Bhutan Swallowtail Tours
Bhutan Swallowtail Tours
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About
Bhutan Swallowtail Tours and Travels aims at providing tourists with special and privileged tours of the beautiful and exotic Land of the Peaceful Thunder Dragon. We take pride in being able to provide our tourist guests with off the beaten track experiences and the best that Bhutan has to offer.
Thimphu, Bhutan

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Nikhil H
Pune, India2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We (my wife and I) did a week long tour of western Bhutan that was organized by Bhutan Shallowtail Tours
From the time that I got in touch with the Shallowtail team, they were auper responsive to my doubts and questions. I had a flawless experience in planning and booking the trip.
The trip itself was nothing short of fantastic. I would like to commend the team of Sonam and Jigme who were with us throughout the trip. Both of them were very knowledgeable about the places we visited and in general about Bhutanl.
A few things that we really appreciated were
1. Their flexibility of plans. They let us enjoy the tour at our own pace.
2. They were very patient with us and never complained about us changing our minds back and forth
3. While booking, they had asked me about my interest areas and I had mentioned food and photography. They made sure that they took us to the best places to eat local food and also made sure I captured at the best photo points
We had a wonderful experience and would not hesitate to recommend Bhutan Shallowtail Tours!
Written 11 February 2024
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funky_sydney
Hong Kong, China32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Just finished today and 8 days 7 nights “Cultural and nature tour” organised by Bhutan Swallowtail. It was a ‘bucket list’ tour delayed by COVID back in March 2020 and I finally made it with a group of friends (3 travellers) in total. Tashi and Singye have both been very communicative and helpful from day 1 since I first made the enquiry about the trip and requested an itinerary.

They provided an itinerary which covers all key cultural and nature landmarks in the western region of the “Land of Thunder Dragon” in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha and had been very responsive to our specific pre-tour needs, requests and queries.

The cost of the tour was paid upfront as per local business norms via international transfer.

We were welcomed by our guide, Sonam Pelden, and, our driver, Jigme, at Paro International Airport and spent a fantastic week with them. Sonam has been very attentive to our needs and requests to deviate from the planned itinerary to suit our own pace. Jigme is possibly one of the safest drivers I had in my many years of travelling and is always eager to help and provides suggestions as well.

We have been provided with a 7-9 seaters vehicle for 3 to travel comfortably for a week. We have mixed and matched our basic itinerary with 5 stars meals and stays at Six Senses and Amankora as the week progressed and Sonam / Bhutan Swallowtail had made them all possible with a few phone calls. All we had to do was to ask.

Whilst we all thought Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) would be the highlight of our trip, we, somehow, had been lucky enough (positioned by Sonam) at Punakha Dzong and had the opportunity of a lifetime to have a 5 minutes with the King, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, A humble king who lives amongst his subjects and revered by them. Totally out of this world!

This trip has exceeded all our expectations. It is well paced and curated by Tashi and her team of professional guides. Bhutan Swallowtail is a very professional tour operator with transparent costing, I highly recommend them to organise your prospective tour in Bhutan.

Thank you very much to Tashi, Singye, Sonam and Jigme for making this trip so special and memorable for us and and will definitely return to visit this spiritual land with its amazing people again in the near future.
Written 11 December 2023
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Dan T
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Nov 2023 • Solo
I've done dozens of travel tours around the world - Bhutan Swallowtail is the most amazing experience I've had! From the beginning, communication was excellent as we worked out the details of my trip. They always responded promptly, were patient as my travel dates changed, and customized the tour to be exactly what I wanted. Once I arrived, the tour itself was even better. Passang, my guide, was warm, knowledgeable, and incredibly thoughtful. I never had to worry about anything on the trip (which included a mix of culture activities and the Jumolhari Trek) because Passang had everything covered. He recognized what types of activities I enjoyed and adapted the schedule to make the tour even better. The driver, Tshering, and crew on the trek were also excellent. They surprised me a couple times with unplanned activities that were among the highlights of the trip. I would recommend Bhutan Swallowtail Tours to anyone!!
Written 10 December 2023
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Lin S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
I am just starting my return trip back to the US after 2 weeks in Nepal, followed by 5 days in Bhutan. From our arrival at the Bhutan airport we could sense the calm and quiet that we enjoyed throughout our stay. Swallowtail really dialed in the perfect amounts of educational sightseeing with relaxation time, and plenty of authentic Bhutanese cuisine! The monuments we visited were so beautiful and interesting. And the views driving from Thimphu to Punakha were stunning. I highly recommend Swallowtail!!
Written 4 December 2023
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Roobs T
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Friends
Planning a trip for 6 friends can easily be a stressful and challenging experience. As I found out, not so when you sign up with Swallowtail Tour in Bhutan! From the first email enquiring on their tour itinerary to taking the flight out after a most memorable and unforgettable 7 days in the Land of Happiness, it was nothing short of amazing and stress free.

Singye made the entire planning stage seamless and (appears) easy, despite the changes that we had at the later stage of booking our tour, and the multiple changes in the tourist visa levy announced by the Bhutan government. Her patience, helpfulness, agility and timely responses ensured that we were always informed.

Going on a tour with Pema (our “CEO” aka guide) and Jigme (our Chief Safety Officer aka driver) ensured that we had the absolute memorable, fun and educational experience of Bhutan; the country, its people, its history, its culture, its nature and its FOOD. And all while ensuring that their visitors (and now friends) feels right at home.

