The name of “Jakar Dzong” literally implies the ‘castle of the white bird’, which is located on the scenic ridge overlooking the Chokhor valley. This Dzong has been constructed in 1549 and according to history, it played an important role as the fortress of defense of the Dzongkhags. After firework, this structure is rebuilt in 1667 and is said to be one of the largest Dzong in Bhutan, with impressive fortress walls and elegant structure. This Dzong is considered to be one of the best places to explore in Bhutan because of its unique architecture and popular among the visitors all over the world.
Now, a brief idea about the beautiful Jakar-
It is a quaint town that lies in the central part of Bhutan. The name of Jakar translates to ‘white bird’ which is in reference to the foundation myths. Jakar itself is a hustling two-street town and most of the shop fronts are new, as shops were rebuilt after three fires destroyed much of the town in 2010. There is an alluring wind blow from the south of a valley every afternoon, which makes Jakar nippy in the evenings.
How to reach Jakar:
By air: The best way to reach Jakar is by taking a flight from your nearest airport to Bathpalathang Airport. At the airport, you will get several hired taxies to reach Jakar.
By rail: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and from there, you can hire a taxi or a cab to reach Jakar.
By road: You can visit Jakar through numerous state buses which travel from the border of Phuentsholing.
History lies behind the beautiful Jakar Dzong-
Jakar Dzong is commonly known as Jakar Yugyal Dzong, which is situated on a hilltop above the Jakar village, Bumthang.
There are several theories behind the origin of the Dzong:
- It is believed by some people that the Dzong was built by Lam Ngagi Wangchuk in 1549. And he came to Bhutan to spread the instructions of Drukpa Kagyupa Buddhist order. It is said that a white bird perched on where Jakar Dzong was situated which is considered an auspicious sign.
- According to the legend, a group of Lamas was considering moving a fort situated at the eastern side of the Bumthang Valley. As they were sitting, a white bird presumed to be the king of geese rose into the air and rested on a spur. This is now the present location of Jakar Dzong.
- Another theory is that the Tibetan army attacked the Dzong Thrice times. In the 17th century, the ruler of Tsang Phuntsho Namgyel sent an army twice to destroy Zhabdrung. In 1679, the previously defeated chieftain of Bumthang Chokhor with the Tibetan army attacked the Dzong and according to the legend they defend themselves by firing all and also killed the two important Tibetan commanders. Hence, the Dzong came to be known as Jakar Thobgyal (gyal-vicoty) as a symbol of victory. The third attacked happened under the Minjur Tempa. The difficult battle was only won with the additional powerful forces under Lam Ngawang Rabten. Then the Dzong was renamed as ’Jakar Yugyal Dzong’ which means Victorious Fortress of the White Bird.
The ornate architecture of Dzong-
A special feature of the Dzong is the approximately fifty meters high central tower, which is distinct from other Dzongs in Bhutan. The beautiful Dzong is equipped with two beautifully decorated parallel walls that are interconnected by fortified towers. These towers gave the population of the fortress access to water in the case of a siege.
More things to know about the beautiful Jakar Dzong-
Distance from Jakar main town- 2km
Nearby sightseeing places: Wangdichholing Palace and Lhodrak Kharchu Goemba
Popular festival: Bumthang Jakar Tshechu
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#Q. What is the best time to explore Jakar Dzong?
#A. March to May and September to November are the best time period to explore the beauty of Jakar Dzong.
#Q. what is the starting date and ending date of Bumthang Jakar Tshechu?
#A. The starting date is 16th October and ending date is 20th October of Bumthang Jakar Tshechu.