Along the Chamkhar Chhu river in Bumthang, the Wangdichholing Palace rises from the Jakar valley floor, surrounded by the verdant colors of the region’s rice fields.
Bumthang is located in north-central Bhutan, and is comprised of 4 valleys: Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura. Their altitudes vary from 2,600 metres (8,530 feet) to 4,000 metres (13,125 feet). Jakar in Choekor valley is main center of the Bumthang district.
The World Monument Fund (WMF) on Tuesday announced that Phajoding monastery in Thimphu has been enlisted as one of the five endangered cultural monuments that need most help in the world.
The sacred Thimphu Drubchen (popularly known as Thimphu Dromchoey) was performed today at the Thimphu Tashichhodzong. The sacred masked dance is dedicated to appeasing the protecting deity of Bhutan, Pelden Lhamo.
Thimphu Drubchen and Thimphu Tshechu are just around the corner. Thimphu Drubchen is on 24 September, and Thimphu Tshechu on 28, 29 and 30 September. These festivals which take place in the Thimphu Tashichhodzong, is a major tourist attraction in the fall.
Zhiwa Ling is a fully Bhutanese owned luxury hotel in Paro. As a goodwill gesture from Zhiwa Ling, the professionals of the tourism industry (in Bhutan) were invited to spend the Saturday night (11 July) at their beautiful 45-room property in the upper reaches of the lush Paro valley. Such gestures are much appreciated. Thank you Zhiwa Ling.
Paro is a wide and beautiful valley, lush and green with rice grown abundantly. Owing to the fertile valley, farmers in Paro are comparatively better off than the farmers elsewhere. Double story Bhutanese farm houses richly painted is a common scene in Paro.
Punakha is one of the lowest lying valleys in Bhutan at an elevation of 1,350m. With its temperate climate, Punakha is the market garden of the country. Produce grows year round and many Bhutanese reside here during the colder winter months. Punakha has an interesting history. It was in Punakha, the first hereditary Monarch, King Ugyen Wangchuck was enthroned on 17 December 1907. Punakha served as the winter capital till 1955 and Punakha Dzong continues to be the winter residence of the Central Monk Body.