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Journey of Amankora Bhutan

  • Trip Duration: 4 Nights / 5 Days 
  • Trip Type: Leisure Holidays
  • Grade & Elevation: Moderate, 3200 ft. 
  • Trek Start & End Point: From Kathmandu/Bangkok-Paro
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 or above
  • Trip Season: Sep - Dec & Feb - Jun
Trip Highlights Discover the beauty of Bhutan on foot with a hiking programme. For those preferring the option of a more relaxing day, one of the tour days can be replaced with a visit to Bhutanfs capital city of Thimphu. The day includes a short hike in the morning with museum visits and shopping in the afternoon.
Amankora Holidays BhutanA Journey through the Land of the Thunder Dragon - Imagine a kingdom where the gross national happiness is paramount, with cultural values and traditions still intact and where Buddhism has predominated since the 7th Century. Combining 'aman', the Sanskrit word for 'peace' and 'kora' meaning 'circular pilgrimage' in Dzongkha, the Bhutanese language, Amankora is a series of lodges sited throughout Bhutan's principal western and central valleys. Each valley and lodge has its own character, setting and experience. Guest may either visit one of the lodges or, to best experience all that Bhutan has to offer, Amanresorts can plan a tailor-made journey, including one or more of the Amankora lodges located in Paro, Punakha, Gangtey or Thimphu.
Amankora meaning Peaceful Pilgrimage, has had the good fortune to create a path of enlightenment offering stays at five different lodges, nestled strategically through the pristine landscape, delivering a path of overwhelming opportunity to penetrate a lifetime.

A landlocked haven
The Kingdom of Bhutan, described as the last surviving refuge of traditional Himalayan Buddhist culture, is one of the most isolated nations in the world, landlocked between India and China. Spread spectacularly throughout the Himalayas, a mountain range regarded for centuries by mystics, ascetics, scholars and philosophers, as the source of personal inner sanctity.

Climate
The entire country of Bhutan is mountainous, except for a small strip of subtropical plains in the extreme south intersected by valleys. The altitude increase rises as high as 7000 meters to the glacier-covered mountains resulting in a varying climate from subtropical to temperate to polar, with year round snow in the extreme north. The pilgrimage of Amankora has an all round seasonal climate, with dry autumn and winter months having cool temperatures, and a spring and summer that offer warm days and occasional afternoon showers that disperse the humidity.

The edifying lodges
Amankora five nature-linked lodges, nestled along a path of edifying momentum, uncover the richness of a pristine cultural and biogenetic evolution, deeply entrenched in the spectacular Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. The journey begins and ends at Paro, completing a circular pilgrimage of enchanting spiritual reward. In the Land of the Thunder Dragon, described as the last remaining Shangri La, Amankora has designed a pilgrimage of self-awakening with the opportunity to stay at five unique, nature inspired, environmentally balanced, lodges from Paro to Bumthang and back to Paro. This circular journey, yields a mesmerising physical beauty while uncovering a unique spirituality and is designed to remove the logistical detail in order to free up the mind, encompassing stays in lodges that afford a comfort and rich warmth dedicated to peace and remarkably simple pleasures.

Amankora Paro is only 30 minutes from the airport and, approaching the lodge while inhaling the sweet scent of pine, triggers the beginning of an extraordinary journey of deep discovery. There are 24 suites that contrast rustic and contemporary in serene harmony walls made from naturally rammed earth with gently sloping rooflines and wood panelled interiors fires burn with heartening appeal in public areas while suites have wood-burning stoves, immaculate king-size beds, and capacious terrazzo clad soaking tubs. A glass-surrounded spa provides a dreamy respite from an invigorating day.

Amankora Punakha, east of the Dochu La Pass, is accessed via a suspension bridge above the Mo Chhu (mother river) while fragrant pines and deciduous trees, displaying a spectacular array of ambers and reds in the autumn, surround the lodge. The lodge includes a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse, built as a grand residency by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, housing the intimate dining and seating areas as well as an altar for meditation. The eight suites are identical in design to Amankora Paro and set within an orange orchid looking across rich paddy fields.

Amankora Gangtey is splendidly isolated with staggering views across a misty valley near the charming village of Gangtey, set on a forested hill, surrounded by an overwhelming preserve of endangered birdlife, such as the elegant black necked crane from Tibet. The accommodation is suitably designed under one structure with serene suite interiors.

Amankora Thimpu is a 16-suite haven secluded within a forest of enchanting blue-pines in the upper throngs of the Motithang area on the other side of the Thimpu valley. Close to the capital fascinating sights and colourful shops, it remains peacefully quiet though offers easy access into Thimpu. The architecture, inspired by the local dzong style, displays tall whitewashed stone buildings with wood panelled interior walls and soaring ceilings, while the suites are identical in style to Amankora Gangtey.

Amankora Bumthang, Aman latest addition to the pilgrimage is set exquisitely in orchards of apples and pears with a glorious, centred, aged peach tree. It is supremely placed between First and Second King palace, Wangdichholing, within the town of Jakar in the Choskhor Valley, where fields of buckwheat, millet and potato, framed by apple orchards, merge into deepening forests of pine. The valley is flushed with a mystical aura, revealing revered houses of worship and ancient monasteries. Each of the 16 suites is warmed by a wood-burning bukhari stove and is similar in style and comfort to Amankora Paro, with magical views overlooking the courtyard, nearby palace, and monastery.

4 Nights 5 Dyas - Paro - Thimpu - Punakha - Amankora Adventure!
  • 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
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Laundry bill
  • Phone call
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks and beverages
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.
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.
In order to secure Druk-Air tickets to and from Bhutan and good hotels, tour payment must be made 2 months prior to the date of arrival in Bhutan.

Visa is cleared by the government only after the receipt of full tour payment. Without visa, Druk-Air will not issue tickets. Once the tour reservation has been confirmed, Ghale Treks will provide advance payment options.
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