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Situated in the east-central part of Bhutan and about 250 kilometers from Thimphu, this small and beautiful town is the place where the Buddhism first took hold in Bhutan. A number of monasteries naturally flock the landscape here. Most of the apple grooves are situated also situated in Bumthang adding to the attraction of the town.

What to see in Bumthang :

Jambey Lhakhang monastery : Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo build this monastery in the 7th Century. It was made with an intention to protect the Himalayan kingdom from the evil spirits.

Jakar Dzong : This fort is currently the administrative center of the Bhumthang valley. The fort was originally build by the great grandfather of the first Shabdrung in 1549. It is also the house of the regional monk body.

Kurje Lhakhang : There are three temples in this Lhakhang. The temple on the right was built in 1652 in the place where Guru Padmasambhava meditated. The next one in the middle is considered as most holy. The last temple was made in 1990s by H.M.Ashi Keshang. There is a surrounding of 108 chorten wall by the side of the temples.

Tamshing Lhakhang : This temple was found in the year 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa across the river from Kurje Lakhang. The main attraction of the temple is the old religious paintings on the inner walls of the temple, restored at the end of the 19th century.

Map of Bumthang

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