The Amankora Punkaha is built around a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse and offers fantastic views and the chance to be in tranquil isolation with stunning scenery. It is our favorite Amankora property in Bhutan and a must for those visiting the country.
At a Glance
Access through a suspension bridge over Mo Chhu
The spa offers two treatment rooms, a steam room and a yoga/meditation room
Excursions into Punakha valley with impressive monastery fortress Punakha Dzong
Identical in design to Amankora Paro
Our favorite Amankora property in Bhutan - do book early as it is very popular
If you can only do one Amankora Hotel in Bhutan, choose Punakha. It does get booked up well is advance so do consider planning your trip to Bhutan plenty of time in advance.Daniel Smith
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Situated a short drive north of the grand Punakha Dzong and Puntsho Pelri Palace (winter residence of His Majesty The King), Amankora Punakha is accessed via a suspension bridge over the river Mo Chhu.
A short drive or walk takes guests to the lodge compound which is centerd around a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built as a residence by Her Majesty the Queen Mother to oversee the surrounding rice fields and fruit plantations. This grand structure, with its vegetable dye wall paintings, is now the combined common guest area of the lodge with the dining room situated on the ground floor and the upper floors offering intimate relaxation areas and a traditional altar room for prayers or meditation. The courtyard of the farmhouse is arranged for outdoor dining and relaxing in Punakha’s temperate climate. Adjacent to the courtyard is the Tea Pavilion which was once the kitchen of the summer palace. Beyond this is a newly built two-storey Spa building housing a yoga/meditation room which provides open views of the surrounding paddy fields and on its lower level encompasses two private treatment rooms, a steam room and changing area.
Eight suites, located in three rammed-earth buildings, are situated in an orange orchard with views across the rice fields and back up the Punakha Valley. The suites are identical to the design of the suites at Amankora, Paro, featuring wood panelled interiors, a traditional bukhari, king size bed, terrazzo-clad bath, shower and vanities, and day bed. Suites are individually heated during the cooler winter months and air-conditioned in the summer months.
The Amankora Punakha features eight suites, located in three rammed earth dwellings. They are identical to the suites at Paro and include a traditional bukhari, king-size bed, terrazzo-clad bath, and a daybed. Suites are individually heated during the cooler winter months and air-conditioned in the summer months.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Amankora Punakha. However, there are no specific facilities. Some of the trekking on offer in the area will only be suitable for older children given the steep rocky terrain.
Facilities at Amankora Punakha include the dining room in the farm house which serves guests either Western or Bhutanese cuisine. The first floor features the living room and library with a selection of books and magazines, as well as an internet connection. The hotel also features a traditional altar room for meditation and prayer, a courtyard for alfresco dining and a tea pavilion. The spa at Amankora Punakha contains two treatment rooms, a steam room, changing areas and a yoga/meditation room.
One of the highlights of Punakha is visiting the Punakha Dzong, which straddles the confluence of the Mother (Mo) and Father (Pho) rivers. Twenty-one temples are contained within the area of the dzong’s third courtyard, the largest of which is the monks’ hundred-pillared Great Assembly Hall. Beyond the pre-eminence of the dzong, the Chimi Lhakhang built late in the 15th century is a must see to take in the history of this auspicious worship house and its ritual phalluses. Other activities in the area include archery, fishing, golf and white water rafting.
Location & Directions
Situated a short drive north of the grand Punakha Dzong and Phuntsho Pelri Palace (summer residence of His Majesty The King), Amankora Punakha is accessed via a suspension bridge over the river Mo Chhu.
When to go
In the western, central and eastern Bhutan 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.