In modern time, things and places tend to outlive its relevance in a hurry. Everything around us is in constant state of change, a change that paves way for other changes where a hot spot destination of today can lose its sheen within the span of few months.
There are only few places on face of earth, where time has come to stand still and has cuddled up cozily, where natures in bountiful flourishes with gay abundance like a merry bee during spring. Haa is one of them.
One guests said “The world is divided into 2, one who have seen Bhutan and one who haven’t. For those who have seen Bhutan, the memories still lingers and resonate like music of symphony long after it’s heard no more. For those who haven’t, the name Bhutan has a ring of some oriental mystical elements”. To add further to it, those who been to Bhutan but not seen HAA?
Located in South West of Paro and covering an area of roughly 1706 sq. km. Haa is the smallest Dzongkhag (District) in the country. This tiny region is one of the most beautiful and isolated areas in the kingdom, adorned with pristine alpine forests and tranquil mountain peaks. This valley remains one of the least visited areas in the country and retains the air of an unspoiled, primeval forest.
Cluster of Traditional Houses in Haa
Dobji Dzong- Alcatraz of Bhutan converted into Monastery on the way to Haa
Haa is a quaint hamlet comprising of cluster of houses and providing an impression that hand of clock moves at its own leisurely pace. A visit to Haa is an opportunity to immerse oneself into age old tradition and nomadic lifestyle of Bhutanese herder which has remain unchanged by time and uncorrupted with modernity. Haa is indeed worthy of being considered nature’s veritable paradise on earth. You will definitely experience no small measure of moments of wonderment and awe at the beauty of surreal landscape. Miracles of nature in all its grandeur and unspoilt virginity are more than abundant amidst these luscious trees and bushes and towering, mesmerizing peak that almost touches the heaven.
Equally impressive are the fantastic legends, myths and stories that abound. One can come across the rare White Poppy and relish the Hoentay (a local Haap delicacy in the form of a dumpling) which are endemic to Haa and cannot be found anywhere in the world. Here, change has been minimal, remnant of past are so striking visible and the connection with the natural world has never been as vibrant.
We have recently launched our new products Bhutan village tour http://www.windhorsetours.com/destinations/trip.php?country=bhutan&tourid=255. An attempt is made to provide a trip that highlight and celebrate Bhutan in its authentic form. This tours gives feel of naturalness with the rural setting and Haa is the cynosure of this itinerary which fits the bill. This brief introduction of Haa is with intent to serve as a preface for our Haa trek also which is on the pipeline and should see first ray of light in coming days.
July 22nd, 2014
Paro festival, Mask Dance, 2013
There are aspects that are integral to sustenance and pre-design of a company. In the same context, from the outset, Wind Horse envisioned small group journeys. We started with a handful of small group journeys, which in course of time became our signature trip. With time, these group journeys grew in stature and popularity. In the process, it helped us to draw inspirations to spread our wings. We have as much as 10 small group journeys designed to meet the interests and needs of the guests from all walks of life.
Our main objective is to align these group journeys with the festivals and take into consideration the natural factors like weather and to ensure the best time to visit.
Mostly, without exception, the festival dates are based on Buddhist lunar calendar, which have a massive propensity to change. The date hardly stays the same with the previous year. Which actually don’t help our cause to our liking? It’s hardly a stroll in the park to pre-design and prescribed a date and incorporates all these elements to make the group journey see the light of the day every year. This is one reason which makes our tribes to stay away from having a group journey.
One thing that spectacularly stands out or propels us toward it in regards to our small journeys is the amount of camaraderie it helps to generate among the guests from different nationality and ethnic backgrounds. These group journeys are the melting pot. We have seen being under the same roof, same bus and together for certain stretch of time helps to develop a mere acquaintance into good friends forever.
Bhutan as a destination is not renowned for being less expensive in tourism fraternity. Which is a reasonable reason to denied traveler to visit the land of Gross National Happiness. With these views in mind we make every possible inclusion of cost effective measures to flourish with as much as less ramification on their purse while in pursuance to their desired goal.
In the similar context, we designed our group journey with maximum strength of 9 to 11 participants. We believe more than that can portray a picture of being overcrowded. It takes two to tango, in our case it’s the minimum number to guarantee the trip. For trek, in some case, it’s even lesser to 6 participants, for instance challenging Snow Man Trek.These group journey can be taken as private tour also but at slightly elevated price.
We have in total 10 small group journeys. And few among them are multi destination small group journey like very popular Three Himalayas Kingdom and Bhutan festival & Sikkim Tour(India).
Furnish below are the name of our small group journey.
