Bumthang, “beautiful field”, is a modern-day Shangri-La in eastern Bhutan. Rich in pleasant farming lands, it’s also one of Bhutan’s most historic regions and a stay here will bring you close to a vast number of ancient temples and sacred sites. There’s no shortage of natural treasures either, with two national parks, the Wangchuck Centennial Park in the north, and the Thrumshingla National Park in the south.
Bumthang is composed of the four mountain valleys of Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor. Ura features quaint farming villages with closely clustered houses while Choekhor hosts Bumthang’s main town, Jakar, which has an intricate and imposing dzong – traditional administrative building, and notably ancient and important temples and monasteries. Tang village is worth a visit to see the “Burning Lake” alone, which is where sacred scriptures were thought to have been discovered.
Wangchuck Centennial Park is Bhutan‘s largest national park and features headwaters of four major river systems, blue pine forests and alpine meadows. It’s home to the Bengal tiger, snow leopard, wolf, takin and Himalayan black bear.