Places of interest – Bumthang


Bumthang is also one of the most charming places in Bhutan. It is about 2 hours drive from Trongsa and at an altitude of 2800m. It has a uniqueness that charms visitors and separates it from other regions. There are also several Buddhist oldest temples and monasteries. Many Bhutanese from all over the country visit this place to get blessing from the great holy lama. This place also serves as a main attraction for the Tourists.

Places of interest in BUMTHANG

Jambey Lhakhang

It is one of the oldest temples in Bumthang region, built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century to subdue the evil spirits in the Himalayan region. The temple is also a venue for the important festival.
Kurje Lhakhang
It is one of the wellknown temple in Bhutan, Kurje lhakhang comprises of three temples. The one on the right was built in 1652 by Minjur Tempa , Trongsa Penlop. This temple is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche who brought Buddhism to Bhutan and had mediated there in 8th century. The middle temple is built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of the Guru’s body, and is therefore considered to be the most holy. The third temple was built in 1990s by her Majestry Queen mother Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuk.

Tamshing Lhakhang

It is one of the historically and culturally monasteries in Bhutan. This temple was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the re-incarnation of Guru Rinpoche. Inside the temple there are very old religious painting like 1000 Buddha’s and 21 Taras( Female form of Buddhistava)
Jakar Dzong
The Dzong was built in 1549 by Lam Ngagi Wangchuk. It is the largest dzong in Bhutan. Today the Dzong is the home to the regional monk Body.


It is about 20 minutes drive from Bumthang town towards the road. From there it takes about 5 minutes to reach by walk. Terton Pema Lingpa in the early 16th century discovered several religious items from this lake. During the auspicious day people from different district in Bhutan come to offer Butter lamps in this lake.

Ura Valley

It is about 45 km from the Bumthang town and takes about one and half hour to reach by car. Village in Ura valley have clustered house, which is quite unusual in Bhutan. Women in Ura valley can be seen walking, carrying sheepskin on their backs and with a white cloth piece cover on their head. They used it as a cushion and to protect from the cold.