In the dusty little town of Tagong you will not find many choices for hostels, but Jya Drolma & Gayla's Guesthouse is a great choice for a basic yet friendly and comfortable place to sleep. Your hosts will greet you with a cup of tea and you will be happy to step out the back door into the wild flowers to see the beautiful green hills surrounding the town. The hosts can help you arrange horse treks and hikes in the surrounding hills; however, be aware that English is limited.
Tagong is a small town with one dusty main road and a town square, so the hostel is not difficult to find. The town square is most likely where your driver will drop you off and you will find the hostel to your left if you are standing with the monastery to your right. Look for a hand-painted, red sign that says Jya Drolma & Gayla's Guesthouse with an arrow pointing through an archway. The hostel is very close to many local restaurants and shops as well as the temple and the nearby hills for hiking and exploring. It is also located next to a very popular western owned cafe, which is where most backpackers hang out, especially in the evenings.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The hostel provides large dorm rooms as well as smaller, three-bed dorms and private rooms. The whole facility is painted in cheerful colors and drawings and decorated in woodcarvings, giving it a very authentic feel. The large dorm room has a curtain for a door, but the facility feels very safe and peaceful, since the family also lives here. The beds are comfortable and come with sheets, blankets, and even electric blankets for the cold nights. The linens are a little worn, but you will be grateful for them when the air becomes cold at night. It is very quiet except for the sound of howling dogs in the hills when the sun goes down.
The bathrooms are basic with a squat toilet and shower, but you may have to wait awhile since there is only one on each of the three floors. The bathrooms are not the cleanest but will work if you need one. Bring your own toilet paper.
The hostel has a downstairs living room, which the host family uses -- but they don't mind if you sit with them and watch TV or store your bags there. The backyard is pretty and full of wildflowers and you can sit on the back steps or on the old benches. Most backpackers who stay in this hostel end up hanging out, eating breakfast, and drinking a beer or two in the evenings on the porch at the cafe a few doors down. You will meet lots of friendly backpackers there.
Jya Drolma & Gayla's Guesthouse is a great choice for backpackers on a budget. You will find basic yet comfortable accommodation and are sure to have great company. You will be amazed by the beauty of the area and the friendly welcome from the locals.