Bumthang River
Bumthang River © Chuck Moravec


Bumthang is one of the most scenic valleys in Bhutan, with town of Jakar at its centre. More a cluster of villages than a real town, Jakar has a few points of interest that include the Jakar Dzong (Fortress of the White Bird), Wangdicholing Palace, and half a dozen monasteries. Jakar also hosts a number of colourful festivals between July and December. Visitors to Bumthang Valley (also known as Choekhor Valley), will want to try the beer Red Panda Wheat, which is brewed locally and is the only beer made in Bhutan.