Ancient Bhutan Tours & Treks | BUMTHANG
Bumthang has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. Comprising of four smaller valleys, the deeply spiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in religious legend. Bumthang is also the traditional home to the great Buddhist teacher Pema Linpa to whose descendants the present dynasty traces its origin

A walk of one and a half hour north of Kurje Lhakhang leads to this monastery, founded in 1470 by Shamar Rimpoche of Karma religious school, in the middle of a wide fertile plateau overlooking the river. The temple has two sanctuaries and a temple of terrifying deities. The sanctuary on the ground floor contains statues of the past, present and future Buddha and three clay status probably dating end of the 15th century. On the upper floor, the vestibule contains two remarkable paintings of Guru Rinpoche’s heaven.

A few hours walk from the Thankabi goemba is the small region of Ngang Yul (Swan Land) and this Lhakhang is 100m above the valley floor. The site was visited by Guru Rimpoche and present temple was built in 15th century by Lama Namkha Samdup, a contemporary of Pema Lingpa. A three day festival, the Ngangbu Tshechu, is held here each December with masked dances in honor of founder of Goemba.

Jakar to Ura is 48 km, about one and a half hours drive. To reach here, the road climbs to amazingly open countryside, only occasionally running into forest. Large sheep pastures line the road up to 20 km beyond the southern tip of the Tang valley. Enroute cross Ura la pass (3,600 m) with a magnificent view of Mount. Gangkar Puensum. Villages in Ura characteristically have very closely clustered houses which is quite unusual in Bhutan. Above Ura village (3,100m), a new Lhakhang dedicated to Guru Rimpoche inaugurated in 1986 which contains remarkable paintings of the cycle of his teachings. Since last 25 years Ura has transformed from a marginal community to a prosperous valley.
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