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19 May, 2009

Jakar – The Religious Attraction of Bhutan

Jakar

Jakar is a small town situated at the eastern part of Bhutan. The town is mostly known as a Buddhist hub in the country, featuring some of the most important sites in the area. There are more than 110 monasteries and temples of Buddha in the area, among which the Lhakhang, a temple that was supposedly constructed by the King overnight. The monastery houses the body print of the Buddhist Guru Rinpoche.

The town of Jakar is situated amidst a valley featuring lush woodland and rich plantation. The valley is considered to be a major tourist destination for Bhutan, as many people travel there to admire both the monasteries and the gorgeous natural environment. The valley is vast and spacious and is surrounded by impressive and imposing mountains. It is not surprising that this region is considered to be among the most beautiful ones in Asia. It is also refered to as Little Switzerland.

Jakar consists of several settlements and villages and the overall population is approximately 5000 people. It is a market town featuring a very well appointed bazaar. It also boasts a wonderful Fort, the Dzong, which was built in 1668. It is considered to be the largest dzong in the country and one of the most important administrative centres in the borough. In the same area lies the Palace of Wangdicholing, which used to be the summer residence of the Kings of the country. It is now a museum open to the public all year long.

Jakar features also numerous hotels and hostels, as well as great quality restaurants, catering mostly the local cuisine. There are numerous craft shops and art shops, selling items related to the local religion, as the religious tourism holds the first position among visitors. The area boasts several religious festivals throughout the year.

Jakar

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