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Bumthang Valley Bhutan- Detailed Tour and Travel Guide

Bumthang Valley in Bhutan

Blessed with historical and spiritual legacy is Bumthang, the religious heartland of Bhutan. Bumthang consists of the four mountain valleys Choekar, Chumey, Tang, and Ura but most of the time the entire district is known by the name Bumthang Valley. Jakar is the main town of Bumthang Bhutan’s only brewery.

The home of some of the oldest religious institutes, Bumthang is famous for the production of honey, cheese, apples, and yatra. The name Bumthang has two probable origins; the first is that it is named after a Bumpa, a vessel for holy water which the valley resembles in shape. The second origin implies that it is the Valley of Beautiful Girls as Bum translates to ‘Girl’ and Thang means ‘flat piece of land.

Bumthang Valley Sightseeing Attractions

The scenically blessed Bumthang Valley with its beautiful houses and terraced field has become a favored destination for tourists who want to catch the glimpse of rural Bhutan. It is also one of the most peaceful regions of the quaint kingdom. There are numerous monasteries and spiritual sites in this charming valley where history and mythology help to bring alive much of Bhutan’s culture and traditions. Some of Bhutan’s oldest and most venerated temples are found in Bumthang, including Jambey Lhakhang.

According to legend, this ancient temple was built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in 659 A.D. as part of a chain of 108 simultaneously constructed temples in order to subdue an evil demoness that lay over the Himalayan region. It is the oldest Lhakhang in Bhutan. There are numerous other temples and shrines worth visiting in Bumthang and many of them are linked to Guru Rinpoche’s visit in 746 A.D. and dwelling in these monasteries and Lhakhang is the best way to learn about the ancient Bhutanese era.

Apart from housing some of the oldest religious institutes it is famous for the production of honey, cheese, apples, and yatra. Bumthang valley’s trip is incomplete if the tourists haven’t tried the local delicacy. Buckwheat pancakes called Khooli and the buckwheat noodles known as Puta are the regional cuisine of Bumthang and another specialty of the region is hardened cheese cubes made from yak milk. The serene ambiance with the pictorial view of the adjacent valley has made Bumthang a must-visit destination in Bhutan.

Far from the maddening crowd and ruckus of modernized society, Bumthang has its own pace of life, making it the sojourn for the travelers who crave a simply unhurried life. Inflate your lungs with the untainted air while exploring the decades-old monasteries of the Bhutanese region. Experience the rural Bhutanese life and learn more about the traditional legend during the visit to Bumthang.

Major Activities to Do in Bumthang Valley

Bumthang, a splendid valley in Bhutan, offers a plethora of activities to its visitors. The major ones are as follows-

Go for Sightseeing- The valley of Bumthang is equipped with lots of sightseeing attractions. You can go to local sightseeing attractions. You can pay a visit to Ura Valley, Bumthang Brewery, Kurjey Lhakhang, Jambay Lhakhang, and Jakar Dzong.

Trekking- Another major activity to do in Bumthang is trekking. The trekking routes of Bumthang take you to some of the most rewarding places you have ever seen along the clear and trout-filled rivers.

Attend Festivals- In Bumthang, many Bhutanese festivals are observed. Celebrated in the month of April, the Ura Yakchoe Festival is worth noting one to attend. The festival holds lots of historical significance and uses to organize at Ura Lhakhang.

Explore Religious Sites- While in Bumthang, you will be able to explore lots of Buddhist religious sites. Some of the ancient and historical Lhakhangs are located here. The beautiful Kurjey Lhakhang with a fascinating history, Jakar Dzong, and Jambay Lhakhang are some splendid religious sites you will be able to visit.

Hotels and Homestays in Bumthang

Bumthang, being a popular valley in Bhutan, offers both budget and luxury hotels. The budget hotels in the valley provide most of the basic amenities. The luxury hotels are available mostly in Jakar town. The rooms are spacious and clean and you will be getting every kind of luxury amenities. Most of them are located in the picturesque location from where the beautiful valley of Bumthang looks bewitching. In budget hotels, there will be attached western bathrooms, hot water facilities, view rooms, and more. Our Bhutan Packages are brilliantly designed with both luxury and budget hotels.

Best time to visit Bumthang Valley

Tourists can visit Bumthang throughout the year since each season has its own charm to be enjoyed in the luxuriant valley but October to February is considered the best time to visit Bumthang to make most of the trip.

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