Also called Jakar, Bhumthang directly translates as "beautiful field". It is famous for its buckwheat flour, honey, cheese, apples and apricots.
This lovely valley is the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. Tales of Guru Padma Sambhava dominate these holy shrines.
Bhumthang encompasses four major valleys: Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor.
MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF BHUMTHANG:
The Jakar Yugyel Dzong, commonly known as the Jakar Dzong, is the biggest Dzong in Bhutan. According to a legend, originally a small fort was built at the eastern end of the Bumthang Valley. But as its position was not satisfactory from a strategic point of view, a group of Lamas, knights and astrologers assembled for the purpose of finding a more appropriate location. As they were sitting, a white bird, presumed to be the King of Geese, rose into the air and rested on a spur which is now the present location of Jakar Dzong.
Jambay Lhakhang is said to be one of the 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 659 AD on a single day, to pin down a demoness to earth forever. It was divined that the supine demoness was causing obstruction to the spread of Buddhism, and temples were constructed on her body parts that spread across Tibet, Bhutan and the borderlands.
Tamshing Lhakhang is made of one temple and one monastery which are remarkable for their direct connection to the Bhutanese Saint Pema Lingpa. The monastery supports a body of over 95 monks.
The Swiss Farm is a development project established by Fritz Maurer, one of the first Swiss to work in Bhutan. The project introduced brewing, farming machinery and fuel-efficient, smokeless wood stoves to the valley, as well as its first tourist guesthouse.