Bumthang District is located in Central Bhutan and considered the spiritual heartland of Bhutan. In all the four valley, Chummey, Chokhor, Tang and Ura you will find plenty of things to do no matter if you are interested in culture, architecture, rural live, hiking, pilgrimage, etc. At one point in history Bumthang was an important place as the Royal court was based at Wangdicholing in Chokhor valley. You will find a lot of temples to visit and picturesque places to hike to and the hospitality in the villages is genuine and warm.
WHY THE HIGH TARIFF: Bhutanese Tourism Policy
In keeping with the Tourism Council of Bhutan’s policy of “High Value. Low Impact” tourism a Minimum Daily Package is required for tourists. The rates are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan.
With the daily package the following services are covered:
- All meals
- A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay
- All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
It also includes:
- All internal taxes and charges
- A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.
Even if you have to book through a local agent, by choosing to stay in farm/homestay you support our approach of directly benefiting local community members. They will get a fair share of the tourism revenue generated. Furthermore, our philosophy is not to create “cheap” accommodation but – by following the traditions – to reciprocate our hosts adequately for the privilege of being welcomed into their private space and being given food, shelter and shown unique hospitality. After all and as opposed to tourist hotels and guesthouses, which follow an imported commercialized and standardized hospitality concept, you will encounter highly sophisticated and long established hospitality practices in these local homes!
If you stay in one of our houses you will experience unique hospitality and get to know the daily life of a family first hand as we do not impose standardizing models based on ideas of commercial hospitality on our hosts. Bhutan has rich traditions and customs of maintaining guest/host relations across the valleys and borders and the cultural practices associated with that are refined and multiple. Hence you will not only experience authentic hospitality but also support the preservation of the latter. Although we try to cater to the needs of our foreign guests as much as possible we reject a “one-model-for-all” approach and do not encourage “training” or standardization in order to commercialize the unique and diverse local hospitality practices. Hence your experience will be a genuine one and our hosts are just as excited to meet you as you are to meet them.
OUR VALUES AND PRACTICES
Our country values a culture called “Gross National Happiness”. We believe that our visitors should experience it as well. Our customer’s satisfaction will be our topmost priority, however, our guests need to understand that Bhutan is a country with restriction on smoking in many places. Our visitors are also discouraged to wear indecent dressing (clothing that exposes skin and sensitive body parts).
In Bumthang you can choose from a variety of farm/homestays in different valleys. Some are regular farmhouses and some are what we call heritage farmhouses because they belong to to descendants of previously “noble” families. These families were considered local aristocracy before such categories were abolished. Members of these houses played, and sometimes still play, an important role in different realms of society. If the family traces their ancestry back to a famous religious saint their houses are connected to a temple. In any case the architecture in Bumthang is amazing. From hikes in the two National parks in the area to visiting various temples (Kurje, Tamshing, Jambay, etc.) you will find everything you are looking for in the four valley comprising the district Bumthang.