Set in the temperate climate of the Punakha Valley lies Amankora Punakha. Accessed by crossing a suspension bridge over the river Mo Chhu, the eight suite lodge accommodates 16 people and is situated amidst lush rice fields, with views down the valley to the Punakha Dzong, one of Bhutan's most significant and impressive fortress monasteries.
Anchored by a multi-storied traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother as a summer residence, Amankora Punakha extends the circuit of Amankora lodges throughout Bhutan's principal western and central valleys, allowing guests the broadest access to the wonders of Bhutan's pristine landscape and ancient traditions.
Why we like Punakha Lodge, Amankora
Amankora Punakha is a small and unique hotel, owned by the Bhutan royal family. We love the access across the suspension bridge and the peaceful, zen atmosphere.
There are four Mo Cchu Suites situated in a new building across from the farmhouse. These are an ideal choice for families as they combine to form two bedrooms. All suites offer king size beds, traditional wood burning stoves, and large scenic window seats. In addition to the stunning rooms, you will find an infinity pool providing great views over the rice terraces. A two storey spa with treatment rooms and wonderful spots at the lodge to dine outdoors whilst enjoying the views over the valley. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks beside the fire whilst being serenaded by beautiful Bhutanese instruments.
Top tip - use the hotel Wifi after 5 pm when the office workers have gone home, the internet speeds up.
- Visit the 17th Century Punakha Dzong
- Visit the morning market with the chef and take part in a Bhutanese cooking class
- Participate in the national sport of archery
- Complimentary morning yoga
Punakha is a remote town in southwestern Bhutan. It is a four-hour drive from Paro. The time in a vehicle is rewarded with outstanding scenery. A special permit is required to travel to Punakha which is organised in advance for you from Thimpu.