The Amankora Journey: Bhutan with Aman Hotels
Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha & Paro
- 7 nights
- from $7700 per person
At a Glance
Stay in Bhutan's most luxurious hotels with your own private driver/guide at your disposal on a tailored private itinerary
Choose from a wide choice of experiences, from the more active trekking, to cultural experiences or simply just enjoying the views
All meals and house beverages, including house wines and spirits are included at Amankora hotels.
Choose to access Bhutan through Thailand, Singapore, India or Nepal
Scott Dunn will tailor-make a bespoke itinerary, offering unique experiences to bring Bhutan to life
The Amankora lodges offer unparalleled access for those wishing to discover Bhutan’s interior without compromising on the standard of accommodation. With the largest Aman lodge having a total of 24 rooms, the service and attention to detail throughout is of the highest quality. All the suites are spacious with a combined living and bedroom and bathrooms complete with freestanding baths and luxurious amenities. The food is delicious and often a mix of Bhutanese, Asian and Western delicacies complemented by delicious wines. All lodges offer fantastic treatments in dedicated spas and they also have libraries full of fascinating books on the Bhutan and its culture. Furthermore, you will be accompanied throughout with your own personal guide, you will travel on a personal journey throughout the country, discovering some of the more out of the way villages and monasteries that largely go unvisited.
You can access Bhutan from a variety of destinations in Asia, including Delhi, Kathmandu, Calcutta, Mumbai, Bangkok and Singapore. We can arrange for you to spend some time in one of those destinations before you travel to Bhutan, or possibly add on time at the end, such as a relaxing beach-stay in Thailand for instance. The Amankora journey is totally flexible, and we can tailor-make the itinerary as you wish.
Your journey begins with a night in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan since 1961. This charming town is full of things to do and see including the National Textile Museum, the Painting School and the Memorial Chorten. A visit to the bustling weekend market is also a fascinating experience and gives you a taste of the Bhutanese way of life.
You will then proceed on to Gangtey, located in a picturesque glacial valley. This area is renowned as a conservation area for rare black-necked cranes that migrate here every year from the Tibetan plateau. Gangtey is ideal for nature walks and treks and is also fairly flat so ideal to discover by mountain bike. A visit to the 16th century Goemba (monastery) is also a real highlight.
Returning west you will stop in Punakha, where the climate is more tropical due to the lower altitude. The dzong (fort-monastery) is particularly impressive here and this low valley is also a popular place for rafting and mountain biking. The style Aman lodge varies from the others as the communal living areas in Punakha are housed in a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse, offering guests a more authentic experience.
The final stop is in Paro, home to the world-famous Tiger’s Nest. This breath-taking monastery is located 900m above the valley floor and the views from the top between the clouds are stunning – you will have saved the best for last.
For guests who have more time in their hands, you can add the Amankora Bumthang lodge between Gangtey and Punakha, and you can also now fly to Bumthang from Paro. This gives you more of a chance to get into the more remote parts of Bhutan.
We can tailor-make and tweak any aspect of this itinerary to create your own luxury Bhutan vacation and always personalize the final itinerary for our guests.
Location & Directions
Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha & Paro
Amankora Thimphu is a peaceful retreat located on a ridge overlooking Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city. From Thimphu you will drive to Gangtey and stay at the Amankora Gangtey which is located in the Phobjikha Valley, a glacial valley that has been virtually untouched by modern civilization. Then to Punakha, a short drive north of the grand Punakha Dzong and Phuntsho Pelri Palace (summer residence of His Majesty The King) is Amankora Punakha. Accessed via a suspension bridge over the river Mo Chhu. Next to Amankora Paro which is in the forest near Balakha Village, 30-minutes from Paro town and at approximately 2,250m above sea level.
When to go
Best time to visit is October to December and February to May. There are a number of festivals celebrated in Bhutan, in particular Tshechu, which takes place during late summer and autumn with Thimpu Tshechu being the most popular. Losar, or lunar New Year, is also a much celebrated event but exact dates are difficult to predict, it tends to be celebrated around February or March.