The feeling of submerging into warm water on a chilly winter day can be heavenly. Bhutan has been known for its mystical beauty, traditional legends and ancient healing techniques. From ancient time hot springs are known for its magical healing properties which said to have been the secret behind the youthful skin of some fair maiden. Situated along the gargling mountain river stream near the southern town of Gelephu is a small hamlet called Tshachu. Located 15km from Gelephu, the quaint hamlet has caught the attention of many travelers with its medicinal hot water spring.
Located at a higher elevation from Gelephu, it is an uphill ride towards Tshachu. Surrounded by daunting hills Tshachu hot spring has been famous among the Bhutanese people after it was official opened in 1962 by the Gelephu dungkhag administration. People from Bumthang, Trongsa, Zhemgang and also from eastern and western dzongkhags come to soak in the hot spring of Tshachu. There are four well like structure made to collect the hot water and its quite fascinating to see people soaking them in those round well where they look like packed ramen noodles. Here visitors can also try their hands at Menchu, ancient Bhutanese Hot Stone Baths. In this method, water is heated by inundating red-hot stones into the bath. It is a popular curative method used throughout the country. In the recent years officials have been planning to renovate the hot spring along with building proper lodging facilities for the traveler. Folks who come from the different part of Bhutan to relish the medicinal properties of Tshachu hot springs are seen bringing food which is enough for a week along with their own bedding. During winter the green meadow surrounding Tshachu is dotted with the tents and makeshift staying places.
People have claimed that soaking themselves in hot spring has healed their joint pain, body acne sinus while retaining their glowing skin. Gelephu Tshachu is one of the places in Bhutan where tourist can relish in the warm natural spring water with many healing properties. Whether you belief in healing properties or not, the experience of sharing a small hot spring with different people where people are soaking themselves in minimalistic clothing without feeling awkward can be an everlasting memory.
Winter season from November to February is considered the best time to visit Gelephu Tshachu.