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Jakar Festival

Festival dates: 13th – 15th October 2021.

This three day annual Jakar festival in Bumthang is held in the courtyard of Jakar Dzong or “The Castle of a White Bird”. The Jakar festival showcases several sacred mask dances besides different folk songs and dances that are performed. The People witness the festival dressed in their finest clothes and is one of the most popular festivals among tourists. The festival is held in the mid Autumn.

Detailed Itinerary for Jakar Festival:

Day 01. Arrive Paro:

Rinpung-Dzong

Rinpung Dzong.

Meet and greet at the airport and drive to the Hotel.

After lunch, visit to:

  • The National Museum of Bhutan, Ta Dzong built in 1649.
  • The Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Paro – Bumthang:

After breakfast, drive to the airport for flight to Bumthang.

Meet & greet at the Badbalathang Airport and drive to the Hotel.

After lunch, visit to:

Kurjey-Lhakhang-Jakar-Festival

Kurjey Lhakhang.

  • Jambay Lhakhang built in 659 AD by the Tibetan King Srongsen Gampo.
  • Chakhar Lhakhang was the palace of Indian King Sindhu Raja. In the 14th century, Dorji Lingpa, a Buddhist saint, re-built it as a place of worship.
  • Tamshing Lhakhang which literally means “the Temple of the good message”, established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa (1450-1521).
  • Kurjey Lhakhang built in the 8th The body print of the Guru Rimpoche can still be seen on the rock housed in this temple.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Bumthang (Witness the Jakar Festival):

Jakar-Festival

Jakar Festival.

In the morning, drive to the Jakar Dzong and witness the Jakar festival.

  • The Jakar Dzong which means “The Castle of White Bird” was built in 1667 by the Tibetan Lama Nagi Wangchuk.

After lunch, witness the Jakar festival.

In the evening, we visit Kenchosum Monastery.

  • Kenchogsum Monastery built in the 6th century. Legend has it that the Lhakhang contained a large bell that when it was rung, the bell could be heard all the way in Lhasa, Tibet. During the 17th century, the Tibetan Armies tried to steal the bell but because it was really heavy, they dropped the bell and in the process cracked it. It is now on display at the National Museum in Paro.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Ogyen-Choling-Palace-Museum-Jakar festival

Ogyen Choling Palace Museum.

Day 04. Jakar Festival & excursion to Ogen Choling Palace in Tang valley (Distance 40 km, Drive Time 1 hour drive):

In the morning, witness the Jakar festival.

After lunch, drive to the beautiful valley of Tang valley. 

On the way, visit to Mebar Tsho or “The Buring lake”.

While in Tang valley, visit to Ogyen Choling Palace Museum.

In the evening, drive back to Bumthang.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05. Bumthang – Trongsa – Gangtey: (143 kms – 5 hours):

Trongsa-Dzong-Jakar festival

Trongsa Dzong.

After breakfast, drive to Gangtey.

On the way, visit to:

  • The Tower of Trongsa or Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower which once guarded the Trongsa Dzong.
  • Trongsa Dzong built in 1644 by Chhogyal Minjur Tempa.

While in Gangtey, visit to:

  • Gangtey Gompa Monastery founded in 1613 by Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson of Pema Lingpa.
  • Explore Phobjikha valley, the most beautiful glacial valley in the Himalayas and the roosting ground of the Rare Black- necked Cranes in winter.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Gangtey – Punakha (74 km – 3 hours):

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Crane information center.
Wangdiphodrang-Dzong

Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

We then drive to Punakha.

  • On the way, take a view of Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Chimi Lhakhang also called “the Temple of Fertility” built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as “The Devine Mad man”.

After lunch, visit to:

In the evening, hike to:

  • Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery. This monastery was built by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Punakha – Thimphu (76 kms – 3 hours):

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Dochu La pass (3100 m).

In the morning, walk across the Longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 meters).

We stop at Dochu La pass (3140 meters) with 108 stupas at Dochu La pass. You can see the great views of the Higher Himalayas bordering Tibet. You can see Table Mountain, Mt. Masagang (7158 meters), the highest mountain in Bhutan.

After lunch at Dochu Ladrive further to Thimphu.

  • Witness archery match at Changlimithang stadium.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Thimphu Sightseeing:

Tallest-statue-of-Sitting-Buddha

Tallest statue of Sitting Buddha.

After breakfast, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten built in honor of Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Tallest Statue of sitting Buddha (51.5 meters) at Kuenselphodrang.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang.
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

Lunch at Simply Bhutan Museum restaurant, where you can enjoy typical Bhutanese dishes, Ara (Local wine), witness Folk dances, visit to the Folk Museum and many more.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Craft Bazaar where you can buy Bhutanese Handicrafts and Art works.
  • Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 09. Thimphu – Paro (56 km. 1 hour drive):

Tamchog-Lhakhang

Tamchog Lhakhang.

In the morning, visit to:

  • Postal Museum.
  • Textile Museum.
  • Painting School (School of 13 Arts and Crafts).

In the afternoon, drive to Paro.

On the way, visit to:

  • Tamchog Monastery built in the 15th century by Thangthong Gyalpo, popularly known as Lama Chazampa.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 10. Paro Sightseeing (Hike to the Tiger’s Nest):

Tiger’s-Nest-(Taktsang)-Monastery

Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

In the morning, we drive to Satsam Chorten and 2 hour hike till the Tiger’s Nest monastery (Taktsang).

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 11. Depart Paro:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.