Readers of a New York based travel magazine Travel + Leisure has ranked Gangtey Lodge in Phobjikha, Wangdue 5th among the top 15 resort hotels in Asia and 26th among the top 100 hotels in the world.

The readers ranked the hotel based on its facilities, location, service, food, and overall value.

It was learnt that features and amenities such as suites that reflected the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan, an in-suite spa, traditional Bhutanese hot stone baths were considered while rating the scores.

The lodge offers Buddhist meditation classes, breakfast and blessings at the Gangtey Monastery, archery and darts with a team of experts, and hikes to the unobstructed 360-degree views atop Lawala Pass.

Additionally, all guest rooms command sweeping views of the valley below and of the Gangtey Goenpa, or monastery, just about five minutes walk away.

Heated hand cut stone floors and deep bathtubs next to wood burning stoves complete the sense of luxury and coziness, the magazine states. The main lodge subtly captures the vibrancy of Bhutanese artwork and monastic design, complimented by the murals and carvings by local artists and masons reflecting images and landscapes from the valley.

Staff Reporter