Jakar Dzong

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Swallowtail
By Swallowtail
The Fortress of the White Bird
Nov 2019
Jakar Dzong or the Fortress of the White Bird is strategically located on a ridge overlooking the beautiful and wide Bumthang valley of traditional houses, a small domestic airport strip, colorful new buildings and fertile fields. From a distance, the Dzong look like a white bird amid the lush green landscape, although the significance of the white bird is more divine and spiritual. Initially, while selecting a site for building a temple, a big white bird is supposed to have risen from the current site signifying a positive omen and thus a temple was built then. About 100 years later in 1667, the temple was extended into the current structure/fortress and named Jakar Dzong. Over the centuries, the Dzong played an important role in defending off many Tibetan invasion and was a stronghold for the security of the central and eastern Bhutan. Even though the Dzongs in Punakha, Thimphu and Trongsa look bigger, however the Jakar Dzong is considered the biggest with a circumference of more than 1,500 meters. The two unique and special features of the Jakar Dzong is its 50 meters high Utse (central tower) attached to the main eastern wall and its well protected water supply source (important in-case of a siege in the olden days). Like all the Dzongs in the country, the Jakar Dzong houses the district administration offices, few temples and monk’s living quarters. A visitor can interact with the young novice monks and also enjoy the scenic views of the beautiful valley below.

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Swallowtail
Thimphu, Bhutan341 contributions
Jakar Dzong or the Fortress of the White Bird is strategically located on a ridge overlooking the beautiful and wide Bumthang valley of traditional houses, a small domestic airport strip, colorful new buildings and fertile fields. From a distance, the Dzong look like a white bird amid the lush green landscape, although the significance of the white bird is more divine and spiritual. Initially, while selecting a site for building a temple, a big white bird is supposed to have risen from the current site signifying a positive omen and thus a temple was built then. About 100 years later in 1667, the temple was extended into the current structure/fortress and named Jakar Dzong. Over the centuries, the Dzong played an important role in defending off many Tibetan invasion and was a stronghold for the security of the central and eastern Bhutan.

Even though the Dzongs in Punakha, Thimphu and Trongsa look bigger, however the Jakar Dzong is considered the biggest with a circumference of more than 1,500 meters. The two unique and special features of the Jakar Dzong is its 50 meters high Utse (central tower) attached to the main eastern wall and its well protected water supply source (important in-case of a siege in the olden days).

Like all the Dzongs in the country, the Jakar Dzong houses the district administration offices, few temples and monk’s living quarters. A visitor can interact with the young novice monks and also enjoy the scenic views of the beautiful valley below.
Written 9 September 2020
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David James
California9 contributions
Friends
For the several fortress visit around Bhutan. Jakar fortress was one of the unique fortress as there were no painting at the entrance, whereas most of the fortress had the similar painting at the entrance. And also the architect looks unique.
From the fortress one can also enjoy the great views of bumthang valley.
Written 11 March 2020
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Rigzin Namgyal
Thimphu, Bhutan8 contributions
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Written 7 August 2019
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Saurabh Gupta
Mumbai, India193 contributions
Family
Quite impressive place, calm, serene, perched on the hill top ! We really enjoyed our interactions with young monks over there.
Written 22 June 2019
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Ashish Rawat
New Delhi, India429 contributions
Solo
Hello Travellers.

After completing my Ura Valley tour, I headed towards main City Jakar, headquarters and Capital city of Bumthang District. The Place is so silent and serene. If you’re planning to visit beyond Central Bhutan, do visit Jakar city and Jakar Dzong. The Dzong stands on the upper ridge side, situated on Chamkhar valley of Bumthang and looks like an ancient royal palace.

You can feel the essence of silence and can experience the real beauty around. As I entered, I saw young Monks were preparing for some festival and also served me with masala tea. The Dzong is too big, for some moment I lost my way and the doors of the Dzong are very big.
I would recommend everyone to visit this place, if you’re planning to visit Bumthang District and beyond places.
Written 16 June 2019
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DL2Some
Detroit Lakes, MN854 contributions
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As Dzongs go this is one of the smaller ones in Bhutan. It is quaint and sits on a hill overlooking the valley. A great place to start a tour of the area.
Written 1 June 2019
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ohiowanderer
Columbus OH1,139 contributions
Friends
Having visited several dzongs, I thought Jakar Dzong would be yet another. But it was special as young monks were playing soccer in the courtyard and running around having fun. The Dzong houses admin and religious offices and has a big assembly hall. It is located on a hill above the town so dominates the town in the valley.
Written 3 February 2019
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engrob84
Hong Kong, China329 contributions
Family
Despite having seen many dzongs before this one, we really liked this one. It was so peaceful and different enough from the others to still be well worth seeing.
Written 22 December 2018
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Jennifer R
Sydney, Australia925 contributions
We were lucky enough to be here for the Tshechu festival in late October and it was one of the highlights of our trip to Bhutan
The dancers and revelry were spectacular but the best bit was the people watching. The locals all dress up in their finest clothes and they look very regal especially the children .
Written 20 October 2018
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divermom3
Fox Chapel, PA248 contributions
Couples
The dzong is smaller than the massive ones in Punakah, Thimphu or Paro. However it has a beautiful view. I think that parts have been renovated recently.
Written 7 June 2018
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