I am back from my trip to India and Bhutan. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for a WONDERFUL trip. It was extremely well planned and from my arrival to early AM departure it was impeccable. My guide Mr.Hari Bahadur Chhetri and driver Mr. Prema were very fine young men with a constant courteous smile. I have now visited most of the Himalayan kingdoms but must say Bhutan was the most beautiful and serene place to visit. A true Shangri-La. I was also lucky to see and get video of Black Necked Cranes in Probhjika valley on 12th Nov. The day of Black Necked Crane festival at gangtey gompa.
If I may, I have only one suggestion. If it is possible keep trekking to Thaktsang gompa on the last day of the trip or the day before the departure. As most travelers arrive to Bhutan from plains, they do need to acclimatise to the elevation of almost 6000 feet ( Paro ) and to expect to trek to almost 10,000 feet to Tiger's Nest, very next day is a bit risky. If it is at the tail end of the trip everyone is well acclimatised by then. I being a physician I noticed quite a few elderly fellow travelers having breathing difficulties.
Once again I consider myself quite fortunate to have used your services for once in a lifetime trip.
With Best Wishes,
Dr. Kirit Chhaya
Voorhees, NJ 08043
USA, Nov. 2007
The trip was awesome! The country is so clean, so quiet, so beautiful and so interesting. We had a great time and our guide and driver were terrific. It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend your agency to everyone. We especially enjoyed your brother! I wish we had more time to spend there.
The hotels and employees were all helpful and friendly, and they remembered our room number and who we were. The accomodations were more than comfortable....and we were so happy they all had heaters. Water was always plentiful and warm. None of these things are a necessity, but they sure added an extra touch. I am so happy, and so was Heidi, that we decided to go to Bhutan and that we used your agency. Thank you for everything.
Wauwatosa, WI 53222
USA, Nov. 2007
Just want to send a short email to thank you and our friends for the wonderful trip to Bhutan. Kephel and Nidrup are wonderful people, and skilled in their respective work.
They made an enormous difference in the quality and enjoyment of our trip.
They both were extremely flexible and helpful, particularly considering the diversity of our small group, and the full schedule of the trip. The accommodations and food were first class, as well as your help with the travel arrangement prior to travel. I hope that we have the pleasure of such a trip sometime in the future.
Carolyn Annerud & Mark Riederer
Waianae, Hawaii 96792
USA, Oct. 2007
I just wanted to let you know I had a fantastic time
in Bhutan. Tshering, Jigme, and your brother were
wonderful. The guys really took good care of us.
We did everything we planned and the weather
cooperated except for the last day on the Tiger's Next
hike, but it wasn't bad at all.
I was completely satisfied with the service and trip,
but more important, I fell in love with Bhutan and its
people. I will definitely recommend Jachung Travel if
I hear of anyone interested in going to Bhutan.
Boulder, CO 80302
USA, Sept. 2007
I am back safely after my trip to Inida and Bhutan, Prior to my trip I
thought the Taj Mahak would be the ultimate highlight....I was mistaken,
Bhutan was absolutely beautiful and the culture was very appealing. Eric and
I had a greatime with Sonam and Tinley, I do not think they were used to
younger clients at first ans were a little shocked when we even asked to
attend the music bars and disco in Thimpu and Paro. Overall it was a great
trip. We look forward to participating in some other treks over the coming
years. Thank you for everything. I am putting some of the pics on line and
will send you the linlk.
Dr. Jeffrey Neale
USA, MArch 2007
Jeff and I arrived back home on Saturday night and we both agree that our trip to Bhutan was the best of our lives. The service was better than anything that we could have imagined and every part of the trek worked well despite the poor weather. I will definitely be recommending Jachung to anybody who will listen!!! Thank you very much for a fantastic trip.
Allston, MA 02134
USA, MArch 2007
We have now returned from our trip to Bhutan.
We would like to thank you for all you did. Everything went smoothly. Our guide and driver were very good and we enjoyed all the food.
Bhutan is certainly a very fascinating country. So close to India and yet so different. Everyone we met was friendly and generally people were very polite and helpful. We enjoyed visiting the dzongs and temples, the museum and the other sights. The scenery was impressive and the hike up to Tiger's Nest was great. We have some great photos and a lot of memories.
