Bumthang is not just another travel destination of Bhutan; its more than that! A combination of four valleys Ura, Tang, Choekhor and Chumey; it comprises of highest number of ancient and sacred sites Bhutan has. This beautiful valley is called the valley of holy water based on the altar of lhakhang. Tales of Guru Padmasambhava and religious treasures can be found here.
Places to See
This place is famous for its religious dance called Ura Yakchoe. This festival held every in the month of May in which a sacred relic is put on display for people to seek its blessings.
Jakar Dzong or the Castle of White Bhutan can be seen from quite a distance. Built in the year 1549 by Tibetan Lama Wangchuk, this place helped in defense against Dzongkhags of eastern side of Bhutan.
Jambay Lhakhang Festival:
Jambay Lhakhang is amongst the oldest temples Bhutan has got. Established by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 7th century A.D; It has got more than one hundred statues of GODS OF KALACHAKRA. Jambay Ihakhang Drup is held here every year for five days. Every year thousands of people come here to watch this dance festival.
Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery:
Established by Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche considered as reincarnation of a Tibetan Lama; this monastery is a important centre to revitalize Ttibetan culture. One can easily see monks reading, drawing mandalas, playing ceremonial instruments and such other activities.
This place was basically built in the 6th century and is famous for a large bell which is now displayed in National Museum of Paro.
It’s a beautiful temple built in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa; reincarnation of Guru Padmasambhava. With a collection of unique paintings of 1000 Buddhas and 21 Taras (female Buddha), it’s a must visit destination.