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Our unwavering enthusiasm for crafting meaningful journeys is inspired by the stories you recount from your travels – whether it’s the excitement of your initial arrival in Bhutan or the engaging encounter with the local hill-tribe community. These conversations highlight the pivotal role of seamless experiences in the success of every trip. We take pride in providing the highest level of service, which has cultivated a community of kindred travel enthusiasts, with many choosing to journey with us consistently year after year.

Tine Raeymaekers and Cis Verbeeck, Belgium

Belgium
Our ten day trip through Bhutan was a truly amazing experience. Bhutan is a beautiful kingdom and thanks to our excellent guide Tsheten, we could explore it thoroughly. Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions 🙂 It was great to have someone around who knows so much about Bhutanese culture, religion and wildlife! It was fun traveling with him, and weappreciate how he managed to take into account our impulsive wishes and suggestions, making our journey even better. Journey To Discover Bhutan treated us as if we were princes, providing lodges in the best places, gorgeous Bhutanese meals, and, especially, doing everything they can to make our stay even more perfect. We would definitely recommend Journey to Discover Bhutan to everyone! Thank you Tsheten, for conveying the love for your country on us!

Lukas

I visited Bhutan in January/February 2007 for 11 days, and it was an incredible experience. Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. For those of you who plan a trip to Bhutan I strongly recommend Journey to Discover Bhutan for many reasons. They have excellent approach to customer – we changed our pre planned itinerary without any problem. On the other hand Tsheten was always very open about what was feasible and what was not in terms of time and distances we covered. Tsheten is well traveled himself so it is nice to be able to discuss Bhutan culture in context of other cultures, his English is perfect so you will not miss on any nuances in his explanations. As Bhutan has many winding roads the quality of the vehicle is very important especially if you tend to suffer from mild (sic!) motion sickness. And we traveled in brand new 4WD . In any Dzong or temple we visited I had an opportunity to learn about the history, symbolism, and customs.Finally wherever we went just about everyone seemed to know Tsheten. All the best for your trip to Bhutan. In the spring of 2006, I had the opportunity to do some extended travel through Asia, and selected Bhutan as one of my key destinations. Not only did many of my friends not even know where Bhutan was, but those who did, knew little of the mysteries locked within one of the world’s more unusual destinations.

Hana Pika

It was clear that Bhutan had captured everyone’s attention when my fellow taking photos the minute they stepped off the plane – and we hadn’t even entered the airport yet! I was met at the airport by Tsheten himself, and from start to finish, he was organized, charming and attentive. I spent two weeks in Bhutan – one visiting Paro and Thimpu, and the other trekking the Jomolhari trek. During my visits of Paro and Thimpu, Tsheten not only showed me all of the sites and encouraged me up the long, hot, two hour climb to the Tiger’s Nest Monestary but also provided great insight and anecdotes into daily Bhutan life and culture. During the trek, I was spoiled by Tsheten and his support crew (cook and horseman) as they carried an extra sleeping bag and hot water bottles to ensure my comfort on the forsty nights. I have never been so toasty in cold weather camping! Tsheten even carried a bottle of champagne to celebrate our arrival at Jomolhari base camp! A huge thank you for a trip that was so different and special, and will last in my memories for a long time to come.

Vijay Ramanavarapu

My trip to Bhutan was excellent, primarily due to the great service I received from Tsheten, he is my tour guide, was a pleasure to deal with from the start. After getting an idea of what I wanted to accomplish in Bhutan, he was able to craft an itinerary that served all my interests. What really distinguished Journey to Discover Bhutan from other tour operators is the fact that I didn’t feel like I was being led around by a generic tour guide but was being shown around by a friend. Unlike other tour operators, our day together did not end at 5PM; Tsheten would gladly take me around towns to show some hidden gems. When I expressed I wanted to experience Bhutanese nightlife, Tsheten took me out to a local bar that no other foreigner would even know about. Also, instead of eating hotel food all the time, Tsheten took me out to local restaurants in Thimph0D Tsheten’s knowledge about both religion and nature was above expectations. Namgay, our chef, who spent many hours slaving over a hot stove in the “kitchen tent”, cooked an unbelievable variety of delicious food. Thank you also to Tshering, Drukpa and Dorfu and his eight horses who helped make this journey simply the best. We’ll be back.

Alexandra Claire Mackwoth Gee

“My experience of Journeys To Discover Bhutan was amazing. They made organising a trip to Bhutan pain free and organised a fantastic itinerary for us. The service Tsheten and his staff offered us was outstanding and nothing was ever too much trouble.I really cannot recommend the company or Bhutan enough – it’s a once in a lifetime trip and I would love to go back!”

Rainer

Hi Tsheten, I arrived after my most wonderful tour to Bhutan. Once again I would like to thank you very much for your very professional as well as friendly management of my trip within you most wonderful country. I miss chesse and chili Be sure this trip has been my first, but not my last visit to the “land of the Thunder Dragon”. Please give my regards to your assistant and to your driver who also did a marvellous job. With all my very best regards to you and your biz.

