Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa
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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.
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Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa is a simple, yet charming hotel located about ten minutes above the Paro Valley in Bhutan, blending Bhutanese architecture with modern facilities. Naksel offers superb views of Mt Jumolhari and Tiger's Nest Monastery.
Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa is located above the Paro Valley, about 8kms from Paro itself and accessed along a very bumpy dirt road, passing apple orchards, rice paddies and potato fields before reaching the small Bhutanese village of Ngoba. The construction carefully involved the local community, and uses traditional architecture in its main house and cottages spread throughout the hotel grounds. Expect traditional windows, wood-carved finishes and the odd mud-brick to ensure you really feel like you are in Bhutan.
The main house contains the main communal areas such as the restaurant and bar, and also some of the rooms. The rest of the rooms are housed in four cottages in the hotel grounds.
The rooms are nicely proportioned, feature a lot of wood, from pine-clad flooring to lovely Bhutanese carved wooden windows. They have incorporated some nice touches such as local artwork and Bhutanese rugs. The bathrooms have under floor heating. All rooms have flatscreen TVs, mini bars and views of the valley. The rooms generally get larger as you move up the categories, with better views and the addition of a separate bathtub and shower (great for a soak after a walk up Tigers Nest, and then looking out from your private balcony at the walk you have just done!). If anything, we thought the Signature Suites weren't worth the upgrade and thought the Deluxe Rooms in the upper floors of the cottages to be the best rooms at Naksel.
The Olive Restaurant offers a range of Bhutanese, India and Western cuisine and generally serve buffet options. If you want to order a la carte, this can be prepared, although we suggest ordering and then going to the bar as it can take some time to arrive. The Chabchu Bar has a range of options, including the local favourite - Ara. The Coffee House is located in the grounds, and has great mountain views, fresh espresso and pastries.
There is also the Menchu Himalayan Herbal Spa providing a range of treatments to sort out those trekking aches and pains.
The service at Naksel is friendly and efficient, although very Bhutanese.
All rooms at Naksel feature under-floor heating in the bathrooms, WiFi, flat screen TVs, attached bathrooms with bathtub and shower, hair dryer, mini bar, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and excellent views. The rooms get larger as you upgrade, and Deluxe Rooms come with private balconies / terrace.
Naksel has the Olive Restaurant serving Indian, Bhutanese or Western cuisine, a Spa, Coffee House and bar.
Daniel Smith (Staff)
The first thing to think about with Naksel is its location - up a really bumpy track and you might well think you are heading to a disaster - but have faith, the bumpy road is taking you towards fantastic views away from the increasingly expanding town of Paro. The architecture of Naksel is great - really making you feel you are in Bhutan. The rooms are really very comfortable, excellent comfortable beds and views that are some of the best in Paro. I would generally opt for Deluxe Rooms with a private balcony. The staff seemed friendly and efficient. We didn't eat, but have heard the food is not Naksel's strong point, so maybe head off to Uma Paro for dinner where the food is possibly the best in Bhutan before returning at night. Needless to say, Naksel is an exceptionally charming property with great lead-in pricing so great if you are on somewhat of a budget.
Apple plucking season starts from July to August in the region of Paro and Thimphu.
Day Trip to Chelela Pass and Hike Kila Goenpa
Chele La Pass is known to be the highest motorable pass in Bhutan and provides wonderful views over Ha Valley and Paro District, which you have the chance to view today before taking a scenic hike and visit to Kila Nunnery.
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!
The Drukgyal Dzong is located further up the Paro Valley from the Tiger's Nest Monastery and was built in 1649 by Tenzin Drukdra to celebrate victory over an invading army from Tibet.
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.
Explore the Paro Valley by Helicopter
A wonderful way to see the rich and fascinating Paro Valley
Farmhouse Visit & Home-Cooked Dinner
Visit Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan dating back to 7th century before meeting with local community members in a nearby farmhouse to enjoying a home-cooked dinner.
Enjoy an excursion into one of the Bhutanese rivers and try your hand at fly-fishing.
Haa Valley Alpine Excursion
Experience the unique nomadic Haa culture in the Bhutan's formerly isolated Haa Valley.
The Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, dating from the 7th century and constructed by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsan Gampo.
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.
Visit a Buddhist temple for a monk blessing ceremony for an eternity of happiness.
Paro Dzong & National Museum
The Paro Dzong, or Rinpung Dzong as it is otherwise called, looms above the town of Paro. On the hill above the Dzong in the former watchtower you can visit the National Museum.
Explore the highlights of Paro with your guide and driver. From the National Museum and sacred Dzongs to a spectacular valley landscape dotted with farmhouses, Paro is home to many interesting sights worth exploring.
Paro Sunday Market
If you are in Paro on a Sunday then absolutely visit the local market. See a variety of vegetables on offer from 0630 until about 1000, and you can then see the archery ground following your visit.
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.
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 Haa Valley
The unspoilt Haa Valley is located close to Paro and offers a fantastic day out. Drive over the Chele Pass, Bhutan's highest road, and choose to free-wheel on bikes into the Haa Valley. Explore the local monastery, have a picnic and return to Paro.
Tiger's Nest Monastery
The Tiger's Nest Monastery is spectacular; legend has it that this cliffside was where Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. Set off for the 2-hour walk to the viewpoint before continuing onto the Monastery.
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.
Zurig Lhakhang Hike & Archery
Hike through the scenic Paro Valley, visit historic Buddhist fortresses and try your hand at Bhutan's national sports - archery.
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
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