Bumthang or Jakar valley

Bumthang or Jakar valley (alt. 2600 m-4500 m / 8530ft – 14765 ft). Bumthang has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. Comprising of four smaller valleys namely Tang, Ura, Choekhor and Chumey, this deeply spiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in religious legend. Bumthang is also the ancestral home to the great Buddhist teacher Pema Linga whose descendants the present dynasty traces its origin.

Bumthang Valley

Top places to visit in Bumthang

Jambay Lhakhang

Jambay Lhakhang is said to be one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Goenpo in 659 AD on a single day to pin down an ogress to earth forever. A supine demon was causing obstruction to the spread of Buddhism, and the temples were constructed on her body parts that spread across Tibet, Bhutan and the borderlands. The best known of these temples are Kichu in Paro, Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang and Jokhang in Lhasa, Tibet.

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Kurjey Lhakhang

Kurjey Lhakhang

Kurjey Lhakhang consists of three temples. The one on the right was built in 1652 on the rack face where Guru meditated in the 8th century. Second temple is built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru’s body and is therefore considered the most holy.

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Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery

Located above the main town, about 3 km from Chamkhar town, the monastery was founded by Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche in 1984 who was recognized at a very young age by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama and H.H. 16th Karmapa as the reincarnation of a Tibetan lama

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Ngang Lhakhang

A few hours walk from the Tangbi Goemba is the small region of Ngang Yul (Swan Land) and this temple here is 100 m above the valley floor.

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Tamshing Lhakhang

Located across the river from Kurje Lhakhang, this temple was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the re-incarnation of Guru Padsambhava.

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Tang Valley

Terton (treasure discoverer) Pema Lingpa, the famous saint, was born in the Tang valley of Bumthang. The people of this valley raise sheep and at higher elevation, yaks as the soil in this region is not so rich for agricultural activities.

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Ugyenchholing Palace in Tang

Restored in 19th century, it is now housing the Family Museum, a place that will transport visitors to another world and time.

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Ura Valley

Jakar to Ura is 48 km, about one and a half hour drive. To reach here, the road climbs toJakar valley Bhutan amazingly open countryside, only occasionally running into forest. Large sheep pastures line the road up to 20 km behind the southern tip of the Tang valley.

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Yathra Factory

Yathra is colorful wool weaving, a pattern native of central Bhutan with deep color. In the village of Zugney in Chummey valley, there are shops, where you can see weavers at work. You may able to see the dyeing of wool using natural dyes and other processes.