Resort

Derived from the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’, aman, and the Dzongkha word for circular pilgrimage, kora, Amankora is a series of lodges in Bhutan’s valleys.

Destination

Amankora’s five lodges are distributed across the country; Paro Lodge is a short drive from Paro International Airport (PBH).

Weather

Throughout the year the temperature varies from 0°-38°C (32°-100°F) and days are generally dry. During the summer (June to September), afternoon showers dispel some of the heat and temperatures fall to around 15°C (59°F) at night.

What to pack

In spring and summer, light clothing is appropriate with a sweater or jacket in the evenings. From autumn through winter, down jackets, fleeces, hats and gloves are necessary. Sports shoes are suitable for light touring, and hiking boots are recommended for treks. Legs, shoulders and upper arms need to be covered when visiting places of worship.

Language & Currency
The national language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, and English is widely spoken. The national currency in Bhutan is the ngultrum and cash is the preferred medium of exchange. US dollars are widely accepted and changed. Guests are recommended to carry cash in either currency or traveller’s cheques, as there is limited ATM access.
Don’t Forget
Bhutan is on Bhutan Time (BTT), six hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Electricity is 230 volts; converters and plug adaptors are available.
Health
The best medical facilities are at the general hospital in Thimphu. Drinking boiled or bottled water is often an adequate precaution against water-borne illnesses. As accommodation is at a similar altitude to most ski resorts, altitude sickness can affect some travellers. Guests are advised to bring any prescription medicines.
Visas

Tourist visas are required and must be obtained prior to arriving in the country. The processing of visa applications will be arranged by Amankora and requires approximately 14 days for handling. A visa fee of US$40 will be charged at time of booking. The departure tax is included in the airfare. Indian nationals do not require a visa to visit Bhutan.

Notes

The Amankora team can advise on visas as well as assist with any other travel arrangements, including transfers and private flights.