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Lush greenery, refreshing sights and a town dipped in Buddhist culture, Jakar in Bhutan is a delight. If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful escape, perhaps there is no better option than this cluster of villages. Housing numerous monasteries and places of religious importance, including Kurje Lhakhang, one of Bhutan's most sacred monasteries, Jambey Lhakhang, Tamshing Gompa and Zangtopelri Lhakhang, these places are a must visit. The monasteries represent different facets of Buddhist culture and a visit to these sites will remain with you for a long time. Do plan your itinerary after consulting the locals since there are some norms and rules that every Buddhist town usually follows. The main bazaar here is another interesting aspect of this bustling town. A visit here will give you a peek into the daily lives of the locals and also an opportunity to connect with the energy of Jakar. You can buy woollen garments, wooden items and souvenirs from the emporiums here. There are quite a few guesthouses here – though they offer everything you may need for a comfortable stay, they are far from super luxurious. The village believes in simple living and everything here represents the elements and essence of Buddhism.
 Footloose Dev
Thimpu to Bhumtang is a long way and a brutal ride -- at least that what it was last year, when the road widening work after Punakha was going on last year, and made it worse. There are some specific timings within which you need to cross the stoppages, otherwise you may need to wait on a few checkposts for few hours.If you keep going and not stopped anywhere, you still need nearly eight hours to cover the 250km stretch of a highway-under construction. Though a few handy night-lodge services right next to the Bus station in Bhumtang offer an easy option of booking a dorm bed for as little as 150 Rupees, making it upto you for a long and rough journey.As a town, Bhumtang doesn’t offer much to see than a 15th century monastery and old-world charm. Located in a massive valley, the town of BhumtangDay 4: Bhumtang to Trashigang
Sagnik Basu
A bustling little one-street town with an abundance of restaurants and handicrafts stores, but somehow manages to outdo every other street on the valley.The “Castle of the White Bird” dominates the Chamkhar valley and overlooks the town. Constructed in 1549, by the Tibetan Lam Nagi Wangchuk, the Dzong played an important role as the fortress of defense of the whole eastern Dzongkhags. It also became the seat of the first king of Bhutan. This will probably be your base for several days as you visit the surrounding valleys.