Bumthang River © Chuck Moravec
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.