HEIGHT­ENED SENSES

Malaysia Tatler - - LIFE -

As the last bas­tion of Va­jrayana Bud­dhism, reli­gion in­forms al­most ev­ery as­pect of the Bhutanese way of life. You sense the spir­i­tu­al­ity al­most im­me­di­ately, and it is ev­i­dent even in the es­tab­lish­ment of the Aman. The say­ing “the jour­ney is the des­ti­na­tion” is what the pi­o­neer­ing lux­ury re­sort Amankora had in mind when it opened in 2004. Kora, which means cir­cu­lar pil­grim­age in the Bhutanese lan­guage, Dzongkha, also refers to Aman’s inim­itable style of ex­plo­ration. Con­sist­ing of five lodges in dif­fer­ent val­leys—paro, Thim­phu, Pu­nakha, Bumthang and Gangtey—each of Amankora’s char­ac­ter­ful re­treats cel­e­brates its dis­tinct sur­round­ings. I be­gan my six-day so­journ with a brief stop at the Paro lodge. When our guide

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