A Mindful and Cultural Journey

A Mindful and Cultural Journey

Amankora, Bhutan - Cultural Sites, The Tiger's Nest

21 September - 07 October 2022

A Mindful and Cultural Journey

Up to 18 guests can join this exclusive expedition across Asia, travelling west from China to Bhutan and India, then south to Sri Lanka by private jet and staying exclusively in Aman properties.

Experience the dynamic vibrancy of Shanghai and the peace of a Zen-infused camphor forest on its fringes; breathe in the pristine air of the Himalaya’s sole-remaining Buddhist Kingdom as you explore Bhutan’s forested valleys, revered temples and lofty mountain peaks; discover the exotic colours, famed cuisine and tiger-inhabited wilds of Rajasthan; and stop time on Sri Lanka’s south coast through the colonial grace of Galle Fort and Tangalle’s balmy beaches.

Destination 1: China

Amanyangyun Nan Shufan Amanyangyun Gallery

Amanyangyun, Shanghai

A tranquil village of historic dwellings surrounded by sacred camphor woodland, Amanyangyun’s peaceful and introspective setting belies its proximity to downtown Shanghai. Yet with six dining venues, a comprehensive Aman Spa and the unique Nan Shufang cultural complex, it is truly a destination unto itself.
 
After a cocktail reception and dinner at Amanyangyun, followed by optional morning meditation and breakfast the next morning, enjoy a full day exploring Shanghai with a private driver and guide, strolling the French Concession, visiting the classical Yu Gardens and admiring the Bund’s famous architecture.

Destination 2: China

Amanfayun Gallery

Amanfayun, Hangzhou

Home to scenic West Lake, a Unesco World Heritage Site, Hangzhou is equally famed for its tea plantations, its ancient silk trade and its pilgrimage route of picturesque Buddhist temples that lie adjacent to the restored stone village that today is Amanfayun. 

Explore the temples and their beautiful gardens in the dappled afternoon light, learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine with a personal consultation, or stop by atmospheric Hefang Street for a taste of old Hangzhou before a welcome dinner on Fayun Pathway – the village’s main thoroughfare. The next day wander the banks of West Lake and its willow-shaded causeway, take a boat ride on its calm waters, climb to the top of Leifeng Pagoda, and contemplate the beauty of Amanfayun’s woodland slowly succumbing to autumn’s colourful touch.

Destination 3: Bhutan

Amankora, Paro and Thimphu

Amankora is a series of five lodges across the central and western valleys of Bhutan, one of the most remote and pristine environments on Earth. The first two nights will be spent in Amankora Thimphu, situated in blue pine forests close to the capital’s sights and shopping. Nights three and four will be spent in Amankora Paro, close to some of Bhutan’s most treasured historical monuments including the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Privately guided expeditions will take in Thimphu’s Pangri Zampa Lakhang, where monks study astrology, the National Library and the National Textile Museum, as well as Paro’s beautiful Dzong and ancient Kyichu Lkakhang temple. Guests will also experience a blessing ceremony with Rinpoche.

Destination 4: India

Amanbagh Gallery

Amanbagh, Alwar

A verdant oasis lying within a walled compound, Amanbagh was once the staging area for the Maharajah of Alwar’s hunting expeditions. Close to picturesque rural villages and historic sites such as the ruined city of Bhangarh, the resort evokes the palatial elegance of the Mughal era and provides a tranquil base from which to explore the rich heritage of Rajasthan. 
 
After experiencing the sights and sounds of Jaipur, India’s fabled pink city, leave the Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort behind as you travel into the countryside towards Amanbagh. Here discover the benefits of Ayurveda and learn the secrets of India’s legendary cuisine, practice yoga in the gardens and float over serene Mansarover Lake. Learn more about the Meena tribe who live in the shadow of Ajabgarh Fort, and experience a cow dust tour at sunset, before a meaningful fire meditation and farewell feast.

Destination 5: India

Aman-i-Khas Experiences Aman-i-Khas Gallery

Aman-i-Khas, Ranthambore

Set on the fringes of Ranthambore National Park, one of the world’s premier tiger sanctuaries, Aman-i-Khas is a luxurious wilderness camp offering twice-daily, guided wildlife-viewing expeditions into the park in open-top safari vehicles. The camp’s proximity to ancient Ranthambore Fort and several villages reveals authentic Rajasthani life, allowing for a deep immersion in this region’s remarkable heritage.
 
Ten guest tents offer soaring canopies over spacious living, sleeping and bathing areas, alongside separate Living, Dining and Spa Tents, a central outdoor fireplace ideal for star gazing, and a step well swimming pool. 

Destination 6: Sri Lanka

Amangalla, Galle

In the historic port of Galle, Amangalla rests within the ramparts of Galle Fort, revealing the Unesco World Heritage Sites’s daily activities from its gracious verandah. Behind the hotel’s regal façade lies a 200-year-old garden and a serene swimming pool. Dine on exquisite Sri Lankan and international fare in the chandelier-lit Zaal (Great Hall), beside the pool or on the verandah itself.

A complimentary 90-minute treatment in the Amangalla spa, The Baths, will prepare you for a full day of exporation. Stroll from Amangalla along the Fort’s winding streets lined with buildings from the Dutch and British colonial areas, browse the multitude of boutiques and jewellery stores, and watch as locals fly kite from the ramparts at sunset.

Destination 7: Sri Lanka

Amanwella, Sri Lanka - Aerial Shot, Resort Pool

Amanwella, Tangalle

A scenic two-hour drive from Amangalla heading east along Sri Lanka’s south coast, Amanwella is situated in a mature coconut grove on an idyllic crescent-shaped beach. Offering all the balm of sun, sea and sand, the resort is a contemporary beach retreat inspired by Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, and is the perfect destination in which to wind down this remarkable journey.
 
Start the day with yoga on the beach, then explore Tangalle’s colourful market, or learn to surf. Or simply lounge beside the resort’s main swimming pool with its breathtaking sea views and reflect on the extraordinary insights and experiences gained over the last 15 days.

Reservation enquiries

There are a limited number of spaces for Jet Expeditions by Aman. To discover more or to reserve one of the limited spaces, please email [email protected] or call +1 212 518 1801

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