1.Drukyul Walking Tour
2. Bhutan Festival Tour
3.Snow Leopard Jhomolari Trek
4. Above the Cloud trek
5. Merak and Sakten Trek
6.Bhutan Traverse from West to East.
7. Dragon Festival
Catering to the different interests, liking and needs of the guests. We have balance proportion of group journey for Cultural Tours as well as for Trekking.
When it comes to organizing a trek and specifically physically demanding Snowman Trek(Lunana), it’s no mean task. We had to forgo for 4 years to organized this trek as the locals of the region, whom we count for their animals to carry trekking gears and other logistic support chooses to collect cordycep, a caterpillar fungus, endemic to higher Himalayas region, supposedly with high traditional medicinal value and fetches high price in local market than supply their animals and other supports.
For these group journeys, there are few seats available till now, ostensibly, one aspect that seems to be unavailable, if not taken care at the earliest is the time. Opportunity as such certainly don’t deserve to let it go begging.
Below are our ongoing group journeys with seat status.
Snow man Trek (Lunana)
Based on numerous inquiries and growing demand, we restarted this trek. There are only few months in a year, these regions stay free from snow. Generally, last week of September till first week of November.
Around September, in these area, it’s invariably a visual treat for one and all, as flowers bloom in technicolor and so are trails paved with wild flowers and carpets and adorns the valleys with its beauty.
Total seat – 6
Filled seats – 4
Available – 2
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Three Himalayan Kingdom
Potala Palace for Three Himalayan Kingdom (Tibet)
This is one of the most popular multi – destination small groups Journey.This small group journey highlights the best of three Himalayan countries – Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet.
Date- Sept 25 to Oct 08,2014
Total seats – 9
Filled seats – 5
Available seats- 4
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Snow Leopard Trek
Peach orange majestic Mt Jhomolari
One of the few trek that offer astounding view of sacred mountain of Bhutan, Mt Jhomolahari with rich bio diversity of flora and fauna on the roll.
Date – Oct,03 to Oct 19,2014
Total seat – 9
Filled seat- 6
Available – 3
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Bhutan Festival Tour (Wangdi Tshechu & Thimphu Tshechhu Festival)
participant of Bhutan festival 2013 and our CEO presenting Wind Horse Cap
To see Bhutan dressed in its festival is such an enriching experience. Moreover, these festival especially Thimphu festival is considered as one of the most important and symbolic in Bhutan. Fun, frolic and gaiety fill the ambiance in striking traditional flavor.
Date Oct, 01 to Oct, 09, 2014
Total seat – 9
Filled seat- 3
Available – 6
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Drukyul Walking Tour
Drukyul Walking Tour, 2013 with Takshang Monastery at the backdrop.
This is one of the most popular walking tours, which involve fair amount of moderate hiking thus providing greater opportunity to interact with local people, visiting school, farm house etc.
Date – Nov, 01 to Nov 14, 2014
Total seats – 9
Filled seats – 5
Available – 4
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Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour (Thimphu & Thangbi Festival)
Darjeeling Toy Train
This tour is the extension of Bhutan festival into the surrounding Himalayan region in India. After savoring festival in Bhutan, it takes its courses through sub-tropical forests and beautiful tea garden in Daurs to Sikkim state and to queen of hill station, Darjeeling in India.
Date – Oct, 03 to Oct,19, 2014
Total seats – 9
Filled seats – 6
Available – 3
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Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour (Jakar Festival)
108 Chortens at Dochula pass
This tour visits another very popular festival in Jakar , Bumthang, cultural heartland of Bhutan in conjunction with unforgettable experiences of Sikkim and Darjeeling in India.
Date – Oct, 27 to Nov, 12, 2014
Total seats – 9
Filled seats – 7
Available - 2
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As mentioned, these group journeys are aligned with festival, as it pragmatically adds greater value to the trip. However, after having said that, this is also the time when most of tourists wish to visit Bhutan.Hence, infrastructure like hotels, flights etc fill in faster than I could say “Group Journey”. In the same league, our available seats are subject to availability of these factors. In order to avail the seats, its early bird catches the worm basis.
Taktsang Monastery (Paro). The cultural icon and quintessential of Bhutan tour.
July 4th, 2014
Revamped interior of Hiace Bus
After the recent upgrade of trekking gears and equipment, it’s now turn for the interior revamp and upgrade for our fleet of transport (Surface). Albeit, it’s a ritual to review every quarterly every quarter of our structural and operational infrastructures.
Rampant online subjective opinions depicts the Bhutan’s transports safety measures and road conditions in poor light, which to a larger extent vindicate guests trepidation and anxiety for their forth coming tours in Bhutan.
