Would you like to travel to one of the most wondrous places in Bhutan? Then Jakar is one such place to visit and enjoy a lovely holiday here.

A trip to Jakar!!

Jakar itself is a bustling two-street town and it is well worth a wander. It is the main town which has the collection of 4 valleys collectively known as Bumthang valley.

Near the location of the Chokhor valley, Jakar is the major trading center of the region. This will surely be your trekking base to the nearby monasteries where you can enjoy the stunning scenery. Also, famous for the production of honey, cheese, apples, and apricots, Jakar is indeed an exciting place to spend a few days here!

Best time to set your foot!!

Jakar valley can be visited almost every month of the year as tourism flourishes in this place throughout the year. However,

  • March to May is the ideal month for trekking which also gives the best view of the flora and fauna
  • The monsoon arrives only in May
  • September to November denotes the season of Autumn which has the perfect weather
  • It is also the season of celebrating numerous festivals in Jakar

In all, there is no best time but yes these months are ideal to visit Jakar to enjoy the beauty!

Do you know?

The villages below the Dzong has a population of 5,000 is collectively known as Jakar Town. However, the main bazaar was destroyed in three successive fires in 2010 and 2011. Now it consists of two rows of temporary single-storey structures and a new bazaar is under construction near the Dzong.

So, Jakar is on the plan of shifting its location to a new town, though no date has been given yet!

Places to look for!!

Not just the place, Jakar is famous for many other sacred sites. So, plan out your Jakar trip with the best Bhutan vacation packages and make it memorable.

#1.Chase the evil spirit at Jambey Lhakhang!!

Built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gempo in the 7th century, Jambay Lhakhang is one of the sacred monasteries in Jakar. This monastery comes under the list 108 monasteries to chase away the evil spirit from the Himalayan region.

Must see!!

  • It contains more than 100 statues of God Kalchakra
  • Jambay Lhakhang Drup is celebrated here for five days

2.Meditate at Kurjey Lhakhang!!

Kurjey Lhakhang is one of the famous sightseeing spots of Jakar which is located on the right bank of the river Chamkhar. The construction took place during the 8th century and is one of the most famous sacred places in Bhutan.

Must see!!

  • It has a sizeable majestic body which has the remains of three Bhutan kings
  • Surrounded by 108 Chortens which give a beautiful view of the monastery

3.Gaze at the beautiful view at Jakar Dzong!!

Officially known as ‘Yuelay Namgyal Dzong’, Jakar Dzong is located above the Jakar town. This Dzong means the ‘Castle of White bird’ with fantastic structure and simple interiors. The present structure of Dzong was built in 1667 and is one of the largest Dzongs of Bhutan.

Must see!!

  • Administrative offices mostly surround the Dzong
  • It has watchtowers half around to view enemies attack in the ancient times

Also, do not miss the view of the majestic Chokhor Valley from the Dzong!

4.Begin your studies at Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery!!

lhodrak kharchu monastery
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Established in 1970 by Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche, Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery is located in the eastern hills of the Jakar Valley. It is one of the largest monasteries and is the most popular sightseeing place in Bhutan. It is also an essential place for monks to complete their higher studies!

Must see!!

  • Assembly hall of the monastery has enormous statues of Shakyamuni, Guru Rinpoche, and Chenrezig

Jakar is already surrounded with pristine nature and a travel to this valley will give you a new insight into the beauty of Bhutan!