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Bhutan Bumthang

Things to do in Bhutan

Deeply spiritual Bhutan’s desire for happiness over superficial worth is reflected in its respect of tradition, apparent in the 17th century dress worn by all citizens, and the pristine countryside and towns. Though this remote Himalayan kingdom is no stranger to visitors, much of it is yet to be explored and there are many things to see and do.

Climb to the cliff-perched Tiger’s Nest Monastery near Paro, or visit the Phobjika Valley in winter to see the rare black-necked cranes that migrate from Tibet. Make time to explore the country’s dzongs, or fortresses, such as those in Trongsa and Punakha, and trek through the pastures of the Bumthang Valley, staying in farmhouse homestays.

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Ideas for experiencing Bhutan

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Bhutan, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Trongsa Dzong and town

    Trongsa Dzong & Ta Dzong

    Trongsa

    In Trongsa by far the most impressive place to visit is Trongsa Dzong. The Dzong is one of the largest in Bhutan and is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture.

  • Punakha Dzong

    Punakha Dzong Excursion

    Punakha

    Built in 1637, Punakha Dzong served as the seat of the government until the mid 20th century. Over the centuries it has suffered damage from several fires and flooding but still remains one of the most impressive dzongs in Bhutan.

  • Masked dancer at the Paro Tsechu

    Ura Tsechu Excursion

    Bumthang

    The Ura Tsechu is a five day festival which attracts local villagers. Held in the courtyard of the Ura Lhakhang, the festival involves the same masked dancers and songs as the Thimpu and Paro festivals as well as the Yak Dance.

  • Tiger's Nest Monastery

    Tiger's Nest Monastery & Drukgyel Dzong

    Paro

    The Tiger's Nest Monastery is possibly the most famous in Bhutan, having been founded in the late 1600's, and perched on a high rocky ledge 900m above the valley floor allegedly at a place where Guru Rinpoche rested, travelling on a flying tiger.

  • Ura valley

    Ura & Flaming Lake

    Visit Ura village, lying in the highest of Bumthang's valleys, at around 3100m. Ura leads into the easternmost regions of Bhutan and is located immediately below the Thrumshing La (pass) at 3800m.

  • Weekend market, Thimpu

    Visit to the Weekend Market at Thimpu

    Thimpu

    People from surrounding villages start arriving on Friday evening and come to buy and sell produce, ranging from dried chillies and yak butter to textiles and bamboo products.