Thanks once again.
Peter and Sree Jackson
I hope this finds you and yours in the best of health and celebrating the
beginning of another year.
I had an excellent time in Bhutan. The guide and driver were superb. The
scenery was at times awesome. I felt well cared for, well introduced to the
culture, and helped to expand my appreciation for the history and times of
While I will probably not go again, I am grateful that I had the opportunity
to continue filling out my understanding of South and South East Asian
cultures. I did get to see Angkor Wat and listen to the dreadful stories of
how much sadness and family destruction occurred during Pot Pol's reign of
terror. Hard for me to imagine.
So, kindly accept my thanks for your part in enabling me to visit your
I had such a spiritual journey in Bhutan. It was the trip of a lifetime and it seemed that each day was better than the last.
A Rimpoche in Bumtang, who I met at my hotel dining
room, gave teachings on The Twenty One Tara's and I
At another monastery, I was meditating outside the
door and a monk invited me inside. This is where no
tourists had been. Bumtang was where I would live, if
given the choice.
Now, I am contemplating returning for 6 nonths, with
an invitation, to see if perhaps I would like to
remain for 2-3 years.
Thanks for your help in making this trip possible.
Ashevilla, NC 28805
I must relay my -and all the other group members'- utmost satisfaction with our tour, its
logistics and the excellent support given to us by your company and its staff. Sagar,
Tashi and Ganesh along with Tshering were all professionals and went beyond our
expectations in all aspects. Everything we asked for was provided without hesitation.
Sagar ( I called him Superman because he made everything possible) and Ganesh are
especially commendable for their efforts. Tashi impressed us with his courtesy, and
low-key help to us.
You were particularly helpful when we were fogged in on our way out of Bhutan and Druk
Air had to cancel
its flight. You set up our alternative accomodations and transport without
hesitation...without the need to rely on Druk Air's help. This was immensely appreciated
by all members of our group.
Thank you very much for your professionalism, and for the wonderful time we all had. I
will suggest to the
other members to also write to you and Samdrup to thank you.
Needeless to say, you have a whole group of people who would be more than happy to
provide Jachung and Eagle with solid references when you need them...and you'll get a lot
of excellent referrals as well. I see that you list references on your website, so please
include this as well, and if you need further references at any point, I would be more
than happy to provide them.
All the best,
Photo Travel, Essays & Expeditions
Bronxville, NY 10708
Hi Samdrup & Tashi,
Back in America and looking at my wonderful pictures of Bhutan. Many Thanks
for a fabulous tour of your great country. Please send my thanks to
Penni from California
I was one of the members of Tewfic El-Sawy's group which travelled to Bhutan October 29 through November 11. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you so much for the wonderful tour that you provided to us. Travelling to Bhutan is a trip of a lifetime and the graciouness and care with which you and your colleagues attended to us made it all the more spectacular.
Sagar, Tashi and our driver were remarkable as were each of the hotel staffs. Of course, the scenery and beauty of Bhutan speak for themselves. When one travels so far it is a huge comfort to feel that one is in such capable hands.
The memory of the trip will last a life time and your guidance and attention were instrumental in this.
New York, NY 10021
Thank you so much for making the arrangements for our trip to Bhutan. I had a wonderful time in your amazing country....it must be so hard for you to be far from there! Our guide, Buddha, and driver, Jigme, were incredible and made our journey very smooth.
I hope I will be able to return for an even longer trip soon!
Lewes, DE 19958
My daughter, Anna, and I have returned from our trip to Bhutan and I wanted to tell you that it was perfect in every way. Before the trip I was impressed with your professionalism in handling our questions, the financial arrangements, and all aspects of the tour planning. This standard was reflected by all the on-the-ground arrangements in Bhutan.
Rinzin Dorji was on absolutely superb guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of Bhutanese history and culture, and was a very gracious host. He always had our best interest in mind, and in many ways sought to make our journey as comfortable and rewarding as possible. Over the course of our two weeks we became very close friends, and we will always be thankful for his courtesy, skill and good cheer. He is simply the best.
