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Swiss Guesthouse

Bumthang, Bhutan

1/4 The Swiss Guesthouse is surrounded by an orchard above Jakar in central Bhutan
The Swiss Guesthouse is surrounded by an orchard above Jakar in central Bhutan
2/4 Western dishes are served at the Swiss Guesthouse, Jakar
Western dishes are served at the Swiss Guesthouse, Jakar
3/4 Entrance to the Swiss Guesthouse, Jakar, Bumthang
Entrance to the Swiss Guesthouse, Jakar, Bumthang
4/4 The dining room at the Swiss Guesthouse, Jakar
The dining room at the Swiss Guesthouse, Jakar

This little hotel is situated in a pretty orchard on a ridge on the edge of Jakar overlooking the Chamkhar Chu, Jakar Dzong and the valley. In the 1970s the old house served as the headquarters of the Dairy and Forestry Project and was often visited by Swiss project workers so it later became known as the ‘Swiss Guesthouse’.

New buildings have since been added, with the last construction completed in 2009 to provide 10 simple wood panelled guest rooms with attached shower room. In common with most standard accommodation in Bhutan your stay here will be fairly rustic, but the guest house is still more charming than some other options. In this rural area the power supply can be erratic and the rooms can be chilly in winter. The owner trained as a cheese maker in Swizterland so you can expect the best cheese and dairy produce from the kitchen as well as home-made beer and spring water straight from the tap. Western dishes are the norm here, and can make a welcome change to the usual fare, but Bhutanese specialities can be made on request.

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Simple 10 room guesthouse with wood panelled rooms and en-suite shower room

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About Bumthang and Bhutan

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1/5 View of Jakar, Bumthang
View of Jakar, Bumthang
2/5 Temple entrance, Jakar Dzong, Bumthang
Temple entrance, Jakar Dzong, Bumthang
3/5 View through the mist to Jakar Dzong
View through the mist to Jakar Dzong
4/5 Prayer wheels, Jakar, Bumthang
Prayer wheels, Jakar, Bumthang
5/5 Monks making temple offerings, Tamshing Monastery, Chokor Valley, Bumthang
Monks making temple offerings, Tamshing Monastery, Chokor Valley, Bumthang

Bumthang

Four valleys make up the Bumthang region of Central Bhutan; Chumney, Cheokhor, Tang and Ura range in altitude from 2600-4000m (8530-13125ft) and are reached from the west by crossing the Yotung La pass, marked with a Tibetan chorten and prayer flags blowing in the wind. Both Chumney and Cheokhor are agricultural valleys while the remoter Tang and Ura depend on yak and sheep breeding in addition to cropping potatoes. Many of the houses are sturdy little stone buildings and the whole region has more of a medieval feel than the settlements to the east and west. Read more?

1/5 The Punakha Valley, Bhutan
The Punakha Valley, Bhutan
2/5 A monk enters a temple within Punakha dzong
A monk enters a temple within Punakha dzong
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Takstang - the Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro
4/5 Lighting the wood burning stove in a One bedroom villa, Uma Paro
Lighting the wood burning stove in a One bedroom villa, Uma Paro
5/5 Isolation from the world for centuries has helped to preserve Bhutan's pristine environment
Isolation from the world for centuries has helped to preserve Bhutan's pristine environment

Bhutan

Self-isolation has helped Bhutan preserve its unique culture of timeless traditions, myths and legends, and to protect its wonderful pristine environment of sacred mountains, fast flowing rivers and over 5000 species of plants. A tour of Bhutan is an experience like no other. Read more?

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