As majestic as it is notoriously mysterious, Bhutan is only slowly opening up to foreign visitors and remains enticingly devoid of the trappings of tourism.
Spread across the country, Amankora’s five lodges – Paro, Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha, and Bumthang – offer unprecedented access to the world’s last surviving Buddhist kingdom.
Combining the Sanskrit word for peace with the Bhutanese for the circular journey, Amankora allows guests to create a tailormade tour of their own, visiting all or a selection of the lodges, with a driver provided for the duration of their stay.
Across the five lodges, Amankora’s 72 suites fuse contemporary design with rustic materials to create a sleek yet convivial atmosphere.
Open plan bedrooms and living rooms have kingsize beds, window seats, and traditional Bukhari wood burners.
Ensuite bathrooms, clad in terrazzo, center on a large freestanding bathtub.
Hiking and cycling are arguably the best ways to explore the incredible landscape, and every lodge offers an exhaustive list of options and routes.
In addition, guests will be given a ‘top ten’ list of activities and experiences to try in each locality. Below is a selection of those available.