Shangrila Hotel

The only place in Lhuentse town offering lodging, Hotel Shangrila is welcome accommodation for travelers on the road in deep eastern Bhutan. It’s simple; the building is rammed earth and stone, the bamboo-walled toilet is outdoors, and your room may have cardboard walls and bare bulbs for lighting. But there is a restaurant, a bakery, and a bar serving many brands of beer, whisky, and wine. More importantly, just outside is unspoiled eastern Bhutan — a land of dramatic gorges and cliffs and endless forests. And close by is the tallest Guru Rinpoche statue in the world, strikingly placed atop Takila hill overlooking Tangmachu village.