Highlight pictures from this Tour:
Central Bhutan Jakar-Bumthnag
Highlight Details of this Tour:
We were lucky to have found this very nice hotel, River Lodge, in Jakar. It was the first hotel on our way into town (as per LP-Bhutan map), and so we went there first to see. The rooms looked luxurious and the owner so friendly that we decided to stay there.The rate of Rs 1250 for a DBL room was reasonable too. The rooms had very comfortable beds, nice Rajai and a working wood-heater (it was quite cold here at night). After 10 days of hectic touring (and considering the comfortable beds here) we decided on a late start, on the morrow.
19th April 2009: Today we had a great breakfast of Toast/Butter and a variety of locally made "River Lodge" brand Jams and Honey. Thees bottles were available on sale too. We packed up and left at 7:30am to first do some local sightseeing in Jakar and then continue our eastward drive.
First, we went to the historic Wangdichoeling Palace, built in 1857 by Trongsa Namgyal, the first Palace built not like a fortress. It was meant to be the residence of his son Ugyen, the first King of Bhutan. It is now a bit rundown, still showing signs of original beauty.
From Khurjey Lhakang we went to the 3rd site in Jakar that we wanted to visit, i.e. Namche Nyingpo Gompa.
After visiting the last Gompa in Jakar, we continued our Eastward journey climbing first Ura and then Shelthang-La (11,500ft) and Thrumsing-La (12,400ft). The route was very scenic as depicted in the following pictures.
We cross this bridge & river, at Kurizom (WP282), before climb to Mongar
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Bhutan-4 > Jakar-Bumthang, Thrumsing-La, NamlingWaterfall, Mongar, Trashigang
Jakar is an amazing and beautiful town and we stayed at the nice River Lodge here. There are many local sights to see in Jakar and we visited Wangdi Chong Palace, Kurjey Lakhang, Namche Nyingpo Gompa etc. before continuing further East past Ura, Shelthang-La, Thrumsing-La and further East past Namling Waterfalls, Mongar town and to finally to eastern most town of Trashigang.