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This fascinating valley is the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of the oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. Its gentle sloping hills offer plenty of walking opportunities to the many temples that dot this valley. The variety is also famous for its production of honey, cheese, apples and the yatra - a woolen material that has multiple uses.



Jambey Lhakhang 珍貝寺

This monastery was built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. It is one of the 108 monasteries which he built to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region. Its present architectural appearance dates from the early 20th centry.

Kurje Lhakhang 古杰寺

Located further along the valley, Kurje Lhakhang comprises three temples. The one on the right was built in 1652 aginast the rock face where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in the 8th centry. The middle temple s 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 temple on the left was built in the 1990s by H.M. Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother. These three temples are surrounded by a 108 chorten wall.

Tamshing Lhakhang 唐盛寺

Located across the river from Kurje Lhakang, this temple was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, a re-incarnation of Guru Padmasambhava. There are very old religious paintings around the inner walls of the temple, which was restored at the end of the 19th century.

Jakar Dzong 扎卡爾宗

Constructed in 1549 by the great grandfather of the first Shabdrung, the Dzong was initially built as a monastery. It was upgraded in 1646, aft the Shabdrung had firmly established his power. Jakar Dzong is now used as the administrative center for Bumthang valley, and also houses the regional monk body.

Mebar Tsho (Lake of Burning Fire) 火焰湖

This is a sacred lake for the Bhutanese who believe that Pema Lingpa discovered religious treasures from this lake in the 12th century. On auspicious days many Bhutanese go and offer butter lamps n this fresh water lake.

Ura Village

Ura is one and a half hour drive from Bumthang town. The drive is mainly through sheep pastures and along the way one can glimpse a magnificient view of Mount Gangkar Puensum from Ura la. The main characteristic of this village is the closely clustered houses. It is the last settlement before the climb to the highest road pass at Trumsingla.

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