Jambay Lhakhang Drub Festival

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Jambay Lhakhang Drub Festival - 11 Days | 10 Nights

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US$ 2290 / per person

Jambay Lhakhang Drub Festival

Highlights

  • Attend most popular Naked Dance (Treasure Dance).
  • Attend iconic fire ceremony blessing, (Mewang).
  • Explore the key cultural sites of western and central Bhutan.
  • Discover some of the most sacred monasteries, medieval fortresses and temples.
  • Visit to Switzerland of Bhutan.
  • Visit local farm house and taste Bhutanese cuisine.
  • Hike to Tiger’s Nest.

The five day Jambay Lakhang Festival is held at Jambay Lakhang in Bumthang. This is one of the oldest temple build by Tibetan King Songsten Gampo in 7th century. One of the most interesting events held there. During this festival, the chams (dances) include Terchham (Naked Dance), which was formerly initiated by Terton Dorji Lingpa, Mewang (Fire Blessing), Macham, Ging Tsholing, Dramtse Ngacham, Zhana Cham etc. The dances are performed by the local villagers. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 (17 October, Sunday): Arrive Paro international airport.

During the journey, one will experience breath-taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by your guide and take you to Thimphu which is 54 km from Paro Airport and about 45 minutes’ drive. Later in the afternoon  visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan); Changgangkha Monastery; visit the mini zoo where you will see national animal of Bhutan Takin, and the majestic Tashichhodzong. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2 (18 October, Monday):Thimphu

After breakfast, visit Buddha statue, School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school); Traditional paper factory, visit Post office were you can personalize your stamp, visit weaving centre, Semtokha Dzong. Evening: Stroll through the town. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3 (19 October, Tuesday):Thimphu – Punakha

After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive Punakha  after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. On the way to Punakha, you will stop at Metsina village and take a 20 minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple. After Lunch you will visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated inbetween the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight hotel in Punakha

Day 4 (20 October, Wednesday): Punakha – Trongsa

After early Breakfast you will start your drive to Trongsa. You will reach Pelela pass( 3300m) and stop for few minutes for the photo and stretch your muscle. Your next stop will be at chendabjee for lunch. After lunch continue your drive Trongsa, you will visit Trongsa Dzong. . Overnight at hotel in Trongsa.

Day 5 (21 October, Thursday): Trongsa – Bumthang.

After early Breakfast, you will start your drive to Bumthang. On the way you will cross Yontongla pass(3450m) and after pass you will enter in to Bumthang region. ). Along the way you will stop at the Yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the Yathras are designed with unique Patterns that have been conserved long way back in Bumthang, and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms.  After lunch you will visit  Kurjey Lakhang, where Guru Rinpochee left his body imprints inside cave. You will also visit Jambay lakhang and Tamshing lakhang. Evening you can stroll freely in the town.  Overnight hotel in Bumthang.

Day 6 (22 October, Friday): Bumthang , Jambay Lakhang Festival

Enjoy full day of festival dances and celebrations with the people of Bumthang and nearby villages. Overnight at hotel in Bumthang

Day 7 (23 October, Saturday): Bumthang – Excursion to Tang Valley

Today, you will make an enjoyable excursion to the Tang valley, which is the most remote valley in Bumthang. While in the Tang, you will visit 16th century Ugyen Chholing Palace or the country manor, which is now turned into a museum. The well-captioned exhibits offer insights into lifestyle of a Bhutanese noble family. You will also explore nearby villages. On the way back to town, you will see Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake), where some of Guru Rinpoche’s treasures were found in the 15th century by the famous treasure discoverer Pema Lingpa. Overnight hotel in Bumthang

 Day 8 (24 October, Sunday): Bumthang – Phobjekha.

After early  breakfast, you will drive to Phobjekha valley which is a famous for winter roosting place for Black necked crane.  In Phobjekha valley you will hike  Gangtey  Natural Trail.
The most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trails in Bhutan. The trail hike starts from the mani (like Chhorten) stone wall to the north of the Ganagtey Gonpa and ends in Khewa Lhakhang. The hike takes about 1hr 30minutes through the pine forest and small bamboo plants. You can see the Phobjkha valley so beautifully from this hike. It is one of the best hike places for the Nature lovers. During the winter months, we can see the endangered species of birds Black Neck Cranes. . Overnight hotel in Phobjekha.

 Day 9 (25 October, Monday): Phobjekha – Paro

After early breakfast Drive to Paro with a stop at Dochula for lunch . After lunch proceed towards Paro. You will visit Paro Dzong. It was built in 17th century and now houses government offices and religious institutions. Then you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 8th century . Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 10 (26 October, Tuesday): Paro. Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

In the morning you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. The Moanstery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Lunch will be served at the Cafeteria. Explore the monastery and hike back to the valley in the afternoon. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 11 (27 October, Wednesday): Departure

Drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.

At a Glance

Tour duration: 11 days | 10 Nights

Tour type: Cultural tour with Naked dance festival

Festival date:  21 – 23 October 2021

Activity type: Cultural tour, Attend festival, Historical sites, Village tour, Religious sites and Day hike

Places covered: Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, Bumthang, Phobjikha and Paro

Maximum elevation: 3436m

 

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Tea, coffee and snacks
  • Complementary bottled water in car
  • Hotels
  • Transport
  • Guide
  • Government levy
  • Visa fee
  • Entrance fees
  • Permits
  • Sightseeing

Exclusions

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Beverages other than tea and coffee
  • Sleeping bag on trek
  • Laundry
  • Internet bill
  • Phone bill
  • Other bills of personal nature

Accommodation

  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels (upgrade with supplement)
  • Homestay accommodation certified by Tourism Council Bhutan
  • Camping (optional)

Insurance

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.