Jakar Dzong

Jakar Dzong | Bumthang attraction | Castle of the White Bird | Jakar Yugyal Dzong

The Jakar Dzong or the “Castle of the White Bird” dominates the bumthang valley and overlooks the town. This Dzong also called as Jakar Yugyal Dzong is the dzong of the Bumthang District in central Bhutan. It is located on a ridge above Jakar town in the Chamkhar valley of Bumthang. The Dzong was built in 1677.

It is built on the site of an earlier temple established by the Ralung hierarch Yongzin Ngagi Wangchuk when he came to Bhutan. Jakar Dzong may be the largest dzong in Bhutan, with a circumference of more than 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) . The name Jakar is derived from the word bjakhab, meaning “white bird”, in reference to Jakar’s foundation myth, according to which a roosting white bird signaled the proper and auspicious location to found a monastery around 1549.

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Best Time to visit Jakar Dzong


The best an ideal time to visit this wonderful valley would be around the long stretches of October, November and December. It is suggested that you shouldn’t visit the valley during the monsoon and winter season, because of dropping temperature. In the event that you visit Bhutan in the start of the spring season, you’ll explore the wonderful blossoms that bloom by the beginning of this season. The Dzong remain open from 9 am to 5 pm.

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