Jakar

Located in Bumthang district in east-central part of the country this small town is surrounded by heavenly apple groves (the juice is fantastic). Jakar is one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan. It has very beautiful undulating landscapes with many fruit trees and temples. Bumthang is in the area where Buddhism first took hold in Bhutan. The town has several temples including Kuje Lhakhang (dating from the 8th century) Jampey Lhakhang (associated with Guru Rimpoche who brought Tantric Buddhism to Bhutan and Tibet) and Jakar Dzong (which alone makes Bumthang worth a one-night stop).

There are two interesting festivalsTamshing Phala and Thangbi Maniin late September. It is located to the east of Thimphu. It will take about 9 – 10 hours from Thimphu by car. It is about 250 km from Thimphu.

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