BUMTHANG

Jakar is a town in the central-eastern region of Bhutan. It is the district capital (dzongkhag thromde) of Bumthang District and the location of Jakar Dzong, the regional dzong fortress. The name Jakar roughly translates as "white bird" in reference to its foundation myth, according to which a roosting white bird signaled the proper and auspicious location to found a monastery around 1549.

Location: Central Bhutan, east of Trongsa
Distance from Trongsa: 68km (1hr 30mins)
Elevation: 2,750 m (8,530ft)

SITE TO VISIT : -

     JAMBAY LHAKHANG: It was built in the 7th century by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo.

     MEMBARTSHO (The Burning Lake):It is considered to be one of the greatest pilgrimage sites where Pema Lingpa found several of Guru Rinpoche’s treasures

     KURJEY MONASTERY: Situated before Jambay Lhakhang, it consists of three temples, each has significant importance.

     TAMSHING MONASTERY: It is opposite to Kurje Monastery, containing ancient Buddhist wall paintings.

     JAKAR DZONG: Dzong of the White Bird, The Fort was initially built as a monastery in 1549 but now used as administrative centre for Bumthang valley and houses the regional monk body.

     CHAKHAR MONASTERY: It was named Chakhar, meaning iron castle. It looks like an ordinary house because of its simplicity.

     LHODRAK KHARCHHU MONASTERY: It was founded by Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche in 1984.

     TANGBI GOEMBA: It was founded in 1470 by Shamar Rinpoche of the Kagyupa religious school. It takes half an hour walk from Kurje Monastery.

     NGANG MONASTERY: Another few hours walk from Tangbi Goemba leads you to Ngang Monastery. In winter, masked dances are performed for three days in honour of the founder of the temple.

     URA VALLEY: Ura is 48km from Jakar. You can have a magnificent view of Mt. Gangkhar Puensum(Bhutan’s highest mountain) as you pass through Ura-Sharthangla pass (3,600m). In evening one can opt for farm house.

     TANG UGYEN CHHOLING PALACE: It’s a museum containing an overview of traditional rural life in Bhutan, it is said to have found treasures hidden by Guru Rinpoche. You can walk around Tang valley which is famous for sheep rising from which they make yarn.

     UGYENCHHOLING PALACE: It was the house of Trongsa penlop (governor) in 19th century. It is now a museum which exhibits the lifestyle of that century.

     TANG RIMOCHEN MONASTERY: The site is named after the tiger stripe markings on the cliff. Footprints of the Guru Rinpoche and his consorts Mandarava and Yeshe Chhogyal are found below the lhakhang.

 

Other attraction: Kenchosum Monastery, Kunzangdra Monastery, Pelseling Goempa, Palrithang, Duer hot spring, Royal Heritage Trail, etc