One aspects that is most common in all the related inquiries that we received is “Does the vehicle have seat belts”? And the best was if yes, does it work?
Revamped Interior of Hiace Bus
Bhutan being a mountainous country and the easily available video at You Tube of narrow roads, with frightening turns and twists at every bend, in fact aggravates the guests’ apprehension and anxiety. And it brings forth the credibility of standard of vehicle and driver assigned to maneuver these roads conditions.
As far as road conditions are concern, it larger depends on the mercy of nature, as Bhutan is in direct line of fire of southeast monsoon that originate at Indian oceans, which play havoc with the roads more often than not. After having said this government road maintenance and clearance crews are at standby 24 X 7 for any kind of natural setbacks like land slide and road blocks.
In light of these, and Wind Horse Tours commitments to keep alive the traditions of progressive changes, upgrades add a deeper meaning to most importantly aspects of all – GUESTS’ SAFETY AND COMFORT.
New look interior of Hiace Bus
June 10th, 2014
Bhutan Airlines spread its wing to Kathmandu. The inaugural flight to Kathmandu is schedule on 7th June, 2014. It adds a new chapter in Bhutan Airlines history. Since its inception in 10th October, 2013, the route to Kathmandu has been on top of priority after Bangkok route. It came as big news to all, be it the Bhutanese citizens or foreign guests alike. It throws open door of choices with foray on this route by Bhutan Airlines.
For every traveler, given a choice, they prefer to have problem of plenty than otherwise in any way. And it could not have come at better time than the fall season looking right ahead. With Druk Air solely plying this route with limited seats and 3 times in a week before, this route of Kathmandu has been Achilles heels for the travel agents as well as for the local travelers for long time. As to a larger extent guests prefer to connect their trip with Nepal Tour also. This news comes as a music to ears.
With the expansion of routes by Bhutan Airlines, it has lived up to its words and proposition.Being a GSA for Wind Horse Holidays, USA, it can’t get any better than this.
Airbus A319 will operate as follows:
2 days a week (Monday & Thursday) w.e.f from 16th July 2014.
Daily Flight from 1st September 2014 until end of November 2014
3 flights a week (Monday, Thursday and Saturday) from 1st of December,2014.
June 2nd, 2014
Phobjika Valley, home to the Black Neck Crane during winter
Our CEO, Ugen Tshering contracted travel bugs, when he was a kid. With time, his wanderlust got worst, finding cure for this affliction took him to many countries; one among them was Kathmandu, Nepal. The first seed of Three Himalayan Kingdom tours was sown in Kathmandu, the chance meeting with an eccentric guest from France was like road to Damascus and it was before the inception of company in 1998. The conversations over the evening tea ended up with the dinner. The Guest was an ardent traveler himself and had traveled every nook and corner of Himalayas regions. His fascination grew progressively with renewed zeal with the enigmatic Himalayas region, at the same time; he made it conspicuous the idea that visiting the region was easier said than done with the intricate of red tape, visa and other travel related issues.
For us, The Three Himalayas Kingdom was more of a dream, conceived in liberty, dedicated to the proposition to make the travelling to these countries easier and hassle-free with added cost effective measures.
As proverbial “there is many a slip twixt cup and the lip”. Mere conceivement was a regal luxury, but the execution of this very idea in realistic sense took much more time than to our liking. The delay was partly due to time consumed in spreading our wings in Nepal and Tibet. We felt that it was of paramount to make our Infrastructure and logistic base strong in Nepal and Tibet. By then we were soundly placed in Bhutan and passion was running high to annex Nepal and Tibet. When we were out-rightly deep in research of the regions, we ran into volatile political climate in Tibet and even Nepal was no exception at that point of time. Political turmoil was rampant in Nepal, there were many moments when we were on the verge of giving up this concept and stick to our core base of Bhutan. In retrospect, we are glad that we persevere with conviction those dark hours and were good learning curve for us. Peace and development in tourism infrastructures are back in reckoning, and have seen an upward rise in Nepal and Tibet. In fact we have successfully done our campaign of Three Himalayas Kingdom for four years on the trot.
Casting aside the political environment in Nepal and Tibet, it still calls for burning midnight oil to engineer a product that serves well to the guests travel needs. First important task was to incorporate the cost effective measure to the maximum so that it become cost friendly as these regions mostly Bhutan and Tibet are renowned for being expensive.
The real flavor of these countries are its best during the festival – fun, frolic, tradition, conventions marks the occasions. As these festival are based on Buddhists lunar calendar, it has higher degree of varying timing every year. Every year our main objective is to coincide the trip with the local festivals of the three countries.
