Aman for all seasons
At a Glance
Bumthang, meaning 'beautiful field' is well worth the slightly more intrepid journey. With a large number of temples and monasteries to explore you will need at least three nights here.
Feel at peace in the spa where treatments are at the ensense of trational Tiberan medicine . Enjoy the signature zen massage, its a must.
Just across from the property is the Wandichholing Palace which is well worth a visit as has vast amounts of history including being the location of the home of the first Bhutanese king.
In the dining room warm up next to the fire with fresh soups and stews and and gaze out of the large windows to the coutyard, which on warmer days you can enjoy your meals.
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In the western, central and eastern Bhutan (Bumthang) you will mostly experience cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. The Monsoon occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.
To start planning your holiday to Amankora Bumthang
Amankora Bumthang is located in a stunning valley that is known as the spiritual hub of the country and the least visited region. This is place to come to awaken you cultural and spiritual interest.
The Choekhor Valley where Amankora Bumthang is located is the site of some of Bhutan’s most auspicious monasteries and temples and easy day walks can take you to these beautiful sites. Many of these ancient buildings such as the 7th century Jampa Lhakhang are decorated with vibrant wall paintings and richly adorned altars that all have fascinating stories behind them. The surrounding area is also famed for its cottage industries including Bumthang butter, Emmenthal cheese, honey and the locally brewed Red Panda beer.
Amankora Bumthang is located adjacent to the Wangdichholing Palace, built in 1857 as the Kingdom’s first palace that served as the royal residence until this was moved to Thimphu in the 1950s. This is now the residence of a small monk body and you will often catch glimpses of them walking across the gardens from your bedroom.
The 16 suites are located in one building and are identical in design to those of the Aman properties in Punakha and Paro. There is also a library, well-appointed living room and impressive dining room. Located in the courtyard between the lodge and Wangdichholing Palace is an informal bonfire area for pre-dinner drinks. The spa offers three treatment rooms and a steam room.
Amankora Bumthang offers 16 Luxury Guest Suites in four separate buildings, each containing two suites on the ground floor and two on the upper floor. Each suite features wood-panelled interiors, a traditional bukhari, king size bed, terrazzo-clad bath, shower, twin vanities and daybed overlooking the courtyard and nearby Wangdicholing Palace and monastery.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities. Kids will love the visits to organic farms and local cottage industries. They will also enjoy the varied flora, fauna and spectacular mountain terrain Bhutan has to offer. Some of the trekking however will only be suitable for older children.
Book seven nights in Amankora properties throughout Bhutan and receive a complimentary car, driver and guide and one spa wellness treatment per journey.
Facilities at Amankora Bumthang include a spa offering a range of holistic treatments, signature oil massages and complimentary steam facilities, a restaurant serving Western and Bhutanese cuisines, and an internet station in the library.
Bumthang is home to 29 temples and monasteries including the adjacent Wangdichholing Palace, a museum and many more attractions. In addition to treks and excursions to the city, Amankora Bumthang can also arrange visits to organic farms and local cottage industries, which produce the infamous Bumthang butter, Gouda and Emmental cheese, honey and a variety of intriguing fruit spirits and brandies.
Sara Wells (Staff)
Amankora Bumtang has a lovely peaceful setting, away from town with a historic backdrop of a 19th century palace. The hotel's central space is whitewashed and reminiscent of the imposing walls of a dzong. The signature minimalism includes floor the ceiling windows ensuring plenty of light. The service and cuisine is of course impeccable with thoughtful attention to detail such as hot water bottles and blankets provided & ara, the local rice wine, served around the firepit outside while watching local ladies dance & sing traditional Bhutanese songs.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
The Amankora is situated at the bottom of the valley, surrounded by beautiful farmhouses and a 16th Century Palace. It is perfectly located so you can wander from the hotel and explore, if you would like to, but the hotel also puts on many of its own fantastic experiences. In the evenings the local ladies come and dance around a bonfire, in the beautiful setting of the courtyard. It is a lovely personal experience. All in all a wonderful stay.
Daniel Smith (Staff)
The Amankora Bumthang is the most remote of the Aman properties in Bhutan and offers a wealth of things to see and do around the hotel. The major USP about the Amankora Bumthang is the proximity to the local monastery which is right next to the hotel - perfect to visit in the evening before returning for a nice glass of wine.
This day tour will bring you to visit Jakar Dzong, one of the largest in the country, hike through, Kurjey Lhakhang's beautiful landscape to Tamshing Monastery, experience first-hand the unique local cottage, brewery and cheese industries.
Dressing up in traditional Bhutanese dress
Anyone who works in Bhutan must wear traditional national dress, and you can have the chance to dress up for a few hours to see how it feels. The Bhutanese absolute love visitors doing it!
Evening Prayers at a Buddhist Monastery
Evening prayers at a Buddhist Monastery is something you should do at least once on a tour of Bhutan. You will witness monks chanting traditional prayers, helping them prepare for meditation.
Enjoy an excursion into one of the Bhutanese rivers and try your hand at fly-fishing.
Jakar Dzong (Bumthang Dzong)
Bumthang Dzong is perched above the town is also known as the Fortress of the White Bird, or Jakar Dzong. Constructed in the 16th century, it has superb views.
Kurje Lhakhang & Bumthang Village Walk
The Kurje Lhakhang Monastery is worth visiting as it was where Guru Rinpoche meditated before his tiger flew him to Tigers Nest Monastery. Continue through villages and then along the river back to Bumthang.
Matsutake Mushroom Picking
From around mid-July to the second week of August, we can arrange a matsutake mushroom-picking activities in the forest of Ura village near to Bumthang.
Meet a Monk Your Own Age
Your children can have the opportunity to meet a monk their own age. 10% of Bhutan's population are monks and they can hear stories of getting up each day before first-light for prayers and their daily routines.
Punakha Drubchen Festival
Held annually on February in Punakha, local militias dress up as Bhutanese warriors in this festival to re-enact the famous battle between Bhutan and Tibet.
Tea with a local family
Visiting a local home in Bhutan is an exceptionally interesting experience given the lovely hospitable nature of its people. Try traditional butter tea, or even some locally made rice wine 'Ara'.
The Red Panda Brewery and Cheese Factory
The Red Panda brewery and Swiss Cheese Shop was established by a Swiss immigrant, Fritz Maurer, in the 60s. It is a perfect way to end a day in Bumthang.
The Tang Valley and Burning Lake
Explore the remote Tang Valley with a stop at the Burning Lake en route. The valley is accessed through a bumpy off road track passing remote villages. You might want to stop at the Pema Tekchock Choeling Shedra, a large nunnery.
Trongsa Dzong & Yathra Weaving
The scenic journey between Gangtey and Bumthang breaks at Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of Bhutan's royal family, as well as the the Yathra Weaving Center at Chumey Valley.
Try your hand at Archery
Archery is the national sport of Bhutan and can be seen played throughout the Kingdom. Traditional bows are made from bamboo and witnessing an archery competition is an absolute highlight. We can easily arrange for you to have a go should you wish.
Location & directions
Amankora Bumthang is nestled in the Choekhor valley and adjacent to the first and second King of Bhutan's palace, Wangdicholing.
How to get there
11-hour 30-minute international flight (one change) to Paro Airport, followed by a 10-hour drive. Amankora Bumthang is best visited as part of an itinerary.
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