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.
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 kilometers from Gangtey monastery
Cosy rooms with wood-burning stoves
From October to March go for an early morning stroll on the marshes and watch as the cranes fly off to the mountains in the morning.Jessica Campbell
Try the local hot toddy, Dragon Warmer, sipped around the central stove after a day of exploring the wetlands and hills of Phobjikha valleyScott Dunn team
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 organized 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.
Location & Directions
Dewachen is located close to the Black-Neck Crane Information Center and overlooks the valley.
When to go
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.