Here are the top 11 tourist attractions to see in Jakar:

1. Jakar Dzong

4.5 /5

2 km
from city center
1 out of 11
places to visit in Jakar

The Jakar Dzong, also known as the "castle of the white bird" was initially built as a monastery by the great grandfather of the first Shabdrung but is now the centre of administration of Bumthang District and also houses the regional monk body. It overlooks the Chokhor Valley, is visible from almost everywhere in Chokhar town and offers a good view of the Bumthang Valley as well. It is the site of the festival of Jakar Tshechu in which sacred masked dances take place.

2. Khurjey Lhakhang

4.3 /5

3 km
from city center
2 out of 11
places to visit in Jakar

Located in the Bumthang Valley by a mountain river, Khurje Lhakhang is a temple complex consisting of three beautiful temples. The oldest temple contains the rock which has the imprint of Guru Rinpoche's body and hence is considered to be the holiest. Another temple was constructed on the site where Guru Rinpoche had meditated. The Queen Mother Ashi Kesang built the third. A 108 chorten wall also surrounds the three temples. The Kurjey Lhakhang is where the festival of Kurjey Tshechu takes place in Summer.

3. Jambey Lhakhang

4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
3 out of 11
places to visit in Jakar

Jambey Lhakhang is considered to be one of the oldest and the most sacred temples in Bhutan and is also where a number of festivals are held. Located between Khurjey Lhakhang and Jakar Dzong, it is a 10 minutes drive from Jakar town. It was constructed in the 7th century by King Songsten Gampo and is one of the 108 that he built and contains relics and statues of deities. One could also play witness to the sacred rituals and dances performed by the monks and locals in colourful and vibrant costumes and marvel at wonderful carvings and architecture. Following appropriate etiquette for attire is advisable.

4. Tamshing Lhakhang

3.8 /5

2 km
from city center
4 out of 11
places to visit in Jakar

Tamshing Lhakhang is just across the river from Kurjey Lhakhang, in the Bumthang district of central Bhutan. For those interested in art and paintings, this site is a must-visit. With a number of ancient paintings such as that of 1000 Buddhas and 21 Taras, the monastery was built by famous saint Pema Lingpa in 1501. It is slowly approaching ruin, however, it has a strong connection with scholars and historians for that very reason. Famous festivals like Tamshing Phala Chhoepa takes place in Autumn as well as other sacred masks dances. It is advisable to follow clothing etiquette while you're here.

5. Wangdicholing Palace

3.8 /5

0 km
from city center
5 out of 11
places to visit in Jakar

Built-in 1857 over the valley beside Chamkhar River, the Wangdicholing Palace is the birthplace of the first king of Wangchuk. It was used as the summer residence by the Second King Jigme Wangchuk. Flaunting an aesthetic Bhutanese architecture, the Palace is home to priceless and rare murals, sculptures and textiles. It has a chief central tower, periphery buildings, prayer wheels, a stupa and an archery ground. Currently, it's been undergoing restoration and will be converted to a museum, however it is open to visitors.

6. Chakhar Lhakhang

3.7 /5

3 km
from city center
6 out of 11
places to visit in Jakar

Located at a short distance away from Jambey Lhakhang, Chakhar Lhakhang was the site of the palace of the Indian King Sindhu Raja who invited Guru Padmasambhava to the province of Bumthang. It was originally made of iron and is hence also known as the Iron Palace. The place makes for a good visit and is said to have stood nine storeys tall and has a number of masks and hats on display which are used during festivals. Another site to visit would be the Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery, situated about 3 km from Chamkhar (Jakar).

7. Mebar Tso

3.7 /5

8 km
from city center
7 out of 11
places to visit in Jakar

One of the holiest sites in Jakar, the Burning Lake, also known as Mebar Tso, is surrounded by green mountains and lush valleys. This fresh-water lake has a very rich and interesting history and the local guide tells it with such an enthusiasm that one actually feels like they are a part it. This serene site is a must-visit if you are in the vicinity.

8. Lhodrak Kharchu Goemba

3 km
from city center
8 out of 11
places to visit in Jakar

A massive monastery known for its grandeur, Lhodrak Kharchu Goemba has been a haven for around 400 monks for years. Known for preserving the Tibetan culture, this shrine is sanctified by the marvellous structures of Buddhist saints. Debates, prayers, dance performances and poetry - this eccentric monastery witnesses it all.

9. Kunzangdrak Goemba

0 km
from city center
9 out of 11
places to visit in Jakar

Up the mountains nestled between Jakar and the Tang Valley sits the Kuzangdrak Goemba. Its location is what makes its constructions so marvellous, built against the steep rock face of the mountain amidst the wilderness of Bhutan. A site of many important relics of Bhutanese Buddhism, the shrine is believed to have been built in the 15th century by Pema Lingpa, a famous figure in Bhutanese Buddhism.

10. Ogyen Choling Palace Museum

16 km
from city center
10 out of 11
places to visit in Jakar

The gem of Tang Valley in Jakar, Ogyen Choling Palace Museum is a wonderful place which preserves and shows the rich history and values of Bhutan. The artefacts and traditional household things are well presented. A paradise for history lovers, the museum gives an insight into the rural life of the country.

11. Kenchosum Lhakhang

2 km
from city center
11 out of 11
places to visit in Jakar

Founded in 8th century, Kenchogsum Lhakhang is one of the oldest monasteries in the entire country. The mesmerizing paintings and statues of Buddhist Gurus are striking. Having a sober traditional architecture, the serenity of this place is what makes it beautiful and worth visiting.

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