Chador Zangmo Farm House

To stay at Chador Zangmo Farmhouse in stunning Gasa is to get three great aspects in one package: a comfortable place to stay, hot springs (tsachu) within walking distance, and a talkative and helpful guide in the form of owner Chador. The farmhouse has three rooms for guests, two toilets, and a big dining room. Chador and his wife live in the house along with their four children, and they keep cows and horses on the property (though, sadly, horseback rides are not an option: his horse is too old for that). They can easily arrange for locals to entertain guests with the songs and dances of the region.

Chador's English is very good — as is his two eldest daughters' — and he's delighted to be a tour guide to the local sights. His in-depth knowledge allows his guests to see things they might not otherwise — like the sacred relics located inside Gasa Dzong (located a little above the farmhouse), items associated with the man known as the father of Bhutan, the Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel, and a special secret underground passage that leads into the dzong.

Chador even has the support of Dasho Dzongdha (the governor of Gasa) to run his homestay. The governor suggested to him during an entrepreneur course that with his proximity to the hot springs and his extroverted personality, opening his farmhouse to tourists would be natural.