Jakar Travel Blog› entry 8 of 14 › view all entries
October 3rd, 2009 – by: aquaholicme2
The owner gave a discount on the total bill and started giving me tips on where to visit next, how to go to other places and from where I can get a ride. So there I was standing on the highway again with my backpack waiting for any vehicle that might pass and give me a ride till Bumthang. The normal taxi rate is around Rupees 1100, which was a bit high for me, so sat down by the side of the road waiting for other vehicles. Along came a lorry truck with only the driver and I jumped to ask if he was going to Bhumthang and can take me along. He smiled, nodded and I jumped into the passenger seat beside him with my backpack. I haven't hitchhiked much, but this was the most easiest one of all. Slowly the lorry made its way along the narrow mountain roads with a stop for rest and loo break and crossed the Yotong La pass.
The driver was pleasantly surprised when I gave him some money and again gave be a big smile I thanked him, got down on the main street and started looking for a place to stay. Its main road was clogged with charming wooden shacks and selling everything from yak cheese, souvenirs, sports shoes, utensils, mobile phones, mobile recharge cards and of course liquor shops. A bit farther away from the main street there are a few luxury resorts.
double room, which was worth the money and they even gave me a discount without asking as I was traveling alone. After checking into the room and a quick lunch started wandering around the town to get a feel of the place. Later decided to take a guided tour of the nearby monasteries by a taxi guy. It was kind of expensive but felt the money well spent as the places were a bit far off and cannot be visited on foot in a day.
First went to Khurjey Lhakhang, the temple of Guru Rinpoche who popularized Buddhism in Bhutan. The history goes like this, the guru visited this place at the invitation of the then king Sendha Gyab who they say had been possessed by an evil daemon.
The next was Tamshing monastery which is past a few prosperous looking farmhouses. It was built in 1501 by Pema Linpga and is said that was constructed with the help of magical beings. Its also said that Pema Lingpa was the one who discovered around 34 statues, religious scrolls and holy relics. The artifacts that he found and the dances he choreographed and the art he created have all left an deep permanent mark on Bhutanese culture.
Next we visited Jampey Lakhang, another one of the most venerable temples. Every year in the month of October there is the most popular festival held here called Jampey Lhakhand Drup.
The last place to visit today was the Jakar Dzong which is the closest to the Jakar town and again perched on top of a hill.
Back in the town after sightseeing and started looking for a place to taste local food, had beef momos at a small place and retired to the room for some rest. Dinner was simple Dal-Bhat and curry at the hotel restaurant who mentioned that its prepared the Bhutanses stlye, it tasted really good. Tomorrow is another festival at a small place called Thangbi and I was looking forward to take part in the festival celebrations.
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