Bumthang is so called because the valley is shaped like a “bumpa” or the vessel containing holy water placed on altars (“bum”) and “thang” implies “field” or “flat place”. The other translation relates to a beautiful girl (“bum”).
Bumthang comprises four major valleys – Chokor, Tang, Ura and Chhumey. It’s known as the most sacred district in the country because Guru Rinpoche healed a local king here and brought about the acceptance of Buddhism in Bumthang and subsequently the whole country. It has famous “nyes” (sacred sites) which pilgrims from all over the country visit. Bumthang is also known for its natural scenic beauty, apples, organic apple juice, cheese and the colourful yathra cloth.