The Kingdom of Bhutan remains one of the most mysterious and least visited countries in the world. The country opened its doors to tourism in 1974 when a total of only 287 tourists arrived. Even today, the government of Bhutan tries to restrict mass tourism to protect its unspoiled nature and culture by imposing high tourist fees. The Himalayan state has mountain peaks above 7000 meters (23,000 ft), pristine nature with rare species like the golden langur, and a largely intact and unique cultural heritage due to its isolation from the rest of the world. Thus, a secluded and mystical experience is guaranteed.
Gangtey Lodge is located right in the midst of this magical land. It's a luxurious base in the Gangtey Valley, an ideal spot to start your daily adventures. Only twelve suites in the farmhouse-style building guarantee a sense of privacy. Interiors are decorated Bhutanese-style with warm natural fabrics, a self-standing bathtub with spectacular panorama, and a wood-burning fireplace for chilly nights. The traditional Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath or "Dotsho" is a must-try. It's a popular form of natural medicine that's supposed to relieve you from pain. Water is heated by river rocks, releasing healing minerals. The use of local aromatic herbs completes the exotic spa experience.
The valley has a frequent visitor, the black-necked crane, which is one of the rarest migratory birds. Bhutanese people believe that conservation of the environment is the merit of life, which is evident when you stay in this mountainside escape. There are numerous trails around the valley, and if you are seeking spirituality, you can visit the nearby 17th Century Gangtey Monastery.