After a two and a half hour drive from Trongsa, you reach Bumtang. Bumtang consists of four mountain valleys and is also known as Bumtang Valley. A lot of tourists are making their way to Bumtang valley. Choekhor is the main valley here. You will notice a gorgeous circuit of temples right from the western side of the valley. Jampey Lhakhang is one of Bhutan’s most venerable temples. It was built in 659 AD and it has a colorful past and a colorful present. The primary shine has a modest grandeur of its own. The one-storey complex is famous for its annual festival held in October. The four day festival features many dances, out of which two are highly sacred- The treasure dance and the Naked dance, where men dance wearing only masks, nothing esle. No, you are not allowed to take photos of the dancers and you can visit the temple anytime of the year.Further, you will reach the temple of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava). He popularized Buddhism in Bhutan. The temple is built around the cave where he prayed and it still has his body print. The temple is a must visit in Bhutan. From here, you can take a pleasant walk to the Tamshing Monastery. Bumtang is also known as the Switzerland of Bhutan-for a reason.
Although we bypassed it, I could manage to catch a glimpse of the so called Switzerland of Bhutan as I had to fuel up. We regrouped at the Thurimshingla Pass ahead marked by a traditional welcome gate and a stupa.
Bumthang Valley consists of 4 main valleys Ura, Chumey, Tang & Choekhor. Choekhor. The valleys are broad and gentle carved by the ancient glaciers. The wide and scenic valleys draws a large number of tourists each year. The name Bumthang has two probable origins; the first is that it is named after a Bumpa, a vessel for holy water which the valley resembles in shape. The second origin implies that it is the Valley of Beautiful Girls as Bum translates to ‘Girl’ and Thang means ‘flat piece of land’.These fertile valleys are covered in fields of buckwheat, rice and potatoes. Apple orchards and dairy farms are also common sights here. This serene region is one of the most peaceful places in the kingdom