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  • If you are planning a trip to Bhutan, let us tell you that there are Homestays in Bhutan that can offer you much more than what a luxury hotel can.From home-cooked food made from fresh farm-grown vegetables to airy rooms offering spectacular views of scenic valleys and hills of Bhutan, these homestays lack nothing to enhance your vacation in the Himalayan Kingdom. Most importantly, the friendly hosts will make sure that you do not come across any lack of comfort or facilities. You can Book 8 Days Bhutan Tour Package.

    Homestays offer a better cultural insight of a place that you may not get to experience a hotel or resort. The homely atmosphere and the tasty food at these homestays will keep you cheered up for your exploration in Bhutan. Experience Our 9 Days Sightseing Tour of Bhutan that will lend you with peace and serenity.

    Another great factor that makes Bhutan Homestays a preferable accommodation option is that they are all well within your budget. So, if you are on a budget trip, you can prefer a homestay over a hotel. If you are on a budget trip then you can book our  Bhutan Budget Tour Package that include all major attraction of Bhutan.

    We have sorted a list of the top homestays in Bhutan:

  • 01Damchoe’s Homestay

    Soak in a perfect blend of warm Bhutanese hospitality and comfort of home at Damchoe’s Homestay located in Langjopakha at a short distance from Thimphu Town.

    The hostess of the homestay, Aum Damchoe has made sure the place has everything for the comfort of the visitors, making it one of the finest homestays in Bhutan. Not only you get to experience a homely atmosphere and enjoy tasty home-cooked food here, but also get to revel in a range of modern amenities you may wish for during your stay in Bhutan.

    In addition to everything, the homestay also has an organic vegetable garden, a poultry farm, and a tofu processing unit. What else can you ask for?

    Location: 2.7 km from Thimphu City Centre

    Amenities: Essentials, Hot Water, Iron, and Kitchen.

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  • 03Aum Om Homestay

    A home away from home, Aum Om Homestay is an ideal place to stay in Paro if you are looking for a budget accommodation option in the town.

    Although you may not expect luxurious amenities of a luxury hotel here, the rooms at the resort are laced with all essential amenities necessary for a comfortable stay experience.

    The rooms are spacious and the beds are comfortable. The place also provides free WiFi connection. Most importantly, the location of homestay is perfect, so you can set out to explore nature and tourist spots from here whenever you feel like.

    Location: Satsam, Paro

    Amenities: Essentials, Hot Water, Meals, WiFi, and Airport Transfer.
  • 04Namgay Homestay

    With excellent services and a range of comforts on offer, Namgay Homestay has made its place among the top Bhutan homestays. Located in a farmland near Paro Town, the homestay faces Dop Chu River, so you can imagine the scenery you will be witnessing while your stay here.

    Namgay Homestay is a perfect option for a stay experience where you are far away from chaos and crowd. Delicious Bhutanese food is also available here which is made from freshly picked vegetables from their own farm.

    Besides, you can also soothe your muscles by indulging a traditional hot stone bath at Namgay.

    Location: 3 km from Paro city centre

    Amenities: Essentials, Hot Stone Bath, Meals, WiFi, Cable TV, and Garden.
  • 05Authentic Bhutanese Homestay

    If you do not desperately want to add a touch of luxury to your stay experience in Bhutan, it would be wise to ditch an expensive hotel to find your abode in Authentic Bhutanese Homestay.

    Staying true to its name, the homestay offers an authentic Bhutanese stay experience where you will get to learn about the culture of the region. Located in Paro, this is one of the most recommended homestays in Bhutan.

    The homestay offers all basic amenities and guarantees you an unforgettable holiday in the lap of Himalayan hills. You can also relish local dishes and walk amidst the woods while your stay here.

    Location: Tshendone, Paro

    Amenities: Essentials, Shower, Meals, Bicycle and Car Rentals, and TV.

