Bumthang

Ancient Capital

Kurjey Lhakhang

There are three temples; the oldest temple was built in 1652 on the rock face where Guru Rinpoche meditated. The body imprint of the great master can be seen distinctly in the rock cave enshrined in the temple. The second was built in 1900 by the first King when he was still the Governor of Trongsa. The third temple was built in 1990 with the support of the Queen Mother Ashi Kesang. A wall of 108 chortens surrounds the temple grounds and symbolizes Buddha’s victory over the evil spirits. The Cypress tree, which is seen near the temple, is believed to have grown from the Guru’s walking stick. It has four observation points resembling a Tiger, Lion, Garuda, and Dragon. Climb up the path to visit Ta Dzong which now houses a shrine dedicated to the epic hero, King Gesar of Ling. A visit to this former watchtower provides visitors with an insight into the significance of Trongsa in Bhutan’s history. As of date the Ta Dzong of Trongsa is the most fascinating museum in the country.

Bumthang Valley

The Yotongla Pass and a series of hair-raising bends at 11,500 feet separate the valleys of Trongsa and Bumthang. Bumthang has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. Consisting of four smaller valleys, the deeply spiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in religious legend. Tales of Guru Rimpoche dominate almost all holy shrines

Jakar Dzong

The Yotongla Pass and a series of hair-raising bends at 11,500 feet separate the valleys of Trongsa and Bumthang. Bumthang has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. Consisting of four smaller valleys, the deeply spiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in religious legend. Tales of Guru Rimpoche dominate almost all holy shrines

Tamshing Lhakhang

Tamzhing Is located in a village across the river from Kurjey, and it is considered the most important Nyingma Lhakhang in the Kingdom. Being a skilled tantric master and an artist, Pema Lingpa sculpted the main statues and painted the frescoes, which can be seen even today, mostly in its original state. He also created a 25 kg suit of chain-mail armor and it is believed that you will be freed from your sins if you carry it around the lhakhang three times.

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