Amankora Gangtey, set in the remote wilderness of the Phobjikha valley near the isolated village of Gangtey, is one of Bhutan’s most important wildlife reserves. The valley offers magical views of the empowering Gangtey Goemba, a 16th century monastery, and is home each winter to a flock of 300 rare and endangered black-neck cranes.
In the picturesque but little-visited Phobjikha Valley near the village of Gangtey, the eight-suite Amankora Gangtey is set on a forested knoll with sweeping views of the broad valley and the 16th-century Gangtey Goemba (monastery).
Lodge accommodations and guest facilities are housed together. The combined Living and Dining Room features cozy chairs, sofas and family-style dining tables, all looking out through floor-to-ceiling windows over the valley and surrounding mountains. Spa facilities consist of two massage treatment rooms and changing areas on the lodge’s ground floor.
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The 8 suites are identical to those of Amankora Thimphu, offering an open plan bedroom and bathing area. Each room contains traditional bukhari, terrazzo-clad bath, shower, vanity, and daybed offering views across the valley.
Suites combine a bedroom and lounge, and feature a king-size bed, a reading chair and a window banquette. This provides views across a landscaped courtyard, or of the stream and pine forest. A traditional bukhari is positioned between the bedroom and the bathroom. The suite’s interior includes wood paneling and chocolate brown walls. The spacious bathroom opens from the bedroom and provides twin vanities, separate shower and toilet, hanging space and a terrazzo-clad bath.
Things To Do
A stay in the Phobjikha Valley with an elevation of 3,000m (9,842ft) always begins with a causal stroll through the quaint Gangtey village, before visiting the ancient altars and ramparts of the massive Gangtey Goemba. Should the Gangtey Tulku be in residence then an audience for a highly revered blessing may be arranged. The Phobjikha Valley is part of the Black Mountains National Park, one of Bhutan’s most important wildlife sanctuaries. Each winter it is home to a flock of 300 rare and endangered black-necked cranes which arrive from Tibet.
Numerous nature walks and treks are offered throughout the valley’s varied terrain and, in winter, the reclusive black-necked cranes can be seen from the nearby Crane Centre or a viewing hide set near their main nesting and feeding grounds.
Excursions to Gangtey Village and Gangtey Goemba are offered by Amankora, as are the chance to explore the stunning natural beauty of the region itself.