We stayed at the Gyalthang Dzong Hotel in Shangri-La. Shangri-La is also sometimes known as Zhongdian, and also occasionally as Gyalthang, just to confuse things.
The Gyalthang Dzong Hotel was fine, although it is starting to show a bit of wear and tear.
A long time ago, Lindsey and I were in Kilifi, on the coast of Kenya. We went to one of the local hotels and enquired if they had any rooms.
“Do you want a roof?”
“Yes, a roof on your room.”
“Do you want a bed in your room?”
“There is no electricity.”
“That’s OK. We have a candle.”
“There is no food in this hotel.”
“OK. We’ll go to a restaurant.”
“Will you need any water?”
After that hotel, most places are fine. The Gyalthang Dzong has nicely decorated rooms and a very attractive main foyer.
Despite being aware of the altitude, we spent the afternoon walking up the hill behind the hotel, where there was a stupa, and from where there was a good view over Shangri-La.
Then it was on to Bhaskar Resto, a Nepalese restaurant on the edge of the old town, where we had a historically good Nepalese meal. Really – the dhal was the best I’ve ever tasted and the breaded potato croquettes were simply awesome! Simple, but delicious. Served with bottled tomato sauce, but the mix was actually good.
The restaurant opened about a year ago, and is not mentioned in our Lonely Planet guide, but if you’re in the area, don’t miss it!