I am a local bloke, born and bred in Bhutan. Post obtaining a Master's degree in International Tourism and Hospitality from Australia, I started my career in Bhutan tourism in 2003. Since then I have had the opportunity to specialize and curate bespoke tailor made holidays for many clients. Bhutan is a unique destination, the way we lead our lives, our pristine natural environment, the way our tourism policy is positioned, all makes for a memorable travel experience.
Moreover, the government takes lot of initiative to protect and preserve the unique cultural heritage and fragile natural environment of our country. Therefore, it is essential that clients experience Bhutan the way we locals do, encompassing the philosophy of preservation for future generation. I feel extremely blessed to be doing, what I love most (promoting our unique little country to the world and supporting our local communities). I encourage you to visit Bhutan, rest assured the rustic unchartered destination will not fail to amaze you.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"We specialize in curating bespoke tailor-made holidays to Bhutan vis-à-vis Cultural tours, Festival tours, Community based tourism,Trekking, soft adventure - rafting, fly fishing and cycling, Food tours - Bhutanese cooking class, Honeymoon & Wedding."
How did you get involved in travel?
"My stint as a tourism professional started, when I was hired as the only Bhutanese to set-up and open the sales and reservation department of ultra-luxury COMO hotels & resorts in Bhutan. Since then there has been no turning back for me. Post my experience in high end hotels in Bhutan and my passion for Bhutan, paved the way for me to join the family business, Trophel Tours. Since then I have been curating bespoke tailor-made holidays, extending end to end travel solution for bhutan and travelling the world to promote Bhutan. Now when I look back at this amazing journey, I gather, I would not have wanted it any other way."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"My journey as a travel designer has been full of learning. While there are many experiences, we have had the opportunity to create, the one that lingers most in my mind, was the organization of an intimate Bhutanese/Buddhist ceremonial wedding. This may sound funny; however, we Bhutanese don’t perform or have ceremonies for wedding. As such, once a man and women choose to stay together, we are considered married. In this backdrop, in early 2003, this sort of experience was virtually done by none. Consequently, we consulted a few learned Buddhist scholars or lamas and was recommended a series of prayer for the ceremony, which were apt for new wed couples, such as prayer for longevity, wellbeing and luck. With this breakthrough, we were able to create an intimate wedding experience, at 7th Century local monastery, kyichu Lhakang. "
Featured trips & expertise
This itinerary combines wild adventure with Bhutan's unique culture. The trek, though challenging, is highly rewarding and one of Bhutan's best. En route, catch glimpses of the spectacular Mount Jhomolhari, which straddles the border between China (Tibet) and Bhutan. In Thimphu and other small towns, learn about Bhutan's unique form of Tibetan Buddhism and the culture that was cut off from the rest of the world for so long. In short, this trip has it all!
From the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery to the sleepy streets of Paro, visiting Bhutan is all about the simple pleasures of natural beauty and a distinctly preserved culture. Experience this long-isolated country's stunning mountains, colorful architecture, and lush countryside on this comprehensive 10-day tour.
Explore mystical, naturally resplendent Bhutan - also known as Druk-Yal, the land of the thunder dragon - as it emerges from the mists of its self-imposed isolation. From museums to monasteries, this tour will guide you through some of the best of Bhutanese life, culture, nature, and history.
Trek through an area adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes, and Bhutanese villages. As you walk, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks - including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, and many more.
With restricted tourism numbers, Bhutan is never a busy destination. But there are distinct high and low seasons, and times when the weather is most favorable. So when is the best time to visit?
Recent trip reviews for Vishal
Surprise trip for husband , Bhutan - Mar 22 - Apr 2, 2018
Working with Vishal and Sonam in planning, booking and enjoying this trip was great from start to finish. They provided good advice on what to do and see during the given time of year and the duration of our trip. We had to chop and change the trip as we had some members of our party drop out and some new people enter during the planning portion. They were very patient and flexible during the whole process and were consistent in their expert professionalism. Our guide, Tek, was very... read more
Surprise trip for husband , Bhutan - Mar 22 - Apr 2, 2018
Great. Tek was an amazing guide out in the mountains and in the cultural tour too.
Trip to bhutan, Bhutan - Feb 19 - Feb 28, 2018
All was great-both the driver (Nema) and the guild(Lobzang) did as I asked. I like to see the real world so I tend to travel to places off the beaten path. They showed me the back places of your lovely country. Plan to return. The only mess up was the amount charged per day but Vishal explained the situation and all was straighten out. Well done to all that welcomed be to Bhutan.
Paro, Bhutan - Oct 24 - Oct 26, 2017
The hotel was not really up to par. We had hot water for showering, only if it could have been done in 30 seconds. Meal arrangements were done by the team. They will take you to the cheapest possible place. They made us pay extra since we wanted real meal.
Bhutan, Bhutan - Oct 6 - Oct 16, 2017
The first thing is that I had never done an organised tour before. Of course with the regulations in Bhutan it is the only way to see the country that I had wanted to visit for so long. In my early exchanges with Vishal he made me extremely comfortable that a tour did not mean bus rides with many people; controlled timings on visits to places; and having to ensure we experienced the country at the pace of the slowest person in the group. Vishal carefully asked me what it was I wanted to see... read more