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Amankora

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Amankora

Amankora, which combines "aman" or "peace" in Sanskrit with "kora" or a "circular pilgrimage" in Bhutanese language, actually presents a journey within a journey. Five Amankora lodges are located in five different parts of Bhutan and give a great chance to familiarize oneself with culture and nature of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The journey starts in Paro valley, 2250m above sea level. Surrounded by pine trees and seamlessly melting into the landscape, this 24-room lodging is an example of rural frugality combined with contemporary design with guest rooms overlooking gorgeous Himalayan landscape. A four-hour walk will lead you to the legendary Taktsang monastery ("Tiger's Nest"). It is set on an impressive mountain peak and dates back to the 8th century. Located not far from there is Kyichu Lhakhang - one of the first Buddhist temples built in Bhutan. Paro valley is also the starting point for the so called Snowman track, considered to be one the most difficult Himalayan treks, taking 21 to 42 days to cover it.
Thimphu, in its turn, is located the closest to the Bhutan's same name capital. Its white stone buildings are inspired by the traditional Bhutanese dzongs, which historically have served as the military, administrative, and social centers in Tibet and Bhutan.
Amankora Punakha is built as a traditional Bhutan farm house, surrounded by lush rice terraces, and you have to cross a suspension bridge to reach it. Punakha, 1300m above sea level, is one of the lowest and the most fertile regions in the country, known as a garden of Bhutan. Gangtey lodge is located in a comparatively remote Phobjikha valley. Over 300 black cranes migrate from Tibet every year to spend cold winter months there.
Bumthang lodge is located in a region made up of four valleys, and there are at least 29 temples and monasteries to visit in its neighborhood. It is also the heart of Bhutan's art traditions.
Visiting all the five valleys requires at least 11 days but if you wish to include into your journey also some of the several Himalaya trekking trails, it will definitely take much more time.

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