To put to practice best the cost effective measures, we could largely imagine the group journey though it can done privately also but at slightly elevated price. We found that group journey being a melting pot, where guests of different nationalities comes together, sharing the experience under one roof for over 2 weeks usually bring greater elements of camaraderie among themselves. We have seen mere acquaintance being strong friends forever. Moreover our social interaction platforms for group journey are design to assist our guests to interact and become acquainted through exchange of post before the commencement of the trip. We have strive hard to bring forth an environment conducive to thrive these elements of friendliness and this to larger extent brings the pleasure most cherished to all of us.
Bhutan is a small country in the Himalayas between the Tibet Autonomous Region of China and India. Besides the stunning
Taktsang Monastery (Paro)
natural scenery, the enduring image of the country for most visitors is the strong sense of culture and tradition that binds the kingdom and clearly distinguishes it from its larger neighbors. Bhutan existed in self-imposed isolation up until the 1950’s The first tourist group came in 1974, but tourism remained minimal. TV and the internet were introduced in Bhutan in 1999, followed by cell phones in 2003. Now 1:3 Bhutanese have cell phones, including the Yak herders. The King stepped down, to the deep sorrow of his subjects, in 2006. Modernization is relatively slow here, but that is precisely Bhutan’s charm. It remains unblemished by Western ways. Buddhism here means people ‘go with the flow’ and strive for serenity. Enjoy the simpler, slower pace of life and be touched by pristine nature, the spirituality of the many Dzongs, Chortens and other sacred sites, as well as the good-natured companionability of the people.
Lady In Field in Scenic Tang Valley, Bumthang Bhutan.
Potala Palace (Tibet)
For many, Tibet remained a mysterious land of snows. For many explorers, imperialists and traders, Tibet was a forbidden land of treasures and riches. Many outsiders on spiritual quest admired Tibet as an ideal place hidden with magic and mystery.
Tibet is one of the most remarkable places in Asia to visit. Tibet has many monasteries, breathtaking high-altitude trek routes, stunning views of the world’s highest mountains and very friendly Tibetan people. A trip to Tibet will take you past snowy mountains and turquoise lakes. You will go over many high passes, with prayer flags draping from the hilltops. One may take a limitless adventure on the world’s wildest roads.
Yamdrok Tso (Tibet)
Swayambhunath Stupa (Kathmandu)
Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked sovereign state located in South Asia. With an area of 147,181 square kilometers and a population of approximately 27 million. Nepal is the world’s 93rd largest country by land mass and the 41st most populous country.
The mountainous north of Nepal has eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. It contains more than 240 peaks over 20,000 ft (6,096 m) above sea level.
Patan Durbar Square (Kathmandu)
The southern Terai region is fertile and humid. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Gautama Buddha, is located in this region. Previously, the political climate was marked by upheaval and unrest, mainly so during the violet transition from monarchy to federal multiparty representative democratic republic. Since then, peace and development in tourism infrastructures are back in reckoning, and have seen an upward rise.
Weather in the region (Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet)
The nature of being volatile doesn’t only apply to political climate but also to weather, mostly in Tibet, due to its sheer altitude that its town and cities are located, the weather plays spoilsport more often than not. To find a suitable time of year that is conducive to travel to all three fascinating countries was quite a task.
Altitude for places for Three Himalayan Kingdom
Himalaya’s ranges govern the landscape of these countries, and the defining factor that determines the weather and temperature in the region is altitude. Bhutan and Nepal, by and large enjoy similar kind of weather except Terai (Plain in Nepal) for being in same latitudinal context and in eastern Himalayas ranges. Altitude plays significant role in determining the weather of the region. The weather can vary due to changes in elevation. For instance in Bhutan, Punakha and Wangdue are warmer than Thimphu and Bumthang colder than both, which is due to variation in altitude. And expected temperature on typical day in western Bhutan in March & April can range from 55 F to 61 F during day time. However, generally, the temperature tends to fluctuate dramatically in the span of day and night all throughout the year. For instance, in Thimphu, in Dec, the day can be warm with approx. 65 F and it can drop down drastically to 32.8 F at evening. In Kathmandu, average temperature during April can reach up to 60.8 F and winter can be chilly with 33.8 F.
