Hotels in bhutan
Hi there! As I read from your previous questions and answers, this is going to be a honeymoon trip, and all I can say is, absolutely brilliant idea!! You guys are going to love it.
Thimpu has been the capital of Bhutan since 1961. Although there are still facilities that are not available in Bhutan, Thimphu is still a city full of life and enjoyment with plenty to do.
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This hotel has got many positive reviews from travelers. It is located right in the heart of the city opposite the clock tower in Norzin Lam. Not only is the Hotel Ghasel known for it's clean rooms and efficient service, it is also recommended for it's vegetarian restaurant! The restaurant serves Indian Thalis and Bhutanese cuisine at very reasonable prices with fast service.
As recommended by another traveler -
Clean and pleasant rooms with attached bathroom and hot water facility, cable TV. Restaurant, bar and fast food facilities.
(Source: Thimphu online travel guide)
They do not have a website, but here is their phone number - +975 2 323-341.
You can visit the hotel's website here.
Their rates vary between NU3000 and NU7000
Here are a few reviews.
Wonderful and obliging staff..they make you feel like its home. Price is reasonable, good location in heart of the town. Rooms spacious.
Check in at Druk and all's taken care o (Source: TripAdvisor)
Druk Hotel in Thimphu has been THE eminent hotel in this capital city of beautiful Bhutan. It is located in the middle of the town, by the open public space (the town square with the clock tower) and set back between the two main streets of cthe city. Check-in is smooth and your spacious room has the ambience of a Bhutanese home with traditional wood funtiture coupled with modern amenities, making it cozy and comfortable. The restaurant offers a variety of cuisine and the Chef is also ready to prepare a custom-made dish for you. There is the business center as well as the wi-fi in your room to seamless expedite your work-related needs, while the exercise room and the bar offer the spaces for some diversion. And then the hotel staff -- from the manager to the bell boy -- are always ready to help and guide, and during the whole stay there all's very wel taken care of!!
Review of Druk Hotel Thimphu (Source: TripAdvisor)
For bookings and further information you can visit this link.
Paro is a charming town of about 4,500 people. Paro is also home to the only international airport in Bhutan. Here are some nice places to stay.
Tigernest (Taktsang)-Kloster in Bhutan (Source: Thomas Wanhoff)
This hotel is located right in the heart of the city.
Sonam Trophel is a familiar and distinctive landmark, traditional wooden architect & paintings apart from the glass and concrete conformity of other hotels. There are 10 rooms including 2 luxury suites. The rooms are furnished with basic modern amenities including spacious attached baths with running hot/cold water, color TV with satellite channels, direct dial STD/ISD, laundry. WiFi connectivity and car parking is also available.
Paro travel guide - Wikitravel (Source: Paro travel guide - Wikitravel)
here is their website - Hotel Sonam Trophel
Rates for double rooms start from 40 $
They have a restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and also offers packed lunches.
The Gangtey Palace Hotel is well known and many travelers have stayed here and given their positive reviews .
One says -
Gangtey Palace is a beautiful old hotel in the traditional Bhutanese style. It is an amazing building to look at, and has a beautiful view of the Paro valley.
Another traveler also recommended -
Gangtey Palace it's a hotel rich in history. It's staff enhance the atmosphere with their warmness & friendliness. We had a huge room with beautiful traditional Bhutanese furnishings. We were nicely surprised, much more comfortable lodgings than we expected.
(Source: - TripAdvisor)
You can visit their website here - Gangtey Palace
Rates start from 29$.
Punakha used to be capital of Bhutan until the 1960's. You can still see this past in the atmosphere of this lovely town. The main attraction is the Dzong, but there are other interesting places to visit too.
Paro, Western Bhutan (Source: Soham Banerjee)
This is Punakha's most popular hotel. Here is a review -
Upon our arrival, the staff could not have been more friendly, courteous and ready to please. Our cottage was clean, roomy, nice view...even had a little balcony. Everything worked and there was plenty of hot water. Beds were comfortable(the staff reconfigured our beds to put them next to one another).