Likewise our driver Sonam Tshering was excellent. I know from experience the perils of driving in remote places. So I was particularly appreciative of the skill and caution displayed by Sonam in negotiating Bhutan's challenging roads. We never had a moment of concern in the two weeks. He too did everything he could to make our tour one we will remember with fondness.
Anna and I have traveled widely, so we know what it takes to provide superior service to tourists, and this was our experience from beginning to end. So we want to thank you, and let you know that we would be pleased to provide anyone with information about our experience.
Very truly yours,
Jefferson, MD 21755
Just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful trip to Bhutan.
Everything was really great, including our guide (Sagar, aka Padro)
and our driver, Dorji . . . even the weather was very good. We will
certainly be recommending you to anyone we know who we can get
interested in going to Bhutan. I wish we had the opportunity to go
again, and do some trekking next time . . . who knows!
Dr. Tony Glaser
Summerville, SC 29483
We are now back home after our trip to Bhutan and I thought I should let you
know how everything went. In a word - marvellous!
From the moment we arrived in Bhutan and were greeted by our guide, right
through to the time he farewelled us at Paro airport on our way home,
everything was wonderful. Our guide, Tandin, and driver, Thinley, were both
extremely pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful young men. Not only were they
very professional in their roles, but they were also great company and went
out of their way to ensure that our visit to Bhutan was everything we would
like it to be. Excellent!
Our tour was well planned, with enough time in each location to properly see
and experience the country and its people - who were always welcoming. The
Paro tsechu was spectacular (we did manage to get out of bed at 2 am) and we
really did enjoy seeing what we saw of Bhutan.
Many thanks for arranging the tour for us.
Les Moore & Sabine Westland
NSW 2444, Australia
The trip was WONDERFUL! I can't thank you enough for all your help. Everyone in our family (including the boys, who were without their usual dose of TV, internet, and video games) thought it was the best vacation we have ever had. My 14 year old has even devised a plan to live in Bhutan when he grows up (I don't know all the details--he discussed it with our delightful guide, Tashi Choden, maybe it really will work out someday).
The itinerary you designed was perfect, we felt like we had a chance to see and enjoy many parts of the country. Our guide Tashi was terrific and we felt very safe with our driver, Suraj Chhetri.(the roads could be a little bit "exciting", particularly in heavy fog!) A big surprise was that on William's birthday Tashi, Chheri, Pema, and the tour company manager (I'm afraid I didn't get his name, he was so nice--it was early in the trip and names were still a bit of a challenge) came to dinner at our hotel for a party, complete with a cake, card, and present for William. It was so special for all of us.
Again, thank you so much. Attached are two photos. I took lots--if would like a CD with the best of them I would be happy to compile and send you one.
Cathy Ordiway & family
Palm Harbor, FL
I thought I would let you know that we had a wonderful time visiting Bhutan! Our trip was made that much better by our terrific guide, Kephel Dorji. He is very warm, friendly, funny, knowledgeable, energetic and very accommodating.
We hope to visit Bhutan again to see festivals and to try a different trek someday. The trek we went on was beautiful, but was cut short by one night due to a snow storm! We awoke to 3 inches of snow on the ground just below the highest pass of the Druk Path. It was challenging and delightful nonetheless.
Thank you for all your effort on our behalf. You helped to make the trip flawless and for that we are grateful.
Claudia Werlin & family
It was very special. Our guide and driver were both wonderful. Short though it was, we got a real flavor for the beauty of Bhutan and its people. We also had a very unique experience dining with a senior monk who we met on the plane and was returning to Thimpu after time abroad. We managed to see most everything - not an easy task given the brevity of our stay, but again our guide and driver were just fantastic and made us feel right at home. We also fell in love with kawa dache (sp?) and the one thing I forgot was to try and get a recipe while we were in Bhutan (the Druk Hotel had the best!), though I think the problem is US potatoes and cheese simply don't taste as good!
Thank you again for all of your assistance in arranging such a wonderful trip for us. We will certainly recommend Jachung Travel as well as our guide and driver.
Simone & Chris
Beverly Hills, CA
I've just returned from India and Sue is still there...We did have a really great time. For the most part the accommodations were good and our guide was responsive to some changes we requested.
