Amankora Bumthang lies in the Choekhor Valley at some 2,580m above sea level. The valley boasts apple orchards and buckwheat, millet and potato crops that slope up to the edges of pine forests. The region of Bumthang is often referred to as the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries, many decorated with vibrant wall paintings and richly adorned alters.
A dzong-inspired hallway at the lodge’s entrance opens onto a library and a cosy living room appointed with lounge chairs, daybeds and a traditional bukhari. The landscaped courtyard adjoining the shared Palace grounds can be view through floor-to-ceiling windows. Adjacent is the dining room with its soaring 18ft ceiling. Three treatment rooms are offered in The Spa along with a steam room and changing area. Each suite features wood-panelled interiors, king-size bed, terrazzo-clad bath, shower, twin vanities and daybed.
The Kingdom's first Palace, built in 1857 is the Wangdichholing Palace and is located not far from Amankora Bumthang. It served as the principal summer residence of the first and second kings of Bhutan. It was the first palace in Bhutan that was not designed as a fortress, lacking the ramparts and protective walls which became standard features of later palaces. Other highlights in the Bumthang Valley include Jambey Lhakhang and Ugyen Chholing Palace complex housing a fascinating museum.
Why we like it
- Beautiful forested valley
- The 'bukhari', wood-burning stove
- Take time to wander at leisure
- Mix your own cocktail!