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Amankora

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

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Overview

Bhutan is true to its cultural, spiritual and social traditions. A visit provides wonderful insight into life in the Himalayas as it was and continues to be. For this reason, the country is viewed as one of the last great travel destinations remaining in the world today.

In the western and central valleys of Bhutan lies Amankora, which derives its name from aman meaning ‘peace’ in Sanskrit and kora or ‘circular pilgrimage’ in Dzongkha, the Bhutanese language. Amankora is a series of lodges scattered throughout Bhutan’s valleys, each with its own character and setting. To best experience all that Bhutan has to offer, Aman can plan a tailor-made, all-inclusive journey including one or more of the Amankora lodges located in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey or Bumthang.

Exclusive Amenities

  • $100 USD Spa services credit per room, per stay

The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure:

  • Upgrade (not applicable to single accommodations)
  • Early Check-In
  • Late Check-Out

Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 Noon

Accommodations

Number of Rooms: 72

Suites at Amankora

Suites at Amankora feature a combined lounge and bedroom that is furnished with a king size bed, banquette window seat (which can be converted for triple occupancy) and reading chair. In one corner is the traditional Bukhari, wood burning stove which not only heats the suite but provides rustic charm. opening from the bedroom is a spacious bathroom with is dominated by a large terrazzo-clad bath, flanked on one side by twin vanities, walk in closet space and on the other side by enclosure for shower and commode.


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Amankora Paro Lodge

Thirty minutes from Paro’s international airport, the lodge contrasts rustic with contemporary design, featuring natural rammed-earth walls and a gentle sloping roof. A lime-washed stone pavilion houses the Living and Dining Rooms, Library, Boutique and Outdoor Terrace. Behind the main cluster of buildings is the Spa which includes a sauna, steam room, five treatment rooms with hot stone baths, changing rooms and a glass-walled yoga suite. There are six dwellings with four suites each, two on the ground floor and two on the upper floor. The 24 suites are similar in design with a king-size bed, a traditional bukhari (wood-burning stove) and a large terrazzo-clad bath.

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Amankora Thimphu Lodge

The lodge incorporates tall, white-washed stone buildings accessed through an enclosed entrance court. The Living and Dining Room features soaring ceilings and an outdoor dining deck with views of the nearby stream and surrounding forest. The spacious Library with its seating, writing and lounging areas, houses a collection of books on Bhutan and the surrounding Himalayan regions. The library can also be converted into a private Meeting and Conference Room, featuring the latest audio visual amenities. The Boutique specializes in a fine collection of Bhutanese textiles, Himalayan art and jewellery. The Spa includes three treatment rooms, a steam room and changing areas. Two dwellings house a total of 16 suites featuring a combined living and bedroom that includes a king-size bed, two reading chairs and a window banquette providing views across a landscaped courtyard or directly onto the nearby stream and pine forest. Room interiors feature wood panel and chocolate brown walls. The traditional bukhari is positioned between the bedroom and the bathroom with a shower, toilet and twin vanities. The suites are individually heated during cold winter months.

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Amankora Punakha Lodge

Accessed by crossing a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu, the lodge is centred by a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built by a former Je Kempo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). This quaint, three-storey structure with its preserved vegetable dye wall paintings is now a reception area with a Dining Room, traditional Altar Room, a courtyard for alfresco dining and a tea pavilion. Just beyond is the Spa with two treatment rooms, a steam room, changing areas and a yoga/meditation room. Eight suites, located in three rammed-earth dwellings, are situated in an orange orchard with views across the rice fields and up the Punakha Valley. The suites are identical to the design of the suites at Amankora Paro and feature wood-paneled interiors, a traditional bukhari, king-size bed, terrazzo-clad bath, shower, vanities and daybed. Suites are individually heated during the cooler winter months and air-conditioned in the summer months.

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Amankora Gangtey Lodge

Floor-to-ceiling windows in the combined Living and Dining Room offer beautiful views over the expansive Phobjikha Valley. Spa facilities include two treatment rooms and changing areas. The eight suites are identical to those of Amankora Thimphu, offering an open plan bedroom and bathing area. The design combines wood panelling and chocolate brown walls, traditional bukhari, terrazzo-clad bath, shower, vanity and daybed offering views across the valley.

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Amankora Bumthang Lodge

Overlooking established orchards and nestled near the grounds of one of Bhutan's royal palaces, the lodge offers a Library, comfortable Living Room, regal Dining Room and cosy Spa with three treatment rooms, a steam room and changing areas. Accessed through an impressive stone-clad hallway, 16 guest suites are situated in four separate dwellings, each containing two suites on the ground floor and two on the upper floor. Suites feature wood-paneled interiors, a traditional bukhari, king-size bed, terrazzo-clad bath, shower, twin vanities and daybed overlooking the courtyard, nearby Wangdichholing Palace and monastery.


