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BumthangBumthang is blessed with several sacred monasteries spread across the region and is aptly referred to as the spiritual heartland of Bhutan. Located in central Bhutan between an altitude of 2600 to 4000m, it is rather cold in Bumthang. Bumthang is famous for the production of Honey, Yathra (woollen products), beer and cheese.

The district, which is a famous tourist destination, has been connected with a domestic airstrip making it lot easier to get there.

Places of interest:

  • Jakar Dzong literally translates as Fortress of the white bird. According to legend, Ngagi Wangchuk a saint witnessed an auspicious omen of a white bird landing on the place and decided to build a temple there. It was only in 1646 that a Dzong was built by Minjur Tempa where the temple stood. The Dzong suffered some damages from an earthquake in 1897 and underwent major reconstruction works in 1905.
  • Jambey Lhakhang is one of 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo on a single day making it the oldest monastery alongside Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. Tourist flock to the monastery especially during the Jambay Lhakhang Drup (festival) to witness the famous Mewang, the Fire Ceremony and the Peling Tercham or the Naked Dance.
  • Kurjey Lhakhangis located near Jambay Lhakhang. It was built adjacent to the meditation site of Guru Rinpoche in the 17th century by Chogyal Minjur Tempa. One of important relics in the temple is a rock which bears the sacred body imprint of Guru Rimpoche.
  • Wangdichhoeling Palace was built by Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyel, the father of First King of Bhutan in 1857.It used by the second King of Bhutan, King Jigme Wangchuk as his summer residence.
  • Ura is located at a one and half hour drive from Bumthang town and is considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Bhutan. Ura too is blessed with several monasteries.
  • Tamzhing monasterywas built in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa and is located across the river from Kurjey Lhakhang. The important relics of monastery includes the main statue, a chain mail and murals personally sculpted and painted by Terton Pema Lingpa.
  • Tang Valley is a beautiful valley best known as the birth place of Terton Pema Lingpa, the ancestor of our monarchs.
  • The Mebar Tsho or the “Burning Lake” is a sacred water lake from where Terton Pema Lingpa discovered religious treasures from. According to legend, Pema Lingpa is said to have dived into a lake holding a burning butter lamp and moments later emerged with religious treasure along with the lamp still burning.