Blue Poppy Tours and Treks was set up by Choki Dorji. We chose the name because the blue poppy is the national flower of Bhutan. We are based in Bhutan but we have a small office in the UK and we specialise in tailor made trips to Bhutan for independent travellers and small groups. Our primary focus is on designing trips to suit our clients’ personal interests. We don’t use a “one size fits all” approach and we work closely with you to make sure that we plan a holiday for you that will meet your expectations.
We’ll pull out all the stops for you, from helping you decide what kind of trip you’d like, sourcing that elusive Bhutanese textile, or even arranging archery lessons! You may already have a plan for your trip when you contact us or you may just know when you want to travel and the budget you have to spend – whichever it is, just ask and we will be happy to help. If you are based in or near London and would like to meet Choki or one of his team in person to discuss your plans we would be pleased to do so.
We have extensive experience of guiding western tourists around Bhutan and a good understanding of your needs and interests. Our mission is to offer you an exotic, yet comfortable travelling experience in our homeland, based on what you want to see and do. We have explored every corner of the country and we can share with you our intimate knowledge of festivals, trekking routes and places of cultural and historical interest. All the guides we employ are fluent in English, have years of experience in Bhutan’s tourism industry and are trained and licensed by the Bhutan government.
Many clients have reservations about a guided tour which has to be mapped out in advance, as not everyone likes to travel that way. While this is required by government regulations, rest assured that we take a flexible approach to our itineraries: although we have to fix the night stops in advance so that we can reserve the accommodation for you, the day time activities can be flexible and you don’t need to decide at the planning stage exactly what you will do each day. If you want to see some additional sights, visit a local village and stop at a farmhouse for tea, or substitute some sightseeing for a short hike (or the reverse), this is easily arranged and you can discuss it with your guide at the time once you are in Bhutan.
We pride ourselves on the standard of service that we offer, both at the planning stage and also once you arrive in Bhutan – the number of referrals we get from satisfied clients (not to mention repeat visits) is testament to this. Travel to Bhutan with Blue Poppy and you won’t be disappointed!
For more information about the blue poppy, by kind permission of the author you can read Michael Buckley’s article “In Search of the Blue Poppy” – text and photos copyright Michael Buckley, all rights reserved