Amankora Paro overview
Amankora Paro is one of a series of lodges set throughout Bhutan's central and western valleys. The lodge offers spacious suite accommodation in Balakha village just half an hour from Paro international airport. The architecture combines contemporary touches with rustic charm.
The suites have a combined lounge and bedroom with a king-size bed, reading chair and window seat. In one corner is the traditional bukhari, a wood-burning stove that provides ample heat. The large bathroom has a bathtub, separate shower, twin hand basins and flush toilet.
The lodge is built around a central flagstone courtyard and the large stone pavilion houses the living room, dining room and library. These all have open fireplaces. The living room has floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to a forest of pine trees, the magnificent 17th century Drukyel Dzong and Mount Jhomolhari. The library is stocked with a range of books on Buddhism, local lore, textiles and the Himalayas. There is free internet access. The small boutique offers local handicrafts, textiles and clothing. Below the living room is the dining room which opens onto an outdoor terrace overlooking a small stream. Meals are taken round communal tables in a convivial atmosphere. The dining room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers Indian, Western and Bhutanese dishes.
Behind the main buildings is the Spa, set on 2 levels. It incorporates a sauna, steam room and yoga suite on the upper level, with 5 treatment rooms, each with a shower and outdoor hot stone bath, on the lower level.
There are many trekking options for guests in the Paro Valley, which has a number of monasteries and monuments to explore. The most impressive of these if Taktsang, or Tiger's Nest monastery, which is about a 4 hour trek from the lodge.Horses and mules are used to carry most of the baggage and equipment. Paro itself has a number of interesting temples and buildings including Paro Dzong.
Photos courtesy of Amankora Paro
Open: Amankora Paro is open all year.
Location: Amankora Paro is located in Balakha village surrounded by
pine forests just a 30 minute drive from Paro airport, the entry point for most
journeys in Bhutan. It is at an elevation of 2,250 metres.
Rooms: There are 24 suites, all with a combined
lounge and bedroom plus a large bathroom. Suites also feature a wood-burning
stove, perfect for cooler days.
Activities: Guests can do a variety of
treks in the Paro Valley, which has a number of monasteries and monuments
including the impressive 8th century Taktsang or ‘Tiger’s Nest’
monastery, a 4 hour’s hike from the lodge. Paro town has a museum and
interesting architecture and temples.
Facilities: The lodge
has a living room with large picture windows, a library with a range of
reference books and internet access and a boutique. There is a dining room with
an attached terrace. The spa offers a range of treatments (pay locally) and
includes a sauna, steam room and yoga studio.
are taken at communal tables.
of all ages are welcome.
recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to the low lying districts of southern
Communication: There is internet access via a laptop in the
Map for Amankora Paro
Place of Interest
UNESCO heritage site
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