guide selected was also great and was patient with the fact that we were traveling with a child.
The arrangements, the choice of restaurants and the complete trip was very well organized.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
No hesitation in recommending Sonam's services
Just returned from a short trip (5 nights) in Bhutan arranged by Sonam Dorji of the tour company "Book My Tour & Travel". We had a bit of a setback on our first day - our itinerary was interrupted because Chele La pass was impassable due to a snowfall and we had to turn back. This resulted in spending most of the day driving the long way round to the Haa Valley. However, to their credit, our guide Karma and our driver Kinley, made sure we were not short-changed, managing to pack the rest of our time in Bhutan with many varied activities. They were also flexible enough to make some changes to our agreed itinerary as we wanted to reduce the amount of driving. Our itinerary was as follows:
Day 1: Arrive Paro transfer to Haa, overnight in a farm stay
Day 2: Drive Haa to Thimpu, overnight in Thimpu
Day 3: Drive to Punakha, overnight in Punakha
Day 4: Drive to Paro, two nights in Paro
Day 5: Tiger's Nest hike
Day 6: depart
I haven't listed all the activities as we did so much! Suffice to say our days always started early and finished fairly late so that we could do all we wanted to do .
I have no hesitation in recommending Sonam's services - he was extremely quick at responding to initial enquiries and this speed of response continued throughout our trip planning.
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UK, United Kingdom
Trip to Bhutan was amazing
My trip to Bhutan with Book My Tour was amazing!
Sonam always answered all my questions and made a program according to my wishes.
Our guide, Kinley and our driver, Dorji were just great! They were so kind, helpful and always trying to make us happy and having a great experience is the lovely Bhutan!
I'll visit Bhutan again and for sure I'll go with Book my Tour!
Thanks for showing us Bhutan treasures and life!
- Bhutan - The Last Shangri La
It gives me great pleasure to write this review. I feel I was eally lucky that I came across Book My Tour and from the very beginning till the very end it's been a wonderful experience working with them.
It all started over a quick email conversation with Sonam and his quick responsive emails got the trip going for us and we were all ready in a week time for the trip. To getting the trip sorted and also adding customizations needed as per our travel needs -everything was taken care off and suggestions and recommendation were given too. Efforts were made to get the trip worked out.
We were happy to meet our guide Karma Tenzing and our driver Ngwang Dorji who showed their country to us in such a beautiful way and also I am highly obliged to them for the way they took care of my parents who are 60+ years of age. Thanks, Karma and Dorji - the two most amazing people came across during my travel in Bhutan
Our travel was very well planned to local places recommended to us for eating and the amount of insight given to us by Karma on every place we visited and also kept the fact we all get a very local way of life in Bhutan. The best was our hike to tiger's nest which we started very early - Kudos to Karma and Dorji for planning and making it work out.
All in all, I can say it's been a pleasure getting trip planned through Book My Tour and above all getting to know this country through the eyes of lovely people.
My parents and we all i feel walked back home with so many beautiful memories. Couldn't ask for more. Look forward to traveling with you people again down the road.
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