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Bumthang is the most historical valley with visible signs of the visit of the great Buddhist saint from India in the 8thcentury. The tales of Guru Padmasambhava and his reincarnates known as Lingpas, lingers in every nook and corner of the four beautiful valleys of Bumthang.
Bumthang, a general name of the region, comprises the four beautiful valleys of Chhume, Chhoekhor, Tang, and Ura.
As the road levels off the view of Chhoekhor valley unfolds itself with breathtaking views of Jakar Dzong on the left, Kurjey Lhakhang barring the bottom of the valley, and the snowy peaks standing against the sky.
In 1549 the monastery was completed and Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal named it Jakar Dzong, “the fortress of the white bird”. Then in 1646, he ordered the Trongsa Penlop, Minjur Tenpa, to repair the monastery and build it into a Dzong. The administrative center of Bumthang is based in the Dzong.
Also known as Lhodrak Seykhar Dratshangis located beyond Bumthang Hospital. In 1963, a monastic school was established here. During auspicious days, many different ceremonies are performed here.
Songtsen Gampo, King of Tibet, built 108 Lhakhang in the year 659, throughout Tibet and the Himalayas to overcome a demoness. Among the 108 Lhakhang, Jampa Lhakhang in Bumthang and Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro were built in Bhutan.
Kurjey complex consists of three temples against the hillside facing south. The first temple on the right was built in 1652 by the Trongsa Penlop, Minju Tempa, on the rock with the imprint of the body of Guru. It is the oldest temple of the complex. King Ugyen Wangchuck built the second temple in1900, while he was still the Trongsa Penlop. The third temple is a 3-storied Lhakhang built by the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Kesang Chhoden Wangchuck.
Namkhai Nyingpo Goenpa(Kharchu Dratshang)
A Nyingma Monastery founded in 1970 by Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche and it is one of the biggest Nyingmapa monastic schools in Bhutan. It is a privately funded monastery.
Also known as Tamshing Lhendrup Choling, but popularly known as Tamshing, which literally means “Temple of Good Message”. Pema Lingpa built it in 1501, with the help of Khandroms (female celestial beings). The monastery has paintings dating back to 1501.
Mebartsho or“The Burning Lake” is where Pema Lingpa, a saint from Bumthang found the treasures hidden by Guru and thus became a “terton’’, discoverer of religious treasures. Mebartsho, in fact, is not a lake but a gorge through which the river rushes and today it is a sacred pilgrimage site where the devoted Bhutanese float small butter lamps and make a wish.
You can also explore other valleys of Bumthang, the valleys of Tang &Ura.