The fascinating valley is religious heartland of the nation and home to some of the oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. Here tales of GuruPadsambhava and his re-incarnates, known as Lingpas, still linger in most nook and corners that have become now scared ground.
What to see in Bumthang:
Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo, believed to be the reincarnation of the Buddha of compassion, built this monastery in 7th century. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.
It consists of three temples. The one the right was built in 1652 on the rock face where Guru meditated in the 8th century. Second Guru,s body and is therefore considered the most holy. The present Royal Queen Mother recently built the third temples. These three temples are surrounded by 108 chorten wall, symbolic of each joint of the human body.
Founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the reincarnation of Guru Padmasambhava. The monastery has very interesting religious paintings like 1,000 Buddhas and 21 Taras ( female form of Buddhistava). The temple was restored at the end of the 19th century.TAMSHING LHAKHANG: Founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the reincarnation of Guru Padmasambhava . The monastery has very interesting religious paintings like 1,000 Buddhas and 21 Taras ( female form of Buddhistava). The temple was restored at the end of the 19th century.
Founded by great grandfather of Shabdrung, the Dzong was initially built as a monastery in 1549. It was upgraded after the Shabdrung had firmly established his power in 1646. The Dzong is now used as administrative center for Bumthang valley.
MEMERTSHO (Burning Lake):
It is onr of the great pilgrimage sites of Bhutan where Pema Lingpa found the treasures hidden by Guru Rimpoche and thus became a terton, a “discover of religious treasures”. The importance of site is indicated by extensive array of prayer flags and the small clay offerings.