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Bumthang, in the central district of Bhutan, is a must-visit destination for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and many religious sites. Composed of four valleys, each with its unique landscape and attractions, it is the cultural heartland of Bhutan with significant temples, monasteries, and festivals. The town is known for its colourful festivals, showcasing Bhutanese culture and traditions, with dance performances, music, and religious ceremonies. It is also a popular destination for trekking and hiking, with various trails suitable for all levels. The famous Bumthang Cultural Trek takes visitors through scenic valleys, ancient monasteries, and remote villages.

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Jambay Lhakhang temple


One of the oldest temples in Bhutan, Jambay Lhakhang, was built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. It is believed to be one of the 108 temples constructed to subdue a demoness causing chaos across the Himalayas. This sacred temple is adorned with intricate carvings and murals and hosts the Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival, which includes a unique fire ceremony and the famous 'naked dance' to purify and bless the area.

Explore Burning Lake


A sacred site for Buddhists, the Burning Lake, also known as Mebar Tsho, is located along the Tang Chhu River. According to local legend, the great Buddhist saint, Pema Lingpa, discovered sacred relics hidden by Guru Rinpoche at the bottom of the lake. The name "Burning Lake" comes from the myth that Pema Lingpa held a burning lamp while diving into the water, and it remained lit when he emerged. This beautiful site is surrounded by lush vegetation and is perfect for meditation and reflection.

Palace Museum


Situated in the Tang Valley, Ogyen Choling Palace is a 14th-century ancestral home turned into a museum. The palace offers insights into Bhutanese history, culture, and rural life. The hike to the palace takes you through picturesque landscapes, traditional villages, and terraced fields. Once there, you can explore the well-preserved rooms and exhibits showcasing traditional textiles, weapons, religious artifacts, and household items.

Explore Jakar Dzong


Also known as the "Castle of the White Bird," Jakar Dzong is an impressive fortress that offers panoramic views of the surrounding valley. It is also home to a monastery and a museum that showcases the region's rich history.

Red Panda Beer


Bumthang is famous for its Swiss-style cheeses, organic honey, and the locally brewed Red Panda Beer. The Swiss Farm, established in the 20th century, produces a variety of dairy products, including cheese and yogurt. While you're in the region, make sure to try traditional Bhutanese dishes, such as Ema Datshi (chilies and cheese), Phaksha Paa (pork with red chilies), and Jasha Maru (spicy chicken). Complete your culinary experience with a refreshing glass of Red Panda Beer, which is brewed in small quantities using traditional methods at the Bumthang Brewery.

Wangdicholing Palace


Wangdicholing Palace is a historical landmark in Bumthang and is significant as the former residence of Bhutan's royal family. The palace is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Visitors can take a guided tour to learn about the palace's history and view its impressive collection of artifacts.