Location: Central Bhutan, east of Trongsa
Distance from Trongsa: 68 km (2 hrs 30 mins)
Elevation: 2,600m, 8,530ft

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.

The Jakar Dzong (the Fortress of the White Bird) was built by Ngagi Wangchuk, father of Zhabdrung, out of inspiration   by a vision of a white bird settling on the hill at that spot. It is located in the Chhoekhor valley, which is the capital of the Bumthang region. Situated on a strategic summit, it is one of the most exquisite architecture in Bhutan.

Besides the fascination exclusively offered by the fortress, the land is scattered with highly venerated monasteries like the Kuje Lhakhang, Jampay Lhakhang, Tamshing, etc with a blend of preeminent conventional architecture that  has reached the level of perfection.

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