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Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, is two hours from Amankora Paro or one and a half hours from Paro’s airport. It sits in a valley at an altitude of 2,350m, surrounded by mountains with ancient monasteries and temples. The town is centered around the Clock Tower, with shops, markets, and local restaurants in the surrounding lanes. Up the valley lies the impressive Trashi Chhoe Dzong and the Kingdom’s only official golf course, set against the backdrop of chortens (Buddhist receptacles for offerings), colorfully painted government agencies, and the surrounding mountains.

Amankora & The Capital City of Thimphu

Sited in a pine forest in the upper reaches of the Motithang area of the Thimphu Valley, Amankora Thimphu is a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Kingdom’s booming capital. The dzong-like architecture incorporates high stone, white-washed buildings accessed through an enclosed arrival court. Stairs lead from this entry point to a dramatic combined Living and Dining room with soaring ceilings and wood-paneled walls. Adjacent is a flagstone outdoor dining deck with views over the nearby stream and blue pine forest. The Spa, located downstairs, features three treatment rooms, steam and sauna rooms, and changing areas.

Two accommodation blocks house a total of 16 suites, featuring a combined living and bedroom that includes a king-size bed, a reading chair, and a window banquette providing views across a landscaped courtyard or directly onto the nearby stream and pine forest. Room interiors feature combined wood panels and chocolate brown walls. The Bukhari stove is located between the bedroom and bathroom. The spacious bathroom opens from the bedroom and provides a terrazzo-clad bath that enjoys a view through a vertical slot window. A shower, toilet and twin vanities, and hanging space complete the bathroom. Individually heat the suites during the cold winter months.

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