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Nestled at the foothills of the Choekhor Valley, the largest and most beautiful valley in Bumthang, Jakar is richly sprinkled with not just history and religion but also abundant natural beauty. Being surrounded by tree-lined mountain ranges, it proves to be a treat for both history buffs and nature-lovers.
Jakar is the principal administrative town of the district of Bumthang. Bumthang consists of four valleys - Tang, Ura, Choekhor and Chumey, out of which Choekhor is the largest and considered the most beautiful. Jakar is a small two-street town that lies at the foothill of this very valley and would prove to be of much interest to those with a liking for history and those having a keen interest in religion as well. This town is formed by the group of villages below the Jakar Dzong. The name 'Jakar' means 'white bird' and is named after the foundation legend of the district Dzong. It offers a number of historical and sacred sites to visit and is considered to be the point of origin of Buddhism in Bhutan. Along with fulfilling the historian's appetite, Jakar also provides a visual treat in terms of the picturesque backdrop that it is set in. It is also an ideal place to stay as from Jakar there are many options available for excursions to places like the Ura Village and the other valleys in Bumthang which further open up doors for other activities.
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Presence of many monasteries and sacred sites
Not as accessible as other cities in Bhutan
One will find a few conveyance options (such as bus) to the district of Bumthang in general and may have to transfer to Jakar by cab/car. (Read More)