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Bumthang


Jakar in Bumthang is one of the most beautiful regions in Bhutan and a major trading centre of the region. Bumthang also has an airport at Bathpalathang. The Chamkhar Chhu river flows through the town of Jakar and there is a 14th century lhakhang in the centre of the town. Jakar Dzong, which was built in the 17th century overlooks the Chokhor valley. To the northeast of the town can be found Wangdichholing Palace where Ugyen Wangchuk, the first king of Bhutan was born.


The Chokhor Valley offers some spectacular day and half day hikes offering wonderful views of the valley. There are also a number of interesting goempas and lhakhangs to visit. The Tang Valley is higher than the Chokhor Valley and more remote. It has a number of enjoyable short hikes and one can visit the famous pool in the Tang Chhu river known as Membartsho (The Burning Lake). The Ura Valley is the highest valley in Bumthang and has some interesting villages including Ura village and Shingkhar.


Trongsa


The town of Trongsa is situated above a gorge and the Mangde Chhu river. This pleasant, laid back town is home to a number of immigrants from Tibet. Trongsa Dzong has an incredible setting. It was constructed in the 16th century on the edge of a cliff making it extremely well protected. There is a watchtower situated above the dzong which houses an interesting museum.


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