  • 06Haa Valley Homestay

    This homestay built in traditional style is located at Ugyen’s Farmhouse, and is 200 years old. So, along with enjoying a relaxing holiday experience, you can also get to take a closer look at the traditional way of life in Bhutan by staying at Haa Valley Homestay.

    There are airy rooms to give you uninterrupted comfort while the home-cooked Bhutanese meals will make sure you eat healthy and delicious. Despite being old, all essential amenities are available at the homestay.

    If you are looking for an authentic Bhutanese stay experience, Halley Valley is among the best homestays in Bhutan that will serve the purpose.

    Location: Dumchoe Village, Haa Valley

    Amenities: Essentials, Hot Stone Bath, Meals, Vegetable Garden, and TV.
  • 07Paro Village View Homestay

    Located at a short walk away from Dzongdrakha Monastery, this homestay is a popular choice among backpackers due to the great facilities available here ate reasonable tariffs.

    Overlooking a vast expanse of rice fields, this homestay offers breathtaking views of the beautiful valley. The hosts are extremely kind and friendly, and will be an excellent company during your stay here.

    The property even has an organic farm, so you can expect some mouthwatering dishes from Bhutanese Cuisine here. You get to experience the essence of Bhutanese culture and tradition while you stay at this pretty homestay.

    Location: Bondey – Haa Highway, Paro

    Amenities: Essentials, Hot Stone Bath, Organic Garden, Meals, and Housekeeping.

  • 08Ugyen Homestay

    The traditionally built Ugyen’s Farmhouse/Ugyen Homestay is 200 years old. So, along with enjoying a relaxing holiday experience, you can also get to take a closer look at the traditional way of life in Bhutan by staying at Ugyen Homestay.

    There are airy rooms to give you uninterrupted comfort while the home-cooked Bhutanese meals will make sure you eat healthy and delicious. Despite being old, all essential amenities are available at the homestay.

    If you are looking for an authentic Bhutanese stay experience, Halley Valley is among the best homestays in Bhutan that will serve the purpose.

    Location: Dumchoe Village, Haa Valley

    Amenities: Essentials, Hot Stone Bath, Meals, Vegetable Garden, and TV.

  • 09Chimi Homestay

    Apart from Ugyen’s Homestay, this is the other homestay available in Haa Valley. This house is almost 100 hundred years old and displays all elements of the traditional Bhutanese architecture.

    The hosts and the accommodation guarantee a memorable vacation in the lap of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. This homestay is preferred by tourists who prefer to spend some time away in the calm of nature since Haa Valley is a heavenly destination.

    Apart from warm hospitality and toothsome food, you can enjoy breathtaking views of Haa Valley during your stay at Chimi’s House.

    Location: Dumchoe Village, Haa Valley

    Amenities: Essentials, Hot Stone Bath, Meals, and Housekeeping.

  • 10Nivvana Homestay

    If you are looking for a place where you can enjoy a homely atmosphere without compromising on luxuries, Nivvana Homestay in Paro is among the top Bhutan Homestays.

    Almost all major attractions in the town are located at a short distance from this property. No matter who you are travelling with, Nivvana Homestay is a perfect option that will add a perfect touch to your holiday in Bhutan.

    The homestay incorporates a dining hall and spacious rooms that are well-maintained. If Bhutan gets a little too cold for you, there is heating system in all the rooms to keep you warm.

    Location: Satsham, Paro

    Amenities: Essentials, Cable TV, Indoor Fireplace, Meals, WiFi, and Hot Tub.


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Ta Dzong

Ta Dzong is a landmark building of Bhutan. It is most prominent known for the Ta Dzong museum which is also known as the National Museum of Bhutan.

Highlights: The Ta Dzong museum is a cultural museum that is situated in the Paro town in western Bhutan. Established in the year 1968, the refurbished Ta-dzong building lies right above the Rinpung Dzongunder. It has some of the finest specimens of Bhutanese art which includes some masterpieces paintings and fine examples of the Bhutanese art including bronze paintings and statues. The place is a must visit for art lovers.

