Amankora Thimphu is an impressive building whose architecture reflects the magnificent dzongs for which the country is known. The main white-washed buildings are accessed through an enclosed arrival court. Stairs lead up to the combined living and dining room with high ceilings and wood-panelled walls. The outdoor dining deck looks out to the forest and a nearby stream. The spa features three treatment rooms, a steam room and changing rooms.
Guest suites consist of a combined bedroom and living room with a large bed, reading chair and window seat with views of either the courtyard or the pine forest and stream. A traditional wood-burning stove or bukhari is located between the bedroom and the bathroom. The bathroom is spacious and has twin hand basins, a bathtub, separate shower cubicle and toilet.
While here guests can visit Thimphu's folk-heritage and textile museums, and festive ceremonies, which offer an insight into Bhutan's cultural and spiritual traditions. There are also many monasteries and temples in Thimphu that can be visited, as well as shops, food markets and restaurants. Bhutan's nine-hole golf course is in Thimphu and the lodge can arrange tee times.
Photos courtesy of Amankora Thimphu
Open: Amankora Thimphu is open all year.
Location: Amankora Thimphu is located in the upper reaches of the Motihang area of the Thimpu Valley, a 2 hour drive from Paro. It is at an elevation of 2,350 metres and is surrounded by richly forested mountains.
Rooms: There are 16 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 visit the shops, markets and museums of Thimphu town, walk from the lodge to Cheri Goemba and enjoy walks in the valley. There is a golf course in Thimphu and Amankora can arrange tee times.
Facilities: The lodge has a combined living and dining room and an outdoor deck. The spa offers a range of treatments (pay locally) and includes a steam room.
Dining: Meals are taken at communal tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to the low lying districts of southern Bhutan only.
Communication: There is no internet access at Amankora Thimphu.