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Bumthang

The scenic valley of Bumthang is the most inhabited region in the district known as 'Little Switzerland', with the town of Jakar at its centre. More a cluster of villages than a real town, Jakar has a few points of interest that include the Jakar Dzong(Fortress of the White Bird), Wangdicholing Palace, and half a dozen monasteries. Jakar also hosts a number of colourful festivals between July and December. Visitors to Bumthang Valley (also known as Choekhor Valley), will want to try Red Panda wheat beer, which is brewed locally and is the only beer made in Bhutan.

Information & Facts

Language

Dzongkha is the official language, and various Tibetan dialects are spoken. English has recently become the language of instruction in schools but is only spoken fluently by guides and tourist industry professionals.

Money

The local currency is the Ngultrumbut subdivided into 100 Chetrums. The currency is pegged to the Indian rupee on scale of 1:1. The Ngultrumbut was only introduced in 1974 before which the country had no currency, relying on a system of bartering to acquire goods. US Dollars and Travellers Cheques can be exchanged at banks and large hotels. Visa and Mastercard are not widely accepted.

Time

Local time is GMT +6 hours.

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