The country was beautiful, extraordinarily unique and the weather was really good! The travel arrangements and visas were perfect - we had no problems. The Bhutanese are so kind.
We had a great time in Bhutan....what a beautiful country!!
Our guide and driver were very good, and we went to our guide's
mothers home for butter tea; I like that drink!!! I will send you a photo or 2 once I look through them.
Thanks for all your assistance in our trip planning!!
The trip to Bhutan went extremely well...All of us were very pleased
with the performance of our guide Dodgi and the driver. It turned out
that the "adjusted' itinerary worked very well and has allowed us to
enjoy the scenic views and the cultural aspects of your fabulous
I have just returned from Bhutan, Bangkok and Bahrain. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to your country despite about three days of rain (reminded me of Scotland)!. With so much to see, the trip was too short but very worthwhile. We were looked after by Lotay and Tshering G. who both did a great job.
Thank you for the excellence and efficiency of your arrangements.
I have since return from visiting your country and to tell you that I
enjoyed it very much. The country is beautiful with Mount Everest for
a backdrop, blue skies with no pollution and all the prayer flags
fluttering in the wind! The people are gentle, courteous and helpful.
The festivals are marvelous and the costumes and dances are awesome!
The accommodations for the most part is adequate. I find the food
served are usually catered to the Americans taste which I find
boring. It was hard trying to find truly Bhutanese food.
I was disappointed. Have a joyous holidays.
As a professional tour guide in the U.S. I would like to comment my Bhutanese guide Mr. Choe Guien for his service in leading our 9 day tour. He was a professional in every way and helped greatly in making this trip exceed my expectations.
Mr. Guien worked tirelessly to ensure our needs were met in every way. Not only did he do the things normally expected of a guide, but also did the “little extras” that make a trip special. Examples: Bringing us tea at the festival, providing seats at the dance, working with restaurants to make sure we had water always, taking us to the pre-dance ceremonies other tourists did not get to see. I could go on and on. Being in the business myself, I know how hard this type of service is, but he made it look easy.
Thanks for a great trip!
The trip went without a hitch. The preparations were excellent. We also liked the guide and driver very much. The food was good but with little variation from day to day. I must commend you for the very relevant information and preparation you provided prior to our leaving. Thank you.
Sherman Oaks, CA
Tshering, I had a WONDERFUL time! I have never enjoyed such a trip before. Everything went without a problem at all. The scenery was spectacular, the people beautiful, the trip among the very best ever.
Eric and I even recommended your agency to some foreigners whom we met there. Not sure if they will follow up on it but we recommended you just the same. We liked our guides, Utam and Doji, very much. They were knowledgeable and fun to be around.
Thanks for handling all the behind the scenes stuff for us. I would recommend Bhutan with Jachung to anyone.
Fort Worth, Texas
Indeed we had a fabulous time. We could not have asked for more, we loved
every minute. We had to keep pinching ourselves because we could not
believe we were really there and seeing and doing such wonderful things.
Our guide was superb!! what a gem; he was so knowledgeable and had such excellent sense of timing that we experienced all sorts of
'happenings' (unplanned little experiences) to add to our joy. Our driver, Raju, was also excellent and so caring and helpful. We were so impressed with the standard of English everywhere, the food (coming from Malaysia- we love hot food), the accommodations, the availability of western toilets, etc. And this says nothing about the gorgeous alpine-like scenery contrasted with rice paddies, the amazing traditional architecture everywhere with the gorgeous decorations, the complex and fascinating form of Buddhism practiced in Bhutan, the beautiful dress of the local people; obviously I could go on and on. The Techu was beyond belief! Heidi and I had 3 cameras each; I took 20 rolls of film and filled up 3 digital memory sticks; It will take ages to sort them all out; I will be giving a talk eventually and of course I always prepare photo albums for memory-sake. Now so many of my friends want to go to Bhutan.
So the bottom line, Tshering, is - - we cannot thank you enough for
providing us with such a memorable trip and making the logistics so easy. How often do you get back to Bhutan? In fact, I'd love to go again; I only wish I were much younger so I could do some trekking but c'est la vie.
