Bumthang

Bumthang is one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan. It has very beautiful undulating landscapes with many fruit trees and temples. Bumthang is in the area where Buddhism first took hold in Bhutan. The town has several temples including Kuje Lhakhang (dating from the 8th century) Jampey Lhakhang (associated with Guru Rimpoche who brought Tantric Buddhism to Bhutan and Tibet) and Jakar Dzong (which alone makes Bumthang worth a one-night stop). There are two interesting festivals Tamshing Phala and Thangbi Maniin late September. It is located to the east of Thimphu. It will take about 9 – 10 hours from Thimphu by car. It is about 250 km from Thimphu.

“Bumthang” directly translates as “beautiful field” – “thang” means field or flat place, and “bum” is said be an abbreviation of either “bumpa” (a vessel for holy water, thus describing the shape and nature of the valley), or simply “bum” (“girl,” indicating this is the valley of beautiful girls).The language spoken in the Bumthang district is known as Bumthangkha. It is a Tibeto-Burman language closely related to Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan. Bumthangkha is partially comprehensible to speakers of Dzongkha, which originated in valleys to the west of Bumthang.

Bumthang has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. Comprising of four smaller valleys. The deeply spiritual region of Bumtha is shrouded in religious legend. Jakar is the centre, comprising of the Dzong area and the town. Apart from Jakar Dzong, a number of monasteries can be found throughout the hills. Tales of Guru Padmasambhava dominate these holy shrines.

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