Dr. Mansi Gandhi Shah

We have just returned from a spectacular journey through Bhutan. Words can not explain the beauty of both the country and its people. Breathtaking scenery, Kind and peaceful people and a history and culture so rich and unique that you can experience it in no other land but Bhutan. As for Journey to Discover Bhutan and our guide, Tsheten, I have only songs of praise to sing for them. They are knowledgeable, flexible and have a genuine desire to make your trip as memorable as they can. Nothing was too much for them and they will willing to cater to your every request. They gave us a deep and interesting guide to the country and I have no reservations in recommending them. I only hope we are lucky enough to be able to visit their very special country once again.

Ivon Pritchard

We enjoyed our trip to Bhutan very much, not only because it is such a beautiful and fascinating country but because of the excellent arrangements made by Journey to Discover Bhutan. Tsheten was an excellent guide, extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Talking to other tourists using other companies, it became clear that we were getting a bit extra for the same standard daily rate. We would highly recommend Journey to Discover Bhutan to anyone wishing to visit Bhutan.

Fiona and Ian

We cannot recommend Journey to Discover Bhutan highly enough. The service offered was superb. A first class professional travel company that provided excellent accommodation, a knowledgeable guide and driver, and presented a fascinating insight into life in Bhutan. Absolutely brilliant!

Joe & Angela

Our trip to Bhutan was a journey full of unforgettable memories. We met Tsheten, our guide, in the first instance when we got off the airplane in the Paro Airport. We felt our self just like VIPs. Tsheten is very knowledgeable, friendly and attentive; making our journey extremely fruitful, comfortable and unforgettable. With Tsheten’s attentive arrangement, we even had the honor to meet the King on their National Day. Tsheten is no doubt an excellent guide. Thank you very much, Tsheten.

Kerr Family

Our family traveled for 12 wonderful days with Tsheten who wove the culture of Bhutan into our treks in a manner so enriching that each one of us felt we had seen and experienced something that could never be forgotten. Whether it was the unique culture and customs of Bhutan, the fascinating architecture, the beautiful Himalayan flowers and trees, the breathtaking landscape or the all embracing history and practice of the Buddhist religion, all was drawn into our understanding by the wisdom and experience, patience and sensitivity of our guide. We left Bhutan in awe and admiration of everything that the country and its people can offer the world.

Kathy Cheng and Ivan Cheng

Tsheten, our guide, as well our four amazingly considerate colleagues of his, have made our journey an unforgettable experience. From the initial flight in to Paro, the view from the sky, to the last of nine very special days, we left without any doubt that this is indeed the last Shangri-La. The Druk Path trek took us across an array of nature and the views of eastern and western Himalayas were just incredible. Tsheten’s knowledge about both religion and nature was above expectations. Namgay, our chef, who spent many hours slaving over a hot stove in the “kitchen tent”, cooked an unbelievable variety of delicious food. Thank you also to Tshering, Drukpa and Dorfu and his eight horses who helped make this journey simply the best. We’ll be back.

Karl

Australia
When I was ten or twelve years old I would spend idle time exploring a world atlas and looking up countries in the encyclopaedia. One country discovered in that atlas was Bhutan, a tiny speck squeezed between India and China. Unfortunately the encyclopaedia didn’t reveal much about Bhutan so my childish imagination filled in the gaps. This was a time before Google and the Internet – the world was much bigger and more mysterious. Now over half a century later I’ve discovered the real Bhutan thanks to a man named Tsheten Lodey and his company ‘Journey to Discover Bhutan’. The reality of Bhutan far surpasses my childhood imagination. Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). The first visit he arranged involved the expected experience of monasteries, forts, museums, festivals and an enjoyable rural home stay. That first visit also revealed the beauty of Bhutan’s geography, its flora and fauna as well as the hospitality and kindness of its people. In subsequent visits he provided opportunities to meet teachers, students, families and rural farmers. To sit around a warm stove in the evening and listen to a grandmother tell stories of her youth was an enlightening experience and a valuable life lesson. I have to admit staying at rural farms was very peaceful, comfortable and a great alternative to hotels (and the food was very good). Tsheten has my gratitude for arranging these personal contacts which have been very rewarding and memorable. He has been patient and adaptable to my frequent and unusual requests, always insuring my comfort and safety.

Dr. Michelle Foltz

Montana, USA
Journey to Discover Bhutan Tsheten Lodey’s company, Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals, for which the country is famous; and trekking. Besides his knowledge of birds, he knows the habitats in which to find a particular species and the time of year to look for them. For example, one day he promised us a honeyguide. He stopped along the side of the road, in what I thought an inauspicious location, and sure enough, camouflaged on a bare branch of a shrub overhanging a rock face sat a yellow-rumped honeyguide.