At a Glance
Located close to marshes where black Black Necked Cranes reside
Enjoy superb views of the valley
Comfortable rooms with traditional features
Just a few kilometres from Gangtey monastery
Cosy rooms with wood-burning stoves
Best time to Visit
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In the western, central and eastern Bhutan you will mostly experience cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. The Monsoon occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.
To start planning your holiday to Dewachen Hotel
Overlooking a farm, set just outside the village of Gangtey and the edge of Black Mountain National Park, Dewachen Hotel, is one of our preferred guesthouses in Bhutan with just 28 cosy rooms and a striking location overlooking the valley.
Dewachen is a charming little property enjoying a fantastic location close to Gangtey and is well located to explore Phobjikha, a glacial valley and protected nature area, home to endangered Black Neck Cranes. The cranes visit from the Tibetan Plateau during the winter months and often arrive in early October and are in the valley until the end of March.
Dewachen Hotel is simple, but its traditional style makes it one of the better guesthouses in Bhutan. The rooms are full of Bhutanese charm and do not have a wide range of facilities but are comfortable and all en-suite. Wood burning stoves provide plenty of warmth during the winter months when it can be cold.
There's a small gift shop, laundry services can be arranged and massages can be organised with the hotel, but there's not a spa. The gardens are pleasant and enjoy good views and there is also a hot stone bath for guests to unwind in.
Electricity supply to the remote Phobjikha valley is restricted so the hotel has its own generator to provide an ongoing supply.
Dewachen's striking setting and traditional charm make this a compelling guest house.
Dewachen Hotel has 28 simple but comfortable rooms with en-suite facilities.
As with all guest houses in Bhutan their food is simple but a range of cuisine is on offer from Bhutanese, Chinese and continental. There's also a well-stocked bar.
Sara Wells (Staff)
Dewachen is a charming, great value Bhutanese-run country hotel with great views and traditional painted architecture. The 16 bedrooms are cosy owing to the embroidered bed covers, thick mattresses & duvets, as well as hot water bags and wood burners. There is also lots of hot water for ensuite showers.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
Beautiful hotel in a beautiful location. It is a no frills property with all the genuine charm of a Bhutanese hotel. Stoves in the rooms to keep you warm at night and beautiful painted wooden Windows and doors.
Daniel Smith (Staff)
Dewachen is a charming Bhutanese mountain lodge overlooking the immensely beautiful Phobjikha Valley, home to black-neck cranes and some excellent day walks. Don't expect all the bells and whistles - Dewachen is all about simplicity and feeling like you are in Bhutan, with its lovely local architecture, local wood-burning stoves and lovely home cooked food. It goes without saying that there are no TVs or WiFi so bring a good book to read in the evenings.
Black Necked Crane Festival
During the festival, the local communities organize various cultural programs in Phobjikha, including crane dance performance and stalls selling colourful local items and Bhutanese handicrafts.
Dochu La Pass
At an altitude of 3,100 metres, The Dochula Pass is a high mountain pass known for its 108 distinctive memorial stupas and breathtaking panoramic views over the Himalayas.
Dressing up in traditional Bhutanese dress
Anyone who works in Bhutan must wear traditional national dress, and you can have the chance to dress up for a few hours to see how it feels. The Bhutanese absolute love visitors doing it!
Evening Prayers at a Buddhist Monastery
Evening prayers at a Buddhist Monastery is something you should do at least once on a tour of Bhutan. You will witness monks chanting traditional prayers, helping them prepare for meditation.
Enjoy an excursion into one of the Bhutanese rivers and try your hand at fly-fishing.
Gangtey 360° Hike
Today you will be driven to Lewa La Pass and have the chance to enjoy a hike in the stunning countryside surrounding Gangtey Valley and at the end rewarded with incredible 360° panoramic views.
Gangtey Goenpa Monastery
The Gangtey Goenpa monastery, or Gangteng Monastery is the main seat of the Pema Linpa tradition of the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. Dating from the 17th century, it has superb views and guests usually visit before taking the Gangtey Nature Trail.
Half Day in Gangtey
Today you will have a relaxing half day with your guide to explore Gangtey visiting some of the highlight sites including Gangtey Goemba and the Crane Centre.
Enjoy this stunning hike - through Rhododendron forests, thick woodland, steeper passes, taking in the views of the valley and ending in the idyllic Kumba Village.
Meet a Monk Your Own Age
Your children can have the opportunity to meet a monk their own age. 10% of Bhutan's population are monks and they can hear stories of getting up each day before first-light for prayers and their daily routines.
Phobjika Nature Trail
Take a day walk around the Phobjikha valley, an ideal hike to see the black-neck cranes from November to late March, or simply to experience the villages and farms along the way. See the Crane Information centre at the end.
Potato Shed Candlelight Dinner
Enjoy a traditional Bhutanese dinner amidst flickering candles and bhukhari in the middle of shed on a local potato farm.
Punakha Drubchen Festival
Held annually on February in Punakha, local militias dress up as Bhutanese warriors in this festival to re-enact the famous battle between Bhutan and Tibet.
Spa Bath in Potato Shed
Visit a Bhutanese farmer in his traditional shed and enjoy a Bhutanese bath heated from fire-roasted stones, all while you indulge with a bowl of chips harvested from potatoes in the same field of Tokha village.
Tea with a local family
Visiting a local home in Bhutan is an exceptionally interesting experience given the lovely hospitable nature of its people. Try traditional butter tea, or even some locally made rice wine 'Ara'.
The Gangtey 360°Hike
Today you will have the chance to enjoy a hike in the stunning countryside surrounding Gangtey Valley and at the end rewarded with incredible 360° panoramic views.
Try your hand at Archery
Archery is the national sport of Bhutan and can be seen played throughout the Kingdom. Traditional bows are made from bamboo and witnessing an archery competition is an absolute highlight. We can easily arrange for you to have a go should you wish.
Thimpu, Punakha, Gangtey, Paro
from £3800 pp inc flights & transfers for 8 nights
- Bhutan is all about the great outdoors, as soon as you arrive your sense of calm and inner peace flourishes in this fascinating country
- In this Himalayan kingdom immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions, whether it’s understanding the myths and legends or appreciating that here happiness is the greatest currency
- In Bhutan the flora and fauna are in abundance, as you embark on hikes you will see nature at its greatest
Location & directions
Dewachen is located close to the Black-Neck Crane Information Centre and overlooks the valley.
How to get there
International flights into Paro operate from New Delhi, Kathmandu and Bangkok with Bhutan's National Airline - Druk Air.
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