Zhiwa Ling, Bhutan

At a glance

The 45-room Zhiwa Ling hotel combines the sensibilities of a fine Bhutanese guesthouse with the best of 21st Century technology. The hotel’s elaborate hand-carved wooden cornices and masterful stonework coexist beautifully with cutting-edge telecommunication systems and Swedish under-floor heating.


Whether in the grand main building or one of the cottages, each of the 45 suites at Zhiwa Ling affords splendid views from both the sofa and the balcony. Here, guests may choose to admire the landscape from their personal scenic viewpoint, or settle back with cable TV, a DVD or the browse the internet.

Every suite offers a personal safe, and tea & coffee maker, and room service is always available to those who are simply too comfortable to move.


Zhiwa Ling offers a wide range of services and facilities to our guests. There are two restaurants, Lingka and Gawa. The “Lingka”, meaning merry making, is Zhiwa Ling’s all day dining facility that offers a multi cuisine menu. From a delicious buffet breakfast with freshly baked bread to the three course dinner at the end of an exciting day, the Lingka will keep you in good spirits. On sunny days, take advantage of the outdoor dining option on our deck, built on a wooden cantilever bridge.  The Gawa, or “Happiness”, serves Bhutanese and Western cuisine, providing you an alternative choice to dine in the relaxed atmosphere of a very traditional setting surrounded by artefacts and antiques. With nice views over the stream, gardens, and lush Paro valley, the Gawa will keep you coming back for more.

The Menlha Spa at Zhiwa Ling Hotel creates a sanctuary where the mind, body and spirits are at ease with the elements. An extensive array of treatments are on offer to help you choose a therapy that will soothe and balance, leaving you with a relaxed spirit.

The Mad Monk Bar is an ideal venue to unwind, located adjacent to the reception in the main lobby. It is named after Drukpa Kunley (1455-1529) also known as “The Divine Madman of the Dragon Lineage”, who was a great master of Mahamudra in the Drukpa Kagyu Buddhist tradition. He became famous for his teaching methods, using outrageous behavior and ribald humor in order to awaken people he met and free them from conventional morality and self-obsession. A variety of international beverages as well as local beers and spirits are served in a cozy setting. Ask the bar tender to mix you a delightful cocktail, appropriately named the “Dragon warmer,” or try the local homemade rice wine also known as “Ara.”

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