Kunzang Choden is the first female English novelist in Bhutan. She is fondly called Aacji (queen) by the people who know her in the country. Kunzang married Walter, a Swiss national in the late 70s, and both of them traveled and worked around the world before her home in the Tang Valley in East Bhutan called her back. Ogyen Choling is a 300-year-old heritage home where the central construction now houses a lovely museum and the homestay accommodation is spread around the courtyard. The breakfast is served in its organic garden amidst the sounds of the morning birds and the smell of fresh coffee. Walter is often seen around the farm as he waves a good morning, while Kunzang attends to the guests, speaking about the valley and Bhutan in general, or her days in India. The girls working with Aacji lovingly stir up a continental fare for lunch under the balmy sun. Come and stay with Aacji and Walter and celebrate the East of Bhutan while experiencing living in this centuries-old home in the land of happiness.
The central courtyard with the museum and temple, is surrounded by 10 rooms of this lovely homestay. The rooms are all different in size, being undisturbed from the original structure. Some of the family’s original furniture and art pieces add that extra personal feel to the decor of these rustic rooms.
There are four cozy rooms which are especially comfortable in the colder months with a heater.
200 sq ft
These rooms have a seated lookout with views of the garden. The bathrooms are bigger and are fitted with modern bath fittings.
300 sq ft
There are three single rooms perfectly suited for the solo traveler, to stay and explore the village and do local hikes around Ogyen Choling.
150 sq ft
Price Description: The price is for double occupancy and includes all taxes and accommodation with the meals mentioned below.
Meals: Breakfast And Dinner
Extra Note: For All Bhutan Properties: The payment will be made to Raahghar India account. In Bhutan it is required that the ground handling is through a tour operator. The properties cannot be booked on their own.
Third Person/Child: 3rd Person in the same room is not encouraged.
Raahghar Payment Terms: Reservation is confirmed with an advance payment of 50% of the total amount at the time of booking. The balance payment is to be made 7 days prior to check-in.
Cancellation Policy (Indian Passport Holders Only):
In case of a cancellation due to any unforeseen circumstance a credit note will be issued by the property to the guest for the amount paid till date.
The credit note will be valid for use within one year from the period of booking. The guest can redeem the credit note against the amount of any future booking within a year and pay the balance if any as per the rates applicable on that date. This credit note is also transferable and can be used by the guest/transferee only once within the stipulated date.
Raahghar would keep your credit card information secured with us and it won't be charged unless needed.
Paro International Airport is 10 hours away. Bumthang domestic airport is 2 hours away.
It is not accessible by train.
Bumthang is 2 hours away by road.
Ogyen Choling is right in the center of the village. The rooms can be accessed by a narrow wooden staircase.
A 300-year-old palace converted into a heritage property. The main palace is converted into a museum and is considered the best museum in Bhutan. The rooms surrounding the courtyard are a part of the accommodation
Extra initiatives: The entire team of the Ogyen Choling is from the local villages. The foundation also provides training to budding rural homestay owners in the vicinity.
Will be displayed soon.