Discover The buildings in the valley of Bumthang Bhutan

The valley of Bumthang, which actually consists of four valleys - Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura - ranges from 8,528 to 13,120 ft in altitude, and has an impressive concentration of dzongs and temples to visit. In the same style as Kyichu Lhakhang, in the region of Paro, Jambey Lhakhang is one of the first temples built in Bhutan by the Tibetan king Songtsän Gampo, in the 7th-century. The site of Kuje in the same region is considered particularly sacred, as Guru Rimpoche left the impression of his body there after meditating in one of its caves. Sculptures depicting the life of this holy figure can be admired in one of the temples built after his visit. In the valley of Choekhor, the monastery of Tamshing Gonpa, which dates from the beginning of the 16th Century, has some extraordinary paintings, among the oldest in the country.

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    The dzongs of the Bumthang valley

    If you're lucky, you may well receive a memorable blessing or have your fortune told by a Buddhist monk in one of the Bumthang valley's many temples and holy sites.

    © Fritz Hiersche / 123RF
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    The buildings in the valley of Bumthang
    © Fritz Hiersche / 123RF
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