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BUMTHANG

 
BUMTHANG (8530 ft – 13,125 ft.)
  This fascinating valley is the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of the oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. Here tales of Guru Rimpochee and his re-incarnates known as Lingpas still linger around that have now become sacred ground.  
 
  WHAT TO SEE IN BUMTHANG:  
 
 

JAMBEY LHAKHANG
This monastery was built in the 7th century by a Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo believed to be the re-incarnation of the Buddha of compassion. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.

 
 
     
 

KURJEY LHAKHANG
Located above Jambey Lhakhang, the Kurjey Lhakhang consists of three temples. The one on the right was built in 1652 on the rock face where the Guru meditated in the 8th Century. Second temple was built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of the Guru’s body and is therefore considered the most holy land. The third temple was recently built by the present Royal Queen mother. These temples are surrounded by 108 Chortens wall, symbolic of each joint of the human body.

 
   
 

TAMSHING LHAKHANG
Located opposite Kurje Lhakhang on the other side of the river, this temple was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the re-incarnation of Guru Rimpochee. The monastery has very interesting religious paintings like 1000 Buddhas and 21 Tantras (female form of the Bodhisattva). The temple was restored at the end of the 19th Century.

   
 

JAKAR DZONG
Founded by the great grandfather of Shabdrung, the dzong was initially built as a monastery in 1549. It was upgraded after Shabdrung had firmly established his power in 1646. The Dzong is now used as the administrative center for the Bumthang valley.