Amankora

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The first resort in Bhutan and with five lodges across its central and western valleys, Amankora has been a part of this legendary Buddhist Kingdom for 16 years. Dedicated to providing an unparalleled experience of this pristine, year-round destination – one of the happiest places in the world – Amankora’s five lodges are each a sanctuary designed to complement its uniquely beautiful setting.

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    Amankora
    Paro, Thimphu, Punakha,
    Gangtey, Bumthang, Bhutan
    Resort Style & Type:  Boutique Eco Resort
    This Resort is Rated: 4-Stars
    This Resort is Beachfront: No
    This Resort is Best For: Groups, Single adults & Couples
    This Resort is All-Inclusive: No
    This Resort is Family Friendly: No
    This Resort is for Adults-only: N/A
    This Resort is Green-Certified: Yes
    This Resort Offers a Spa & Wellness Program: Yes

    Hotel Overview
    The first resort in Bhutan and with five lodges across its central and western valleys, Amankora has been a part of this legendary Buddhist Kingdom for 16 years. Dedicated to providing an unparalleled experience of this pristine, year-round destination – one of the happiest places in the world – Amankora’s five lodges are each a sanctuary designed to complement its uniquely beautiful setting.

    Location
    At an elevation of 2,250 meters, Paro Valley is the entry point for most the journeys throughout the Kingdom. The airport is located approximately 30 minutes from Amankora Paro.

    Architecture
    Its architecture features natural rammed-earth walls, gently sloping roofs and wood-paneled interiors. The floor-to-ceiling windows of the Living Room reveal a dramatic vista of the 17th-century ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a monastic fortress, and the snow-capped peak of Jhomolhari.

    Amankora Lodges

    Paro Lodge
    Combined bedroom and living area with terrazzo-clad bath and forest views. At an elevation of 2,250 meters, Paro Valley makes a beguiling start or an atmospheric end to an Amankora journey. Hidden in thick pine the 24-suites, with walls clad in wood and black steel paneling, contrast rustic elements with contemporary design. Amenities include king-size beds, traditional wood-burning stoves and banquette window-seats, while bathrooms featured terrazzo-clad bathtubs, twin vanities, a separate shower and toilet. Hiking and cycling are arguably the best ways to explore the incredible landscape, and every lodge offers an exhaustive list of options and routes. In addition, guests will be given a ‘top ten’ list of experiences to try in each locality.

    Thimphu Lodge
    Wood-paneled interior, with a landscaped courtyard and pine forest views. Set in the upper reaches of the Motithang area, the 16-Suite Lodge of Amankora Thimphu is built in the style of a traditional dzong fortress. Within reach of the capital’s shops and sights, the lodge remains a secluded retreat from which to explore both all the city has to offer and the wild Himalayan landscape. Amenities include king-size beds, traditional wood-burning stoves and banquette window-seats, while bathrooms feature terrazzo-clad bathtubs, twin vanities, a separate shower and toilet. Hiking and cycling are arguably the best ways to explore the incredible landscape, and every lodge offers an exhaustive list of options and routes. In addition, guests will be given a ‘top ten’ list of experiences to try in each locality.

    Gangtey Lodge
    Open-plan bedroom and living area with serene valley views. In the little-visited Phobjikha Valley near the village of Gangtey, the eight-Suite Amankora Gangtey is set on a forested knoll with scenic views of the valley floor and the 16th-century Gangtey Goemba monastery. Part of the Black Mountains National Park wildlife reserve, the valley is home each winter to a flock of 300 endangered black-neck cranes. Suite interiors are identical to those of Amankora Thimphu, each enjoying a view across the valley. Amenities include king-size beds, traditional wood-burning stoves and banquette window-seats, while bathrooms feature terrazzo-clad bathtubs, twin vanities, a separate shower and toilet.

    Bumthang Lodge
    Views overlooking a tranquil courtyard and the nearby Wangdicholing Palace. Bumthang, directly translating as ‘beautiful field’, is home to 29 temples and monasteries, including the ancient Jambay Lhakhang, and is a treasure-trove of Bhutan’s art and painting traditions. The 16-Suite Amankora Bumthang rests adjacent to the Wandichholing Palace, within the town of Jakar in the Choekhor Valley. From here, guests can embark on a multitude of cultural and spiritual experiences, including the unforgettable experience of the 108 butter lamp offering at Taktsang Monastery. Amenities include king-size beds, traditional wood-burning stoves and banquette window-seats, while bathrooms feature terrazzo-clad bathtubs, twin vanities, a separate shower and toilet.

    Punakha Lodge
    Set in rammed-earth buildings, with views of rice paddies ascending the valley. Reached by crossing a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu River covered in prayer flags, Punakha Lodge incorporates a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built by a former Je Khenpo (chief abbot of Bhutan). Located in a subtropical valley that produces most of the nation’s vegetables, the area is where the Bhutanese royals spend their winters. Eight of the suites are identical in design to those of Amankora Paro, with views across an orange orchard and rice terraces. The four Mo Chhu Suites are situated in a new building, and two feature separate 40m2 living areas. The suites can be combined to offer two 2-bedroom units. All accommodations offer king-size beds, traditional wood-burning stones and banquette window-seats, while bathrooms feature terrazzo-clad bathtubs, twin vanities and a separate shower and toilet.

    Rooms
    Surrounded by pine forest, the 24-suite retreat contrasts rustic elements with contemporary design.