International School of Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Our guide, Jigme Dorji, was terrific, always ready with information and advice, and ready to help us do whatever we wanted. We were quite exhausted at the end of each day as the visits and travel were exhilarating. Jim gave a great insight into life at many levels in Bhutan, and was always frank and charming. It seemed that wherever we went we could see and visit whichever temples or other places we fancied, but of course everything was arranged with permits and it reflects a great deal of effort on the parts of yourself, and Jim.
We were fortunate to see many holy places and Jim showed a great sympathy with, and reverence for, these places. This meant that the monks were very friendly to us and happy to explain the complex history of Bhutanese Bhuddist culture, which we found very interesting and moving.
Our driver, Gem Dorji, was also very helpful and extremely patient with my constant requests to stop for photos. I have travelled all over the world, often on motorcycle, and I can say that the roads in Bhutan are the best (and scariest) I have ever seen. Gem drove with total concentration and confidence and we always felt very safe with him. The scenery is also beyond compare, leading us to many moments of awe.
In all I can say that our trip was very worthwhile, with wonderful treatment from all of the people we met, and truly one of the most memorable times I have spent in my life. Thank you for your help and organisation, and our thanks also to Pema, Jigme, and Gem.
Duane and Lana Mitchell
We had a wonderful time. Our guide was Tobgay and our driver was Jigme. Both were friendly, knowledgable, reliable, competant and enjoyable to be around. In Bumthang, Tobgay altered our schedule to allow visits to livestock research farms, as we requested.
Druk Air service was excellent. Weather was fine. Lodgings ranged from (most) very good to acceptable (a few). Most of the meals were excellent in variety and quality; a few were just OK. We particularly enjoyed the trek, although "easy" did not quite describe our reaction to the steep downhill on day 3.
Thank you for your help in arranging this memorable trip. We have told a friend interested in Bhutan of your company.
Bill and Lynda Hohenboken
Oregon, USA. April 2005
We really had a good time in Bhutan. The roads were challenging, but our driver did a good job. Karma was great! He has a unique ability to converse in straight forward mannered ways and he solved a few situations with our hotel well. Make a note of all these larger groups. They always seemed to get the first rights and we were pushed out of some hotels at least twice into some less desirable hotels.
Anyway, recommended to hardy experienced travelers.
Thanks so much,
Vivian Gunnerengen, REALTOR
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 USA.
I want to tell you how great Karma was as a guide in Bhutan. He was, by far, the best guide I have ever had!! I am very grateful to you for providing Vivian and I with a truly wonderful trip. We were able to see all the sights we wanted to see, and learn about the religion and the culture of each area. I felt completely taken care of and provided for by Karma and our driver. Every complicated interaction was explained, every need taken care of. I am forever grateful to you and your company for providing such a professional guide and for making a once in a lifetime trip worth every penny!!
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 USA.
We had a wonderful time in Bhutan. Our guide Jigme and driver Genga went out of their way to help us see what we wanted to see and arranged for several experiences of local traditions that we requested. I now know that arra is tasty and good in small quantities and that beetle nut is the most awful thing I've ever tasted!
As a western Buddhist I truly appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the Himalayan Buddhism practiced in Bhutan and the other mountain countries. ... The festival in Paro was colorful and the people's "festival best" kiras and gyos were stunningly beautiful. The weather was great and the families were having a great time. Then at 3:00 am we gathered to watch the unfurling of the thongkol. Wow! It was worth every hour of lost sleep to be there.
I appreciate all of your help with making the arrangements and giving us information. ... The new planes are very comfortable. Everywhere we went we met friendly and easygoing people. Your country is doing so many things right. I know they are working on a way to get potable water to as many places as possible and keep sewage separate and under control as well as figure out how to get plastic/trash off the land and into disposal sites. Those are big jobs but I have no doubt that Bhutan will figure out a way!
Well Jomolhari decided to keep herself veiled until we flew out on the last day and finally caught a glimpse of her as well as the other great Himalayas. Oh my. I would love to go back someday but the expense will probably not let me. This was a lifetime trip for me and I thank you for helping me get there. It was worth every penny! Kadinchey-la.
