Owing to its wide valleys, green countryside, snowcapped mountains, fast-flowing mountain streams, and easy-paced life, Bumthang is often referred to as the “Switzerland of the East”. Bumthang in Bhutan is the most historic dzongkhag if we consider the number of ancient temples and sacred sites. Being a combination of four valleys: Ura, Tang, Choekhor and Chumey, Bumthang offers breathtaking views.
About Bumthang In Bhutan
The valley of Bumthang in Bhutan is home to some great Buddhist teachers. The descendants of Pema Linga are still the inhabitants of the valley, thereby preserving its religious culture. This is also the place where Bhutan’s only brewery is found. The country is also famous for its brightly colored distinctive woolen item, known as Yathra.
Best Time To Visit Bumthang In Bhutan
If you’re a fan of flora in its full bloom and want to avoid high tariffs and cold, summer is the best time to visit Bumthang in Bhutan. Bumthang, during this time, is at its peak. It offers spectacular views with a variety of contrasting colors. The Nima Ung Tshechu festival is organized sometime around June and offers great insight into the rich culture of Bumthang. Trekking is very convenient during this time of the year.
Places To Stay In Bumthang In Bhutan
Swiss Guest House, Hotel Peling, Chumey Nature Resort, River Lodge, Jakar Village Lodge, Valley Resort Rinchenling Lodge are a few places to stay at Bumthang in Bhutan that offer the best of comfort and hospitality at affordable rates. The price of a room is roughly INR 3000/- . The views from these places are breathtaking.
Places To Visit In Bumthang In Bhutan
Bumthang in Bhutan is a place that offers a wide variety of experiences, ranging from cultural to adventurous to spiritual ones. Listed below are a few places that are highly recommended:
1. Jakar Dzong
Founded by Drukpa Iam Bgagi Wangchuck in 1549, the ‘fortress of the white bird’ nests on top of a hill. Jakar Dzong overlooks the picturesque view of the Bumthang valley. The headquarters of the Bumthang district is established here. Make sure to stop by here on your trip to Bumthang in Bhutan.
2. Ura Valley
The highest peak in Bhutan, the huge white Gangkar Punsum can be witnessed on the way to Ura Valley. Comprising of clement pastures, broad sweeping slopes, and wide fields, the Ura Valley offers spectacular views. Make sure to visit Ura Valley on your trip to Bumthang in Bhutan. We promise it’ll be worth your time.
3. Kunzangdra Monastery
Situated at a height of 11,000 feet, this monastery was found in 1488 by the Pemalingpa. It is situated opposite one of Guru Rinpoche’s meditation spots. If you are an adventurous soul, you can happily hike from the monastery to Premaling Gompa and down to the Swiss farm. The Kunzangdra Monastery lies on the other side of Bumthang valley and towards the Tang area.
4. Lamey Gompa
This is your destination if you prefer solitude above everything else. Formerly a royal monastery, Lamey Gompa is currently a forestry office and is at a walking distance from Choekar town. The walk offers lonely views of the Jakar Dzong and the Bumthang valley. You can further hike to Tharpaling monastery via the old Kiki La pass.
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5. Chumey Valley
The Chumey Valley is well known for the famous Yathra wool that is made from sheep living in this region and dyed by the women here. You can also visit one of the factories and see the women weaving the yarn and take some finished work products for yourself and for your friends and family as souvenirs.
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How to Reach Bumthang In Bhutan
Due to the presence of a large number of monasteries and religious sites, Bumthang is also referred to as the spiritual heartland of the country. It lies in the north-central region of the country:
This is one of the fastest ways to reach Bumthang. From New Delhi, Kolkata, Baghdodra, Kathmandu, Gangtok, and Dhaka there are connecting flights to Bhutan’s only International Airport at Paro. The domestic flights are available from Paro International Airport to Bumthang’s Bathpalathang Airport in Jakar. It takes half an hour to reach Bumthang from Paro.
The distance from Kolkata to Hasimara is 17 kilometers if you go by the Jaigaon-Phuntsholing border via train. From there, a bus or taxi will take you to Bumthang in Bhutan.
Bumthang in Bhutan is a perfect combination of adventure culture and spiritualism. The festivals and the scenic beauty of Bumthang are a treasure to be cherished for a lifetime. Whether you want to experience solitude or spend quality time with your family, Bumthang is your go-to.Book a ticket to Bhutan at the earliest to avail exciting discounts.
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