Bumthang is considered to be heart of Bhutan located at 2700 m above the sea level. It consist of four valley CHUMMY, CHAMKHAR, TANG and URA. It is believe that four different region have four different types of people. The firest chummy is considered as the Land of beauty, especially the women from this valley are considered as the most beautiful in bumthang valley.
People in Chummy basically cultivating, potatoes, buckwheat and barley for their different cuisines and raise livestock’s like cows and yaks
At chummy there is an very scare land mark called THARPALING( meaning the route to the pure land) here the main monastery named chodrak monastery ( the Clift of the hidden treasure of the sutras) it is believed that the site has been visited by the great master Guru padmasambava and hidden the treasure of compassion which will be revel by the prophecy masters in the further.
The Clift has been marked with the door, where you still can see waiting for it’s revellers.
In every monastery in every autumn, people of bumthang have many festivals gathering all the families together and celebrate the celebrations together.
Bumthang is a beautiful place indeed, it culture and tradition which is preserved by people that what makes a Bhutan an happiest place.
Since 7th century, the fire blessing ceremony began. It was celebrated every 15th day 10th month of Bhutanese calendar.It was an very old tradition that the ceremony start with many different performance of mask dance and rituals. During the preparation, the people set up a gate using dry bushes hanging all around. By the end of the day the fire ritual was performed and start to burn the gate.
While the gate burns the people starting running beneath the fire all around for three times, Bhutanese people believe that once they run under the fire gate, their sins and bad karma can be purified by the blessing of fire.
During the day all the families, friends,love ones and thousands of people gather to witness the ceremony and receive blessing.
Me being a Bhutanese from west of Bhutan, it was and tremendous experience and unforgettable moment that I had very much enjoyed. Since the Jamba Lhakhang monastery itself has been very special and scare land marked here in central Bhutan.
Winter in Bhutan is cold, but the view is breath taking, that’s why we do recommend to travel to Bhutan in winter for the best snow mountain view, in the times of October to February, Bhutan provides its excellent blue sky and with the mountain covers in snow and beautiful stars at night.
If you are a great fan of beers, you sit back at the spot and try eight different kinds of beer produce in Bhutan itself, if not a coffee or Chinese green tea makes a day go smiling
That’s where the happiness is a place, moments when you can feel the cool fresh breeze, that makes you feel you are life again. Life is beautiful while nature provide you the colour of its beauty.
People might get stressed out due to their daily work, but the place still have life that can provide freshness to cheers them self up and start their day with a new start again.
No one realises the freshness until you feel it,No one understand the toughness of a Clift until you rub your nose on it.
In Bhutan there are many interesting stories and legend stating centuries, but from all here is one of the most interesting stories behind phalls of Bhutan. It might get very weird in the western world if you see a painting of phalls ( penis) on the wall, but in Bhutan there are many. Bhutanese people believed that it is an symbol of protection, symbol for the flow of the family line. They believe with a painting, it will protect from the bad energy or bad luck that’s come from peoples back bites. The story has start way back in 1455 with the birth of Tibetan great saint Lama Drukpa Kurnley popularly recognise in Morden world as the Devine mad man. It said that he had visited many parts of Himalayan countries and subdue many demons using his phalls ( penis) From many of the places, one of the most popular sits in Punakha Lobesa locates western part of Bhutan call Chimi Lhakhang or the Temple of fertility. It is believed that visiting the monastery and getting the blessing can have a child to those couple who have difficulties having it. Where located at the Lobesa village near the site people are deeply believe and celebrating the tradition for many generations.
The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, originally built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsän Gampo. It is considered to be one of the 108 border taming temples he built.In the 8th century the temple was visited by Guru padmasambhava and it is believed he concealed many spiritual treasures here.Not just Guru Rinpochea but many master’s and Rinpochea’s. From 1836 to 1838 the temple was restored and re-consecrated by the 25th Je Khenpo Sherab Gyaltshen.In 1971, Kesang Choden Wangchuck, the queen of the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck built a Guru Temple next to the old Jowo Temple which was consecrated by Dilgo Khyentse. Ever since then the annual rites of great accomplishment for the deities Vajrasattva, Palchen Heruka, and Vajrakilaya have been held in this temple for the well being of the country under the patronage of Queen Kesang Choden Wangchuck.There is a belief that the two orange trees in the courtyard of Kyichu Lhakhang bear fruit throughout the year.
Taktshang, or the Tiger’s Nest, Its history is Associated with The visit Off great Indian Saint Guru Padmasambhava in eighth Century A.D. That cave was name Tigers nest or Taktshang after Guru Rinpochea flew into the cave from singye Dzong located in Eastern Bhutan riding on a tigress. landing within the cave, he took the wrathful form of guru Dorji Drolo ( One of the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpochea) to subdue the Demons.
GURU DORJI DROLO
The Monastery is one of the thirteen main Taktshang predicted to have been built in the buddhist world , the cliff on which Taktshang stands today is also resemble the ritual dagger, PHURBA(Vajrakila)