Everything was picture perfect! Nights were still freezing but the days rewarded with great views and dry weather. The organization was done well, the cook was so good, that I almost gained weight in the mountains and I even had some time to practice archery. Thanks again for helping to pull this off.
Hong Kong March/April 2005
We had the most wonderful time in Bhutan!! We were so touched by the beauty of the country and the graciousness of the people. I had been wanting to see the Himalayas all my life, so this was a real adventure for me. We will never forget this experience. Our guide was so knowledgeable and friendly, and he made sure to inform all the cooks that we were vegetarians, so we had no trouble with the food. In fact, we loved the food! Our driver was great too and he stopped whenever we wanted to take pictures.
Thank you for planning the trip for us and for answering my numerous questions! You really helped us get prepared and took care of all the "details" for us. Everything went smoothly, and we really got a good sense of Bhutan. I especially enjoyed the Folk Heritage Museum. And the day hikes to Tharpaling and Tiger's Nest stand out in our minds as beautiful hikes. Plus the views of the mountains took our breath away every day. But really, we enjoyed it all.
We hope to go back to Bhutan again, and we will certainly go through Jachung Travel. I would whole-heartedly recommend you and your company to anyone who wants to go to Bhutan!
Tashi delek and kadinche,
Mark and Lisa Boyd
We had an excellent time in Bhutan! Jigme was very good as a guide and we learned a lot. Bhutan was definitely a highlight of our four months of travel for all of us.
Thank you very much for all you did to make our visit go very smoothly. I would recommend you to anyone traveling to Bhutan. You were very thorough, friendly, and responsive and working with you was a great pleasure. I am happy to serve as a reference for you to potential clients.
If you ever find yourself traveling to the eastern US, please look us up. We would welcome a visit.
Scott Mcgovern and Family
We just arrived home on Monday night as we spent three weeks in India after leaving Bhutan.
Our trip was great! Jigme was our guide, and he told us to say hello to you for him.
I appreciate all of your help in planning this trip. We didn't end up doing the mountain biking (we needed some down time by then), but we loved the day hikes and also seeing the beautiful dzongs and other buildings and hearing about the country's history. And we were lucky enough to see part of an archery tournament, which was fun.
The one thing I would have done differently (besides stay longer in Bhutan!) is that I would have spent the $30 to have our airline tickets sent to us. Druk Air lost our tickets and I'm surprised they don't lose more; they were very disorganized.
Thanks again for everything, and I hope things are going well with your daughter.
Lauren & Geoffrey Slater
Thank you for following up. Our Bhutan trip was everything we hoped for!...
We were particularly grateful for your comprehensive and practical information and quick responses prior to the actual trip. It made the organisation extremely smooth... It formed a large part of our decision to go with Jachung Travel!
We were also very happy with the accommodation particularly Zangto Pelri near Punaka which was our favourite place. The itinerary was very flexible and we were able to adjust it slightly on a few days to add in extra walks or to accommodate the weather. Our highlights were definitely the Tiger's Nest, the festival of course, the many beautiful walks through the rice paddy fields, choosing our kiras and gho's in the shop in Thimphu and seeing a family of golden langours!
Attached are a couple of pictures including my husband and I in national dress for the Tsetchu festival!
We had a wonderful time and enjoyed our guide and driver. The weather was beautiful and so was the tour. Thanks for setting up the trip.
Al & Mimi
Thank you for the good wishes. We are back from vacation and trying to settle into regular life. The trip to Bhutan was wonderful. Everything went very well. Our guide, Tobgay, was great! The country is as beautiful as I imagined.
Thanks, again, for all your help in putting our trip together. I would love to visit again and will certainly contact your company if I do.
I wanted to let you know what a super time I had during my "glimpse" of Bhutan. What a beautiful, fascinating, friendly country. The arrangements were all terrific. My guide, Jigme, was great, as was the driver, Dorje. And I enjoyed dinner with Karma. I do hope that my wife and I can go back sometime for a trek.
Thanks again for all your careful work. I have good photos and fond memories of the stunning rhododendrons on the way to Tiger's Nest.
Best, -Rich Read