Blue skies, mountains and rivers, fresh air crackling with pure oxygen and happy people would sum up Bhutan, a country as charming as it is mysterious. Just across the border from India and connecting with Nepal and other Southeast Asian countries nearby, the country is one of the few surviving monarchies and measures its progress by GNH- Gross National Happiness. Bhutan is also high on organic farming and is marked among the greenest in the world! A trendsetter and valuable case study for environment consciousness and sustainability. King- HH Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his forefathers before him are renowned for some path breaking initiatives including their tourism policies, one reason why the country is seemingly inaccessible to the outside world and celebrates its culture, art and textile tradition unblemished by outside influences.
Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan, accessed from the airport in Paro. Landing to one of the trickiest airports of the world and byfar the most picturesque, your attention is divided between the high mountains and the colorful airport building. Thimphu is just an hour away and the drive is a calm, scenic drive over smooth easy roads along the river, Paro Chu, a tributary of the Wong Chu.
Nestled in the valley of the perennial Wang Chu or Thimphu Chu river flowing through the town, Thimphu is the most modern city of Bhutan with restaurants, cafes, museums, shopping arcades and bars. Right in the heart of Thimphu is the Druk hotel, an iconic building, one of the oldest hotels in the land of the Thunder Dragon. The hotel is typically Bhutanese – a welcome smiling team greeting you, colours all around matching the Buddhist flags and right in front of the clock tower of the city, usually a hub of activity.
Druk Hotel offers 35 rooms and suites, all of them based on colour themes and adhering to categories based on size, view and amenities – Gold, Red, Green, Grey , each room connects with Bhutan with images of the dragon on the walls ( the dragon symbolises purity and the land of the Thunder dragon – Druk Yul ) , symbols on carpets and typical furniture embellished with dainty wood carvings. The ensuite and generous bathrooms are very modern with twin vanities, shower cubicles and fragrant toiletries. While the suites ( Gold ) are full -service and luxurious, with a separate lounge, luggage and dressing area, the deluxe rooms are also spacious and cheerful with wide comfortable beds, central heating, wi–fi, tea/coffee station, writing desks etc.
Seventh, their specialty restaurant is run by their master chef Santanu Kundu, reputed in Thimphu for creating classic Indian, oriental and continental dishes with an ingenious twist adding local flavours. Hi Jinks is a popular address in Thimphu famous for it's hearty cocktails and wine list . The décor is intriguing using conserved, weathered wood from old houses and retained unpolished, bright red lounge chairs and discreet lighting creates the right mood of relaxation.
Lha Yul is the Spa, recently added and completes the experience at the Druk. Literally meaning the "Seventh Heaven”, the spa offers soothing Ayurvedic therapies along with Swedish, Thai, Balinese massages. The décor is a beautiful blend of luxury and a still and quiet design that immediately calms you.
Bhutan is all about magic, and RARE’s first hotel here, DRUK is ideal to begin a 5-7 day exploration of this tiny Shangril-la, no more than an hour’s flight from Calcutta.
RARE List : Concept City
Category : 4 Star
RARE Experience : A destination hotel that connects with the city of Thimphu
Room & Suites : 35 rooms and suites
Features : Hi Jinks Bar, Spa Lha Yul, Seventh restaurant
Distances : Paro : 50 kms
Experiences : Exclusive family picnics Hike to the nunnery in outskirts of Thimphu, Traditional archery and dart (khuru) match, visit to the largest seated Buddha Statue
Tariff : 6,300-13,000 Nu. (at par with Indian Currency)
Tax : 10% Bhutan Sales Tax and 10% Service charge
Inclusions : Bed and Breakfast, Wifi, fruit basket on arrival