Debby and Jerry Goodell
I wanted to tell you what a good time we had on our trip last fall. Bhutan is such a beautiful country with all the trees, wide glacial valleys and rivers. The people in Bhutan are so friendly and natural. The Thimphu Festival was so colorful. I enjoyed sitting on the ground with all the Bhutanese people packed around me. The Festival in Bumthang was much more rural but we were really up close to the dancers. We had such an excellent guide, Tsultrim, who really took good care of our every need. Our driver was superb considering all the rain and muddy roads. We certainly saw many dzongs and found each on different. The hike to Tiger Nest was definitely a highlight. We were continually surprised at the hospitality of the guest houses we stayed in and had some excellent meals.
Tibet is such a contrast to Bhutan with its high brown mountains and beautiful blue sky. Since we were there after the harvest, we saw many people from the outlying areas in Lhasa. Their colorful dress and jewelry was beautiful. Our guide was knowledgeable but had a very bad cold; he did his best under the circumstances. Seeing mount Everest was thrilling.
By the time we got to India, we were wondering is it would be a disappointment. Not so. We loved every minute of the India and saw so much in a short amount of time. It was great to be in Varanasi during a festival and having a morning and evening boat ride on the Ganges. The temple ruins in Khajuraho were fascinating. Of course, the Taj Mahal was a highlight, but Jaiphur and Delhi were interesting, too. We both really enjoyed the Indian food. Our guides and drivers in each city were really good.
All in all, we had a great trip and one we won’t ever forget.