For those who prefer a mix of the essential and the road less travelled, the Path to Tang uncovers four districts of west and central Bhutan—namely Bumthang, Phobjikha, Punakha and Paro.
Known as the spiritual heartland of Bhutan, Bumthang has the highest concentration of the kingdom’s oldest temples and monasteries; it is also home to the Red Panda microbrewery for those with different sort of spirits in mind.
Phobjikha is a vast glacial valley known for it’s splendid scenery and rich biodiversity. Punakha is one of Bhutan’s warmest valleys while Paro is where the magnificence of Taktsang Goemba (Tiger’s Nest) and Kila Nunnery are found perched quite dramatically on cliffs. To truly experience and connect with the Bhutanese way of life, you are most welcome to savour a traditional lunch at a typical farmhouse with hosts who have prepared plenty of meals for the royal family of Bhutan.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
Located at the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley, the property offers excellent meals and sweeping views of Punakha Valley and the Mo Chhu river as it winds its way through rice fields and orchards.
Designed by Mary Lou Thomson, Gangtey Lodge offers spacious rooms that command sweeping views of the valley below and of the Gangtey Goemba, just 5 minutes away. Heated stone floors and deep bathtubs next to Bhutanese fireplaces, or "bukharis", complete the sense of luxury and cosiness.
Bumthang, directly translating as ‘beautiful field’, is home to 29 temples and monasteries, including the ancient Jambay Lhakhang, and is a treasure-trove of Bhutan’s art and painting traditions. The 16-Suite Amankora Bumthang rests adjacent to the Wandichholing Palace, within the town of Jakar in the Choekhor Valley
10 minutes away from Paro Airport, COMO Uma Paro sits on a lush hill overlooking the town of Paro. Apart from some wonderful views, the property boasts excellent food and an indoor swimming pool.