Amankora, Punakha, Bhutan
Combining luxury and peaceful pilgramages in Bhutan, Amankora leads travellers gently through the deep, green valleys of the landlocked Kingdom of Bhutan.
With locations in Paro, Thimphu, Gangtey, Bumthang and Punakha, Amankora's five lodge locations throughout the pristine Himalayan landscapes, combine the luxury and convenience of well-appointed private residences whilst providing unrivaled insight into the unique culture and exquisite surroundings.
Across the five lodges, the signature Amankora suites combine contemporary design with rustic materials, creating a sleek yet convivial atmosphere. Spacious and airy open-plan bedrooms and living rooms have king size beds, window seats and traditional wood burners. All ensuite bathrooms, are clad in terrazzo and centre around a large free-standing bathtub.
Each of the Lodges provides an array of Bhutanese, Western and Indian dishes, with a focus on local ingredients such as Yak meat, fresh honey and local vegetables from the verdant surroundings. With each cozy lodge intimate dining experiences can be created throughout the various picture perfect settings.
Amankora Gangtey, is one of the more remote lodges set in the wilderness of the Phobjikha valley, in the Black Mountains National Park. The Lodge provides magical views across the bird-strewn gorge and the empowering Gangtey Goemba, an ethereal 16th century monastery.
The contemporary wood and stone structure resides in the Gangtey valley, between secluded farms and fragrant pine forests.
From hikes to hot stone baths, this lodge is all about returning to the beauty of nature. In the main lodge the vast windows showcase the very best valley views below. True to form there are 8 open plan suites with all the typical Amankora clean minimalist style and luxury mod cons. There are two massage rooms and a well-stocked library of beautiful coffee table books.
The Phobjikha Valley is one of the most beautiful destinations in Bhutan and is well known for the endangered black necked cranes that migrate every year through the valley. The cranes are honored in this region with much folklore, tradition and festivity given in their honour. Arriving with the onset of autumn and close of harvest they stay for the winter months. Visit in November and you will have the chance to witness the colourful masked dances, dramas and songs of the Black-necked crane festival.
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