Bespoke journeys forge Bhutan’s deep valleys and wild mountain passes, stopping at five eco-centric lodges along the way
Who for: The Adventurer, The Cognoscenti, The Zen Seeker
Remote and fiercely protected from mass tourism, Bhutan tops many intrepid traveler’s dream list. Amankora lets you to experience all of it. The resort – whose name combines the Sanskrit word for “peace” and the Dzongha word for “circular pilgrimage,” is actually a collection of luxury lodges scattered across the Buddhist kingdom’s central and western valleys. Amankora arranges custom journeys that are culturally immersive and spiritually transformative. Receive a blessing and light a yak-butter candle in the secluded Wangditse Lhakhang temple to start your pilgrimage, resting comfortably as you pass through the valleys of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang.
Your Ideal Day:
The type of trip you plan depends on how you want to see the country. If it’s in full-on air-conditioned comfort, visit the 16th century monastic astrology training school in Pangri Zampa or glimpse the migratory black cranes in Gangtey from the back of a chauffeured SUV. Or dedicate yourself to a trek, walking with yak herders across alpine trails past dozens of monasteries. At the end of the day, treat yourself to an ancient Tibetan Ku Nye massage in a spa scented with cedarwood.
· Suites have their own bukhari, a traditional wood-burning stove
· Each spa is uniquely designed, incorporating the region’s traditional plant- and herb-based therapies into signature treatments ranging from Zen massage to reflexology
· Amankora Paro’s understated dining rooms serve a combination of Bhutanese, Indian and Western dishes on dark wood communal tables
· Tutors are available to teach the art of archery, the country’s national sport
· From Amankora Paro, a hike to the iconic 8th century Tiger’s Nest monastery is four hours long
· Named to Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List – Best Location, Asia