The districts of Trongsa and Bumthang comprise central Bhutan. Central Bhutan is home to many sacred monuments in the country and has unique attractions. The two districts were the seat of our two Kings and these districts defined much of our history. In Bumthang, one may attend the Nomads festival of Bumthang and delve into the wonders of a living culture of our nomads and participate in the Matsutake festival of Ura and taste the high altitude mushroom and drown in the Red panda beer. One can also witness numerous festivals including the annual tshechu of Trongsa and Bumthang, the Jampa Lhakhang tshechu, or witness the Ura tshechu that is unique. You may also visit the Ta Dzong that is now turned into a museum with its dominating four towers or visit the Wangdue Choling palace in Chamkhar built by our 1st King Ugyen Wangchuck.
You may also trek the Thrumshingla National Park and try and spot the six species of globally threatened birds that includes the Rufous necked hornbill, Rufous-throated wren-babbler, Satyr Tragopan, Beautiful nuthatch, Ward’s trogon and Chestnut-breasted partridge. Or further still try and spot the Red Panda or the foot prints of the Royal Bengal Tiger. The park forests range from alpine to sub-tropical broadleaf types.
Destinations in Central Bhutan
The valley of Bumthang lies between 2,600 and 4,500 m altitude. It is home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries and is known as the religious heartland of the nation..
Tang Mebar Tsho
The Tang Mebar Tsho or the “burning lake” is about half an hour drive from the main Chamkhar town. It located along the feed road to the Tang village..
Trongsa Dzong is historically important as the main seat of power for the first and second kings of Bhutan. It was from Trongsa dzong that the former kings exercised power over central and eastern Bhutan..