The Bumthang region comprises of four valleys that until as recently as the 1970s was only accessible by mule and on foot. The area is shrouded in legend, being home to some of Bhutan’s oldest Buddhist temples. Away from this religious heritage you’ll find quaint farming villages where practices haven’t changed for centuries, a glimpse of the rural communities of Bhutan’s heartlands.

What to see



The four valleys, Chokhor, Tang, Ura and Chhume, give a taste of a different side of Bhutanese life, whether you decide to just see the sights or to spend a little time delving deeper with easy hiking. The Chokhor valley is considered to have to most important sights, with a whole series of old lhakhangs (temples). Ura valley, where the earliest inhabitants of Bhutan are thought to have settled, is the highest of the four – visit the village of Ura to sample the medieval atmosphere.

Where to stay

Amankora Bumthang

Based in Bhutan's spiritual heart and overlooking orchards and fields of crops, the Amankora Bumthang is the place to find peace and tranquility. Staying in wood-panelled suites overlooking a palace and monastery, explore Bumthang's natural beauty, many temples and cottage industries before heading back to sample the treatments at the hotel spa.

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