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Managed by two sisters, this family-owned, three-star resort is named after a nearby natural spring, or drubchhu, which is believed to possess healing properties. The hotel is located at the junction of the Thimphu, Punakha, and Wangdue districts on the National Highway. This makes it an ideal spot both for exploring Punakha and as a stopover while crossing Bhutan. The hotel itself is situated on the site of a former granary built by Zhabdrung Jigme Choegyal, and it houses 27 large rooms. Each room comes with complimentary water, coffee, and tea, as well as a mini bar and fully-stocked bathroom. Whether you choose a Deluxe or Superior room, you’ll enjoy views over the rice fields of Punakha and the ambience of the pine forest surrounding the resort.
Drubchhu Resort has two dining options: the Ari Restaurant serves continental and Bhutanese cuisine, while the Drubchhu Café is a good place to grab a quick sandwich, soup, or salad. The freshly baked bread is especially good, and the hotel’s kitchen garden provides organic greens for the menu. A trip to the local town of Missina will give you the chance to visit plenty of vegetable markets, shops, and restaurants, as well as the temple known as Chimi Lhakhang. This temple was built on a site blessed by the Buddhist saint Drukpa Kunley, or Divine Madman. In fact, Drukpa Kunley’s close association with this part of Bhutan has even contributed to the name of the Drubchhu Resort’s own bar: the Mad Man.