Amankora Punakha lies at an elevation of 1,300m above sea level in the Punakha Valley. Due to this elevation Punakha Valley has a pleasant climate with warm winters and hot summers. Owing to the favourable climatic conditions rice is the main crop grown here and the valley is often referred to as the market garden of the country as produce grows year round.
The lodge itself includes a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built as a residence by a previous Je Kempo (spiritual and religious leader). This grand structure, with its preserved vegetable dye wall paintings, houses the dining room and intimate relaxation areas as well as a traditional altar room for meditation. The courtyard is suitable for outdoor dining and relaxation in Punakha’s temperate climate. Other facilities include a tea pavilion that was once the kitchen of the summer palace, and beyond is the yoga/meditation room with open views of the surrounding rice terraces and orchards. Spa treatment rooms and a steam room offer quiet areas for rest and relaxation. Eight suites are air-conditioned in the summer and set in an orange orchard with views across paddy fields.
Punakha Valley is home to the Punakha Dzong, built in 1637, and is the second largest dzong in Bhutan. It is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu rivers and is one of the most majestic structures in the country. Other highlights include Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten and Chimi Lhakhang.
Why we like it
- Suspension bridge arrival
- Vegetable die wall paintings
- Beautiful views over the valley
- Meditation room