Location: It is located in Paro in Bhutan.

Timings: The museum in the building stays open from 9 in the morning to 5 in the evening.

Pricing: Local Nu. 10 SAARC Country Citizens Nu. 25 Non-SAARC Country Citizens Nu. 150 Bhutanese Students Nu. 5 Monks, Nuns, and Children under 10 yrs. Free
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The National Memorial Chorten

The National Memorial Chorten is a Memorial Stupa of Thimphu which is also known as the Thimphu Chorten. It is a stupa located on the Doeboom Lam in the southern-central end of the city.

Highlights: The National Memorial Chorten is a stupa that was built in the year 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is one of the quintessential landmarks of the city given its golden bells and spires. Regarded as the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan, it is a must visit for all. Highlights:

Location: The National Memorial Chorten is located in Chhoten Lam in Thimphu, Bhutan.

Timings: You can visit the place from dawn to dusk everyday.

Pricing: Entry to the National Memorial Chorten is free.
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Drukgyel Dzong

The remnants of once flourishing Drukgeyl Dzong echo many stories. The Dzong sits on a path that connects Paro Valley to the Tibet through the Tremo La pass. In the past, it was a significant trade route and the Dzong was a major administrative centre. In 1951, the Dzong was destroyed by a fire and the charred walls and beams are still visible.

The complex consists of a Chorten, chapel and ruins of big towers. An adventurous climb leads you to the ruins where you can admire the once proud and regal building.



Highlight
: There is something mystical about taking a walk in the historical ruins of the Dzong. On the way you can get a view of the majestic Mount Jhomolhari's snow laden peak, on a clear day.

Location
: The Dzong is located in Paro valley and is about 25 minutes drive away from Paro International Airport.

Price
: N/A
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Kichu Lakhang

The Kichu Lhakhang temple is one of the most iconic Himalayan Buddhist temple in Bhutan and attracts a huge tourist footfall owing to how old and beautiful it is. The temple was built in the 659 AD but its grandeur is still very visible.

Highlights: Since Bhutan is famous for its temple, you can't miss out on the Kichu Lhakhang which is just a short drive from the city of Paro. There are various additional buildings and a highly noticeable golden roof all of which was made in the year 1839 by the Governor of city Paro. There are prayer wheels around the temple and you can try spinning around the temple to worship the idol.

Location: Lango Gewog, Paro, Bhutan.

Timings: No official timings given by the temple but ideal to visit during early morning or evening.

Pricing: Visiting the temple is completely free of cost for everyone.
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Cheli La

Located at a height of 3,810 meters above sea level, Cheli La Pass is the highest pass in Bhutan that can be accessed by road. The pass separates the valleys of Haa and Paro and offers stunning views of surrounding area with picturesque beauty. On the way you will get to see he roadside drub chuu with beautiful paintings of Guru Rinpoche with his two wives.

On a bright and clear day of October and November, you can have a spectacular view of the Mt. Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and other neighbouring peaks, covered in snow and glittering in sunlight.



Highlights
: A small 2 kilometre detour leads you to Dzongdrakha Goemba, an architectural complex perched on a high ridge and consists of four chapels and a Chorten.

Location
: Between Haa and Paro Valleys in Bhutan.

Timing
: Best time to visit is October to November when the skies are clear.

Prices
: N/A
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Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Paro)

Taktsang Palphug Monastery or more popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is one of the most revered pilgrimage place in the Himalayan province. It is also one of the most visited tourists destination in Bhutan and is a place that showcases the great traditional values of the country.

Uniquely located on top of the mountain 1200 meters above the Paro Valley, this monastery is surrounded by the scenic beauty. This white building topped with the golden roof on the back drop of blue sky and lush green hills look stunning. The centuries old legend of this monastery makes it more mystical. The isolated location of Tiger’s Nest can only be reached by following the gruelling mountain paths.



Location
: The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is located in Paro, approximately 10 kilometres away from the city.

Best time/season
: March to May and September to November.

