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Discover the ancient Kingdom of Bhutan in the eastern Himalayas, which remains greatly undiscovered due to its secluded location, and begin the adventure with a stay at Gangtey Lodge. The authentic wood and stone lodge provides visitors with a homely retreat, overlooking the striking Gangtey Valley and its 17th century monastery.
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With only twelve guestrooms, complete with cosy fireplaces and underfloor heating, the Gangtey Lodge is an exclusive and peaceful sanctuary. The spacious rooms are decorated with an earthy colour palette and free-standing bathtubs by bay windows which offer sweeping views of the Gangtey Valley and monastery.
The hub of the lodge is its lounge and dining space, with plush leather sofas, two stone fireplaces, and wall to ceiling windows offering views of the misty valley below. Guests gather around the long tables and dine on organically sourced Bhutanese dishes such as ema datshi, a chilli-and-yak-cheese stew. Home-style Western and Asian cuisine options are also available and wherever possible, the chefs use local and organic produce in their cooking. If visitors plan to spend a whole day exploring, packed lunches can be assembled by the hotel staff. Enjoy an unforgettable dining experience in the great outdoors, housed in an authentic Bhutanese Dragon Tent.
The area is steeped in history and guests are invited to join in with a range of traditional activities, such as attending the Morning Prayer service at the Shedra (monk school), visiting one of the valley's oldest farm houses, and learning Dha or Archery - Bhutan's national game. Follow hiking and mountain biking trails through the Gangtey Valley, or visit the temple of Kumbu Lhakang in a nearby village. Unwind with some evening meditation followed by a traditional hot stone bath in a wooden tub, filled with water from the stream which is heated over an open fire.
Why we love it
Set high in the eastern Himalayas, Gangtey Lodge is homely yet high-end, offering both an escape from the ordinary and a place in which to discover the extraordinary riches of the mysterious Kingdom of Bhutan.
Miranda, Original Traveller