The spiritual heartland of Bhutan, Bumthang, has the highest concentration of sacred sites and some of the country's oldest temples and monasteries. It covers a number of mountain passes including Pele La Pass, Yotong La Pass and is divided into four valleys: Choekhor, Chumey, Tang and Ura.
There is a domestic airport in this valley which Drukair operates domestic flights to certain valleys.
Bhutan’s only microbrewery—Red Panda Weiss Beer, and a Swiss Cheese factory is located in this valley.
The Bumthang region covers a number of mountain passes and valleys. Including Pele La Pass, Yotong La Pass, Chume Valley, Chokor Valley, Kiki La and Jakar.
Also called Chokor Raptentse Dzong, it is the largest Dzong in Bhutan, built in 1644 and used to house the seat of the Wangchuck Dynasty.
Located in the Chumey Valley, “The Castle of the White Bird”, is the main administrative centre for Bumthang and was an integral fortress.
3420m above sea level and on clear day, Jomolhari will be visible, if we are lucky! Pele La signals the start of central Bhutan. Further down the valley, we will see large expanses of fields of mustard, potatoes, barley and wheat.
Chendebji chorten (stupa) sits at the confluence of 2 rivers, about an hour's drive from Pele La pass. A lunch or tea break is often made here on the way to Trongsa or back towards Punakha and Gangtey
The burning Lake.
This family-owned guest house is located just across the valley from Jakar Dzong. It features simple guest rooms with wooden interiors and traditional wood-burning fireplaces. Wi-Fi is available in all rooms.View Gallery >
This cosy hotel features 14 spacious, well-appointed rooms in the main building and 30 large and beautiful rooms with a balcony in seven separate cottages. All rooms offer spectacular views of Chokor Valley. Wi-Fi access is available in common areas.View Gallery >
The last of the 5 lodges that was built by Aman Resorts, this lodge is set within the palatial gardens of Wangdicholing, a former royal residence. It is also built alongside a small monastic college, dedicated to Buddhist studies. An activity in this lodge is to teach English to the local young monks in the college. A night includes all meals, laundry services, alcoholic beverages except for premium alcohol. Wi-Fi access is available in common areas.View Gallery >
Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, is located 54km away from Paro Airport. It is the political and economic centre of Bhutan. >
Punakha was previously the capital of Bhutan until 1955 when it was moved to Thimphu. It is one of the warmest valleys due to its lower elevation of 1,300m above… >
Paro is home to the only international airport and the oldest temple in the kingdom—Kyichu Lhakhang. >
Phobjikha Valley, also known as Gangtey, is a quiet and remote glacial valley located on the western slopes of the Black Mountains at an elevation of 3,000m. >