Bumthang District is one of the twenty district comprising Bhutan.It is the most historic dzongkhag if the number of ancient temples and sacred sites is counted.The language spoken in the Bumthang district is known as Bumthangkha or Bumtham.The Bumthang Valley is the religious heartland of Bhutan and home to some of the oldest Buddhist temples. Tales of Guru Padmasambhava and his reincarnates Known as Lingpas, still linger around Bumthang.
Known as the spiritual heartland of Bhutan, Bumthang houses some of the most ancient and precious Buddhist sites, chhortens, fluttering prayer flags, prayer wheels and other symbols of Buddhism which leave the deepest impression. The age-old traditions are very much alive, and it is a unique example of original Himalayan culture which adds to the number of distinctive priceless assets of the country.
Bumthang is famous for its honey production of wool and yak hair fabrics, cheese, apple juice etc.
Across the fields from Jampey Lhakhang,Kurje Lhakhang comprises three temples.he oldest temple was constructed by Minjur Tenpa in 1652 on the site where Guru Rinpoche meditated when he was serving as the first Trongsa Penlop (Governor of Trongsa).The second temple was founded by Trongsa Penlop Ugyen Wangchuck in 1900 while serving as the 13th Trongsa Penlop.The third temple was built in the 1990s. It was sponsored by the Queen Mother Ashi Kezang Choden Wangchuck.These three temples are surrounded by 108 chorten walls.
Jampey Lhakhang is revered as one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Like Kyichu in Paro.It is one of the two most ancient temples of Bhutan, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo.Its present architectural appearance dates from the early 20th century.
The TamshingLhakang is probably the most important Nyingmapa temple located in Bhutan.The temple and monastery are remarkable for their direct connection to the Bhutanese saint Pema Lingpa. It is now a seat of Lama Sungtrul Rinpoche the current speech incarnation of Pema Lingpa.There are very old religious paintings around the inner walls of the temple, which was restored at the end of the 19th century.
Most of the monks in the monastery are under the age of and are either orphans or come from very poor families who can’t afford to send their children to even the state run schools.
Mebar Tsho, which means the burning lake is a scared place of pilgrimage. It is located in the southern part of the Tang Valley. It takes 30 minutes to reach there from Chamkhar town. Mebar Tsho more a gorge than a lake. It is a very sacred site and the name refers to the most famous episode of the famous treasure discoverer, Pema Lingpa’s life.
In the early 1475 the saint discovered holy relics hidden here by Guru Rinpoche and thus received his holy mission to propagate religion. To silence skeptical minds, he plunged into the river with a burning lamp and declared: “If I am a demon, I shall die! If I am not, and I am the true spiritual son of Guru Rinpoche, this lamp will continue to burn and I will recover hidden treasures!” That happened, and the place took the name of the Burning Lake.