TripAdvisor (Source: TripAdvisor)
Tel : 00975 – 2 – 584125
This is also a popular hotel in town. It gives travelers quaint cottages to stay in and is very hospitable.
Situated on a hill top, the hotel is built in traditional style coupled with modern comfort. All 14 rooms are in cottage form, decorated beautifully.
The other facilities here include ; all rooms with attached bath, running hot & cold water, restaurant & bar, IDD telephone, money change.
(Source: Trip to Bhutan.com Hotels)
You can make an online booking here - Hotel Meri Peunsum
Phobjikha Valley is a bowl shaped glacial valley known for a very large flock of black necked cranes that the valley is famous for.
Highly recommended if you're looking to have 180 degree views of the valley and be away from the city center.
Excellent stay in a gorgeous location. Very friendly & helpful staff. Small wood stoves provided nighttime heating, and electricity had come to the valley only 2 weeks before our stay, so still a bit rocky in terms of electric service. Food adequate. Very comfortable beds, and staff will bring early-morning tea or coffee to your room, a definite plus on a chilly morning! HOt water bottles available at bedtime too, so be sure to ask for one!
Lovely hotel, rustic but comfortable - Review of Dewachen Hotel, Thimphu, Bhutan - TripAdvisor (Source: TripAdvisor)
More at - Dewachen Hotel
Rates start from 50$ for a double room but since you are going during the off season, you will get a 25% discount.
Dewachen is the only hotel other than the swanky Amankora in the Phobjikha Valley.
The Haa Valley was only opened to tourists in 2002. Because of this there is only one hotel, The Rigsum Lodge. It is a rustic place but travelers have reported very good experiences. Contact Information for the Rigsum Lodge is currently not available on the internet, so I suggest that you get some info once you reach Bhutan.
Here's a quick list of places you should check out for their vegetarian food.
Just as an added insight here's something from atraveller who recently visited.
Having returned from Bhutan a couple of days ago i can confirm that you should not have any problem finding at least basic vegetarian food ( rice, vegetables etc ) . You also should not have a problem finding restaurants serving Indian food ( Samosas, Dosas, desi sweets etc ) . They are all listed in Lonely Planet. Just a word of caution though . In Punakha and a couple of other restaurants in the interiors we found the food slightly expensive in the sense that they only had a so called buffet where for 350 bucks all you got was red rice, potatoes in cheese ( a local staple ) and some boiled carrots and beans.
I didnt get the feeling at the places i ate in that the food was cooked in beef stock.
vegetarian food in Paro and Thimpu? (Source: travel forum)
Incidently this is also a really good hotel which you might want to check out here.
The Amankora boasts international fare and five-star service. Not surprisingly the hotels that primarily cater to Indian guests serve up good-value curries.
Amankora in Thimphu, Bhutan (Source: Lonely Planet)
The chef was able to prepare fried rice and vegetable manchurian for us, even though it was not on the menu. Our vegetarian diet was not a problem because the chef prepared everything we asked for. The delicious food arrived promptly. All in all, Zhiwa Ling is a hotel with fantastic service in a beautiful setting. It was truly a delightful experience.
Zhiwa Ling Hotel, Paro Bhutan (Source: Zhiwa Ling Hotel, Paro Bhutan)
Since you are going in February, which is not the season in Bhutan, you should not have any problem finding rooms without a booking or reservation.
I also looked at your flight problem, and flights are indeed expensive and have become more than the 300$ you quoted. I did some checking, and Indore has flights to Siliguri via Delhi for about 110$. From Siliguri there are regular buses going to phuentsholing. The tickets cost 1.5$ and from there you can take a cab to Thimpu for about 3-4$.
In Bhutan, Meat is actually an exception. Meat is served to tourists because the Bhutanese expect that tourists are mainly non-veg eaters. But you should have no problem finding veg food anywhere in Bhutan, and you should try their national dish, red rice with chilly peppers and cheese (Emma Datse).
I hope you guys have a great trip and that I was of some help. Bhutan is a lovely place, enjoy it to the fullest, and may the blessings of the Thunder Dragon be with you on your journey.
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