Meet the Team: Tsheten Dorji
After graduating High School in 2005, Tsheten started looking for a job that would make him happy and ended up applying for a guide course, a career choice that brought about much happiness and satisfaction in his life. He enjoys representing MyBhutan in introducing the unique cultural heritage of Bhutan to the guests and seeing them off as they leave the kingdom with the most wonderful memories, an experience he finds the most rewarding in his capacity as a tour guide. Originally from the district of Punakha, Tsheten lives with his parents in Thimphu and helps them run their Bhutanese Cuisine Restaurant during his off days. The scenic beauty of Phobjikha Valley tops his list of favorite sites in Bhutan.
Following are some excerpts from an interview with Tsheten:
1. Why did you decide to become a guide? How long have you been a guide for?
My love for traveling and exploring historical sites made me follow my dreams and and become a guide. I have been a tour guide for the last 13 years.
2. What do you like about guiding and what are some of the things you wish you could change?
The thing I like the most about guiding is that we get to interact with people from different walks of life.
Guiding is one of the most rewarding and exhilarating ways to see the world and learn about a country’s culture/history while sharing your love of travel with people just like you.
3. Why MyBhutan? What do you think MyBhutan does that is different from the rest?
MyBhutan contributes a part of its proceeds to Tarayana Foundation, a foundation that works towards bettering the lives of marginalized Bhutanese. We create different itineraries compared to other travel agents, support farm stays and work closely with the local people.
4. Any memorable guiding experiences you would like to share with us?
The most memorable trip for me would have to be the American group that I led last year. The group was very keen to have me cook for them during the trip!
5. What makes you unique as a guide?
I strive to provide my group with an experience that they will remember by revealing the true character and splendor of their chosen destination.
Sending people home with wonderful memories and letting them experience Bhutan in the true Bhutanese way is what makes me unique as a guide.
6. Which is your favorite part of Bhutan? Why?
Although there are many on my list, I like Phobjikha valley the most. Phobjikha is beautiful especially when the black necked cranes are around. I also love hiking in and around Phobjikha valley during summer.
WRITTEN BY KARMA YONTEN
PHOTO COURTESY TSHETEN DORJI