Bumthang Valley, Bhutan

Things to do in Bumthang Valley

Author: Debahuti Gogoi
Date: 2020-09-16

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Bumthang Valley, situated in the eastern part of Bhutan, is one of the most serene places I have ever visited. The quiet evenings, secluded villages, lush green trees, and beautiful valleys make this place unique and attractive to travelers. This place is enveloped by picturesque views and many historical beauties, which also includes many respected temples.

Every year a huge number of visitors visit the Bumthang Valley from all over the world. It comprises four small fertile valleys that are engulfed by various crops. From apple orchards to dairy farms, there is a lot for you to explore in this place. 

So that you can enjoy the best, here is a list of things to do and places to visit in Bumthang Valley.

Go Trekking in the Bumthang Cultural Trek
A little bit of mud, rugged terrains, and tall trees are enough to grab an adventure lover’s attention. Guess what? The Bumthang cultural trek has it all! It is a perfect place for all the adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers out there! One of the famous destinations of Bhutan, this trekking trail will give you the opportunity to enjoy the ancient architecture of the country including temples and old monasteries.

Enjoy Some Peaceful Moments in the Kurje Lhakhang
Situated on the bank of Chamkhar River, Kurje Lhakhang is famous for its three temples with 108 walls on all sides. It is considered to be a very holy site of Bhutan. 

What's interesting about this place is that it has a lot to offer its visitors. People can gain knowledge about the culture, art, architecture, and tradition of the Bhutanese people. 


Kurje Lhakhang, Bumthang Valley

Explore Bhutanese Architecture- Jakar Dzong
Jakar Dzong is one such place that should be in your itinerary. It is believed to have been originally constructed as a monastery, which is the main reason behind its popularity. Today, this castle is used as the center of administration of the district and is also home to the monks of the region. What might amaze you is the festival of Jakar Tshechu that takes place here. 


Jakar Dzong, Bumthang Valley

Some Moments with Nature- Mebar Tso
Popularly known as the “burning lake,” this waterbody is surrounded by a variety of flora and fauna and also has a lot of history. Just 40 minutes away from Bumthang, Mebar Tso was where the treasures of Guru Rinpoche were discovered, which makes the place sacred and holy for its visitors. When you visit this lake, you will see prayer flags and lamps all around it. These are nothing but the offerings made by the pilgrims. It is also a great spot for all nature freaks because of its natural surroundings. 


Mebar Tso, Bumthang Valley

Visit the Wangchuck Centennial Park and Thrumshingla National Park
Are you an animal lover? If yes, consider visiting the Wangchuck Centennial Park and the Thrumshingla National Park in Bumthang. Out of the two, Wangchuck Centennial is the largest and has many species of animals living inside it, which include the snow leopard, tiger, Himalayan black bear, wolf, and the Takin. Thrumshingla National Park is home to dense forests, high mountains, a diverse range of tigers, and birds. 


 
Wangchuck Centennial Park 

An Ecstatic Ride to the Ura Valley
The Ura Valley has an old-world charm to it, which makes it one of the most conventional valleys of Bumthang. It is a 2-hr drive from Bumthang. I can assure you that this drive is the most therapeutic ride as you will come across some of the spectacular views of the valley. Once you reach the Ura Valley, you will find different cultures and lifestyles of people living there.



Ura Valley

Enjoy some chilled beer in the Bumthang Brewery
The Bumthang Brewery is located at a distance of 3.8 km from Jakar. This brewery has a wide range of original styles of beer. It is a perfect modern brewery with a great ambiance.

Red Panda, which is the lager beer of Bhutan, is actually made here. Another reason why you shouldn't miss going to this brewery is its picturesque factor” it is one of the most Instagrammable places, so make sure to keep your phone ready! 

All the above-mentioned places must definitely be included in your Bumthang travel itinerary as they will give you some of the best experiences in Bhutan. 


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