Bumthang borders Lhuentse Dzongkhag to the West, Tashiyangtse to the East, Mongar to the South, and China to the North. The Dzongkhag covers 2853.55 sq. km, with elevations from 600 to 5800 meters above sea level, and experiences warm summers and cold winters with an average temperature of 24°C in summer and 15°C in winter. Annual rainfall ranges from 1000 to 1500 mm.
The Dzongkhag Administration office and Lhuentse Rabdey are housed in the Lhuentse Dzong. The Dzongkhag Tshogdu serves as the highest decision-making body, with an elected chairperson, and the Gewog Tshogde with the Gup as its chairperson.
Farm roads connect all 8 Gewog Centers, cutting the walking distance to less than an hour for 95% of residents. Lhuentse is an ancestral home of the Kings, with the historic Jigme Namgyel Nagtshang and several holy sites popular with Buddhist pilgrims. The region is famous for its exotic Kishuthara productions.
Lhuentse now boasts 98% telecommunication coverage, thanks to rural telephone and B-mobile services. The only exception is Tsango village, which remains unconnected due to its remote location. The area now also has access to 4G internet services.
Khoma Village, 11 km from Lhuentse Dzong, produces the sought-after Kishuthara silk. Women in the village and neighboring gewogs such as Minjey, Menbi, and Tsenkhar weave the intricately patterned textile. In the winter months, when work is scarce, farmers, especially women, turn to weave as a means of keeping themselves occupied.
Visitors to the village can witness women sitting in rows in makeshift textile cottages, weaving Kishuthara. The weavers invest significant time and energy to produce textile brocades, now available in retail markets at a high cost. The most intricate designs can take up to a year to complete, and the cost varies based on the complexity of the pattern and the quality of the brocades used.
In Bhutan, girls as young as eight learn how to weave. They start with basic patterns and progress to more intricate designs. Kishuthara, a highly valued item among Bhutanese women, adorns special festivities such as Tshechus and Wangs. It also serves as an alternative source of income for some farmers during the off-season.