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

3. Jambey Lhakhang

4.2 /5

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

4. Tamshing Lhakhang

3.8 /5

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

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 It was originally made of iron and is hence also known as the Iron Palace.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

Lhodrak Kharchu Goemba is a massive monastery known for its grandeur and is home to about 400 monks. Located 3kms above the town of Chamkhar in Jakar, the Goemba is known for preserving Tibetan culture. Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche founded it in 1984 sanctifying it with the marvellous structures of Buddhist saints. Debates, prayers, dance performances and poetry including the practice of tantric Buddhism; this eccentric monastery witnesses it all.

9. Kunzangdrak Goemba

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

A 45 min hike up the Drangchel village, will take you to the Kunzangdrak Goemba. Nestled between Jakar and the Tang Valley 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 the 8th century by Pema Lingpa, Konchogsum Lhakhang is situated south of Tamshing Lhakhang. Known to be over a 1000 years old, it was rebuilt after a severe fire accident that took place on February 2010. The mesmerizing paintings and statues of Buddhist Gurus are striking. The modern architecture and the serenity of this place are what makes it beautiful and worth visiting.

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