Stunning views

That’s “hello” in Dzongkha, the official language of Bhutan. It took me some time to learn it.

I say goodbye to the surreal and ethereal Punakha Valley today (and the stunning Uma by COMO,Punakha lodge that I stayed at for three nights) as I travel to Paro through Thimphu.

The UMA by COMO lodge is by no exaggeration a slice of heaven. Genuinely warm, thoughtful and friendly service, subtle but gorgeous architecture and the excellent food served. The hotel even packs my lunch for my daily outings. And did I mention the breathtaking views?


Uma Lodge entrance – simple, clean lines and understated


Entrance to Rooms


There are only 11 rooms and a staff complement of 50


Lodge terrace


The “lobby”


Dining area


View from the room this morning

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