Set in the heart of the Thimphu Valley, the Taj Tashi, is a gateway to a land steeped in mythology and magic. The mountain kingdom of Bhutan remains one of the old world’s last few strongholds, as yet unspoilt by civilization. In the charmed isolation of the Himalayan heights, Bhutan’s ancient and alluring ways of Mahayana Buddhism continue richly intact to this day, and permeate every aspect of Bhutanese life and art.
In keeping with the enchanting surrounds, the hotel is a blend of Bhutan’s Dzong architecture and modern design. Adorned with classical hand-drawn Buddhist murals, its 66 elegant guestrooms afford guests striking highlights of the region’s art and colour. Besides breathtaking views of the mountains that rise above the Thimphu valley.
Continuing the journey into mystical Bhutan at the Taj Tashi, guests can sample Bhutan’s fiery cuisine, gaze at the mesmerising prayer wheels through its panoramic windows, make short but rewarding forays into the vibrant local markets, pleasantly while their time in one of the hotel’s traditional themed café’s and restaurants, or find yet more ways to relax with a special ‘Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath’ at the Jiva Spa.
Taj Tashi’s location in the capital city of Thimpu, makes it the ideal base from which to explore the tiny kingdom’s spectacular monasteries, centuries-old street festivals, scenic mountain passes and pristine wilderness, all within easy reach.
Food and Wine
While steeped in Bhutanese mystique and colour, Taj Tashi offers guests a range of delightful culinary experiences that combine the best of Bhutanese with Tibetan and European cuisines. Customary flavours are presented with refined hospitality, amidst serene spaces that are set off by hand-drawn murals rendered in Bhutanese folk style. Each of the hotel’s four restaurants is designed to a theme that elaborates on a different aspect of Bhutan’s vibrant Mahayana Buddhist culture.
Ara is the perfect place to unwind with a drink after a day of excursions into local myth and folklore. Named after Bhutan?s traditional liquor, this well stocked bar is decorated with Dramneyn, a lively 7-stringed Himalayan folk music instrument.
Specialising in Bhutanese cuisine and aptly named after the 108 principal temptations in Buddhism, Chig-ja-gye is set in a dramatic space embellished with old style gold-leaf paintings and horn instruments called dhungs. Guests are well advised to sample Bhutan?s most popular dish, Ema Datshi.
This well-lit tea lounge invites visitors to sip Suja, Bhutan?s distinctive ?salted butter tea? as they sit back and recount the day?s adventures. Murals of double Dorjes, which represent enlightenment and wisdom, make for a serene environment for reflection.
Magnificent prayer wheels, a constant reminder of Bhutan Buddhist moorings, can be seen through the panoramic windows of The Thongsel. They lend a soothing cadence to this all-day coffee shop, which is only heightened by the mist covered hillsides sloping in. The all-day-dining restaurant with its light and airy ambience is the perfect choice for a European or Bhutanese meal.