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Address: Bumthang, Bhutan

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It is amazingly not a lake but a mystic place

Don't expect a lake. It is a small stream, but a very mystic place. Easy walk to it. It grabs you with its atmosphere out of this world.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Don't expect a lake. It is a small stream, but a very mystic place. Easy walk to it. It grabs you with its atmosphere out of this world.

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The myth behind Burning Lake makes it a sacred location in Bhutanese culture. More river than lake, the area of interest is dominated by dramatic rock formations and a large shrine with large tsa-tsa collections. Our guide and driver were clearly moved by the significance of the location though they had both had been there many times. From a pure... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This spot is very sacred for the Buddhist as the legend goes that the Treasure Finder Guru went into this lake with a burning lamp and came out with the burning lamp. Located about 30 mins drive from Bumthang, the lake is a deep gorge along the flow of the river.

Thank Rambomenon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

This place has an interesting story behind it. So if you like knowing about local mythology, it's a must see However, it's simple a river with a decent view, so nothing that will blow you away

Thank Kushal K
Hillsborough, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

It was nice walking to the Burning lake. Quiet, serene environment in a very remote area of Bhutan. Nice to visit.

Thank trang2010
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

One of the wonders! The sounds of the cascades, Cristal-clear water of the deep lake... Magic place!

Thank cobelolem
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

we visited the Burning Lake just before sunset. There had been a fatal accident a few weeks previously so the guide was very careful to point out the dangers at this site. The late afternoon light had the rock walls of the Lake shining an iridescent blue/silver. The Lake is gorgeous but also seemed somewhat dangerous.We were very careful about... More 

Thank Mary Denese H
Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Although it is not really a lake or on fire, the Flaming Lake is a great half day excursion from Bumthang. Tucked away in an old growth forest, the "lake" gets its name from a legend about a guru who held a flaming butter lamp in his hand and jumped in to the gushing water of the river that cuts... More 

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University Park, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

You can visit here for the significant and/or be overwhelmed by the beauty of the place. You will need to take a road off the major roads but this shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Thank esopus35
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

It is located along the way to the Tang village, and takes about 30 minutes drive from Chamkhar town. It is actually a river and not a lake. There is a small altar next to a bridge with bright multicolored prayer flags surrounding it. There isn’t anything interesting, apart from the legend. Just be careful when walking around and taking... More 

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