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Once the governor’s residence of Paro, this centrally located estate is set high above the river valley.  The estate is a 19th century  nagtshang, or manor compound with traditional Bhutanese courtyard style garden, family alter room and spacious traditional rooms.   Alongside the palace is the small Gangten Lhakhang, (temple), serving the immediate community.  There is space behind the compound for additional guest rooms and the medical facility for the Living Spa. A phased renovation approach will be taken to amalgamate the current 19 rooms into 12.

Gangtey Palace    

This historic estate is located about 40km from the new domestic airport near Jakar and will become the Bhutan Living Spa at Ogyen Choling.   Now a small museum and guest house, the family is keen to partner with the HarPro to complete the rehabilitation and to establish it as a Living-Museum.  The 4th generation Kunzang Choden family owns the estate and have established the Ogyen Choling Trust Fund to support the upkeep of the museum and many of the historical structures.

Ogyen Choling Palace

Phunakha is a relatively short drive from Paro (115km) with a thriving array of New Tourist options such as river rafting, ancient Lakhang (temple), river-side Dzong, charming farm hamlets and more.  In Phunakha we will disperse traditional dwellings throughout the village in clusters of two or three.  A few dwellings with living quarters and kitchens for English speaking cultural guides will be grouped nearby the existing clusters of indigenous village life.  “Bhutan Living Spa” offers treatments within the farm dwellings, perhaps even on a boat floating on the river. 

Rice Village of Punakah    

  1. ASSET: About 12 acres and operating historic hotel overlooking a verdant rice field valley and national history museum.

  2. SUSTAINABILITY: authentic restoration of historic facilities with sensitive programming of ancillary elements is highly desired by the Royal Family and other local interests.

  3. Paro is an important destination, in addition to ‘must see’ tourist sites, the country’s only international airport is just 10 minutes away. 

  4. Cultural destinations allows travellers to spend from 2-3 nights in Paro.

  5. Gangtey Palace Hotel:

  1. ASSET: Ogyen Choling Guest House currently with 7 rooms.  Partner with Kunzang Choden, the family estate owner to rehabilitate and expand the Guest House from 7 to 15 rooms.

  2. SUSTAINABILITY: authentic restoration of historic facilities with sensitive programming of ancillary elements is highly desired by the Royal Family and other historic owners of the trust and facility.

  3. Coordinate with Ogyen Choling Trust Fund for operation and maintenance of the museum.

  4. Ogyen Choling Palace:

  1. ASSET: Individual plots within a functioning rice community with vibrant village, schools, Chiimi Lakhang, and Dzong life are in our plan. 

  2. SUSTAINABILITY: House construction utilises local materials and technologies.   Employment of local population will offer an alternative to ‘brain drain’ of the urban cities.

  3. Recreation programs to be developed, (such as river rafting, village culture and wellness).

  4. Activity program opportunities exist within the farm: crop and medicinal farms, Bhutan Living Spa, village and local history.

  5. Proximity to living culture in the area is considerable: monastery, arts establishment, lhakgang, Dzong, antiquity, active farm(s), District Traditional Medicine unit.

Bhutan is a natural connection between India and China. It is one of the most pure states of traditional culture and medicine. The travel agenda is diverse: culture, recreation, adventure, art, wellness and religion.

Palaces are not available as in India, but old estates are. We have three prospects,  Paro, east of Thimphu and Bumthang. Like the Rice Village of Bhor, India, we plan to establish dispersed accommodations within a farming village utilising traditional building technology, located in Punakha and Trongsa.