Located in the picturesque village of Trongsa
Great views over the valley and main Dzong
Great for a one night stop between Bumthang and Punakha or Gangtey
Comfortable, yet simple rooms which are well maintained
Nice restaurant with a variety of options on offer
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.
It is best to opt for the upper floor rooms for the best views.
It is best to opt for the upper floor rooms for the best views.
The Yangkhil Resort is a simple Bhutanese hotel and is located in the village of Trongsa, between the towns of Bumthang to the east and Gangtey to the west. Yangkhil offers 21 comfortable rooms with excellent views over the valley and Trongsa Dzong.
The village of Trongsa is located on the main Bhutanese highway and is a necessary pit-stop for guests wanting a more in depth tour of Bhutan given the long drive times, so quite often Yangkhil will be a one night stop, and is clearly the best place to stay in Trongsa. Quite often, you would need to stop at Trongsa if adding Bumthang to your itinerary. The town has a fantastic main Dzong and the views over the sweeping Mangde Chu Valley. The Trongsa tsechu (festival) takes place in December or January.
The resort has 21 rooms in blocks of four rooms, with upper and lower floor rooms (better to opt for the upper rooms which have better views and are quieter). The resort is fairly new, but the architecture draws heavily on Bhutanese influences, with modern touches here and there. The outdoor terrace and gardens are somewhat tatty, but we must admit there is a charm about the place. Each room has a comfortable sit-out with views of the Dzong and valley. The rooms themselves are perfectly comfortable, although won't win any prizes in terms of quality. You won't find flat-screen TVs or mini-bars, but clean hardwood pine floors and comfortable (albeit a little hard) beds, either Twin or Double. You can find tea/coffee making facilities and the bathrooms come with a shower and bathtub with ample supply of hot water and basic amenities.
Yangkhil has a main restaurant offering buffet lunch and dinners with a variety of Bhutanese and sometime continental options, and you can always find something that will be appetising. Breakfasts are cooked to order, and we suggest asking for their superb omelettes. There is WiFi throughout the resort, but given Yangkhil's location, isn't always reliable, especially in the rooms.
Overall, Yangkhil certainly meets all the requirements for a night's stop and the chance to wander around the impressive Dzong before returning to your sit-out to look out over the valley. It is simple, but does have a lovely charm about the resort. The staff are friendly and attentive, the food is pretty good and the views are wonderful.
There are 21 rooms, in cottages each containing four rooms in each (2 upper and 2 lower) each with a private sit-out and balconies for the upper floor rooms. The tiled bathrooms come with bathtub and separate shower, and basic amenities. You can select from either twin or double rooms. Do note the rooms do not have TVs or Mini Bar/Refriderators. In the winter, the rooms have heaters. They also have tea/coffee making facilities and hair-dryers on request.
Yangkhil Resort has a restaurant serving buffet meals (Indian, Bhutanese and Continental), a lounge, small business centre providing WiFi, gift shop, terrace, bar and the hotel has a laundry service.
Trongsa is a place which to be fair is not a destination, but a place to pass through between the amazing Bumthang and the towns of Punakha and Gangtey to the west. In all truth it is only a one night stop, but because of the long drives, it is worth stopping here. Yangkhil to be honest is absolutely acceptable for a night, offering clean and comfortable accommodation which won't wow you, but the views might well. The Dzong is worth visiting and if you are there at the weekend, there is a great little market which takes place. The upside is certainly the views, the nice sit-out from which to read a book, the clean and comfortable wood-clad room and ample supply of hot water. The downsides are that the beds are fairly hard, and the somewhat tatty gardens and terrace which I wish they just put a little more time into looking after. The food was actually rather good, albeit a buffet. Overall, I think for a night you will have no complaints.
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 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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
Trongsa is located between the towns of Bumthang to the east and Gangtey and Punakha to the west along the main Bhutanese Highway. Yangkil is located just outside of town overlooking the main Dzong and the valley.
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