Chris Caldicott/Courtesy of Gante Goenpa Lodge

Remote Outpost: Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Bhutan

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It takes a six-hour drive on a bumpy road from Paro to reach Bhutan’s Phobjikha Valley, a land of black-necked cranes, leopards, and 17th-century monasteries. The payoff: full immersion into Bhutanese culture and geography, with this 12-room lodge as your base. The luxury wood-and-stone retreat, a traditional farmhouse with painted ceiling beams, will soon launch hot-air balloon rides—a first for Bhutan—delivering a bird’s-eye view of the glacial valley. gglbhutan.com. $$$$

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Remote Outpost: Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Bhutan

It takes a six-hour drive on a bumpy road from Paro to reach Bhutan’s Phobjikha Valley, a land of black-necked cranes, leopards, and 17th-century monasteries. The payoff: full immersion into Bhutanese culture and geography, with this 12-room lodge as your base. The luxury wood-and-stone retreat, a traditional farmhouse with painted ceiling beams, will soon launch hot-air balloon rides—a first for Bhutan—delivering a bird’s-eye view of the glacial valley. gglbhutan.com. $$$$

Chris Caldicott/Courtesy of Gante Goenpa Lodge

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