IHCL to make double debut in Bhutan

Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) has signed for two new Taj-branded hotels in Phobjikha and Paro, Bhutan.

These brownfield projects, developed by CG Group, will mark the group’s entry in both Bhutanese key cities.

Paro property

The 45-key Taj Paro will be spread over 7.6 acres, surrounded by protected forests alongside a stream. 

The Himalayan retreat will offer an all-day diner, speciality restaurant and bar, complemented by recreational amenities including an indoor swimming pool, gym, spa and meeting facilities.

Valley variety

In the Phobjikha valley, the 34-key Taj Phobjikha will be set across 3.5 acres.

Amenities will include an all-day-diner, an alfresco speciality restaurant and a bar, along with spa and fitness facilities. 

Regional commitment

Puneet Chhatwal, MD and CEO, IHCL, commented:  “These signings demonstrate IHCL’s commitment to the region and our focus on expanding our footprint in key leisure destinations.

“We are delighted to bring two Taj branded hotels to the Kingdom of Bhutan with its stunning natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage. This also furthers our longstanding partnership with the CG Group.”

Unique blend

Dr Binod Chaudhary, chairman, CG Corp Global and CG Hospitality Global said: “The signings take forward our partnership with IHCL spanning 25 years and 12 assets across six countries.

“The two Bhutan hotels, built with sustainability at the core, will showcase the unique blend of traditional Bhutanese charm and Taj’s unmatched hospitality, offering travellers an unforgettable stay in the Himalayan kingdom.”

Regional developments

IHCL has a portfolio of 276 hotels including 83 under development globally across four continents, 11 countries and in over 100 locations.

Over the Bhutanese southern border in Bangladesh, the group is due to welcome the 230-key Taj Dhaka Gulshan in Q1 2026; while nearby in northeastern India the 185-room Taj Lucknow, New Gomti Nagar Centre and the 126-key Taj Hotel at Ambuja City Centre, Patna are on the slate for Q1 2024.