The town Bumthang – or as its official name is, Jakar – sits on 2,800 metres altitude and is the administrative centre of Bumthang district. The town has a population of about 5,000. It was founded in 1549, when the place was chosen as an auspicious place for a new monastery.
Jakar Dzong, the largest Dzong in Bhutan, and the old summer residence of Bhutan’s kings, Wangdicholing Palace, can be visited in Bumthang, as well as a number of sacred sites. The best time to visit Bumthang is end of May until end of September, as it tends to get very cold in winter. The region is not affected too much by monsoon rains. Travelling time to Bumthang from Thimphu is around 10 hours.