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This region that spans from 2,600-4,500 m is the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. Tales of Guru Padmasambhava and the tertons (“religious treasure-discoverers”) still linger in this sacred region. 

Bumthang Dzongkhag consists of four main valleys, Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor. Choekhor is the largest of the four and is widely considered as ‘Bumthang Valley’. The valleys are broad and gentle carved by the ancient glaciers. The wide and scenic valleys draws a large number of tourists each year.

This dzongkhag is one of the most richly endowed districts in terms of historical and spiritual legacy. 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.

Attractions in Bumthang

Hotels in Bumthang

Name Category Ratings
Aman Kora luxury
The Village Lodge luxury
Chumey Nature Resort standard
Gongkhar Lodge standard
Hotel Peling standard
Hotel Ugyenling standard
Jakar Village Lodge standard
Kaila Guest House standard
Mountain Lodge standard
Rinchenling Lodge standard
River Lodge standard
Swiss Guest House standard
Samyae Resort standard
Ugyencholing Guest House in Tang standard
Wangdicholing Lodge standard
Yu-gharling Resort standard

Restaurants Bumthang

Local Restaurant Food
Traditional Bhutanese Restaurant
Kaila’s restaurant
Arya Zamlha Restaurant