Few visitors travel as far west as Bumthang, a region made up of four wide valleys cut from glaciers. Immensely fertile, there are fields of buckwheat, rice and potatoes as well as apple orchards. Cheesemaking and brewing were introduced here in the '60s by a Swiss man who emigrated in response to an advert appealing for help in modernising the Kingdom.
Some of the oldest temples in Bhutan are located in Bumthang, including Jambey Lhakhang, which according to legend was built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in 659 AD as part of a chain of 108 simultaneously constructed temples designed to subdue an evil demoness who lay over the Himalayan region.
There are domestic flights between Bumthang and Paro so it is possible to travel east rough the valleys from Thimphu to Punakha to Gangtey to Bumthang then fly back to Paro for the last part of your holiday.
Bhutan in depth
Go further afield on this two week in-depth holiday covering the valleys and iconic sites of this wonderful Kingdom.
Bhutan Mountain Resort, Bumthang
A charming, family-run resort set near the Bumthang Chu River and Valley.
Bhutan's National Sport, Various Locations
Khuru is a hugely popular social activity played in groups throughout the country.