It will be almost impossible to put forth all of our unforgettable experiences with both Pema and Jigme. Hence, a couple of the shout outs which truly makes them and Swallow Tail Tour as an absolute stand out:

Their CARE - at every instance, both Pema and Jigme were always close by, always attentive on ensuring our safety, particularly with walking on uneven roads and trails and/or walking up (and down) stairs. This was most evident when I fell ill on our hike up to Tigers Nest and was struggling to make the hike back from the top. Both took turns to accompany me at a very slow pace, at a discreet distance, continuously encouraging me to go at my comfortable pace, ensuring that I continue to enjoy the experience, and yet gave me the safety assurance that I am looked after.

Their KNOWLEDGE - we started our holidays with lots of research on the internet. We needn’t had to worry. Pema is superbly knowledgeable and more importantly is his openness to share, which makes the holiday extremely educational, fun and unforgettable.

Their SAFETY Consciousness - Driving in Bhutan is in itself an adventure with its winding, often uphill and narrow roads. Jigme not only made driving look easy, but at all times ensured that he kept safety as his utmost priority. Even at sharp junctions, we had felt at ease travelling in his van.

Their FRIENDLINESS and Flexibility allowed us to see Bhutan in its completeness and its best.

Kudos to Tashi who has built not only the best tour company in Bhutan, but more importantly cultivated a great team, a team who does an absolute excellence in show casing their amazing country, people, nature, culture, history and food.

A massive thank you to Tashi and her team for an amazing and unforgettable holiday. It was an absolute joy to have met all of you at your office and the surprise dinner you had hosted.

For everyone who is interested in visiting Bhutan - Swallowtail Tours is a must!
Written 26 November 2023
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MH20001
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Bhutan Swallowtail were amazing. We have just returned from Bhutan and the whole experience was second to none. I’m sure all the guides and drives are great but we thought we had the dream team of Pema and Dam. Very knowledgable and super proud of their country. No request was too much trouble, they were also super easy to travel with and we had loads of fun along the way.
Would highly recommend to use these amazing people to book your trip.
Written 17 November 2023
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Johnny Onions
New York City, NY614 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
From the moment we exited the airport we experienced excellent service from Kunzang (our guide) and Passang (our driver)! Everything is taken care of when you work with this company! Everything we asked of Kunzang and Passang they were happy to accommodate, including taking us shopping and to the famous point near Paro airport to watch the airplanes land!

When we did the Tiger’s Nest hike they were patient and didn’t rush us at all. Overall the tour was great thanks to these gentlemen!
Written 11 November 2023
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Suzie I
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Bhutan Swallowtail tour was amazing!!! We were a group of three female friends traveling for a mix of adventure and relaxation. Our guide Passang was incredibly warm, welcoming, proud of his country and excited to teach us. He was very knowledgeable about the culture and history. Our driver, Jigme was an absolute delight. He was similarly warm, welcoming and excited to teach us about Bhutan. We did a mix of culture tourism and hiking! Passang and Jigme were very organized but flexible to accommodate our needs or changes in weather. Excellent trip! 100% would use Swallowtail again!!!
Written 8 November 2023
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Shilpa_Krishnan
Singapore3 contributions
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Nov 2023 • Couples
We had a really smooth and pleasurable experience with Bhutan Swallowtail! The communication was always detailed and prompt, mainly done by Ms Singye. Our guide Kinza and driver Jimmy were just the nicest people. They made sure we were very comfortable throughout and arranged for several special experiences like a meal in a farmhouse, an outdoor picnic with the views of Tiger Nest and even helping select and hoist our own prayer flags! They were very detailed oriented and we had the best time in Bhutan! Highly recommended!
Written 7 November 2023
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Gen H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We have just completed a 10 days personalised tour encompassing festival, cultural & nature hike with Bhutan Swallowtail Tour. We had such an unforgettable and amazing experiences beyond words with the panoramic nature, the rich culture and the warm hospitality of the Bhutanese people. The kindness of the people is evidenced in every place you travel in Bhutan.

Our magical journey began from the moment our wonderful guide Pema Tenzin and Jigme (driver) welcomed us warmly at the airport, impeccably dressed in traditional Bhutanese robe.

During our trip, we learned a lot from Pema who is incredibly knowledgeable. He is an expert in the history and nature of the country as well as the Buddhist faith. Like a profound teacher, he told us facts, stories and shared with us his personal experiences. We gained a lot of knowledge and understand Bhutan better through him. He is also attentive and caring to the needs of the group. Whenever he finds one of us finding it tough going on the hike, he was ever so encouraging and patient. On top of that, he is very flexible. He changed/add itinerary as required to ensure we are getting the most out of the trip.

Jigme and Tashi, our 2 solid drivers who are always calm, drove us flawlessly over the most challenging roads and navigating the tricky roads with precision and steadiness. They are super professional, keeping the vehicles in tiptop condition, making the trip safe and comfortable. They are ever so respectful and kind, delighting us with small yet heart warming gestures such as opening and closing the car doors, helping us with the luggage, etc. They also make stops at vantage point for photographs. Jigme is caring and attentive and a pleasure to be with.

We were travelling like friends, exchanging ideas and riddles (intellectual and non-intellectual 😊), Q & A from Pema during our journey together. The long and windy road trips also passed quickly when there is so much conversation and laughter. We shared so many laughs together and it felt like we were old friends! We had such a wonderful and memorable week.

Pema and Jigme, you have been incredible and wonderful. You are the dream team and we are lucky to have both of you.

We would like to say a big thank you to the Swallowtail team - Singye who has planned the itineraries for her helpfulness, patience and prompt replies; Tashi Wangmo (owner) who has organised and hosted the dinner in Thimphu which we enjoyed very much; Pema and Jigme who greatly entertained us with their songs and dance. We are grateful for the unforgettable experiences but sad to leave this country, its sereneness and our new friends. We will always remember Bhutan with a smile.

We highly recommend Bhutan Swallowtail Tours.
Written 5 November 2023
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