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Take a traditional Bhutanese breakfast including butter tea overlooking the forested Paro Valley at Como's Uma Paro.

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BHUTAN -  Archery

Archery is the national sport of the Kingdom of Bhutan, often played at religious and cultural festivals, and is a hugely popular pursuit for locals and tourists alike. Most afternoons you can see groups of men competing with each other, aiming at impossibly small targets about 120 metres away. Rivals taunt and tease each other mercilessly to make them lose their concentration; when they hit the target they sing and dance. A heart-warming and often hilarious spectacle!

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BHUTAN - Tigers nest guides

Our Bhutanese guides are great company and full of local knowledge. Here, your guides will escort you on the hike to the mystical Tiger’s Nest monastery. 

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Prayer flags flutter in the breeze at the start of the hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, which clings precariously to the side of a cliff.

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BHUTAN - Amankora Paro traditional Bhutanese dancing

Experience some of Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage with a cham, a traditional masked dance, at Amankora Paro.

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BHUTAN - Amankora Paro bonfire

Enjoy an al fresco fire to keep you cosy in the early evenings while you admire the pristine Himalayan scenery at the stylish Amankora Paro.

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BHUTAN - Punakha Dzong 2

Your first glimpse of the Punakha dzong is breath-taking. The fortress style architecture of this important Buddhist monastery is the best of its kind in Bhutan.

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BHUTAN - Monk procession Rinpung

A frequent but treasured site for visitors to Bhutan: a line of monks pad past dressed in vibrant red robes.

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BHUTAN - King's Birthday Celebrations Punakha

The King’s Birthday is a national holiday in Bhutan and it is customary to dress in traditional clothing. The Bhutanese partake in parades and festivities including eating emadatse and drinking home-distilled spirits.

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BHUTAN - Tigers nest guides (1)

Our Bhutanese guides are great company and full of local knowledge. Here, your guides will escort you on the hike to the mystical Tiger’s Nest monastery. 

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BHUTAN - Uma Punakha terrace drinks

Settle down to zesty cocktails on the terrace of Uma Punakha, overlooking the lush valleys and rivers of this fertile region of Bhutan.

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BHUTAN - traditional clothing and mask

All Bhutanese are required to wear national dress everyday but at festivals, locals can be more creative with carved masks and unusual costumes that depict scenes from their rich cultural history.

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BHUTAN - Uma Paro woodland

Uma Paro is an intimate, 29-room resort with some of the most exclusive private villas in Bhutan, perfectly located in the Paro Valley near to cultural landmarks.

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BHUTAN - Uma Paro Buildings

You know you are in good hands when your hotel is part of the superb Como chain. Uma Paro is no exception with contemporary design contrasting with the natural environment of the Paro Valley. 

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BHUTAN -Uma Paro Bedrooms

Bedrooms at Uma Paro are sparkling clean and stylish, in keeping with re-knowned Como ethic.  Expect spacious terraces, Bhutanese fabrics and a butler on-call 24 hours a day.

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BHUTAN - Uma Paro Bath tub

Sink into a deep, stone bath tub whilst admiring the pine forest view of the dramatic Paro Valley at Uma Paro.

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BHUTAN - Tiger painting

Admire this fresco of a fierce tiger at the Paro Dzong – a huge fortress and monastery in Rinpung.

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BHUTAN - Thimphu Taj Tashi terrace

After a hard day trekking around the cultural sights of Bhutan relax on the terrace in the stylish surroundings of the five-star Taj Tashi in Thimpu.

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BHUTAN - Thimphu Taj Tashi

Take in the view of the misty mountains that rise above the Thimpu valley at the luxurious Taj Tashi hotel.

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BHUTAN - Punakha Dzong

The detail and intricacy of Bhutan's traditional architecture is mind-blowing. Take time to explore the temples and courtyards of this ochre-hued palace.

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BHUTAN - Paro - Tiger's Nest Monastery in Spring

If you visit The Tiger’s Nest Monastery in spring you’ll be blessed with blue skies, a temperate climate and mountains covered in blooming rhododendrons.

