Author, travel writer, and TV host, Andrew Evans, was led into the world and stories of Siddhārtha Gautama during his stay at Zhiwa Ling Heritage recently.
"Though I've read and heard the story of Siddhārtha Gautama many times, nothing compares to hearing it from a natural storyteller and practicing Buddhist like Sonam Zam, property manager at the Zhiwa Ling Hotel in Paro, Bhutan. The timeless story comes to life with these beautiful original wall paintings that illustrate the Buddha's life with ornate color and detail. The Zhiwa Ling's shrine was reconstructed from 450-year old timbers reclaimed from Bhutan's Gangtey Goemba Monastery and is available to all guests seeking a thoughtful, peaceful refuge. Culture is a real luxury, and like so many National Geographic Lodges, Zhiwa Ling highlights the truth of Bhutan by preserving the traditional Buddhist temple inside its own walls.
Indeed, good people make good hotels, and I feel so grateful for the chance to spend time with Sonam Zan, to hear her stories, and to leave with a better understanding of Buddhism in Bhutan."