Songzanlin Tibetan Monastery overlooking Zhongdian, China
Arro Khampa, Zhongdian
- Located on the famous Ancient Tea Horse Road
- Dine on local Tibetan food at the hotel restaurant
- Traditional local architecture throughout
The name of this hotel encapsulates its essence: Arro Khampa means 'Friend, I bid you welcome" in the eastern Tibetan dialect of the region, a greeting that connects its guests to a long tradition of travellers in caravans journeying along the Ancient Tea Horse Road. Arro Khampa is situated in the 1300 year-old town of Gyalthang, also known as Shangri-La. It is a highly desired lodging for adventurers who travel the roads to the Zhongdian old town, in search of a legacy unique to this part of the world.
From here, you can visit the famous ‘Wheel of Life’ at Sakyamuni Temple, the stunning Puacuo National Park or learn about Tibetan Buddhism at the Songzan Lin Monastery. Gaze in awe at snow-capped mountains, trek through majestic gorges and meet the local Yaks as you explore this region.
All of this wonder does not end when you step inside the Arro Khampa itself. This hotel has its very own Tibetan style boutique, featuring a fusion of local influences and luxuries that create a chic, yet comfortable and warm environment. Built around a central courtyard, the characterful hotel showcases traditional Tibetan architecture, with intricate hand-carved wood features, vibrant local textiles and stunning carvings.
Each of the hotel’s 17 suites has all of the modern amenities you would expect from a boutique lodge. Get toasty with heated floors and warm luxurious baths, and soak up the ambiance of the space, created with sumptuous fabrics and rich textiles in ethnic tones.
Arro Khampa also offers plenty of entertainment for every guest. The 360-degree rooftop sun terrace is the perfect place to unwind and watch the sun set over the mountains, with toasty fire pits and a summer dining service. Alternatively, enjoy some delicious Tibetan and Chinese cuisine can at Sama Restaurant, where you will experience a whole new palate of aromatic spices. Or, retreat to the library to discover local lore and captivating accounts.
Although Arro Khampa Boutique Hotel has plenty to offer, its most special feature is its relationship with its local community. A truly authentic institution, the local people refer to the hotel and its surrounding area as the “Nansuodhak”, which was a manor house inhabited by a historic Tibetan magistrate. He once hosted traveling merchants of old who had travelled along the Ancient Tea Horse Road from such far-flung locations as Burma.