Tang Mebar Tsho

Tang Mebar Tsho

The Tang Mebar Tsho or the “burning lake” is about half an hour drive from the main Chamkhar town. It located along the feed road to the Tang village. The lake is one of the most sacred sites in the region. It is from this lake that the renowned treasure reveler, Terton Pema Lingpa-incarnated disciple of Padmasambhava is believed to have had discovered treasure in the late 15th century.

It is believed that Terton Pema Lingpa had a vision about hidden treasures to be found at the foot of Tang Valley which was indicated by Guru Rinpoche many centuries before. Since the people of tang and the local ruler was cynical about it, he held a butter lamp in his hand, he jumped into the lake, remained under water for a long time, and he re-emerged holding a chest and a scroll of paper in his hand and the butter lamp held in his hand still burning bright. Thereafter, the lake came to be known as Mebartsho (the burning Lake).

Today this small fresh water lake is a sacred pilgrimage place for Bhutanese with bright multicolored prayer flags surrounding the place and on auspicious days people go and offer butter lamps on the lake. Many tourist visit the site to observe spectacular beauty of the place and it is also an important site for historians.