Happiness Field Village Farmstay at Gubjithang in Punakha is a lovely standalone home in midst of fields and next to the river bank of po chhu. It can only be reached by a suspension bridge or by following a footpath from Punakha Dzong. This place is wonderful for those who wish for a quiet refuge away from busy towns. The nangi aum, Aum Karma, has recently re-furbished the house and opened up for guests.

The location is fantastic surrounded by fields and a huge garden with flowers and vegetables. There is also a sitting area where you can relax from long drives after visiting central Bhutan. For those who have limited time it is also a great way to get to know everyday farm life. Aum Karma has cows, hens and vegetable fields. On demand a hot stone bath can be prepared.

From here you can walk along a pleasant footpath to Punakha Dzong and also undertake excursions into the forest. Aum Karma also offers bonfire facilities and camping for those who want it more wildly romantic.

Thread dyeing workshops

Karma is a very experienced weaver and designer for go and kira patterns (she designed the 5th king’s coronation go!). Hence she also offers dyeing workshops with natural dye for her guests against an extra fee. She boils the ingredients on open fire as is customary until they take the color intensity she is looking for.

  • Location: Punakha
  • Facilities: Indoor bathrooms & hot water, hot stone bath on demand
  • Surroundings: Short hike to Punakha Dzong, Chime lhakhang, po chhu & mo chhu