Tucked away in the village of Jawana (which means the village beneath the cliff), about 20 min drive through a farm road from the main road near Punakha Dzong is a Bhutanese treasure called Aum Wangmo Homestay. The 5-acre farm has been in Aum Wangmo’s family for about 200 years, since her great-great-grandfather’s time. Well maintained, the farmhouse has been repaired, extended and renovated to house two modern toilets/bathrooms and five rooms to accommodate 10 tourists comfortably.
“This is one of the best stays so far. The location is amazing amid hills, orchards, step farming, stream, chirping of birds... basically we were at the nature's lap. However, the best thing about the place is aunty aka Aum. She made us fall in love with Bhutanese food...buckwheat pan cake, ema datshi, shakam datshi to name a few. Besides, Aum's son Tenzing was extremely helpful and accommodative to our needs. We enjoyed our hike around the homestay with Aum's daughter Rigcel. In all, staying in that homestay felt like we were home during a vacation wherein our mom pampered us with loads of food laced with love and a warm smile. May God bless this beautiful family!!”
The house is ideally located in one of the best neighbourhoods in Thimphu. The main Thimphu town is just 5 minutes drive away. The takin zoo(Bhutan's National Animal) is about 10 mins walk and there is a beautiful trail for walk towards SangayGang(BBS Tower) where the whole Thimphu city can be seen. All other attractions like the Buddha Point, TashiChoeDzong, Thimphu Main Town, Changangkha Lhakhang(Monastery), Phajoding Trek, etc are all within close vicinity. It is just your home away home.
“Tandi's apartment was clean with full on mordern amenities and fully equipped kitchen and perfect for families . It's a four bedroom apartment with a living room and a kitchen which would be shared by all the guests . Tandi is super informative and will provide you with excellent tips about Timphu n rest of Bhutan . The place is a bit far from town and if you have your own car it would not bother you as it's in a very nice neighborhood . Tandi was helpful in many ways and I was happy to have interacted with him . Overall a warm butanese experience !”
The bungalow is in a private wooded area, graced by differnt species of birds . Homely & very peaceful, abt 12 minutes drive to city. At Airbnb rate, get a homestay value. IMPORTANT INFO. # cheaper transport if you wish to avail. Bycycles available # you can base in Thimphu & move to punakha as day trip (2hrs away) and Paro is just 55 minutes away. # I hv homestay in punakha village, its 13 kms beautiful drive through the valley of rice bowl of Bhutan from town,pick n drop 1500 inr.
“Location - A very peaceful place to stay. Away from any kind of hustle and bustle. The location is beautiful. Stunning mountain views greet you. There is a football ground right below where teams play every evening and you get a great seat. They have 2 dogs and a few cats, including a really friendly one. The estate is full of walnut and apple trees. The rooms - Rooms were cozy. There are 2 beds in each room, 2 double and 1 single. It was extremely cold but Luengten provided enough blankets to keep us warm. The big windows let out a lot of heat, though, so one must make sure that they don't sleep with their heads towards the window side. There is a common room with couches and a big table, where you can sit down with friends and family and enjoy a drink, play cards etc. There are utility items like a water kettle, induction heater, electric pot which can be used for cooking. There is enough cutlery and plates for occupants. You get warm water in the bathrooms 24x7 as the geysers are always running. One issue I faced and which people will face in the winter was that on the coldest days water froze in the pipes and as a result there is no running water in the morning. So be prepared for that and keep a bucket full of water handy. The beds were low, which made it difficult for my mom as she had a knee surgery recently, but Luengten arranged for an extra mattress which made it perfect for my mom. It was extremely thoughtful of her. Then there is the living room of the hosts. They have a fireplace in there which makes it the coziest of living rooms. There is WiFi in there as well, so you can sit for hours conversing with the hosts and other guests and browsing the net. Food - Luengten cooks yummy Bhutanese as well as Nepalese cuisines. You can dine with the family. They make you feel so welcome. Alternatively, you can cook in your cottage's living room using the appliances/utensils provided. The Hosts - They are the nicest of people. Thinley and Luengten are extremely warm and gentle. They are also excellent conversationalists. They are knowledgeable and can hold conversations on about any topic, so you will never get bored. They gifted us some gifts/mementos to take back. They also offered oranges, walnuts, red chillies etc., from there estate. Even the rice they cook is from their own produce. You can literally taste the freshness of these products. Overall it was an amazing stay. We stayed at Little Village for the entire 5-6 days of our trip making day trips to various places. I would definitely recommend Little Village and Luengten for your trip.”