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Mebartsho- The Burning Lake in Bhutan

Mebartsho in Bhutan

The land of the thunder dragon, Bhutan has always fascinated travelers with its surreal scenic views and hallowed site with its unique back story, Mebartsho is one of them. The alluring revered water of Bumthang got its name after a significant historic event which was referred to as the most famous episode of the famous treasure discoverer, Pema Lingpa’s life.

It is a little lake in the gorge 30 minutes from Bumthang, the town in Chamkhar. Mebar Tsho, also known as the Burning Lake, is located in the Tang Valley’s southern region. Pema Lingpa, the legendary Terton and treasure revealer found various treasures at this lake. Mebartsho is a sacred lake that is adorned with colorful prayer flags and has captured the attention of numerous travelers with its amazing and fascinating legends.

History of Mebar Tsho

According to the ancient legend, Terton Pema Lingpa had a vision of the sacred treasures that Guru Rinpoche had hidden within the lake centuries earlier. However, the people of Tang and the local ruler were cynical of his claims. In order to prove his claims, Pema Lingpa held a butter lamp in his hand as he jumped into the lake after declaring that “If I am a demon, I shall die! If I am not, and I am the true spiritual son of Guru Rinpoche, this lamp will continue to burn and I will recover hidden treasures” After remaining under water for a long time he re-emerged, holding in his hands a ritual skull, a Buddha statue, and the burning butter lamp. From then on the people believed in him and his reputation as a Terton quickly spread. Thereafter, the lake came to be known as Mebartsho or the burning Lake. The legend also says that if the visitors have a pure soul and have sinned less they are graced by an extraordinary sight in the lake while looking down from a rock overlooking it.

In the present time, the sacred gorges Mebartsho is encircled with vibrant prayer flags and on an auspicious day, people can be seen offering butter lamps. There is a small wooden bridge over the gorge which shows the panoramic vista of the sacred lake Mebartsho. Engulf your senses while offering your prayers at the sacred lake Mebartsho during your visit to Bhutan. The serene ambiance with the view of colorful prayer flags adorning the gorge and surreal legend has made Mebartsho a must-visit destination of Bumthang Valley.

Best time to visit Mebartsho

Actually, there is no best time to visit Mebartsho or the burning lake as it can be visited throughout the year. However, it is advised to avoid the monsoon season since the area around the lake become more slippery and can lead to fatal accident. So, don’t wait. Plan a Bhutan Tour now that includes Mebartsho in the itinerary with Bhutan Holidays.

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