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BHUTAN - Mural

Be captivated by Bhutan's famous hand-drawn Buddhist murals which adorn the walls of temples and local homes. 

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BHUTAN - Gangtey Living Room View

Take in these epic views of the Phobjika Valley from Amankora Gangtey, Aman’s small-but-perfectly-formed luxury hotel.

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BHUTAN - Forest treks

Follow this track through the pine forests of the Paro Valley and breathe in the fresh Bhutan air on a trek accompanied by your guides.

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BHUTAN - Festival  scene

Watch a religious dance take place, called a cham, in the courtyard of a Buddhist monastery during the annual Paro Teschu festival. Monks perform festival dances and act out dramas as a form of meditation to personify their deity. Masked and dressed in elaborate silk brocade costumes, dancers demonstrate the triumph of good over evil and the power of compassion.

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BHUTAN - Excellent guides

Let your guide shed light on the ornate murals that cover the inner walls of the Punakha Dzong.

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BHUTAN - Dochula stupa

Here are just a few of the 108 stupas arranged around this viewpoint of the Dochula Stupa, at over 3000 metres above sea level. On a clear day, marvel at the snow-capped Himalayas in the distance.

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BHUTAN - Como Punakha terrace view

Enjoy fresh local produce and authentic Bhutanese food such as red rice and wholesome meat stews on the terrace of sumptuous and stylish Uma Punakha.

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BHUTAN - Colourful truck in winter

This typically colourful truck makes the passage through Bhutan's high roads on a crisp winter's day.

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BHUTAN - Butter lamps

You’ll find rows of butter lamps a common sight in religious places and monasteries in Bhutan. Monks light a butter lamp every day to help focus the mind.

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BHUTAN - Bumthang Suite at night

Amankora’s lodges are scattered throughout the rural Bhutan kingdom. Here at Amankora Bumthang, the lodge occupies a unique location in the grounds of a Royal Palace.

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BHUTAN - Bumthang from Trongsa view

The beautiful town of Trongsa occupies the central region of Bhutan. Here you’ll find valleys covered in forests and a yellow-roofed dzongs perched on the edge of the mountain.

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BHUTAN - Bumthang Courtyard Bonfire Day

Relish in the space and tranquillity of the Amankora Bumthang's bonfire courtyard, surrounded by pine-clad mountains.

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BHUTAN - Bumthang fertility wall

Open your mind to some of Bhutan’s more unusual murals. Phallic symbols, mostly seen painted on walls of homes, represent fertility.

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BHUTAN - Breakfast in the Amankora Punakha Courtyard

Enjoy a traditional Bhutanese breakfast in the courtyard of Amankora Punakha and make the most of the pristine views backed by snow-capped peaks.

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BHUTAN - Amankora Thimphu Living & Dining

Amankora Thimpu’s living quarters are as cosy as they are luxurious with soaring ceilings, wood panelled floors and traditional log burners.

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BHUTAN - Amankora Punakha views

The view from Amankora Punakha is seriously restful. Enjoy vistas of wooden valleys, the Mo Chuu River and lush paddy fields.

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BHUTAN - Amankora Gangtey Snow

Winter at Amankora Gangtey often provides a beautiful blanket of snow over the ridges and knolls of the surrounding valleys.

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BHUTAN - Amankora Gangtey Dining Room

Enjoy traditional stews and authentic cuisine in the wood-panelled dining room of the Amankora Gangtey, which overlooks the stunning valley landscape.

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Hotels

Accommodation in Bhutan tends to be either high-end or homely; both provide a great insight into this intriguing country. Aman Resorts have five lodges scattered throughout the country, each offering traditional touches like earth walls and wood burning stoves in a luxurious and serene setting. COMO now have two properties which are equally luxurious and perfect for active couples or families who like yoga, hiking, biking and hot stone spas. Alternatively you can stay in one of Bhutan’s simple traditional lodges built in ornate wooden style. Browse our portfolio of hand-picked Bhutan hotels, lodges and resorts, listed alphabetically by location:

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Amankora Bumthang ,
Bumthang

Bumthang is the most recent addition to the Amankora family of five lodges in Bhutan. Overlooking established orchards and skimming...

