Homestays in Bhutan: The Real Bhutan Experience

Homestays in Bhutan offer a unique experience to travelers visiting the country and should be among the top things to do in Bhutan. The best way to explore and get the authentic cultural experience is by opting to stay in one of the farmhouses which offer homestay.  If you are the type who is curious about how locals go about their daily lives, you would enjoy every activity that you get to do and experience at a farm stay. And moreover spending a night or two at a farmhouse offers an authentic experience of the traditional Bhutanese way of life.

In this post, based on our own and our guest's reviews, we list some of the top homestays in Bhutan. These farmhouse owners have gone out of their way to provide its guests with not just the Bhutanese cultural experience but also all the other modern facilities for a comfortable stay. So it would actually make sense to choose these farm houses over lifeless hotels.

Aum Om’s Homestay (Paro)

Located at Satsam Chorten in the beautiful Paro valley, Aum Om’s homestay is one of the most sought in Paro. The home is famous for treating its guests with warm hospitality and even more finger-licking local dishes for meals. Its cozy rooms and affordable price makes it one of the most loved homestays in the valley. Much like the hotels, Aum Om’s homestay also provides free Wi-Fi. You can also experience hot stone bathing at the homestay. Hot stone bathing in Bhutanese culture is considered as a natural healing procedure for a number of ailments like joint pains and stomach troubles. Smooth white colored stones from the river banks are baked in the fire till red and then the stones are dipped into a wooden tub of cold water. The water is heated by the stones and some also prefer to add medicinal herbs to enhance the bathing experience.

Address: Satsam, Paro
Phone: +975 17119199

Ugyen’s Homestay (Haa)

Ugyen’s homestay is located in Dumchoe village in Haa Valley. The 200-year-old farmhouse sits at the bottom of the three sister hills; ‘Miri Pinsum’ and is a true illustration of ancient Bhutanese architecture.  The farmhouse is the owner of Ugyen’s ancestral home. At Haa, You will be immediately welcomed by the family members in a traditional manner and will take you inside where you will be served the welcoming snacks. A typical Bhutanese welcoming snack includes butter and salt tea with puffed rice and the people of Haa, locally known as Haaps also offer a special snack known as hoentey. Hoenteys are basically buckwheat dumplings with spinach and local cheese along with numerous other ingredients. This delicious delicacy is only unique to Haa valley and is usually only made during the New Year. Ugyen and family are always looking for new ways to give the best experience to their guests so they offer multiple activities like visiting nearby sacred monasteries and temples.  Haa is one of those districts in Bhutan which do not receive a lot of tourists which is the main reason why you will not find any touristy hotels in this valley.  So if you are someone who wants to experience authentic Bhutanese culture, then Haa valley is that place.

Address: Dumchoe, Haa
Phone: +975 77770011
Email Id: haavalleyhomestay@gmail.com

Damchoe’s Homestay (Thimphu)

Located at 10 minutes drive from the main town in the capital, Aum Damchoe’s home is perfect for every type of tourist as the place has everything a homestay could possibly offer. The house is a 2 storied bungalow that is surrounded by flower gardens and Aum also owns a small kitchen garden along with a poultry farm and a small tofu processing unit. The best thing about the home is its ambiance since it is surrounded by woods and though it’s in the capital, one could still feel like they are residing on a mountainside. The second best thing about the homestay is Aum’s delicious meals prepared from the organic vegetables straight from Aum’s kitchen garden. The guests can also choose to learn some Bhutanese dish recipes from Aum.

Address: Kawangjangsa, Thimphu
Phone: +975 77114441

The Chimi Lhakhang Homestay (Punakha)

Located in the vicinity of the infamous fertility temple, the Chimi Lhakhang homestay is surrounded by beautiful village scenery. The homestay offers authentic village life experience to its guests. They also offer the best breakfast meals. The view from their well-equipped terrace is simply mesmerizing.

Address: Near Chimi Lhakhang, Punakha
Phone: +975 17851311

Bangpa Heritage Farmstay (Bumthang)

Located in the picturesque village of Ura in Bumthang valley, Bangpa heritage farmstay is one of the best in the village. Ura is known for its beautiful cluster village among which Aum Tashi Bangpa heritage farmstay is situated just below Ura Lhakhang. The farmhouse flaunts beautiful architectural works making it one of the most beautiful farmhouses in the village. The impressive structure is very spacious and has many rooms to accommodate a lot of guests. The owner Aum Tashi has a really friendly nature and is always busy giving her best services to the guests. Apart from the beautiful scenery and the comfort of the farmhouse, another remarkable experience during your stay there would be the meals you will be served. As Aum Tashi is a great cook and sometimes if you request her, she is ever happier to teach you some of her delicious local recipes. She also has a stone oven that has been built recently for outdoor baking sessions and if you are lucky you will get to taste her amazingly delicious slices of bread that she bakes.

Address: Ura village, Bumthang
Phone: +975 77639828
Email Id: tashiwangmo1971@gmail.com

Why choose a homestay over a hotel

Opting for homestay can prove cheaper compared to staying at a hotel. Secondly, by staying at homestay you will be contributing towards rural communities, though in a very small way. And lastly, you will be able to experience true Bhutanese culture and will be able to witness age-old traditions followed to this day in Bhutanese home.

How to book your homestay in Bhutan

If you are a traveler from Bangladesh, India or Maldives you do not necessarily need to travel to Bhutan through a travel agency;  you can book your accommodation at the homestay of your choice by directly contacting the homestay establishment. Of course, if you don't want to go through the hassle of organizing and planning each booking, we offer a great selection of tour packages to Bhutan where you can pick your accommodation for each night of the tour. If a homestay experience is what you are looking for as part of your trip to Bhutan, you can count on us to arrange that for you.

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