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Home > Bhutan > Holiday With Amankora
A Journey through the Land of the Thunder Dragon

AMANKORA PARO 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.

AMANKORA THIMPHU 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 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.

AMANKORA PUNAKHA 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-panelled 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.

AMANKORA GANGTEY 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.

AMANKORA BUMTHANG 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-panelled interiors, a traditional bukhari, king-size bed, terrazzo-clad bath, shower, twin vanities and daybed overlooking the courtyard, nearby Wangdichholing Palace and monastery.
  • Day by Day Itinerary
  • Cost Include & Exclude
  • Prepare & Hints
Day 01: Arrival
From the flight in, weaving through the valley, arrival in Bhutan is like no other. A short transfer to brings guests to Amankora and its spa, set inside a forest of pine. The spa offers a range of unique healing and rejuvenating treatments. In the afternoon, visit the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artifacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lies the dominating Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge, and guests are then driven to the town temple, built in 1525, to view ancient wall paintings. Paro options include picturesque picnic spots or, perhaps, a visit to a traditional farmhouse to lunch with family. (Overnight: Amankora in Paro)

Day 02 Excursion to Taktsang Goemba
Start the day with a pleasant hike up to view one of Bhutan's most revered monuments, the Taktsang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the "Tiger's Nest". The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. Picnic lunch at the view point of the monastery. In the evening, there is an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins, a visit to some of the valley's oldest and holiest religious monuments or a ramble down Paro's main street. (Overnight: Amankora in Paro)

Day 03 From Paro to Punakha An early departure and a dramatic drive following the course of the Paro Chu (Paro River) and Wang Chu (Wang River) on to the high mountain pass of Dochu La. Sights on the way include one of Bhutan's first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, and ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery. The journey continues over the 3,050m mountain pass where on a clear day, towering Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. The descent into Punakha Valley along the Kingdom's only east-west highway, loops above the Punak Chu before dropping to the valley floor. A short drive onward to the Amankora bridgehead affords guests access to the lodge with its royal farmhouse and accommodations set amongst the paddy fields and chili plantations. (Overnight: Amankora in Punakha)

Day 04 Punakha Valley The day in Punakha Valley begins with a drive through the town of Khuruthang and continues along the banks of the Mo Chu river, passing the Punthsho Pelri Palace and several other winter homes of the royal family. At the upper end of the valley, a hike across a footbridge through terraces of rice, chillies and cabbage, takes guests to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a monument recently built by the four queens of Bhutan. The impressive Punakha Dzong, the winter residence of the monastic order's head, can also be viewed. A picnic lunch is served on the banks of the Punak Chu, before visiting the village of Lobesa where a short walk ends at Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built in 1499. (Overnight: Amankora in Punakha)

Day 05 Gangtey Valley Today's onward journey begins with a stop in the picturesque Wangdi for a visit to the Wangdiphodrang Dzong and Radak naktshang, the village temple. Carriying on the highway follows the scenic Dang Chu before climbing through forests of bamboo and oak, and just before crossing the Pele La pass, a small side road splinters off to the hidden Phobjika Valley. On arrival guests will have time to take lunch at Amankora Gangtey before visiting the striking Gangtey Goemba, sitting at the head of the valley, and perhaps strolling through the quaint Gangtey village. (Overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 06: Day Excursion This morning will start with a visit to the Black Neck Crane Centre and dependent on the season, time spent in the Centre's nearby hide is a must to view the breeding cranes. Various walks or a mountain bike ride are also recommended for the afternoon. Soaking up the beauty of the valley from the Lodge or returning to the revered Goemba for an audience with the Tulkul may be attractive, relaxing alternatives for the day. (Overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 07: Transfer to Thimphu Valley Today's journey back to the capital is lengthy, but the treasures that await are to be much anticipated. Upon arrival in Thimphu you will visit the National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and perhaps even "kora" the Memorial Chorten. Dusk permitting, a short drive up to the BBS tower affords magnificent views across the Thimphu Valley. After lunch, drive head north up to the Thimphu Valley stopping to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan's government and Royal offices, and continuing on past Dechenchoeling, residence of the Queen Mother to Pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that were once the home of the Shabdrung and now house o monastic astrologer training school. (Overnight: Amankora Thimphu)

Day 08: Departure Day Early morning transfer to airport for international departure.

Included:
  • Royalty and taxes to the government
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Transportation within Bhutan
  • Services of guide
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Tea and Snacks
  • All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Riding ponies and pack animals on treks
  • Entrance fees to temple and monuments
  • Visa Fee and One time payment of US$ 10 each for Tourism Development Fund
  • Air Ticket - Kathmandu / Bangkok - Paro - Kathmandu/Bangkok

Excluded:

  • International Airfares and airport departure taxes as applicable.
  • The cost of personal items like laundry & all kind of soft & hard drinks
  • Phone call
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • All others except committed to provide in ‘cost included’ section above. The above rates are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. The rate can be higher depending upon the nature of services desired beyond the set of entitlements
Tips For Travellers

How should I interact with people in Bhutan?
The people of Bhutan are like other people! Ask before you take their picture. Ask your guide before taking pictures in museums or public buildings. There are some places that are off limits to visitors for religious and safety reasons. Ask your guide so you can always be sure.
And please never hand out candy or small trinkets to children. Bhutanese people are very proud of the fact that there are no beggars in Bhutan and wish not to encourage this behavior of expecting anything from our guests. Small gifts to people you stay with and a tip for your guide are fine.

What should I and what can I bring with me?
  • Good walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (highest possible)
  • Headgear for sunny days
  • Bug repellent
  • Cotton clothing for summer days, light woolen clothes for evenings. Heavy woolens for winter.
  • Shorts for hiking and walking around town are fine. Out of respect, please don't wear shorts in public buildings or monasteries. Have a pair of long pants or longer skirt for these locations.
  • Plugs/converters for electrical equipment (Standard Indian round pin socket suitable for Voltage and cycles 230v, 50cycles AC.
  • Ear plugs (many barking dogs!)

For trekkers, be sure to bring the following:

  • Sturdy and "broken-in" trekking/hiking boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (highest possible)
  • Headgear
  • Raincoat
  • Medium to heavy sleeping bag (or can be rented - bag and mat for $5 per night)
  • Torch (Flashlight)
  • Insect repellent
  • Day pack and water bottle
  • An extra duffel bag with lock

Maximum recommended load for trekking is 25Kgs (55lbs.), or 1/5th of body weight.
Cellular or mobile phones: GSM phones or satellite phones work in Bhutan

No ATM machines anywhere in the Kingdom so make sure to bring enough spending money- either cash (USD, Euros, Pounds etc.,) or Traveller's Checks. Money is easily changed in Bhutan - your guide will help you.

Some of the bigger handicraft stores take American Express, Visa and Mastercard. However, the small shops do not.

Note:

On the day of departure from Bhutan, our obligation shall be limited to breakfast only and any extra requirement shall be payable on actual basis.

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Overview of Trip
Trip Highlights:
A Journey through the Land of the Thunder Dragon.
Trip Duration:
7 Nights 8 Days

Trip Type:
Package on AP based

Grade & Elevation:

Normal, 1650m meters (Max.)

Trip Start & End Point:

From Bangkok / Kathmandu to Paro

Group Size:
Minimum 1 or above

Trip Season:
September to May
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