Ugyen’s farmhouse is more than 200 years old and is built in the traditional Bhutanese style typically seen all over Bhutan. It is an exceptionally large home displaying some fine features of days gone by.
Previously belonging to the Ex District Governor (Ugyen’s Uncle), which explains the grand nature of the dwelling, it has now been transferred into Ugyen’s ownership. Guests will be guided over a babbling stream and past an ancient Buddhist Chorten (stupa) before being shown down a stone-lined path to be greeted by the whole family on the landing of the home-stay – a wonderful way to set the scene for a memorable stay.
Ugyen is the eldest of 5 children. His childhood was spent herding yaks in the high mountain pastures above the Dumchoe village with his father Lhap. Yak herding still comprises a large part of the family’s income with the homestay business and vegetable growing supplementing the family’s earnings. Ugyen, who is married to Dole Bidha who comes from a neighboring village, have 2 young children; Kinga and Tenzin.
Ugyen’s father Lhap and Dole Bidha’s aunty also lives with them. Aunty must be one of the hardest working people around – you will see her milking the cow in the early hours of the morning and tending the fields surrounding the home-stay from dawn to dusk.
A stay at Ugyen’s homestay is truely a family affair. As one visitor was overheard saying…… ‘it was the highlight of my trip’.