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Amankora Gangtey ,
Gangtey

Located in the little-visited Phobjika Valley, positioned on a forested knoll close to the valley floor is the luxurious Amankora...

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Amankora Paro ,
Paro

Amankora Paro marked a unique entry into a secluded kingdom whose pristine Himalayan landscapes and remarkably preserved way of life...

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Amankora Punakha ,
Punakha

  Amankora Punakha is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Aman Resorts in Asia. This delightful lodge is reached by crossing a...

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Amankora Thimphu ,
Thimphu

Surrounded by pine forests and situated on the outskirts of Thimphu's smartest district in the upper reaches of the Thimphu Valley,...

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Dewachen Hotel ,
Gangtey

This comfortable hotel has 16 ensuite rooms, most with balconies and pleasant views across the valley. All the guest rooms...

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Gangtey Lodge ,
Gangtey

Gangtey Lodge is a very special wood-and-stone luxury Bhutanese farmhouse. Opened in 2013 by the dynamic husband and wife duo,...

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Gangtey Palace Hotel ,
Paro

Once the residence of the Penlope of Paro, this 19th century palace-style building is one of the most charming hotels...

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Jumolhari Hotel ,
Thimphu

Located in the heart of the city, this small hotel has comfortable rooms and is an ideal base from which...

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Meri Puensum Hotel ,
Punakha

Situated high above the Punakha Valley, this hotel has wonderful views overlooking the rice terraces and river below. From the...

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Mobile Camp ,
Paro

These traditional Bhutanese mobile camps are put up and taken down by an experienced team of porters and local trekking...

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Mongar Lodge ,
Mongar

A simple, rural lodge. Please note that Ampersand have not visited this property.

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Mountain Lodge ,
Bumthang

This simple lodge (one of the best in the area) is located in the valley a few minutes drive from...

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Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel and Spa ,
Paro

Located in the quiet village of Ngoba, 8-kilometres from Paro Town, Naksel is a community-based project which blends the heritage...

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Olathang Hotel ,
Paro

The first western hotel to be built in Bhutan - it draws inspiration from the architecture of the Dzongs and...

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Phuentsholing Lodge ,
Phuentsholing

Formerly a large traditional Bhutanese-style house this small hotel has ten basic ensuite rooms. The hotel is run by a...

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Punatsangchu Resort ,
Punakha

This family owned property has 22 rooms and is situated in Bajo town between Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang. Spread over...

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Swiss Lodge ,
Bumthang

Another simple hotel with comfortable rooms each with the much needed Bukari stove. However, what gives it an edge are...

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Taj Tashi ,
Thimphu

Taj Tashi’s location in the capital city of Thimphu, makes it the ideal base from which to explore the spectacular...

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Tashi Gasel Lodge ,
Samdrup Jongkhar

Whilst we have not personally inspected Tashi Gasel Lodge, it is the best accommodation by far in Samdrup Jongkhar and...

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Trashigang Lodge ,
Trashigang

A simple, rustic lodge in the eastern provinces town of Trashigang.

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Uma Paro ,
Paro

  Uma Paro is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Hotel Spas. Uma Paro is part of the Christina Ong hotel group, renowned for...

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Uma Punakha ,
Punakha

  Uma Punakha is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Romantic Retreats  Opened in September 2012, Uma Punakha is COMO's second hotel...

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Yangkhil Resort ,
Trongsa

One of Bhutan's newer hotels, the property is built on a steep hillside with wonderful views overlooking the gorge and...

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Zangdo Pelri Hotel ,
Punakha

This small hotel owned by the royal family is situated high above the Punakha Valley, with views overlooking the rice...

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Zhiwa Ling ,
Paro

One of the few Bhutanese-owned luxury hotels in the country, Zhiwa Ling combines Bhutanese architecture and tradition with modern style...

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Druk Hotel ,
Thimphu

Nestled in the heart of Bhutan’s bustling capital, Druk Hotel is the in perfect location. With the city’s vibrant leisure...

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Dhensa Boutique Resort ,
Punakha

Thick blankets of pine forests, the Punakha River carving its way through the vale, and hundreds of paddy fields stair-stepping...

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