Zhiwa Ling Heritage: The Experience

Located in Paro, Bhutan

The remarkable Punakha Dzong is a short drive from Zhiwa Ling.

Opportunities to explore abound in the area around Zhiwa Ling, as three of Bhutan’s major sites—Taktsang Lhakhang, Paro Rinpung Dzong, and Drukgyel Dzong—are all within a short drive. Hikes, walks, and drives in the nearby countryside lead to villages, gorgeous Himalaya vistas, and hillside nunneries and monasteries, and the sights of Paro are just a short distance away. Because Bhutan has a unique tourism industry, we recommend visiting it as part of a National Geographic Expedition, booking a private expedition, or contacting our reservation specialist to create a custom trip. 

Things to Do

Activity inclusions vary by rate type and package. Please inquire with the lodge when requesting your reservation.

Guided Half-day or Day Hikes

Head into the surrounding Himalaya on foot on a range of hikes, from a vigorous climb up to Taktsang Lhakhang, or Tiger’s Nest monastery, to an easier hike to mountain villages.


Travel into Paro to explore the town, the National Museum, and the historic dzong; or visit nearby monasteries.

Overnight Camping Trips

Hike into the mountains with your backpack, and the lodge will take care of the rest, setting up your camp and catering your meals.


Set out with a birding expert to learn about—and spot—the bird species that inhabit this part of the Himalaya.


Discover the sparkling rivers and streams of the Himalaya wilderness during a day of fly-fishing.

Bhutanese Archery

Learn about the traditional sport of archery with local experts, and test your skills with a bow and arrow.

Yoga Retreats

Join the lodge’s instructor for yoga sessions in the meditation house, with a view of Tiger’s Nest in the distance.

Cultural Show

Get immersed in the rhythms and pageantry of a traditional Bhutanese musical performance and discover the ancient symbolism behind the elaborate costumes and dances.

Food and Drink

The lodge’s two restaurants offer fine international and local cuisine and options for more traditional fare or outdoor dining. With a roaring fire at its center, the bar provides an inviting space to gather with fellow guests while the lovely Tea House is an oasis of reflective calm.

  • Lingka Restaurant: fine international and local cuisine set on an outdoor deck built on a wooden cantilever bridge
  • Gawa Restaurant: perfect for private dining
  • Mad Monk Bar: cozy setting offering well-known international beverages and hitherto undiscovered local spirits
  • Tea House: intimate cottage where guests can enjoy a variety of teas while perusing a well-stocked library

The Spa

Mahayana Buddhism is an integral part of life in Bhutan and practice of the faith is woven into many elements of everyday life at Zhiwa Ling. Within the lodge, monks worship at a temple built using timber from the Gangtey Goemba, one of Bhutan’s most important monasteries. The Menlha Spa is inspired by the Buddhist healing goddess Tara and offers a variety of treatments, including traditional hot-stone baths, as well as fitness facilities, a sauna, and a steam room.

Business & Conference Facilities

The lodge's business facilities feature state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, wireless Internet service, and catering options from coffee breaks to full international and local buffets.

  • Chele La Hall: theater-style, 170 seats, located on the first floor of the main building
  • Pele La Hall: 80 seats, located on the first floor of the main building
  • Business center and boardroom: seats eight

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