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Guest Services

Airport Transportation

Airport transfers to and from Amankora Paro or Thimphu.

Facilities

Boutiques

Please note a boutique is not available in every lodge. Click on accommodations for a dsecription of each lodge.

Library

Please note a library is not available in every lodge. Click on accommodations for a description of each lodge.

Living Areas

Meeting Rooms

Please note a Meeting Room is not available in every lodge. Click on accommodations for a full description of each Lodge.

DINING

Dining at Amankora Lodges

The menu may differ on each lodge and features Western cuisine, Bumthang inspired Bhutanese set menu or Thai Cuisine cuisine served in a relaxing atmosphere.


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Attractions

Map of Bhutan

Activities around Amankora

  • T R E K S throughout the five valleys cater to all levels of ability. Amankora will tailor a trekking itinerary suited to guests’ preferences and length of stay in Bhutan. Overnight treks can also be organized. In Paro, hike up to the dramatic ruins of Drukyel Dzong and continue on to the Paro Chhu before heading through beautifully-terraced fields of rice and buckwheat with village hamlets dotting a richly-forested backdrop. Follow the trail of one of the most frequented pilgrimages in the Himalaya and hike up to the revered 7th century ‘Tiger’s Nest’ or Taktsang Lhakhang. Drive up Paro Valley with a gradual ascent to the 4,000m Cheli La Pass. The all-day trek offers incredible views of not only the Haa and Paro Valleys, but also the Himalayan backdrop that runs along the border with Tibet. In Punakha hike along the banks of Mo Chhu through terraces of rice, chillies and cabbage, to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a three-storey monument housing beautiful and complex paintings built by the Queen of Bhutan. Cheri Goemba in Thimphu is a 25-minute hike across one of the Kingdom’s oldest cantilever bridges and up a steep trail. During a stay in Gangtey, soak up the beauty of the Phobjikha Valley with an afternoon stroll. In Tang, an offshoot valley from Bumthang, a short hike to the well-preserved Ugen Choeling Palace reveals cultural treasures within its museum.
  • S P I R I T U A L pilgrimages in Bhutan offer guests both a humbling and enriching experience. For a safe pilgrimage through the Kingdom, receive a blessing and light Yak-butter lamps in the secluded Wangditse Lhakhang, and take time to reflect in the tranquillity of the ancient altar room. Visit Cheri Goemba, the first monastery established in Bhutan, and absorb the vibrant spiritual energy of the Goemba’s altar room through reflection or meditation. At the 7th century temple of Kyichu Lhakhang, have a long life blessing and Buddhist name bestowed. For further insight into Buddhism and the spirituality of the Bhutanese people, visit the National Museum, Paro Dzong and Dumtse Lhakhang.
  • A R C H E R Y is Bhutan’s national sport, with traditional bamboo to advanced Olympic compound bows in use. Tutors in the art of archery are available as is practice with a traditional bow.
  • F I S H I N G was originally introduced to Bhutan by an officer of the British military. A day spent in the river valleys offers anglers an opportunity to enjoy the pristine surroundings while enticing their wily quarries. Bhutan’s rivers are teeming with trout in large part because fish is not a traditional part of the Bhutanese diet. Equipment, guides and licenses can be arranged with advance notice.
  • G O L F can be enjoyed at Bhutan’s only official golf course, located in the heart of Thimphu. The rolling nine-hole course is set with a majestic backdrop of the capital’s administrative Tashichoe Dzong and the surrounding mountainscape. Tee times can be arranged by Amankora.
  • WHITE WATER RAFTING from September until May is possible in the Punakha Valley.During the earlier part of the season, trips provide an exhilarating ride through the deep river valleys. Later on in the season, the pace is more leisurely with an opportunity to admire the passing wildlife, farms, small villages and occasional dzong.

Map / Location

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The Kingdom’s only airport is located in Paro. Druk Air, Bhutan’s national carrier, flies to Paro Airport from Delhi, Kolkatta (Calcutta), Kathmandu, Bangkok, Dhaka, Bodhgaya and Bagdora. Druk Air adheres to schedules as closely as possible barring vagaries of weather, low clouds, and occasional impromptu requests for seats by special delegations which may result in denied boarding for a few passengers.

Aman recommends that guests fly into Paro, Delhi or Singapore from Bangkok, where Aman representatives will assist with the Druk Air check-in.

Amankora Paro is a 1⁄2 hour drive from Paro airport and complimentary arrival and departure transfers are available to and from Amankora Paro or Amankora Thimphu.

A dedicated Amankora Reservations team will assist with itinerary planning, Druk Air flight reservations, visa applications for Bhutan and all other aspects of your journey.

Nearby airports: Paro, Bhutan
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