Tenzin and Tashi were wonderful guides and even better hosts. My every need was attended to. They took my particular research itinerary as a personal mission, thinking of additions and making connections so that I could have as productive a trip as possible. I was humbled that they would be so generous, even drawing from their personal connections to introduce me to people, be it in Thimphu or in the countryside so we could have spectacular food on the long drives to site visits. Tenzin’s particular attention to detail, and his ability to fill out the flexible itinerary were well matched with Tashi’s patience.
They were accommodating beyond any reasonable expectation, even helping me with not only Dzongkha but also my Tibetan, so that I could practice my language skills while on the trip. They were both very knowledgeable guides, about everything from local histories, to environmental details, and between themselves enjoyed swapping stories of Buddhist myths and local legends. They were attentive and I was repeatedly surprised when they brought a plan or subject days after I casually mentioned it, having figured out all the details.
From the first email, Bhutan Lhayul tours was very responsive and I felt personally attended to when crafting an itinerary. Jigme was very helpful in coordinating the trip, and sent me even extra materials pertaining to my interest, and it was lovely to meet him in person in Bhutan. I would highly recommend Bhutan Lhayul and my guides Tenzin and Tashi, and in fact I already have to my family for their planned trip!