This was the first of five Aman properties that we stayed in during our two-week tour of Bhutan. And very impressive it was too. The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming and, above all, highly efficient. The ‘welcome drink’ was hot apple tea/cider … and was really excellent.
The rooms at the five Amankora lodges in Bhutan are of two designs, both of which are very large and beautiful. There was a great shower and a fabulous bath, and the beds were extremely comfortable (although they do have quite sharp corners!). There was a wonderful gift left on the bed each night, which meant that souvenir shopping was not necessary. My only gripe was the system of light switches, which I found all rather confusing and there’s no master switch. There could also have been a few more plug sockets by the bench seat … if you are like me and travel with laptop, iPad, mobile phone, two cameras etc., which all need regular charging.
We visited the Dzong in Timphu and the ‘folk and heritage museum’, which was most interesting. And the tarkin reserve is also worth a visit, if you’re into wildlife. And we were very privileged to have Nawang and Ugyen as our guides for all our excursions … some of the best guides I have ever encountered. The hotel also arranged a meeting with a Buddhist monk, which was wonderful and a great introduction to the religion if you are unfamiliar with it. There was also a good display of local dancing one night. I don’t normally like this sort of anthropological tourism, but on this occasion it was done with such friendliness and warmth that I was totally beguiled.
Be warned that Timphu is quite high, and I suffered with the altitude for a couple of days (dizziness and extreme fatigue). There are medications that can help so it might be worth a trip to your doctor if you think you might be affected.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Combining aman, the Sanskrit-derived word for 'peace', and kora or 'circular pilgrimage' in Dzongkha, the Bhutanese language, Amankora, is a series of lodges in the Kingdom of Bhutan's central and western valleys. The sole surviving Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom, Bhutan is one of the most remote and pristine environments on earth. To best experience all that Bhutan has to offer, Amankora can tailor journeys that include a combination of its lodges located in the valleys of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Amankora Thimphu Hotel Thimphu
- Amankora Hotel Thimphu