Mysterious mountain fortress! Comprising four smaller valleys, Bumthang has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. This deeply spiritual region is shrouded in religious myths and legends and houses some of the oldest Buddhist temples.
Adjacent to the 1st & 2nd Kingﾒs palace (Wangdichholing) in the Choekhor valley, this 16 suite Lodge in 4 separate dwellings overlooks orchards of apple & pear, surrounded by fields of buckwheat & millet--truly amid aromas & senses that mesmerize! The lodge offers a library, a regal dining room with an 18ft ceiling; ceiling-to-floor windows offering panoramic vistas; suites feature wood-panelling, a traditional bukhari, king-size beds, terrazzo-clad bath, shower, twin vanities & daybeds overlooking the courtyard; a cosy Spa with 3 treatment rooms, steam room & changing areas.
Swiss Guest House Bhutan is one of the region’s oldest lodges, offering you a charming stay in the lap of the Himalayas. It was built on the grounds of a quaint, old farm house flanked by an apple orchard that once belonged to the family of the first King of Bhutan.
Bumthang encompasses four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura – and is home to many a prominent Buddhist temple and monastery. Visit Buddhist temples and monasteries such as the Tamshing Lhakhang temple, boasting some of the oldest historical Buddhist wall paintings. At the ‘Jambey Lhaqhang’ temple, discover architecture that dates as far back as the 7th century, while at the ‘Kurje Lhakhang’, witness one of the most holy places in all of Bhutan. Take a walk between the three temples, soaking in the scenery as you walk across a picturesque suspension bridge and the fertile fields of buckwheat, rice and potatoes, spread over the valley. Amble past apple orchards and dairy farms to reach the fortress of ‘Jakar Dzong’ – the region’s impressive administrative center. You could also visit the famous Swiss Farm established by one of the first Swiss nationals to work in the country. Sample delicious Swiss cheese at the main outlet of Yoser Lham, along with local beer at Red Panda Beer Factory, the first and only microbrewery of Bhutan. Afterwards, take a leisurely stroll through the local markets at the center of Jakar, the main town, to receive a further taste of life and culture in Bumthang. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Please note that the Beer and Cheese factories are closed on weekends and require prior appointments.)