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Other Bumthang sites worth a visit:

>>Tamshing Goemba is a small, quiet temple built in 1501 by a local Buddhist saint called Pema Lingpa who spent his life revealing precious spiritual treasures that the Guru Rinpoche had hidden.

The highlight here is a 20kg metal chain wrap that temple visitors can wear around their shoulders to walk three rounds around the internal perimeter of the how big temple to atone for their sins.

>>Burning Lake is where Pema Lingpa found many of Guru Rinpoche's treasures. It is a short walk to the lake from where the car drop-off is but the views down to the water are spectacular throughout - with steep rock faces, a gushing river and colourful prayer flags flapping in the wind. Lie face-down on a 5m-long stone, jutting out just above where Pema Lingpa is said to have dived into the water to gather treasure, and imagine what might still be buried deep in those waters.

>>Chamkar river runs through the Bumthang district and is very inviting. Roll up your pants and dip your feet into the cool clear water and then lay back on large, flat rocks and stare into the blue sky. Those who are little bit more adventurous can take a swim in the river, just like the monks.

How to get there:

>>DrukAir, the national carrier of the country, flies to Paro, Bhutan from Singapore, twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays (6 hour flight with a stopover in Kolkata). Flights from Paro to Bumthang run three times as week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (Half-hour flight).

Where to stay:

>>Rincheling Lodge near Jambay Lhakhang is a family-run business which has recently upgraded a set of rooms and plans to have service apartments with kitchenettes. The lodge is reminiscent of a quaint English cottage but the rooms are spacious with traditional Bhutanese wooden panelling.

Room rate: Between $50 (single) and $120 (suite).