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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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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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Wangchuck Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary was officially announced and opened to the public in June 2008. Prior to this, the place was a Contennial Park. It is the largest wildlife park in the Kingdom of Bhutan and is one of the greatest resources of Bhutan’s economy. The park typically shows the characteristics of the Himalayan ranges, blue pine and alpine being the major vegetation of the landscapes.

It covers an area of 4919 sq km and borders 5 districts of Bhutan namely Bhumthang, Gasa, Dzongkhags, Trongsa and Wangduephodrang. Like all other national parks of the country, Wangchuck also inhabits few of the greatest endangered species of Flora and Fauna.



Highlights
: Occasional encounters with Himalayan Black Bear, Royal Bengal tiger and snow leopard. Stunning views of the alpine and blue pine landscape making the park a perfect spot for trekking and mountaineering.

Location
: Gasa

Best Seasons
: March to September and January
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The Tower of Trongsa Museum

This artistic cylindrical 5 storey tower with two smaller towers at each side was built in the year 1652 by the first governor of Bhutan. The tower was strategically built above the Trongsa Dzong on top of a hill to protect the town folks from attacks. Now, the tower is converted into a Museum for the public. The tower has two temples dedicated to Gesar of Ling and Meitreya (Jampa).



Highlights
: The museum has in total 11 galleries exhibiting various artefacts of Buddhist culture and reminiscence of the royalties of Bhutan. The museum displays the remains of the Wangchuck Dynasty, and works of historical significance of Trongsa Dzong. There are dungeons in the tower where British soldiers were kept during Duar War.

Location: Trongsa

Working hours
: Monday to Saturday (9 am to 5 pm) and between November to March till 4pm

Extras
: Lunch (booked in advance) and refreshments are provided
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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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Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek

Take the adventurous Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek in Bhutan that takes you to the splendid heights and lets you experience the great diversity of landscape. Pass through the dense pine forests, lush meadows, pasturelands while soaking in the beauty of snow capped mountains of Mt. Jomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake. It is a long and difficult trek which challenges the most experienced and physically fit trekkers.

You will also pass through the beautiful hamlets and interact with the friendly Bhutanese villagers. The landscape is dotted with Dzongs, temples and monasteries which offers the glimpse of ancient architecture of Bhutan amidst unspoiled tranquillity of nature.



Location
: The trek starts at Gunitsawa and passes through Sharna Zampa, Soi Thangkha, Jangothang, Lingshi, Chebisa, Shomuthang, Robluthang, Limithang, Laya among others to end at Thimphu.

Best Time
: April-June & September- November.

Approx Price
: Per person price 13 day trek is 400,000 BTN.

Difficulty Level
: Difficult
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Jambay Lhakhang Festival

Located on the way to Kurjie Lhakhang, in Bumthang, Jambay Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples founded in 7th century by Songtsen Gampo, a Tibetan King. As per legends, the king was destined to construct 108 temples in a single day, to suppress a demon in the Himalayan region. This temple is one of those 108 temples. Legend Guru Rimpoche is believed to visit this destination and considered it a sacred and extremely pious destination.

The temple got renovated again in 8th century AD. The temple has more than hundred statues of Gods and Goddesses but the main attraction is the relic of future Buddha. This is a spectacular festival which is celebrated for five days.



Highlights
: A ritualistic naked dance on the fire that attracts huge crowd from all over the country.

Festival time
: In the month of November
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Kurjey Festival

Kurjey Tshechu is a popular festival celebrated in Kurjey temple in Chokhor valley of Bumthang district. There is huge historical significance attached to this temple as well as the festival. According to the legends Guru Rimpoche meditated here for the suppression of evil spirits in this region. There are three major temples in Kurjey.

The first temple was built in 1652 on the location where Guru Rimpoche meditated, the second one on the place where Guru left his body imprint and the third built in 1990 which holds images of Guru Rimpoche. The Kurjey festival is one of the important religious occasions for the locals of the place. It is a social gathering as well as a time to seek blessing and enjoy victory of good over evil. It is a festival that displays the golden traditions of Bhutan and the rich cultural heritage.



Highlights
: special mask dance

Festival time
: In 10th day of 10th month of lunar calendar
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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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Phobjikha Valley

A perfect getaway for nature and wildlife lovers, Phobjikha valley in Bhutan is one of the most spectacular natural settings one may find in Bhutan. Located on the incline of Black Mountains Park, this bowl shaped glacial valley an important wildlife preserve land of the country as it sits on the edge of the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park.

With an assortment of flora and fauna species, this valley provides an excellent opportunity to experience the wildlife from close. The biggest draw to the valley is black-necked cranes. Apart from that one can also see Himalayan black bears, sambars, leopards and red foxes among other mammal species.

 

Highlights
: Visit to the Gangte Goemba, a magnificent Bhutanese architecture that provides a spectacular view of the entire valley. Get all the information you need about the black necked cranes at Black-Necked Crane Information Centre.

Location
: Wangdue district.

Timing
: N/A

Prices
: N/A
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Wangchu River

The mighty rivers of Bhutan offer great opportunity for various water sports. Wang Chhu River is a Himalayan river and tributary of majestic Brahmaputra River. The Bhutan river tours are designed to let you enjoy the adventurous sports of kayaking and rafting in the rivers of Bhutan. The bustling capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu is located on the banks of Wang Chhu.

On the east side of the river, you can see the striking SAARC building. Samtenling Palace, the resident of king, can also be sighted from the river. Fluttering colourful flags on the banks make a beautiful sight.



Highlights: Look for kayaking and rafting opportunities. The 4 Km run from Wang Chhu to lower run offers challenging water course suitable for experts. You can also try for trout fishing in the river.

Location
: The lively capital city of Thimphu is situated at the banks of Wang Chhu.

Price
: N/A
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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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