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Jambay Lhakhang Drub

Jambay Lhakhang Drub

Festivals in Bhutan are rich and happy expressions of its ancient Buddhist culture. These festivals are held in all districts in honor of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. Tshechus are held on auspicious days and months in the Bhutanese calendar, and usually last up to four days in which a series of highly stylized masked dance rituals are performed. Jambay Lhakhang Drup that lasts for four days is held in the month of November. The highlight of the festival is the fire ritual that is held in the evening where crowds gather to witness the ritual together with the naked dance. This Four - Day festival is held in the premises of 7th century Jambay Lhakhang temple in Jakar is to commemorate an establishment of Jambay Lhakhang temple in 7th century and also to honor Guru Rinpoche. In addition to the traditional mask dances performed elsewhere, there are few dances unique here. The festival dances were composed mostly by Terton Pema Lingpa, the great treasure discoverer of the 15th century, who lived in the valley.

Brief Description of Cities covered in this tour:

Thimphu: Capital and the largest city of Bhutan - Only capital city in the world that does not have traffic lights - Main center of Commerce, Religion and Government in the country - Most modern city of Bhutan and has abundance of restaurants, internet cafes, nightclubs and shopping center. It is one of the few cities of Bhutan having ATM facilities. 

Paro: Small town in the western part of Bhutan - Also home to Paro Airport, Bhutan’s only International Airport - The valley has many isolated small villages and is known for red rice - Also home to most of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries.

Punakha and Wangdue: Punakha and Wangdue is located in the same valley. These two places are located within a distance of 13 km. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955 - The valley is fed by the Pho Chhu and the Mo Chhu rivers - It is one of very few places in Bhutan which offers Rafting facilities - It is the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and the monk body at present.

Gangtey/Phobjikha: The famous Phobjikha Valley is located in Wangdue district - Phobjikha is the winter roosting place for endangered black necked crane and the valley is considered one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in the Himalayas.

Trongsa: Also known as the Vanguard of the Warriors - The first and Second Kings of Bhutan ruled Bhutan from Trongsa - The Crown Prince normally holds the position of the Trongsa Penlop before ascending to the Throne.

Bumthang: Bumthang District is one of the 20 districts comprising Bhutan - The most historic dzongkhag if the number of ancient temples and sacred sites is counted - Consists of the four mountain valleys of Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor, although occasionally the entire district is referred to as Bumthang valley - Literally, Bumthang directly translates to "beautiful field". "Bum" is said to be the abbreviation for either "Bumpa" (a vessel for holy water) describing the shape and the nature of the Valley, or simply "Bum" meaning Girl, thang means field or ground.

Trip Facts

Our aim is to ensure that the travel to Bhutan is a "Life Time Experience" for our guests. Except the overnight destination, the itineraries are flexible and can be modified as per the convinience and the requirement of our guests.

Travel type: Festival / Cultural / Photography

Pick up: Paro

Drop: Paro

Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days

Destinations: Paro,Thimphu,Punakha/Wangdue,Trongsa,Bumthang,Gangtey/Phobjikha

Possible Departures:

The festival is generally held during mid of November in Bumthang. For exact dates, please mail to us at travel@bhutan-trips.com. However the departure may depend upon flight schedule and seats availability. It is requested to confirm the booking well in advance so that proper arrangements can be made.

In case of unavailability of rooms in the desired hotels or to accomodate any exigencies, we reserve the right the modify the itinerary as may be needed to confirm the booking.

If a particular sight seeing is closed because of Government Holiday and other occasions, we would provide, alternate sightseeing in its place to capture and experience Bhutan.

Valued Added Services:

We can provide following additional valued added experiences in Bhutan at additional cost wherever applicable -

  • Candle Light Dinner.
  • Picnic lunch at Riverside.
  • Preaching session by the Monk followed by blessing ceremony.
  • Archery Session.
  • Traditional Hot Stone Bath in a rural home.
  • Traditional Cultural Show for 1 hour.
  • Evening with Bhutanese family in farm house, dinner and local ara experience.
  • Ara (Rice liquor) brewing lessons.
  • Overnight Home Stay, where experience local life, learn to cook Bhutanese Dishes, learn about Bhutanese Life and interact with host family, join family in their daily activities.
  • Village walk to experience Rural Bhutanese life.
  • Bhutan Culinary Session.
  • Apple harvesting & plucking tours in Paro (Main Season – End of September)
  • Traditional Gho & Kira wearing session.
  • Personalized Stamps.
  • Traditional wedding to renew the vows.
  • Camping options at Thimphu (outskirts), Paro, Punakha and Haa.
  • Experience Rafting at Punakha.
  • One side bicycle between Thimphu – Paro and return by vehicle.
  • Day excursion on Royal Enfield Motor Bikes to Chele La Pass.
  • Additional day hiking options in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Gangtey.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1. Paro - Thimphu

Day 2. Thimphu Sightseeing

Day 3. Thimphu - Gangtey/Phobjikha

Day 4. Gangtey/ Phobjikha Valley

Day 5. Gangtey - Trongsa - Bumthang

Day 6. Bumthang Sightseeing

Day 7. Bumthang Sightseeing

Day 8. Bumthang - Punakha/Wangdue

Day 9. Punakha/Wangdue Sightseeing

Day 10. Punakha - Paro

Day 11. Paro Sightseeing

Day 12. Departure