Bumthang is the spiritual heartland of Bhutan, and home to some of its oldest temples and monasteries. Some of the oldest and most venerated temples are found in Bumthang, including Jambey Lhakhang. According to legend, this ancient temple was built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 659 A.D. as part of a chain of 108 simultaneously constructed temples in order to subdue an evil demoness that lay over the Himalayan region. It is the oldest lhakhang in Bhutan. This dzongkhag is one of the most richly endowed districts in terms of its historical and spiritual legacy.
There are numerous other temples and shrines worth visiting in Bumthang and many of them are linked to Guru Rinpoche’s visit in 746 A.D. Bumthang consists of four main valleys, Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor. The valleys are broad and gentle carved by the ancient glaciers. The wide and scenic valleys draw a large number of tourists each year. Many tourists compare this small district similar to Switzerland. The fertile valleys of Bumthang are covered with rolling fields of buckwheat, rice and potatoes.