The ultimate Bhutan experience

Bhutan is a Kingdom that is known for its unspoiled nature, preserved culture and spiritual traditions, which can largely be attributed to the great reverence and respect that the Bhutanese people have towards their heritage. Situated in the eastern end of the Himalayas, this small Kingdom has less than 900,000 people and is often referred to as the ‘Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon. Descending from at times, 21, 000 feet high peaks in the north to the low plains of the south, Bhutan’s rivers have forged deep valleys that are separated by high mountain passes. This dramatic landscape and scenic beauty is what often gives Bhutan a feeling of a paradisiacal land and the sense of being in the heart of the Himalayas.

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To have the ultimate Bhutan experience, here is a list of some of the most exquisite properties to be based from as you discover Bhutan’s pristine landscapes, flourishing Buddhist monasteries and vibrant colorful festivals.

Taj Tashi

Located in the heart of the Thimphu Valley, the Taj Tashi is a regal looking estate surrounded by lush forested mountains. This sixty-six guest room property is a blend of Bhutan’s Dzongarchitecture and modern design. While staying here you can enjoy a sample of Bhutan’s fiery cuisine, look out at its panoramic windows at the mesmerizing prayer wheels and wander amidst the vibrant local markets nearby.  Taj Tashi’s is located in the capital city of Thimpu, making it a convenient place to be based from as you explore the kingdom’s sacred monasteries, centuries-old street festivals, scenic mountain passes and pristine wilderness.

Uma Paro by COMO Shambhala

An intimate twenty-nine room resort located in the Paro Valley, Uma Paro is a refined integration of the local artisan design and COMO’s contemporary style. Try out their Bukhari restaurant, enjoy a nice traditonal Bhutanese hot stone bath or have the resort arrange a yoga class overlooking the scenic Paro valley. They also have recently opened a resort in Punakha.

Amankora

The Aman resorts have created a range of exquisite lodges spread throughout the country, inviting you to take a ‘kora’ or ‘circular pilgrimage’ as you go from one property to the next. Each lodge has been built in keeping with its natural environment and allows you to have a seamless experience. The Aman lodges are located in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang and promises to be an experience of a life-time.

Cristy Elmendorp is Managing Director of Soma Journeys.

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  1. Lotrin says:

    Thanks Cristy for sharing the story and spreading awareness about Bhutan. Many folks out there (abroad) still feel that Bhutan may not have decent hotels and often times they are surprised when they show up here, after they find out that they need not necessarily upgrade their accommodation since the hotels included in the daily tariff package are in fact quite good. All tourist hotels are approved and monitored by the government and they have en-suite bath and hot shower facility.
    Lately, there are also several boutique properties that have sprung up. They have strong Bhutanese character and offer good value for money. They have not carry that international brand name but they are charming and worth it. So, if you do not wish to splurge (after all even if you can, your $ can go a lot further giving for good causes) or/& if the above properties are sold out during busy time of the year, do not worry. There are several options that are not so expensive but provide that desired comfort and experience. Happy travels!

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