    Guest suites offer a combined lounge and bedroom furnished with a king-size bed, banquette window seat, reading chair and traditional bukhari (wood-burning stove). The spacious bathroom is dominated by a large terrazzo-clad bath, and also features twin vanities, a dressing area and a separate shower and toilet.

    Amenity highlights
    Amankora eight suites are set in an orange orchard with views across rice terraces. Lodge facilities include spa treatment rooms and a steam room, as well as the Meditation Room, Reading Room, Lounge and Tea Pavilion.

    Property Amenities
    Surrounded by pine forest, the 24-suite retreat contrasts rustic elements with contemporary design. Its architecture features natural rammed-earth walls, gently sloping roofs and wood-paneled interiors. The floor-to-ceiling windows of the Living Room reveal a dramatic vista of the 17th-century ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a monastic fortress, and the snow-capped peak of Jhomolhari. The lodge features a generously-proportioned outdoor yard, warmed by a bonfire at night and ideal for lounging or stargazing. The lodge’s Spa offers three treatment rooms and a steam room. Suites are housed in Their separate dwellings

    Number of rooms: 72

    Dining
    A variety of Bhutanese, Western and Indian dishes are served across all five Amankora Lodges, using local ingredients such as yak meat and fresh honey from the Bumthang Valley. Private dining can be arranged both inside and outside the Lodges, whether for an intimate dinner or group celebration.

    Location
    Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang, Bhutan

    Airport
    PBH – Paro International Airport

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Our Elite Travel Collection Includes the Following:

    • Deluxe accommodation from our hand-picked collection
    • Travelers on tailor-made journeys benefit from our full support on the ground
    • A professional guide waiting to meet you upon arrival at your destination
    • Private car transfers or limousine service
    • Hotel check-in assistance
    • Private guides when sightseeing
    • Depending on itinerary, all tips are included for drivers and guides so no need to wonder how much to give at the end of your holiday
    • International and local flights by scheduled airline or private jet
    • Daily breakfast (Optional meal plans are available)
    • Sightseeing as described in each itinerary are included
    • Your personalized itinerary with listings of things to see and do, and our personal recommendations.
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    What’s Not Included:

    • Flight not listed in your itinerary
    • Accommodation not as listed in the itinerary
    • Visa Fees: Please make sure that you have got your valid passport and visa before your entry. We can send you a free official invitation letter to assist you in obtaining your visa after the reservation deposit is received
    • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
    • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
    • Airline baggage fees
    • Travel Protection Plan – Please kindly note that the full coverage travel protection from your country of origin should be purchased in advance on your own
    • Optional activities
    • Incidentals
    1. Intro Amankora Spiritual Journey

      Be immersed in awe-inspiring scenery and the Buddhist way of life on an inspirational trip through Bhutan. Discover the spectacular Himalayan settings of Paro and Thimphu valleys with a private driver and guide, combining cultural sights, spiritual experiences and breathtaking scenery on a journey that can be tailored entirely to your preferences, in advance or on the ground

    2. Day 1 Thimpu Valley

      Experience breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks on the spectacular descent into the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. Begin your spiritual journey at Changangkha Lhakang, a 12th-century temple in the Thimphu valley: meditate in the altar room and take part in the symbolic lighting of 108 butter lamps, before returning to Amankora’s Thimphu lodge for a traditional cultural performance or a lecture on Buddhism at the library.

    3. Day 2 Paro

      Join locals in their daily worship before embarking on the incredible journey through the Himalayan landscape to Paro. Join the nuns at Zilukha for dawn prayer, circle the Memorial Chorten with locals and explore Thimphu’s cultural sights and shops, before taking the dramatic drive to Amankora’s Paro lodge, stopping en route at Dra Karpo, one of Bhutan’s holiest temples. In Paro, visit the National Museum, the fortress of Paro Dzong and Dungtse Lhakang.

    4. Day 3 Punakha Valley

      Arrive at the Dochu La Mountain Pass en route to Punakha Valley, stopping at one of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries. Visit the village of Talo, home to the temple of the Queen Mother’s protective deity, then take an afternoon hike or a dip in the infinity pool amid rice terraces at Amankora Punakha.

    5. Day 4 Punakha Valley

      Hike alongside the River Mo, through tiered rice paddies to a chorten built by the queen mother. Picnic on the banks of the River Puna, near the winter homes of the royal family, before visiting Punakha’s dzong and the 15th-century Chimi fertility temple

    6. Day 5 Paro

      Wind through the Wang and Paro river valleys to Amankora Paro, surrounded by pines. Explore nearby ruins as well as some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments, followed by an evening lecture, prayer flag printing or a traditional cultural performance.

    7. Day 6 Paro

      Discover artifacts dating back to 4000 BCE at the National Museum. Visits to Kyichu and Dumtse temples offer cultural discovery, while a gentle walk past Drukgyal Dzong leads along the River Paro through forest and tiered fields.

    8. Day 7 Paro

      A morning hike ascends to Tiger’s Nest – one of Bhutan’s most revered ancient sites. Experience astonishing views from the monastery, perched on a cliff 900 meters above the valley floor, before enjoying a 60-minute treatment in the lodge spa. Depart from Paro airport the next morning.

      A continuous journey

      For stays of seven nights or more in any Lodge, or a combination of Lodges, a tailor-made Bhutan itinerary will include complimentary road permits, private transport with a driver and guide, and one 60-minute Spa treatment.
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