For thousands of years mankind has been looking for the Fountain of Youth, we don’t know if some people found it and kept it a secret or may be it’s not even there. But our forefathers in Paro have found another sort of fountain that is known to have bone healing power. It's called Bjagoed Menchu located several kilometres from Paro Bonday toward Chelela.
Legend has it that a vulture (Bjagoed in Dzongkha) with a broken wing had landed near the small spring and it was seen dipping its injured wing in the spring water from time to time. After a few days, it’s said that the bird was completely healed and flew away like it never was injured. The story spread far and wide about the healing power in that water, and people with fractured bones visited the spring to take hotstone bath. Thus, it came to be known as Bjagoed Menchu.
|Bathhouses on the left, Canteen in the centre and hostel on the right.|
Now, with funds from Bhutan Trust Fund for Environment Conversation and other global donors, the place has be modified into a community business with a sustainable model around it. There are eight bathhouses with a wooden tub each, and corresponding guesthouse for each bathhouse, common toilet, and canteen.
|Outdoor sitting space for patients and families|
|Of course the Canteen|
For stay-in visitors, one bathhouse with a guest house cost Nu.1200 a day. As many as five members of a family can share the room and the bathhouse for one price. You can use the bathhouse from 8 AM to 5 PM in the evening. After 5 PM the service is open to day visitors who don’t stay overnight.
For day visitors, who don't stay over, one bathhouse for three hours is Nu.800. And you are encouraged to come after 5 PM, when stay-in visitors resign to their hostel.
Hostel rooms have plug points for you to bring your cooking appliances. You can order food from the canteen. Chilled beer is served as well.
For booking and inquires call Kuenchap 17922229