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Occupying the high mountain valleys between China to the north and India to the south, Bhutan has long been a mystery to the West. The Kingdom has maintained its traditional Mahayana Buddhist way of life for centuries and the rugged, unspoiled, mountainous terrain has nurtured numerous ethnic groups within its remote, protective folds. These distinct cultural and linguistic traditions continue to this day, uninfluenced by the outside world. Amanresorts has been accorded a great privilege in being the first foreign company allowed to open a series of properties throughout different regions of Bhutan. Amankora, combining the word "aman" (or "peace" in Sanskrit) with "pilgrimage" and "journey" in Dzongkha, marks a unique entry into a secluded kingdom whose pristine Himalayan landscapes and remarkably preserved way of life have fascinated travellers the world over. Situated in Balakha Village, 20 minutes from Paro Airport, the resort is in the shadows of the imposing remains of the 17th century Drukyel Dzong. Amankora, Paro is located approximately 2,520 meters above sea level. The suites feature natural rammed-earth walls, gently sloping roofs and wood-panelled interiors with a king-size bed, a traditional bukhari wood-burning stove and a large terrazzo-clad bath. The views take in Drukyel Dzong and stretch to 7,300m high, snow-capped Jhomolhari and beyond. The suites are similar in design. There are six blocks with four suites each, two on the ground floor and two on the upper floor. To facilitate your adventure of discovery in Bhutan, Amanresorts has created The Amankora Journey to provide the opportunity to explore some of the marvels of the Kingdom over seven days. Traversing the remote valleys and high passes of Paro, Thimphu (the site of Bhutan's capital) Punakha and Haa, the route traverses dramatic, untouched landscapes, awesome dzongs (the traditional fortress monasteries) and small villages. The Amankora Journey through the Land of the Thunder Dragon commences at Amankora, Paro, where the first two nights are spent. This is followed by a two-night stay at each of two lodges- Zangtopelri, set high above Punakha Valley, and Jumolhari, located in the heart of the capital city of Thimphu. The journey concludes back in Paro where the final night is spent at Amankora. Neither of the above two lodges mentioned is managed by Amanresorts and are expected to be replaced in 2005 by Amankora, Punakha and Amankora, Thimphu respectively.
Hotel Address:Directions to Hotel
- Amankora, Paro
- Balakha, Chento Geog
- Near Drugyal Dzong
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 and Dhaka. Druk Air adheres to schedules as closely as possible barring vagaries of weather, low cloud, and occasional impromptu requests for seats by special delegations which may result in denied boarding for a few passengers. Amanresorts will book all flights and take care of visas on behalf of guests. Amanresorts recommends that guests fly into Paro from Bangkok, where Aman representatives can assist with visas and tickets, or Delhi. Amankora is a 20-minute drive from Paro airport and complimentary arrival and departure transfers are included in the guest programme.
Bhutan's way of life has remained unchanged for centuries. Cliff-edge dzongs with fluttering prayer flags perform daily rituals in much the same manner as they did centuries ago. The deeply revered King Jigme Singye Wangchuk, who ascended the throne in 1972, is the driving force behind the strict preservation of the Kingdom's rich heritage and its steady growth to prosperity. With a rich geography spanning sub-tropical plains, densely wooded Alpine valleys and sheer windswept slopes above the snowline, Bhutan offers an immense diversity of flora and fauna. There are an estimated 770 varieties of birds and more than 50 species of rhododendron alone. The country is home to the elusive snow leopard, golden langur, blue sheep, tiger, water buffalo, yak and elephant. Paro, where Amankora is located, is believed to be one of the first valleys to have embraced Buddhism in the Eastern Himalayas. Two 7th century temples bear witness to that historic introduction- Kyichu Lhakhang and Taktsang Goemba. Kyichu, located a few kilometres north of the Paro-Drukyel road, is one of 108 temples built by King Songtsen Gampo in 659AD. It is a sacred pilgrimage site. Taktshang (or "Tiger's Nest"), a revered monastery built at a height of 2,950m on a sheer cliff face, is visible while travelling to Amankora.
Fine Dining on Site
Located below the Amankora, Paro living room, the dining room opens onto a flagstone terrace and wooden deck overlooking a mountain stream. The views extend to the dzong and distant snow-clad Jhomolhari. The dining room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and specialises in Indian, Western and Bhutanese dishes.
High Speed Internet
Complimentary Internet access is available through an in-house laptop in the Library.
The Spa offers a series of treatments to allow guests to unwind and harmonise with the serene Himalayan surroundings. Treatments typically commence with a hot stone bath filled with local herbs followed by traditional treatments and remedies.
Gift Shop: A selection of Bhutanese handicrafts, textiles and clothes suited for the mountains, are available.
- - Fine Dining on Site
- - High Speed Internet
- - Spa Facility
- - Ecological Tourism
- - Hiking
- - Shopping
- - Theatre & Museums
Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Amankora, Paro
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