Bumthang Ura Valley

Bumthang Tourism Guide

Bumthang Tourism Guide: Bumthang District(Bum-thang rzong-khag) is one of the 20 dzongkhag (districts) comprising Bhutan. It is the most historic dzongkhag if the number of ancient temples and sacred sites is counted. Bumthang consists of the four mountain valleys of Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor (“Bumthang”), although occasionally the entire district is referred to as Bumthang Valley.Bumthang  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 name is said to have arisen after the construction of Jambay Lhakhang.Bumthang is home to some of the Kingdom’s most ancient and precious Buddhist sites. The district is subdivided into four blocks Chhokor, Chume, Tang, and Ura valley.

Best Things to Do in Bumthang

Bumthang is ancient valley of Bhutan and holds the most ancient monastery and it is the cultural hub of the Country. The best things to do here is to explore the cultural heritage, visit oldest temples, go for nature hike, trek the unique Bumthang Cultural trek and enjoy the Bumthang Khooli the local delicacy of the place.

Bumthang Owl Trek

The lovely Bumthang valley is the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. This three-day trek passes through several villages on its meandering route through Bumthang countryside and provides an exceptional opportunity for contact with Bhutanese rural life. Find Details

Bumthang Owl Trek

Visit the oldest Temples in Bhutan

Visit Jampa Lhakhang which was built in 659AD by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to pin down the left knee of a giant agrees on whose body lay across the Himalayas. The inner shrine of the temple houses an exquisite image of Jowo Jampa, the Buddha of the future, also known as Maitreya.

Attend the most popular and unique Naked dance festival in Bumthang that takes place every year in November.

Cycling Bumthang Valley

Cycling in Bhutan’s most beautiful valley is the greatest adventure one can have. The wide valley of Bumthang offers a great opportunity to view the ancient monastery, traditional villages, and Fortresses during the adventure.

Visit Cheese Factory

Visit the Cheese factory. It is located in the town of Bumthang and produces a variety of cheese, including the famous Bumthang Swiss Cheese.

The cheese factory was established in 1958 by a Swiss man named Fritz Maurer who came to Bhutan to help establish dairy farming. Today, the cheese factory is run by the Bhutanese government and continues to produce high-quality cheese using traditional Swiss methods.

Visitors can visit the cheese factory and see how the cheese is made, from milking the cows to the final product. You can also sample and purchase the cheese at the factory shop. The cheese factory is a popular attraction in Bumthang and is definitely worth a visit for cheese lovers and those interested in learning about Bhutanese agriculture and food production.

Red Panda Brewery

Visit the only brewery where beer is locally produced in Bumthang. Check out more about the Red Panda brewery

Bumthang Tourism Guide and the Best Places to Visit in Bumthang

Ura Valley

The Ura valley is about 1 hour journey from main Bumthang city. Ura Valley is a beautiful valley located in the Bumthang district of Bhutan. It is known for its pristine natural beauty, traditional architecture, and vibrant culture. Here are some of the highlights of Ura Valley:

Ura Village: The main attraction of Ura Valley is the picturesque Ura village, which is known for its traditional architecture and farming practices. The village is surrounded by lush green hills and is home to several ancient temples and monasteries.

Ura Yakchoe Festival: Ura Yakchoe is an annual festival celebrated in the Ura village in May or June, depending on the Bhutanese lunar calendar. The festival is a celebration of the Buddhist faith and is known for its unique dances and mask performances. Read More.

Ura Valley Trek: Ura Valley is also a popular destination for trekking enthusiasts. The Ura Valley Trek is a scenic trek that takes you through beautiful forests, pastures, and traditional villages. The trek offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Traditional Weaving: Ura Valley is also known for its traditional weaving practices. Visitors can see how the locals weave the famous “Ura wool” using traditional techniques and can purchase some of the beautiful hand-woven textiles as souvenirs.

Hot Springs: Ura Valley is home to several hot springs that are believed to have therapeutic properties. The most famous hot spring in Ura Valley is the Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake) hot spring, which is located near Tang village.

Ura Valley is a must-visit destination in Bumthang that offers a unique glimpse into Bhutanese culture and natural beauty.

Burning Lake

Burning lake in Bumthang. Mebar Tsho is more of a gorge than a lake. It is a very sacred site and the name refers to the most famous episode of the famous treasure discoverer, Pema Lingpa’s life. In early 1475 the saint discovered holy relics hidden here by Guru Rinpoche and thus received his holy mission to propagate religion. 

Kencho Sum Lhakhang

The temple was built in the 7th century but later restored by Terton Pema Lingpa in the 15th century. The three sacred Buddha statues which grace the Lhakhang main shrine are said to have miraculously flown there from Khini in Kurtoe a region further east.

Konchosum Lhakhang in Bumthang. Plcaes to visit in Bumthang
Kenchosum Lhakhang in Bumthang

Jakar Dzong

The Jakar Dzong or the castle of white Bird was built in 1677. It was later renamed Yuelay Namgyel Dzong. Today the Dzong functions as the administrative and religious seat of the district. Learn More

Jakar Dzong in Bumthang

Kurje Monastery

Kurje temple is one of the most important temples for the Bhudhsit Pilgrimage as it was built around a rock on which Guru left an imprint of his body while meditating there in the 8th century. The name Kurjey means sacred body imprint. The rock around which the temple grew came to be known as Dragmar Dorje Tshegpa(the red cliff of the Diamond of Long life).

Best time to Visit Bumthang Valley

The best time to visit Bumthang is Spring (March to May) and Autumn (August to November). Winter is very cold and risky to travel by road because of snowfall and icy road conditions.

Climate and Weather Condition of Bumthang Valley

Located at an elevation of 3650.72 meters (11977.43 feet) above sea level, Bumthang has a Temperate highland tropical climate with a dry winter climate (Classification: Cwb). The city’s yearly temperature is 9.61ºC (49.3ºF) and it is -5.99% lower than Bhutan’s averages. Bumthang typically receives about 71.39 millimeters (2.81 inches) of precipitation and has 142.46 rainy days (39.03% of the time) annually.

How to reach Bumthang Valley?

Bumthang can be reached by domestic air and by road. If you take flights from Paro airport it takes about 25 minutes to Batpalatahng domestic airport. By road, it takes about a day from Paro. It is always best to take the one-way road and return on flights to experience.

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