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  • Trogon Villa Lodge

    Some Key Facts:

    • Trogon Villa Lodge is located in the midst of what is considered one of the best birding location in not only Bhutan,The strerch of road from namling Brag to Limithang is a Birdwatchers’s Paradise.
    • The inspiration for the name of the eco-lodge comes from the rare Ward’s Trogon.The Ward’s Trogon is an extremely elusive bird known to reside in temperate and subtropical forests across the Himalayas, Myanmar, and Vietnam. However, due to habitat loss and degradation, the Ward’s Trogon has been listed on the list of globally endangered birds. Yongkola, the location of the eco-lodge, is one of the few places in the world where one can catch a glimpse of the Ward’s Trogon unperturbed in its natural habitat.

    • Yongkola, where Trogon Villa is located, lies in between Bumthang and Mongar. It is 142 kilometers away from Jakar and 56 kilometers away from the town of Mongar. Yongkola has long been recognized as one of the hotspots for birding in Asia. The eco-lodge provides a picturesque view of the beautiful rolling hills of Yongkola while being conveniently located next to the highway. There are many reasons for choosing Yongkola as the location upon which Trogon Villa has been built. Aside from being one of the premier spots in the country for carrying out bird watching activities, the eco-lodge also offers a timely respite for tourists plying the long and arduous Bumthang to Mongar route. Trogon Villa’s location amidst the fertile farmlands also guarantees a steady supply of fresh and organic vegetables from the farms of the local community, thus creating a synergy that will benefit both parties.

    Trogon Villa Lodge is a small and cozy eco-lodge that provides the comfort and luxury expected of a 3-star boutique hotel meant to cater to tourists. The lodge is aimed primarily at birdwatchers (and who already know what a trogon is). Each of the 12 spacious rooms sport avian names and a superb bird photo. The kitchen has an organic garden and there's a cosy bar and restaurant in which to curl up with a checklist.

    The birding is done around nearby Namling waterfall, Sengor and Thrumshing La. The best time for the birds is April and October to November.

    • ➡ 12 Rooms
    • ➡ Superior room amenities


     

     


    • On-site facilities

                ➡ - Family room
                ➡ - Garden
                ➡ - Facilities for disabled guests


    • Eating & Drinking

                ➡ - Restaurant


    • Cleaning services

                ➡ - Laundry service
                ➡ - Daily housekeeping


    • Guest services

                ➡ - Luggage storage
                ➡ - Newspapers
                ➡ - Babysitting service
                ➡ - Check-in/check-out [express]
                ➡ - Concierge


    The best thing by far was seeing the staff pick fresh vegetables from the garden to prepare our delicious dinner. Not only is there a variety of vegetables growing in their garden at the front of the villa but also a range of delicious herbs that were used in their cooking.

    For breakfast it was a treat to have muesli (or cornflakes) served, not just that standard egg and toast we have had at most other Bhutanese hotels.

    The rooms are far bigger than necessary with a good bathroom and comfortable beds. The larger shared verandah was a lovely place to sit and appreciate the surrounding views.

    This location was a perfect break in ours road trip from Trongsa to Lhuntse.

    “HUGE rooms & great food and hospitality ”


    We were supposed to have stayed here for three nights as a part of a birding trip. Unfortunately a vehicular breakdown had slowed us down and we had to spend a night earlier at an unscheduled halt, so we had to cut down on Trogon Villa. We were sad to leave.
    Quaint hotel on the hillside, with beautiful views on all sides. Rooms were spacious and clean. Amenities were wonderful, room space tastefully allocated for sharing if necessary. The toilet and bathroom were very clean and adequately stocked.
    The hotel seems new and the staff helpful, courteous, smiling though scanty.
    The kitchen and bar were adequate, the buffet menu well chosen excellently cooked and well served. Good dining experience.
    Overall, if you are birding in Yongkola, you can do worse than selecting to stay at Trogon Villa.
    On the downside, there is no housekeeping. Probably due to shortage of staff. Nobody seemed to mind, the rooms didn't get dirty anyway and they might have cleaned if we had asked them to.

    “Sorry to leave after two nights”


    Yongkhola is an excellent base place for enjoying incrediblle birding experience around Yongkola, Norbugang and Namling areas. A minimum of three nights is needed to do full justice to this area.This logde is probably the only one that we saw in that area and is a very good one. The owner himself is a famous birder who has recorded photographs and voices of Bhutanese birds over the years. Though we did not meet him during our 2 day stay, our guide did show us a video complication of the owners works. The current manager of the lodge is also a keen birder and did accompany us around our Yong Khola birding trips. The rooms are very big,comfortable and classy offering good view of the mountains behind the logde. An hour or two in the balcony itself rewards you with visits for several birds. The food was excellent on all occasions. On the day of our arrival ,we had missed our lunch and had reached late around 3.30 pm but the hotel staff had thankfully waited for us and served us a mixture of continental and Bhutanese food including some local lentil soup that we didn't get to sample anywhere else in Bhutan. Since we had been the only visitors during our stay, the food was usually planned as per our tastes. The entire experience of our stay there was nothing less than a delight. The service levels are excellent.

    “Charming lodge in the lap of nature”


    We loved Yongkhola and its surrounding areas so much that we extended our stay there by another night. This is the best place to stay midway between Bumthang and Mongar. Yongkhola is roughly 50 km before Mongar and the area from Namling Waterfall uptill YongKhola is a dense forest with several varieties of birds here. Its bang on the main road. We stayed in a suite on the first floor and were pleasantly surprised by the luxuriousness of the hotel. Given that it is a remote section, we had expected very basic accommodation but were proved completely wrong. The room was very spacious with a small balcony overlooking the hills behind. The food was excellent and we enjoyed our stay, Highly recommended if you prefer quaint places in the middle of nature.

    “Beautiful hotel for Birdwatching in Yongkhola”


    We stayed four nights here as part of a birding and cultural trip to Bhutan. The lodge is only about a year old and is situated in a remote area with few other accomodation choices. The level of accomodation was unexpected being more like a small boutique hotel. The en-suite rooms were spacious with views over the valley and mountains opposite. The highlight of our stay was the excellent cook who produced the most delicious meals using produce from the small organic vegetable garden he had created outside. As a vegetarian I was more than happy! We cannot recommend this lodge too highly. Our stay here was one of the highlights of our trip to Bhutan. Worth mentioning that bills cannot be paid with dollars or credit cards so make sure you have plenty of local currency (There are ATMs several kms. down the road in in Gyelposhing).

    “Delightful Lodge in the Bhutanese countryside”


     

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