Approx Price: N/A

Difficulty Level
: Moderately challenging.
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The Annual Black-Necked Crane Festival

The Annual Black-necked Crane Festival –is a popular festival celebrated in the Gangtey Gompa courtyard in Phobjikha valley, with a purpose of passing a massage to all human races. The motive behind this festival is to conserve and protect the endangered black necked cranes. In this festival the locals rejoice on the arrival of the majestic bird in their lives during the winter months.

In this festival one can view several cultural programs, celebration with folk music and dances based on the theme of conserving the species and dramas on the same content. The drama is usually shown by school children to create awareness on environment conservation. Phobjikha Environment Management Committee (PEMC), organizes the event which became almost a part of the culture in Phobjikha valley



Highlights
: sight of crane dance

Festival time
: In the month of November
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Zuri Dzong

In the year 1352, Zuri Dzong was built as a fort with a 5 storey main building. This is very well protected even today by a bridge and double walls.

Highlights: Zuri Dzong has some phenomenally fine murals in the upper chapels. One of these murals is dedicated to the protector Zaa. You can undertake a hike from Gönsaka Lhakhang to the Zuri Dzong. The peak of the Zuri Dzong is an ideal spot to have a bird eye view of the complete Paro Valley. This is the oldest Dzong of Bhutan. Here you can come across a cave where Buddha once came in the 8th century to meditate. This peaceful pace allows both the tourists and Bhutanese to soak in the tranquil which radiates from the extraordinary view. It is something that you can stare at for hours in absolute awe and wonder.

Location: It is located in Paro in Bhutan.

Timings: Can be visited anytime

Pricing: There is no entry fee to Zuri Dzong.
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Trongsa Dzong

Not many would be familiar with Dzong fortress until they see the Tongsa Dzong before their own eyes. It is the largest fortress in the country of Bhutan and holds a huge historical significance. It has been renovated many a times since it was built due to natural disasters as well as general maintenance.

Highlights: For all those interested in how administration of a country took place in the past era must visit the Tongsa Dzong to witness it. The place is also a major monastic complex with over 200 monks with whom you can interact. You can also visit the Ta Dzong which is a watch tower and was initially built with the purpose of watching enemies.

Location: It is located at the Trongsa District in Bhutan.

Timings: You can visit the place as and when you like, there are no timing restrictions.

Pricing: It is completely free of cost.
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Chhukha Dzongkhag

Unless you are taking an overland crossing to or from India, most of the Western trekkers tend to give Chhukha Dzongkhag a vast berth.

Highlights: People who wish to take a land route to visit the district that effectively comprises of the winding road which drops from the mountains through the green tropical foothills of the Southern Bhutan to the Phuentsholing which is a burgeoning town on the international border. Jaigaon which is its twin Indian settlement lies on the other end. This indeed is a dramatic road trip which gives you an assurance of the geographical continuity which you may not get on flying into Paro. En route to the Chhukha Dzongkhag, you’ll come across the humongous ‘Lost World’ ferns which spill onto the road along with the dozens of waterfalls which cascade from here into the mist.

Location: Chhukha Dzongkhag lies in the Chhukha District of Bhutan.

Timings: Open round the year.

Pricing: Entry is free.
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Trongsa Tshechu Festival

Celebrated annually in the courtyard of Trongsa Dzong in Trongsa which is the ancestral home for the Royal family, in Central Bhutan, the Trongsa Tshechu is an ancient festival with rich traditions of the country. As per the history of Bhutan, the first and the second king of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancestral throne. The festival is an elaborate affair for 3 continuous days and attracts people from all walks of life. It acts as a social gathering where people meet friends and relatives and together participate in merry making.

Traditional mask dance is a common affair in this festival. On the last day a sacred Throngdrol is displayed by monks. As per locals, visualizing the Throngdrol, itself is a pious affair and it washes sins done by onlookers.



