Chokhor Valley (Bumthang) attractions

Buddhist Temple in Chokhor Valley (Bumthang)

Kurjey Lhakhang

This large, active and important temple complex is named after the body (kur) print (jey) of Guru Rinpoche, which is preserved in a cave inside the oldest of the three buildings that make up the temple complex. It i…
Buddhist Monastery in Chokhor Valley (Bumthang)

Tamshing Goemba

This goemba, formally the Tamshing Lhendup Chholing (Temple of the Good Message), is 5km from Jakar. It was established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa and is the most important Nyingma goemba in the kingdom. Pema Lingpa bui…
Buddhist Temple in Chokhor Valley (Bumthang)

Konchogsum Lhakhang

Just 400m below Tamshing, this towering, recently constructed and brightly painted building completely envelops the restored remains of the original temple. That much smaller temple, most of which dates from the 15t…
Buddhist Temple in Chokhor Valley (Bumthang)

Jampey Lhakhang

Up a short side road about 1.5km past Sey Lhakhang, this fabulous temple is believed to have been built in 659 by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo, on the same day as Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro, in order to subdue a Tib…
Buddhist Temple in Chokhor Valley (Bumthang)

Ngang Lhakhang

A bumpy 10km drive up the Chokhor valley from Thangbi Goemba is the small region known as Ngang-yul (Swan Land). The site was visited by Guru Rinpoche, but the present Ngang Lhakhang was built in the 15th century by…
Buddhist Temple in Chokhor Valley (Bumthang)

Luege Rowe

This lovely and little-visited lhakhang at the far northern end of the valley offers a fine half-day hike. The chapel is named 'Sheeps Horns' after the sacred horn prints and hoof prints on the cave roof. Pilgrims w…
Buddhist Monastery in Chokhor Valley (Bumthang)

Thangbi Goemba

The yellow-roofed Thangbi Goemba was founded in 1470 by Shamar Rinpoche and, after a dispute, was taken over by Pema Lingpa. The main chapel of the Dusum Sangay (past, present and future Buddhas) is entered under an…
Buddhist Temple in Chokhor Valley (Bumthang)

Chakhar Lhakhang

Beside the main road, a short distance beyond Jampey Lhakhang, is Chakhar Lhakhang. It is the site of the palace of the Indian king Sendha Gyab, better known as the Sindhu Raja, who first invited Guru Rinpoche to Bu…
Buddhist Temple in Chokhor Valley (Bumthang)

Pema Sambhava Lhakhang

Further along the dirt road north of Tamshing, a short steep climb above the valley floor leads to the small Pema Sambhava Lhakhang. The original lhakhang was built in 1490 by Pema Lingpa around the cave where Guru …
Cave in Chokhor Valley (Bumthang)

Shugdrak

To get well off the beaten track make the short 10-minute hike up to this sacred Guru Rinpoche cave, 2km past Thangbi. A series of ladders leads pilgrims past a lovely butter-lamp shrine to a rock-face chapel, where…