Located in the central region of Bhutan, Bumthang valley is widely known as the religious heart of the country. Legend has it that the valley has been blessed immensely with religious ideals. Not only that the valley is home to some of the oldest monasteries and temples in the country. The picturesque valley is dotted with sacred monasteries, sites, fortresses and ancient historic locations. Bumthang valley is also home to one of the domestic airports in the country making is easily accessible from Paro.

Bumthaps (people of Bumthang) are renowned for their Yathra textile producing skills and boasts of their unique culture. Bumthaps speak a different dialect and boasts of their special cuisine. Their women wear a white scarf around their head to show a distinct remark of age-old tradition and heritage.  Bumthang offers a plethora of adventurous activities for the visitors.

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Kurjey & Jambay Lhakhang

Kurjey Lhakhang comprises three temples. The one on the right was built in 1652 against the rock face where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in the 8th century. The middle temple is built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of the Guru’s body, and is therefore considered to be the most holy. Both Jambay and Kurjey Lhakhang are located on the left banks of ChamkharChhu (river). Continue the valley walk from Kurjey Lhakhang across a suspension bridge through small villages and farmlands.

The  Jambay Lhakhang was built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. It is one of 108 monasteries which he built to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.


Bumthang Dzongkhag is situated in the central part of Bhutan, and it covers an area of approximately 1,819 square kilometers. The district is characterized by steep valleys, rolling hills, and pristine forests. The major rivers flowing through Bumthang are the Chamkhar Chhu and Tang Chhu.

Cultural and Historical Significance

Bumthang is considered the cultural heartland of Bhutan. It is home to numerous ancient temples, monasteries, and sacred sites. Some of the notable religious landmarks in Bumthang include Jakar Dzong (the district’s administrative center and fortress), Jambay Lhakhang (one of the oldest temples in Bhutan), Kurjey Lhakhang (where Guru Rinpoche meditated), and Tamshing Lhakhang (known for its ancient murals). These sites attract pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.


Bumthang is famous for its vibrant religious festivals, known as tshechus. These annual events are held at various monasteries and feature colorful mask dances, cultural performances, and religious rituals. The Jambay Lhakhang Drup and Kurjey Tshechu are two of the most popular festivals in Bumthang.

Natural Attractions

Bumthang is blessed with beautiful natural landscapes. The district is dotted with picturesque valleys, meadows, and apple orchards. Some of the notable natural attractions include the Tang Valley, the Burning Lake (Mebar Tsho), and the stunning views from the Yotong La Pass.


Agriculture and livestock farming are the primary economic activities in Bumthang. The region is known for its production of buckwheat, potatoes, apples, and dairy products. Tourism also plays a significant role in the local economy, with visitors coming to explore the cultural heritage and natural beauty of the area.