Accommodation and Food

Accommodation

Over the years, many hotels have been built and appearing in a different locations ranging from luxurious 5 star to budget hotels. The types of accommodation classified in Bhutan are hotels, resorts, guesthouses, eco-lodges, farmhouses and homestays. Hotels in Bhutan are rated according to a National 5 Star Rating System (conforming to the international best practices). The Government of Bhutan requires tour operators to provide with a minimum of 3 star accommodation for a pre-paid tour package (tariff-paying tourists). The hotels are comfortable, well maintained with hot and cold running water and the rooms have en suite facilities. Most hotels are equipped with amenities such as attached bath & shower, TV, wi-fi, electronic safe, hair dryer, phone, room heating, room service, tea/coffee maker, mini fridge, bottled water, fitness center, spa, steam & sauna, towels & slippers, laundry service, etc. Our guests are assured of a friendly welcome, warm hospitality, wonderful ambience, comfortable and a relaxing environment. Luxury hotels (4 star and 5 star) are mostly located in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha; towns like Wangdue Phodrang, Phobjikha (Gangtey), Trongsa, Bumthang, Mongar, Trashigang and Samdrup Jongkhar also have a variety of hotels that are comfortable (including few luxury hotels). Away from town, you have the option to spend a night in certified local homes like traditional Bhutanese farmhouses/homestays or perhaps be tempted to camp outside in the forest. On a trek, you’ll will be provided with tents and/or sleep in the rock huts sprinkled along some main trekking routes.

Food

Most hotels provide buffet-style meals. An option for a la carte service is available on order but may not always have everything on a menu. The traditional Bhutanese dishes are rich and spicy with a lot of cheese and chili. Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that was not spicy. If you dare, you may try out the deliciously spicy “ema datshi” served with cheese and chili (the national dish of Bhutan) and other authentic Bhutanese dishes. Food consists of mainly white or red rice, momos (Tibetan-style dumplings), seasonal vegetables, limited choice of salads and most commonly eaten meats such as pork, beef, chicken and fish. A variety of vegetarian and non-veg food options are also available. You are recommended to stick to the Continental, Chinese, Indian or Tibetan cuisines that are served in most hotels and restaurants. All hotels have a good selection of international and Bhutanese beverages.