Here are the top 10 tourist attractions to see in Bumthang:

1. Kurjey Lhakhang

4.5 /5

8 km
from city center
1 out of 10
places to visit in Bumthang

Located in the Bumthang Valley by a mountain river, Khurje Lhakhang is a temple complex consisting of three beautiful temples. The oldest temple contains the rock which has the imprint of Guru Rinpoche's body and hence is considered to be the holiest. Another temple was constructed on the site where Guru Rinpoche had meditated. The Queen Mother Ashi Kesang built the third. A 108 chorten wall also surrounds the three temples. The Kurjey Lhakhang is where the festival of Kurjey Tshechu takes place in Summer.

2. Jakar Dzong

4.3 /5

12 km
from city center
2 out of 10
places to visit in Bumthang

The Jakar Dzong, also known as the "castle of the white bird" was initially built as a monastery by the great grandfather of the first Shabdrung but is now the centre of administration of Bumthang District and also houses the regional monk body. It overlooks the Chokhor Valley, is visible from almost everywhere in Chokhar town and offers a good view of the Bumthang Valley as well. It is the site of the festival of Jakar Tshechu in which sacred masked dances take place.

3. Jambey Lhakhang

4.2 /5

9 km
from city center
3 out of 10
places to visit in Bumthang

Jambey Lhakhang is considered to be one of the oldest and the most sacred temples in Bhutan and is also where a number of festivals are held. Located between Khurjey Lhakhang and Jakar Dzong, it is a 10 minutes drive from Jakar town. It was constructed in the 7th century by King Songsten Gampo and is one of the 108 that he built and contains relics and statues of deities. One could also play witness to the sacred rituals and dances performed by the monks and locals in colourful and vibrant costumes and marvel at wonderful carvings and architecture. Following appropriate etiquette for attire is advisable.

4. Tamshing Lhakhang

3.8 /5

8 km
from city center
4 out of 10
places to visit in Bumthang

Tamshing Lhakhang is just across the river from Kurjey Lhakhang, in the Bumthang district of central Bhutan. For those interested in art and paintings, this site is a must-visit. With a number of ancient paintings such as that of 1000 Buddhas and 21 Taras, the monastery was built by famous saint Pema Lingpa in 1501. It is slowly approaching ruin, however, it has a strong connection with scholars and historians for that very reason. Famous festivals like Tamshing Phala Chhoepa takes place in Autumn as well as other sacred masks dances. It is advisable to follow clothing etiquette while you're here.

5. Mebar Tsho, The Burning Lake

3.7 /5

17 km
from city center
5 out of 10
places to visit in Bumthang

Mebar Tso also known as the Burning lake, in Tang Valley, takes about 40 minutes to reach from Bumthang. This is considered to be a sacred site for pilgrimage as it is said to be where Guru Rinpoche's hidden treasures were found by Pema Lingpa. It holds great spiritual significance for the pilgrims, marked with colourful prayer flags and butter lamps offered by them. It is more of a river gorge (Tang chhu river) with beautiful surroundings to suit a nature-lover's taste. However, tourists are advised to exercise caution while in the area as a number of lives have been lost due to the fast-flowing river.

6. Ura Valley

3.7 /5

23 km
from city center
6 out of 10
places to visit in Bumthang

Ura Valley is a one and a half-hour drive from Jakar town covering a distance of about 48 km. On the way to the drive, one can catch a glimpse of the highest mountain peak in Bhutan, Mt. Gangkhar Puensum. The route is marked with a marvellous view of the valley, sheep pastures and occasional forests. The valley itself is different from other regions in the sense that it is home to Ura village which has clustered houses separated by cobblestone alleys, a sight uncommon in the country.

7. Ogyen Choling Palace Museum

3.6 /5

21 km
from city center
7 out of 10
places to visit in Bumthang

The gem of Tang valley in Bumthang, Ogyen Choling Palace Museum holds great significance to both Bhutanese and Tibetans. It is a wonderful place that preserves and shows the rich history and values of Bhutan. The heirs of the Choling family decided to convert their ancestral home into a museum to share their history. It houses artefacts and traditional household items and gives a good insight into the heritage of this Himalayan kingdom. A paradise for history lovers, the museum gives an insight into the rural life of the country.

8. Red Panda Brewery and Cheese Factory, Bumthang

3.6 /5

12 km
from city center
8 out of 10
places to visit in Bumthang

Situated right next to each other in Bumthang, Red Panda Brewery and Cheese Factory are quite interesting to visit and are in fact owned by Fritz Maurer, the same Swiss national who owns the Swiss Guest House. Established in the 1960s, the site produces Emmenthal and Gouda using state-of-the-art cheesemaking machines. At the brewery, one can witness the process which results in unfiltered Weiss Beer. Apple cider and wine are also available. Since it is not brewed every day, prior calling and confirmation have to be done. The cheese factory offers not just an insight into the cheese-making process but also offers a variety of cheeses to buy and also produces apple brandy and clover honey.

9. Nomad Festival

9 out of 10
places to visit in Bumthang

Known for its rich cultural heritage and high standards of well-being, Bhutan celebrates its joy through abundant festivals. One of such celebrations is the annual Nomad Festival; rejoicing the untouched Bhutanese culture, squished for centuries by neighbouring giants. Date of 2019 - 23rd February 2020

10. Kenchosum Lhakhang

9 km
from city center
10 out of 10
places to visit in Bumthang

Founded in the 8th century by Pema Lingpa, Konchogsum Lhakhang is situated south of Tamshing Lhakhang. Known to be over a 1000 years old, it was rebuilt after a severe fire accident that took place on February 2010. The mesmerizing paintings and statues of Buddhist Gurus are striking. The modern architecture and the serenity of this place are what makes it beautiful and worth visiting.

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