Highlights
: Blessings of sacred Throngdrol

Festival time
: In the month of December
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Dzongdrakha Temple

The Dzongdrakha Temple is a popular temple complex which has around 4 temple monasteries and is situated on a cliff side. The view of the temple is just amazing and along with its surroundings, it offers a nice panoramic view. The four different shrines are dedicated to lord Tara, Tsheringma, Guru and Jowo Jampa.

Highlights: There is an annual festival known as the Dzongdrakha rejoice and if you can schedule your trip during this time of the year, you must definitely be a part of the ongoing festivities. Ensure to visit all the four shrines that the complex consists to witness how beautiful and majestic all of them are.

Location: It is located very near and towards the western side of the Paro Valley in Bhutan.

Timings: No official timings are given but for the best experience visit here from 8 in the morning to 5 in the evening.

Pricing: Visiting the main temple complex along with all the four shrines are free of cost.
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Phajoding Temple

There is possibly no one in the world who isn’t aware about the rich and prosperous culture of Bhutan. So, when you are here how can you miss out on one of the best temples of Bhutan? One such temple is the Phajoding Temple.

Highlights: Phajoding Temple is a 15th century temple. Built by a saint named Shacha Richen, the temple lies at an elevation of 12,138 feet. It is enveloped by the mixed conifer forests that offer you a magnificent look. To reach the temple, you’ll have to undertake a 3 hour hike from the nearest road that is located above the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. This once used to the most decorated and richest monasteries in the country.

Location: Phajoding Temple lies on the Phajoding-Pumola Trail in Phajoding, Bhutan.

Timings: Open everyday from dawn to dusk.

Pricing: Entry is free.
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Samtengang Winter Trek

Starting from Punakha, Samtengang Winter Trek is a short and considerably simple and easy trek to Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag with average altitude rising not more than 1900 meters. The climate is excellent and due to low altitude preserves warmer climate which is pleasant and soothing. The trekking trail is devoid of uncomfortable steeps and heights making the trail quite smooth for the amateur hikers.

The trail passes through rhododendron forest which is a delight to see especially in monsoon times. The region also posses dense vegetation with oak and maple trees and also the longest foot bridge of Bhutan. Villages like Sha and Chungsakha also falls on this trail. It is approximately 54 km in length.



Highlights
: Sha viilage and lifestyle of Bhutanese people based there.

Duration
: 3 days trekking tour.

Location
: Near Punakha, Bhutan

Best Season
: March - April, October to November. However due to low altitude it can be visited in winter too.
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Paro Tshechu Festival

Held in Paro Dzongkhag district, the Paro Tshechu is one of the sought after festivals and a major attraction in the land of Bhutan. It is one of the biggest religious festivals here. The history of the festivals travels back to 17th century when the founder of Bhutan Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel conducted it annually. The festival continues for 5 days usually during spring time on the 2nd Bhutanese lunar month. It is an opportunity to visualize the rich tradition, culture and custom of Bhutan.

The locals rejoice with both religious dance performances as well as folk dances performed by monks and natives. The last day of the festival is special as on this day a gigantic thangka or embroidery painting is shown to all. The Guru Throngdel shows Buddhist art and it is believed that looking at it also cleanses many sin of viewers.



Festival Time
: March every year
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Chorten Kora Festival

Celebrated in the easternmost district of Bhutan, Trashiyangtse, this festival is famous for its religious significance. Chorten Kora is a notable stupa created by Lama Ngawang Lodrö in 1740 to subdue a demon which used to live in the place where at present the Chorten is based. Dakpa Kora a popular ritual takes place during the Chorten Kora festival.

The festival remains crowded by people from various regions of the country. The brilliant designs of the stupa often remains compared with the Boudhanath stupa based in Nepal. According to the legends here, the stupa took about twelve years to complete and after its construction, the village people lived peacefully. One can enjoy many age old traditions of Bhutan in this festival.



Highlights
: Sight of Chorten Kora and enjoy traditional performance by natives

Festival Time
: In the month of March

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