Dewachen Gangtey Hotel
Some Key Facts:
- Dewachen Gangtey Hotel features sixteen double rooms with modern bathroom fittings, comfortable bedding. The restaurant is cozy with magnificent views and the meals prepared by a professional chef are delicious. The Luxury hotel or lodge is located in the pine forest with beautiful view of the valley and the surrounding mountains.
- There is no electricity in the valley. The hotel has its own generator supplying electricity for two hours in the evening and two hours in the morning. It is then turned off after the dinner time. The rooms are heated by individual wooden stove (Bukhari). When the generator is not in use, a dim solar powered light or candles are used. At night, during the colder months, guests are provided with hot water bag. For hot shower, you have to ask for hot water in the bucket.
A perfect hideaway in Bhutan’s mesmerizing landscape Phobjika valley, home to endangered black necked cranes; The Dewachen Gangtey hotel is complimented by its panoramic natural environment in the heart of this magical valley, sits Hotel Dewachen - large, comfortable, newly built yet still retaining so much charm and traditional style overlooking green expanses and rice fields.
In season, the hotel would provide an ideal spot to view the migratory cranes. A must for all mountain lovers - the hotel is ideal for an unconventional, charming vacation minus the modern day frills of internet, mobile connectivity, TV etc and full of the old world charm and authentic character.
- ➡ 16 Deluxe rooms
- ➡ Deluxe room amenities
- Things to do, ways to relax
➡ - Bushwalking/Hiking/Trekking
➡ - Cultural Arts and Craft Interactive activity
➡ - Cultural Entertainment
➡ - Horse Riding
➡ - Jogging/Walking
- Dining, drinking, and snacking
➡ - Bar
➡ - Restaurant
➡ - Coffee shop
- Services and Conveniences
➡ - Luggage storage
➡ - Laundry service
➡ - Currency exchange
➡ - Smoking area
- For the kids
➡ - Family room
➡ - Security [24-hour]
➡ - Front desk [24-hour]
I stayed here twice and stayed for two nights on two occasion. Both time was in mid autumn. The valley can be quite cold at night. Rooms were very cosy, well heated, with hot shower. There are many beautiful trails around and it is surely recommended to stay at least two nights to enjoy the wilderness of this glacier valley. If the black neck cranes are around, it would also be interesting to take a day to trek to the wetlands to watch these cranes in their natural habitat.
- “Hotel Dewachen, my favourite hotel in Phobjikha valley.”
Traditional Bhutanese hotel overlooking the Phobjikha valley and wintering grounds of rare black-necked cranes. Rooms are spacious and warm, fronted by a long veranda where you can enjoy the view.Staff is courteous and friendly. Convivial dinner around the traditional wood burning stove with stones on the top to keep the heat. Great for toasting bread in the morning.
- “Lovely location”
We recently spent two nights here in order to see the black necked cranes, and we were not disappointed. Our room was very spacious and had a wonderful sitting area overlooking the valley and that also allowed the warmth of the sun to help heat the room. We had a wood stove and an electric heater in our room (thanks to our wonderful guide looking after us), and after a few lessons from the staff on the stove we had a good fire going well into both nights. Along with the hot water bottles we were very toasty in our room both nights.
The restaurant also has a panoramic view over the valley and although it can be quite chilly this time of year you almost don't mind wearing your jacket in the dining room. The food is okay. We had plenty of food throughout our time in Bhutan; it was a lack of spice that had us confused knowing how much locals love chilis. Our guide asked for a few local dishes and we were happy.
Nice property, beautiful location. Would stay here again.
- “Beautiful location”
I stayed here for three weeks. The staff are lovely and will go out of their way to help you. The dinner is pretty standard restaurant food, not spicy like the local cuisine. The valley only got electricity a few years ago and there are lots of power outages, and no internet. The phone network was recently upgraded from 2G to 3G, but may still be a little patchy. It is pretty cold in the valley for most of the year, too.
Most travellers only stayed for one night, but I'd recommend staying two or three if you can manage it and doing some of the nature walks and visiting the monasteries and the nunnery. Even though it'd be freezing, I'd love to go back in the winter to see the cranes.
- “Lovely place in a beautiful valley”