Embrace Bhutan Cultural Tour
Bumthang | Bhutan
13 Nov 2019 | Wed
Day 07 of 13
Mebar Tsho -The Burning Lake
Trail to Membar Tsho – The Burning Lake
After being dropped off by our driver, it was time to take a short walk to visit Mebar Tsho -The Burning Lake. Getting to the actual site required walking along a winding trail up over a hill and then down into a steep incline.
Our guides made sure to mention that there had been some previous accidents where visitors had fallen into the water (and died), so we had to be extra careful when walking – especially around Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake) location.
Tsha Tsha’s Along Trail
While walking along the trail (and around the lake), we noticed several areas had several hundred (small conical clay figurines/mounds. We were told that these were called tsatsas (tsha tsha).
These are often engraved with a sacred Buddhist symbol and sometimes contain human ash or bone. These distinctive little sculptures are offerings that are made as part of religious practices and can be dedicated to either the living or dead.
Wooden Pedestrian Bridge and Buddhist Shrine
After a short journey, we reached a beautiful wooden pedestrian bridge that crossed over to the site of Mebar Tsho. At the entrance of the bridge was a small Bhutanese Buddhist shrine and a display of lit butter lamps.
To get to Mebar Tsho, you cross over the wooden pedestrian bridge and then walk down (to the left) to a small area that overlooks the river (Tang Chhu River).
You have to be careful in this area due to its limited standing space – one small slip here and you could fall into the water.
Overall, we found this location to be quite beautiful, and we found its history to be quite interesting.