Lhuntse


Lhuntse Dzong / Fortress

Lhuntse dzong

Location

It is located on a rocky spur overlooking the Kurichu River.

Background

Lhuntse dzong was built in the year 1654 on a site where Lam Ngagi Wangchuk previously built a small temple in the year 1552. While Lam Ngagi Wangchuk was looking for a site to built his winter residence, the local deity of the place appeared at the very spot on which the dzong stands in the form of a white bleating goat and since this fortress is sometime called by the name Leley Dzong (Goat Fortress).


Guru Statue

Guru Statue, Takila, Lhuntse

Location:

Takila, overlooking Tangmachu valley.

Background:

Standing at the height of 157 feet, overlooking Tangmachu valley is the world’s largest Guru Statue. Built at the cost of Nu.700 m (10 million dollar), it houses 3 storied Lhakhang inside. Construction of this giant statue was started in the year 2008 and was completed on November 2015.

Guru, the precious master is believed to be born from a lotus flower in Lake Dhanakosha, in the kingdom of Oddiyana, the present day state of Odisha in India and is regarded as reincarnation of Lord Buddha. He visited Bhutan in the year 746 AD and has left behind numerous legacies.


Dungkar Naktshang

Dungkar Naktshang

Location

It is located 40 km away from Lhuntse town.

Background

Dungkar Naktshang is the ancestral home of Wangchuck Dynasty, the present ruling dynasty of Bhutan. This is the home from where young Jigme Namgyal, the forefather of Wangchuck dynasty ventured out in search of his fortune. After arriving at Trongsa, the central district of Bhutan, he joined the administration, which at that time was governing the eastern Bhutan. He then rapidly rose through the ranks to become Trongsa governor, one of the leading figures of Bhutan.