In the district of Bumthang, you will come across the oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries in all of Bhutan. It is rich in both history and spirituality, and tales of Guru Padmasambhava abound in this region. There are four main valleys in the district, with Choekhor being the largest among them. This district boasts a rich historical and spiritual legacy. It is also home to some of the oldest temples in the country, one of them being Jambey Lhakhang. The landscape of Bumthang is dotted with apple orchards and dairy farms.
Bumthang for all the positive reasons is the land of nature in abundance. Nestled in the eastern region of Bhutan, Bumthang is a perfect tourist destination for those wishing to be at a place which has the secluded villages, green fields, enchanting valleys and warm-hearted and smiling people.
The tourism destination consists of four wide and scenic valleys namely Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor. Upon visiting any of these valleys you will get to witness the mesmerising sight of the apple orchards and dairy farms. Holidaying in Bumthang is sure to win the heart of the tourists with a number of sightseeing places, of all a visit to the Buddhist Monasteries should be one of the top things to do.
The monasteries are worth a visit which stands imposing for their unique architecture, serene ambience and intricate huge paintings. Bumthang with its much-celebrated local festivals like Ura Yakchoe, Khurjey Tshechu, Nimalung Festival will stun you with Bhutan’s rich culture and give an unparalleled travel experience to cherish for a lifetime. Also, with national parks and trekking spots, Bumthang is even ideal for the wildlife buffs and trekking enthusiasts. In a nutshell, Bumthang is one of the most peaceful places to travel in Bhutan that will not only bring one close to nature but also learn about the ancient culture and tradition.
Bumthang enjoys the same kind of weather as the western region of Bhutan. However, the best season to plan a visit to Bumthang is spring season between March and May which is a good season to trek. The other best time to visit Bumthang is between September and November which offers a good opportunity to attend the local festivals of the region.
Bumthang has its own airport with regular flight connectivity from Paro International Airport. This is one of the most convenient ways of reaching Bumthang Valley. However, tourists who wish to travel by road to Bumthang from Thimphu or Paro can either avail a taxi service from Paro (approx 312 km) or avail bus service from Thimphu (272 km). In addition to this, one needs to have a special route permit to enter Bumathng which can be issued only at Thimphu Immigration office.