Bhutanese food is characterized by mainly the presence of hot chili pepper and cheese. The nation's favourite dish is Aema Datsi.The staple food of Bhutanese is rice and vegetables with abundant chilies. Bhutanese eat incredible amount of chilies. It is used as vegetable rather than as spices. Most Bhutanese prefer 'Emadatse' a dish made entirely of chilies mixed with cheese.
Meat is widely popular in Bhutan. Common meat includes pork, beef, chicken, fish and yak meat. The Bhutanese also eat a variety of vegetables, including potatoes, fern, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, beans and mushrooms. Most restaurants offer the standard Chinese or Indian fare. International cuisine is limited. Always ask what is available and what the season is. There are more restaurants in the capital, Most meals are served buffet style so the decision on what to order is taken care off.
In central Bhutan, buckwheat is cultivated as one of the main cereals. The rice is not grown due to high altitude. The Bumthang region is famous for its buckwheat pancakes. The Bhutanese are fond of taking 'suja' (butter tea) and 'Ara', an alcohol distilled from the brewery of locally produced rice, wheat, maize or corn. Drinks are also used as a part of offerings while performing ceremonies on different occasions.
Hospitality business is a sunrise industry in Bhutan .There is a wide range of accommodation available in Bhutan from the simple farm house stay to the high end resort in some districts. Most of the tourist hotels are clean and basic and offer simple comfort and culinary fare. Tourist to Bhutan generally does not demand luxury accommodation. The Tourism Council of Bhutan categories and monitor the quality of accommodation in the country.
Thirty minutes from Paro's international airport, the lodge contrasts rustic with the contemporary, featuring natural rammed-earth walls, gentle sloping roofs and wood-panelled interiors. A lime-washed stone pavilion houses the living and dining rooms, library, boutique and outdoor terrace. Behind the main cluster of buildings is the Spa which has a sauna, steam room, five treatment rooms with hot stone baths, changing rooms and a glass-walled yoga suite.
The lodge's dzong-inspired architecture incorporates high stone, white-washed buildings accessed through an enclosed arrival court. The combined Living and Dining Room features soaring ceilings and an outdoor dining deck provides views of the nearby stream and surrounding forest. The Spa includes three treatment rooms, steam room and changing areas.
Accessed by crossing a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu, the lodge is centred by a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse. This quaint, three-storey structure with its preserved vegetable dye wall paintings is now the combined common guest area with a dining room, traditional altar room, a courtyard for alfresco dining and a tea pavilion. Just beyond is the Spa with two treatment rooms, steam room, changing areas and a yoga/meditation room.
Lodge accommodations and guest facilities are housed together. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the combined living and dining room offer beautiful views over the Phobjikha Valley. Spa facilities include two treatment rooms and changing areas.
Overlooking established orchards and skimming the grounds of one of Bhutan's royal palaces, the lodge offers a library, comfortable living room, regal dining room and cosy Spa with three treatment rooms, a steam room and changing areas. Uma COMO and Hotels and Resorts
Uma Como, the Singaporean based Como group in Paro offers exceptional style in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Reflecting an understated philosophy of quiet comfort in a unique, culture-rich location, this inland retreat is also dedicated to activity and adventure. The landscape is dramatic with pine-clad valleys and snow-tipped ranges. Bhutan is Buddhist, retaining respect for religious tradition.
Forty five rooms Zhiwaling combine the sensibilities of a fine Bhutanese guest house with the best of 21st century technology. Envisioned and created by a local Bhutanese company, the hotel's elaborate hand-carved wooden cornices and masterful stonework coexist beautifully with cutting-edge telecommunication systems and Swedish under-floor heating.
The Kingdom of Bhutan - long considered the mountain fortress of the gods - is an ancient Kingdom secluded high in the Himalayas with unique customs and people with deeply-held Beliefs. The environment is pristine, the scenery and architecture spellbinding, and the people warm and hospitable. It's truly "The Last place on the roof of the world." Thimphu, the charming capital, rests in the heart of the Himalayas, 7500 feet above sea level, overlooking the Wang Chu river valley.