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Amankora Jakar

Combining aman, the Sanskrit-derived word for peace, and kora or circular pilgrimage in Dzongkha, the Bhutanese language, Amankora, a luxury hotel in Bhutan, is a unique circuit of lodges set throughout the Kingdom of Bhutan?s central and western valleys. Descending from 7,000-metre peaks in the north to the low-lying plains of the south, Bhutan?s rivers have forged deep valleys separated by high mountain passes. Historically isolated, each valley?s scenic beauty and topography affords visitors an opportunity for unique journeys of discovery between them.

The 24-suite Amankora Paro contrasts rustic elements with contemporary design. Its architecture features natural rammed-earth walls, gently sloping roofs and wood-panelled interiors. Centred by a large flagstone courtyard, a lime-washed stone pavilion houses the living and dining room facilities, library and outdoor terrace, all warmed by fireplaces.

Appointed with comfortable sofas and lounge chairs, the Living Room features floor-to-ceiling glass windows. These reveal a forest of blue pines, the 17th-century Drukyel Dzong and Mount Jhomolhari which soars to over 7,300 metres. The warm and cosy ambience makes this an ideal spot for sipping drinks and swapping tales. The adjacent Library provides a range of books on Buddhism and local lore, textiles and the Himalayas. Complimentary Internet access is also available through an in-house laptop. A selection of traditional Bhutanese handicrafts, textiles and clothing is available in the small Boutique.

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