Annual Average Temperature in Bhutan
Annual Temperature in Bhutan
Average Temp & Rainfall In Kathmandu Valley
Average Temperature in Nepal
Undoubtedly, Tibet is one of the harshest places for human existence. Weather there is cool in summer, but excruciatingly cold in winter. In Lhasa, the relatively humane city of the region, although the temperature may exceed 23 degrees C in summer, it can also plummet to minus 10 degrees C in winter! Solar radiation is extremely strong. The sunlight in Lhasa is so intense that the city is called Sunlight City. The thin air can neither radiate nor absorb heat, resulting in temperature extremes during both day and night.
Average Temperature in Lhasa
If you are traveling in Tibet or in the remote areas of Himalayan China, altitude is one of the major factors to consider. Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, is at 11,400’, and you will be going higher during your travels. It is not only very important that you have physicals conditioning before departing for Tibet but you must also take precautions and necessary medications to prevent High Altitude Sickness. We highly recommend appropriate travel insurance to cover for medications, an emergency evacuations and trip cancellations.
Three Himalayan Kingdom tours encompasses enchanting and enriching cultural odyssey of these three enigmatic countries (Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan) in one single canvass.
Overview of the Three Himalayan Kingdom Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival in Beijing. Day 2 Fly to Lhasa (Tibet). Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing. Day 4 Lhasa Sightseeing.
Day 5 Excursion to Yamdrok Tso – Lhasa. Day 6 Fly Lhasa – Kathmandu.Day 7 Kathmandu Valley
Day 8 Fly to Bhutan – Thimphu. Day 9 Thimphu Tour. Day 10 Thimphu – Punakha. Day 11 Punakha & Wangdiphodrang Tour
Day12 Punakha – Thimphu – Paro. Day 13 Paro (Takstang Hike). Day 14 Departure
Three Himalayan Kingdom
Starting with a spectacular flight from Beijing, fly into incomparable Tibet. In Lhasa-Tibet’s long forbidden Capital City at 12,000 feet, we will tour the major monuments and power places, including the legendary gold-roofed, thousand-room Potala Palace. A breathtaking flight over the trans- Himalayas whisks you to Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu, an unforgettable melting pot of Hindu and Buddhist cultures. In the local markets and bazaars, we will rub shoulders with some of Nepal’s very diverse people. Another spectacular and short flight east steers you into Bhutan, where we explore the pastoral back roads of Bhutan. We’ll visit the Shangri-La setting of Paro Valley, the central Bhutanese town of Punakha, with its huge spectacular monastery set by the river, followed by a visit to the capital city of Thimphu. Your trip ends with a flight to Bangkok or other preferred destinations.
Attractions in Lhasa (Tibet)
The sights listed below are within the itinerary framework. Though the itinerary is resilience, depending on time availability, we can further incorporate other activities like walk around the market, park, cultural performance during dinner etc.
1. The giant Potala Palace 2. Sera Monastery one of the largest Gelugpa institutes of Tibet. 3. Jorkhang temple, considered the holiest in entire Tibet. 4. Drepung Monastery 5. Mentsekhang (traditional hospital) 6. Norbulingka.
Excursion to Turquoise blue Yamdrok Tso Lake, this is one of the four holiest lakes of Tibet and the home of wrathful deities.
Attractions in Kathmandu (Nepal)
1. Kathmandu Durbur Square 2. Walk through Asan and Indrachok market 3. Pashupatinath temple, 4. Boudanath Stupa. 5. Bhaktapur city
Attractions in Thimphu (Bhutan)
1.Tashicho Dzong, the main seat of the Government 2. Vibrant local farmer’s market 3. Memorial Chorten 4. Takin Preserve 5. View Point 6. Zilukha Nunnery 7. Indigenous Hospital 8. Traditional Art school 9.Textile Academy & Museum 10. Zangdoperli Temple 11. The giant Buddha statue, said to be the largest in the world.
Attractions in Punakha & Wangdiphrodrang (Bhutan)
1. 108 Chorten at Dochula pass 2.Chimi Lhakhang temple, dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley (1455 – 1529), popularly known as ‘the divine madman, a folk hero and a cultural icon. 3. Majestic Punakha Dzong 4. Walk up to Khamsum Yuley temple on Nyinzergang hill,
Attractions in Paro (Bhutan)
1. Beautiful 7th century Kichu Lhakhang 2. Dumtse Lhakhang temple, known to hold some of the finest murals in the kingdom. 3. Rinphung Dzong and Ta Dzong.4. Famous Taktsang monastery hike.
For issuance of Tibet permit, Chinese Visa is mandatory, which you have obtain on your own from nearest embassy, copy of it to be sent via email, then we will process the Tibet permit. For Nepal, visa upon arrival can be avail. For Bhutan, We will take care of the Visa.
Wind Horse Tours & Trek Team
May 21st, 2014