Amankora Retreats

Spiritual journeys through Bhutan. Trek through forest and field to ancient monasteries and sacred temples

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Amankora Spiritual Bhutan | 7 nights – 3 lodges Bhutan

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These luxury, spiritual vacations are spread across Amankora lodges throughout Bhutan. On a seven night, tailormade tour, you will experience Thimphu, Punakha and Paro. After landing at Paro International Airport, you will be transferred to Thimphu to begin your adventure. Trek forested mountains and lush valleys to the Dochu La Mountain Pass, on route to Punakha. Traverse rice paddies in Punakha and visit the 15th-century Chimi fertility temple. Meander through river valleys, gain wisdom from Buddhist Monks and end the experience with a hike to Bhutan’s sacred Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro.

What to Expect

We tailor Amankora luxury vacations in Bhutan with you in mind. Of course there will be treks and walks daily, but we’re conscious that not everyone is an athlete. You do have to have a modicum of health to enjoy these tours and travels, but we’ll be guided by your pace. You’ll have the honour of visiting Cheri Goemba, where the kingdom of Bhutan’s first community of monks was based, Talo, home of the temple of the Queen Mother’s protective deity as well as many ancient monasteries. This special and spiritual journey ends with a hike to the sacred Tiger’s Nest monastery, perched on a cliff side, 900m from the valley floor below.

Who's it For ?

These tailored made tours are for discerning travellers who want an authentic experience spanning more than one part of Bhutan. Amankora’s luxury lodges offer warmth and comfort after a long day’s trek and provide the usual, exquisite Aman service. If you’re looking for a spiritual and cultural experience which is unsurpassed, Bhutan is for you. It’s an honour to be allowed into a country where they measure success on happiness. Must love outdoors for this luxury holiday, as you’ll be trekking through dense forests and breath taking valleys. What a privilege. 

Aman luxury hotels across Bhutan are five, traditional lodges with contemporary interiors and a warm welcome at the door. All blessed with Aman’s exquisite service, where nothing is too much trouble, you’ll unwind and thoroughly enjoy every moment of this spiritual adventure. The 7-night tailormade tour of Bhutan, is cleverly crafted with you in mind. You’ll pass through three parts of the kingdom on your travels; Thimphu, Punakha and Paro. However, if you think you can spare longer, do let us know and we can extend. This 12-night luxury tour covers five different areas of Bhutan.

We’ll discuss what kind of experience you’re looking for and tailor private tours to suit you. Here’s an idea of what you could be doing on your seven-night journey through the mystical kingdom of Bhutan. Arrive at the International airport at Paro and take a ten-minute transfer, settling into your first Aman luxury lodge.

Day 1: Explore mountains and monasteries on route to Thimphu, visiting museums on your way to Amankora Thimphu.  Home to the seat of Bhutan’s Royal Government and a Monastic Astrology Academy, Thimphu is a thoroughly fascinating place.

Day 2: You’ll cross one of the country’s oldest cantilever bridges to Cheri Goemba, where the kingdom of Bhutan’s first community of monks was based.

Day 3: Arrive at the Dochu Mountain Pass on the way to Punakha valley, stopping at one of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries. Visit the village of Talo, home to the temple of the Queen Mother’s protective deity, then take an afternoon hike or a soothing Spa treatment at Amankora Punakha.

Day 4: Take a walk along the riverbank, through terraced rice paddies and picnic on the bank of the River Punak, near the winter home of the royal family, before visiting the village of Lobesa and the 15th-century Chimi fertility temple.

Day 5: Travel through the Wang and Paro river valleys, passing ancient holy monuments, to reach Amankora Paro, where you will be blessed by an evening with a monk.

Day 6: Visit the National Musuem, Kyichu and Dumtse temples and enjoy a a gentle walk past Drukgyal Dzong.

Day 7: End this magical journey with a hike to one of Bhutan’s most revered and sacred sites, The Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Later enjoy a hot stone bath at the lodge Spa. Well-deserved we think!

Top Tip: In Thimphu we can arrange a session with local Astrologer Ap Dorji. A quintessential part of Bhutanese life, it’s a thoroughly interesting experience. Go rafting of kayaking on the Punakha River, that’s great fun! In Paro, we can highly recommend Lighting 108 Butter Lamps at the sacred Kyichu Lhakhang temple. The spiritual experience of a lifetime.

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Amankora 7-night Journey in Bhutan

Let's create something with you in mind. Just let us know your length of stay and we'll do the rest. Staying within 3 luxury lodges across this mystical kingdom, a private guide and driver, get ready for the spiritual experience of a lifetime.

INCLUSIONS

7 night’s accommodation across 3 Amankora luxury lodges

Airport transfers to/from Paro Airport to Amankora Paro/Thimphu

All meals including house beverages and house wines/spirits

Private Guide and Driver for all tours

1 x 60 minute Spa treatment per person

Bhutan Visa processing and local airline booking service

Complimentary long road and monastery permits

Laundry

Wi-Fi

Government Tax and Service

Additional Fees

Government Royalties: USD$65 per person per day

Sustainable Tourism Fee: USD$10 per person

Visa for Bhutan: USD$40 per person

Bhutan Flight Costs at prevailing rate

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SINGLE OCCUPANCY: USD$12,533

SHARED OCCUPANCY: USD$6970

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Good to Know

Airport Transfer Time: Approximately 10-15 mins drive from Paro Airport to the first lodge Amankora Paro. Thimphu lodge is then around 1.5 hours away.

Local Currency: The national currency is the ngultrum (Nu) and cash is most widely accepted throughout the Kingdom. Prices are usually quoted in ngultrum although USD is widely accepted and changed. You are recommended to carry cash in either currency or traveller’s cheques, as limited ATM access is available (only with credit cards currently and not always available). At Amankora, VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted and currency exchange to Bhutanese Nu is available using – USD, GBP, Euro & SGD.

Best time to go: Bhutan is very much a year round destination. The winter months offer clear, cobalt blue skies, starry nights, and temperatures that run down to freezing at night, and between 40 – 60F during the day, subject to which valley you are in. The air is very dry through the winter, so you do not feel the cold temperatures, and with the bright sun, the days are great for touring and hiking. The late spring/summer period offers clear mornings, clouds late afternoon and from mid-June till September, an occasional light shower in the afternoon and heavier rain overnight. The temperatures during this period run from mid 70 to high 80s, dropping into the 60s at night. In the spring/summer period the landscape is lush, the flowers are in full bloom, the farms busy and there is often plenty of wildlife to see along the roads and out on the trails.

Eco conscious: Currently the world's eco-friendliest country, praised by environmentalists for its low carbon emissions and heavy use of hydropower.

Children: Bhutan is not an overly child friendly destination in terms of interests for young children and the inevitable long hours required for road travel. If children enjoy travel and seeing culture, they’ll be entranced by the wonders of Bhutan. We can gear the program for more hiking excursions and outings if this would be more in line with children’s interests.

Tips: Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines limit you to a max free baggage allowance up to 30kgs (economy) and 40kgs for (business) and only one hand baggage. Laundry service is complimentary at Amankora. Check with us on clothing requirements as it depends on the season, generally layers are better, natural fibers, good walking shoes or hiking boots if trekking and no shorts/hats in monasteries.

 

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