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Bumthang, Bhutan
About Bumthang

Bumthang is the most remarkable place if the number of ancient shrines and holy places are considered. Bumthang has an individuality that fascinate the visitors and separate it from other areas. Bumthang comprises 4 small valleys of Tang, Ura, Choekhor and Chumey. Bumthang is a very sacred place which has ancient shrines and holy places.  Bumthang is also the traditional dwelling to the great Buddhist teacher Pema Linga to whose successors the present dynasty traces its origin.  

Bumthang has two probable origins; One is that it is named after a Bumpa, a vessel for sacred water which the valley resembles in shape. The second origin implies that it is the Valley of Beautiful Girls as Bum translates to ‘Girl’ and Thang means ‘flat piece of land’. These are covered in fields of potatoes, rice and buckwheat. This region is one of the most peaceful places.

Language which is usually spoken in the Bumthang district is Bumthangkha. It is a Tibeto-Burman language connected to Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan.

Tourist Attractions in Bumthang

Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake)
Mebar Tsho is situated on the way to the Tang village over the feeder road under Bumthang valley. According to myths holy scriptures hidden by Guru Rimpoche in the 8th century later recovered in the 15th century by Pema Lingpa. Mebar Tsho is one of the most holy places in the region. 

Kurje Monastery
Kurjey Monastery, is situated in the Bumthang valley in the Bumthang district of Bhutan. This is the ultimate resting place of the remains of the first 3 rulers of Bhutan.

Jakar Dzong
Jakar Dzong is situated  nearby the main town of Jakar. It is the dzong of the Bumthang District in central Bhutan. It is situated in the Chamkhar valley of Bumthang on a ridge over the Jakar town.

Jambay Lhakhang
Jambay Lhakhang is one of the two most ancient shrines of Bhutan, built in the 7th century by Songtsen Gampo, the king of Tibet. Jambay Lhakhang is situated in Bumthang (Jakar) in Bhutan, and is considered to be the one of the shrines built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 659 AD on a single day, to pin down an ogress to earth eternally.

Tamshing Lhakhang
Tamshing Lhakhang is the most prominent Nyingmapa shrine situated in the Bumthang District of central Bhutan. It is the most famous Shrine of Nyingmapa  in Bhutan. The shrine and monastery are famous for their direct connection to the Bhutanese saint Pema Lingpa.

Padtshaling Monastery
Padtshaling Monastery was founded in the year 1769 by the first Padtshaling Tulku Siddha Namgyal Lhendub, as per the prediction of Lhasa Jowo.


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