Vladislav Doronin: Travel Events In The Kingdom Of Bhutan

Vladislav Doronin, Aman Group CEO, chairman and owner, acquired the ultraluxury hotel company in 2014, maintaining its focus on celebrating unique architecture, privacy, peace and unparalleled service. Under Vladislav Doronin’s leadership, the company implemented major new openings in 2022, including Aman New York, with more exciting projects in the pipeline for 2023.

Vladislav Doronin: Travel Events in the Kingdom of Bhutan
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This article will look at Amankora, the Aman Group’s exclusive destination in the Kingdom of Bhutan, as well as providing an overview of some of the most exciting events taking place in the country throughout 2023.

Incorporating five spacious lodges spread across the central and western valleys of Bhutan, Amankora is dedicated to delivering an unparalleled experience of the legendary Buddhist kingdom, providing a year-round destination in one of the happiest locations on earth. Each lodge is a sanctuary designed to complement its unique setting, sensitively integrated into the surrounding countryside as it were part of it.

Set in the Bhutan’s Motithang area, the 16-suite Amankora Thimbu lodge lies within easy reach of Bhutan’s capital, providing a secluded haven from which to explore both the city and the wild Himalayan landscape. Meanwhile, Amankora Paro Lodge enjoys an elevation of 2,250 metres, its glass-walled yoga studio and two-storey spa boasting some stunning views across the surrounding valleys.

Bhutan has established itself as a global wellness pioneer, becoming the first nation to measure success not by its economic status but by the happiness of its population. Such a unique approach befits a country so unlike any other: a spiritual, wild and majestic mountain kingdom. From the wildflower-carpeted valleys of summer, to winter, when cobalt-blue, star-strewn skies form an ethereal backdrop to snowy Himalayan peaks, Bhutan is a revelation.

Staged from 13th to 14th July, the Haa Summer Festival takes place in the exuberant Haa Valley and has become an exponent of Bhutan’s traditional nomad culture. The event is marked with local dances, games, gastronomic delights and many other amusements.

On the 23rd and 24th August, visitors to the Ura Valley are treated to another culinary celebration. During the Matsutake Festival, eventgoers can sample different types of mushrooms, tasting species that are only found in the Kingdom of Bhutan. To mark the event, tourists are invited to stay in local houses and learn about traditional cuisine, and they can compete for prizes by preparing authentic local dishes made from age-old family recipes.

From 7th to 9th October marks the iconic earth celebration, Thimphu Tsechu, one of the nation’s most popular festivals. Locals dress in traditional attire, gathering in the courtyard of Tahichhodzong and participating in traditional cultural activities such as the 21 black hat dance, which represents different Buddhist deities.

Finally, Jambay Lhakhang Drup takes place from 13th to 19th November, incorporating masked dances and other rituals, including a fire ceremony. One of the event’s top attractions is the Dance of the Treasure, a unique dance performed by masked dancers in the middle of the night that is said to bless infertile women and enable them to have children.

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