Imagine a kingdom where happiness is paramount, where culture and tradition remain intact, where Buddhism has predominated since the 7th century, forging an harmonious union with the natural environment. This kingdom is Bhutan, the “Land of the Thunder Dragon”, landlocked in the mystical and medicinal Himalayas, inspiritingly unscathed by globalisation. The ‘peaceful pilgrimage' of Amankora offers stays at five lodges, nestled strategically through the pristine landscape, delivering a path of enlightenment to penetrate a lifetime.
The richness of life is found in the still simplicity surrounding the remarkably unscathed geophysical and biological existence in Bhutan today. Due to a sincere Buddhist belief, adhered to since the 7th century, the co-existence of nature and nurture has resulted in a unique eco-system and a thriving mosaic of different peoples all linked by a common belief system that regards all life forms as sacred. This prevailing ethos washes the staggeringly beautiful undulating valleys, plains, deep gorges, and mountainous landscape with a force of supreme greatness; that of genuine harmony and environmental compatibility.
To this astonishing effect, Amankora has created a series of lodges, all creatively unique and sympathetically balanced to their environment, in order to discover and comprehend the extraordinary wonders above and beneath this treasured land. The lodges are created to provide a circular pilgrimage in Bhutan’s breathtakingly spectacular central and western valleys.
Most journeys start at Amankora Paro or Amankora Thimphu. The lodge in Paro is nestled among glistening conifers in a 24-suite pine forest retreat. Amankora Thimphu, raised up in a blue-pine forest of the Motithang area, sits close to the capital’s intriguing sights and traditional shops.
Amankora’s spiritual pilgrimage offers guests both a humbling and enriching experience. For a safe pilgrimage through the Kingdom, receive a blessing and light Yak-butter lamps in the secluded Wangditse Lhakhang (temple). Take time to reflect in the tranquility of the ancient altar room. Visit Cheri Goemba, the first monastery established in Bhutan, and absorb the vibrant spiritual energy of the Goemba’s altar room through reflection or meditation. At the 7th century temple of Kyichu Lhakhang, have a long life blessing and Buddhist name bestowed
Discovery a Kingdom
Trekking in Bhutan is unlike anywhere else in the Himalayas. Whether taking an easy flat stroll or an arduous hike, guests will experience crystal clear air and views that defy description. All parties are accompanied by a trained guide, a cook, an assistant, and at least one horseman. Trekkers rarely have to carry more than a daypack as horses and yaks carry all provisions and most of the guest’s belongings. When hikers reach camp, they will find a dining tent packed with delicious tea and food. Those who are not acclimatised or suffer altitude sickness are advised not to trek. Trekking permits are required for all parties. Treks include, but are not limited to the following:
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. Amankora Paro is a 30-minute drive from Paro airport and complimentary arrival and departure transfers are included in the guest programme.
Bumthang, Kingdom of Bhutan.