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Jambay Lhakhang Festival

Festival dates: 20th – 22nd October 2021.

Jambay Lhakhang festival is a very popular event in Bhutan and is held at the 7th century old Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang. This temple is one of the famous and oldest temples in the country. The bonfires and masked dances commemorate the establishment of this 7th century temple by the Tibetan King, Srongtsen Gampo. This Temple is one of the 108 temples built by Srongtsen Gampo of Tibet in one day. The Ter Cham or “the fire ritual”, popularly known as the naked dance where the dancers only have their masks on is held at midnight and is the highlight of this festival. The local people and tourists alike gather to witness the ritual.

Detailed Itinerary for Jambay Lhakhang Festival:

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr drive):

Tamchog-Lhakhang-Jambay Lhakhang festival

Tamchog Lhakhang.

Meet and greet at the Airport and drive to Thimphu.

On the way, visit to:

  • View Tamchog Monastery built in 1420Thang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464).

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Craft Bazaar.
  • National Memorial Chorten.
  • Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing:

Tallest-statue-of-Sitting-Buddha-Jambay Lhakhang festival

Tallest statue of Sitting Buddha.

In the morning, visit to:

  • Tallest Statue of Buddha Dordenma in the world (51.5 meters).
  • Changangkha Lhakhang.
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • BBS Tower 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.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • National Postal Museum.
  • School of 13 Arts and Crafts.

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha (76 Km, 2 hr drive):

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Dochu La pass (3100 m).

In the morning, drive to Punakha.

On the way, visit to:

  • Dochu La Pass with its 108 stupas and view the beautiful Himalayan ranges.
  • Chimi Lhakhang or “The Temple of Fertility” built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. He is also popularly known as “The Divine Madman” (1455 – 1529).

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • The Punakha Dzongbuilt in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, hike to the Imperial Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Punakha –Wangdiphodrang – Gangtey (75 km, 2 hr drive):

Wangdiphodrang-Dzong

Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

In the morning, drive to Gangtey.

On the way, we take a view the Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Note: Upper part of the valley is called Gangtey and lower part is called Phobjikha.

While in Gangtey, visit to:

  • Gangtey Gompa Monastery founded in 1613 by Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa.
  • Crane Information center.

In the evening, explore Phobjikha valley, the roosting ground of the Rare Black- necked Cranes in winter.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05. Gangtey – Trongsa – Bumthang (130 km – 4 hr drive):

Trongsa-Dzong

Trongsa Dzong.

Drive to Bumthang in the morning.

We stop on the way at Pele la Pass (3420 m) which opens corridor to the Central Bhutan.

While in Trongsa, visit to:

  • Trongsa Dzong was built in 1644 by Chhogyal Minjur Tempa.
  • Ta Dzong is an ancient watch tower which once guarded the Trongsa Dzong. This monument has been converted to the Royal Heritage Museum.

In the evening, drive further to Bumthang. We spend a short time exploring Chamkhar town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Bumthang sightseeing (Witness the Jambay Lhakhang festival):

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Jambay Lhakhang festival.

In the morning, visit to:

  • Chakhar Lhakhang, the palace of the Indian king Sindhu Raja. In the 14th century, Dorji Lingpa, a Buddhist saint, re-built it as a place of worship.
  • Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message), established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa.
  • Kurjey Lhakhang, where you can see the body print of Guru Rimpoche on a rock.
  • Jakar Dzong which means “The Castle of White Bird” was built in 1667 by the Tibetan Lama Nagi Wangchuk.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Kenchosum Monastery built in the 6th century. Legend has it that the temple contained a large bell that when it was rung, the bell could be heard all the way in Lhasa, Tibet. It is now on display at the National Museum in Paro.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town.

After early dinner, drive to Jambay Lhakhang and witness the festival.

  • Jambay Lhakhang built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the year 659 on the same day as Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. The Temple is visited by Guru Rimpoche who came to Bhutan in the 8thcentury on the invitation of Sindhu Raja.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Bumthang – Ogen Choling Palace (Witness the Festival):

Ogyen-Choling-Palace-Museum

Ogyen Choling Palace Museum.

In the morning, excursion to the beautiful Tang valley.

  • Explore the beautiful Tang valley.
  • Visit Ogen Choling Palace museum.

In the evening, drive back to Bumthang.

On the way back, visit to:

  • Mebar Tsho or “the Burning Lake”

After early dinner, drive to Jambay Lhakhang and witness the festival.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Bumthang – Paro (Flight to Paro):

Rinpung-Dzong

Rinpung Dzong.

In the morning, fly to Paro.

Your guide will receive you at the Paro airport.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong built in 1649, an ancient watch which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan.
  • 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 09. Paro Sightseeing – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest:

Tiger’s-Nest-(Taktsang)-Monastery

Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

In the morning, hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery (Taktsang).

After lunch, 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 10 Paro – Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.