The Venue

The primary venue for the Symposium is the Zhiwa Ling Hotel, located in the Paro Valley in the Kingdom of Bhutan. This venue has been chosen for it’s beautiful location, special conference environment, and experience in catering for regional meetings of this nature involving representatives from South Asian governments. The aim is to provide a unique environment that fosters the development of regional relationships, cross-sectoral dialog and knowledge sharing in a beautiful, safe and relaxed setting.

The Zhiwa Ling is internationally recognized for its unique blend of traditional Bhutanese style, modern facilities and impeccable customer service. The hotel’s elaborate hand-carved wooden cornices and masterful stonework coexist beautifully with cutting-edge telecommunication systems, water treatment and heating systems.

The Zhiwa Ling Hotel is the first and only wholly Bhutanese-owned hotel to receive a 5 star rating and is ISO22000 certified.

Set on 10 acres, Zhiwa Ling has many amenities available to guests. The spa offers all the facilities guests could want; a fitness centre, sauna, steam room as well as a traditional Bhutanese outdoor hot-stone bath. There is a business centre, Tea House, two fully equipped conference rooms, a Meditation House and the hotel has its own greenhouse.

The two restaurants specialise in contemporary international cuisine and classic Bhutanese dishes.

Honouring the spiritual heritage of this ancient Buddhist kingdom, a temple has been built into the second floor of the hotel, made with 450-year-old timbers from the famous Gangtey Monastery.

Five years in the making, Zhiwa Ling is a tribute to the ornate architectural arts of Bhutan. Every part of the hotel is handmade, from the massive hand-carved wooden beams to the seemingly endless designs of the colourful, hand-painted ceilings and walls.

Zhiwa Ling provides the most authentic top-tier hospitality and accommodation experience in Bhutan and is Bhutan’s first locally owned, faithfully traditional hotel with 21st century conveniences.