JAMBAY LHAKHANG FESTIVAL – 8 DAYS

Date: 12 Nov 2019

Jambay Lhakhang is located in Central part of Bhutan at Bumthang district. It is one of the oldest temple of the country built in 7th Century by Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. The king was asked to build 108 temples known as THADHUL-YANGDHUL (temple on & across the Tibet-Bhutan border & Himalayan regions) in a single day to subdue the demons that was residing in the Himalayas.

This temple is one of the two of the 108 temples built in Bhutan. The other one is known as Kichu Lhakhang of Paro district, which was built on the same day.

Jambay Lhakhang Drub is one of the interesting and important festival of Bhutan. It is held for 4 days & it is held on courtyard of Jambay Lhakhang at Bumthang. During the festival, other than traditional mask dances, priest & laymen used to perform other two unique dances i.e. Sacred Naked Dance (Ter Cham) & Fire Blessing Dance (Mewang Cham).

This festival is very famous of sacred naked dance known as Ter Cham. This dance is usually performed at mid-night by priest & laymen at the courtyard of the temple. Another Mewang Cham (fire blessing dance) is also performed by priest & laymen at the courtyard of the temple in the evening. It is said that, those women who are infertile witness this dance, it is believed that they may bear children in future.

JAMBAY LHAKHANG FESTIVAL - 8 DAYS

What attractions does the 8 Days Tour Plan Include?

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Paro is a valley town in Bhutan, west of the capital, Thimphu. It is the site of the country’s only international airport and is also known for the many sacred sites in the area. North of town, the Taktsang Palphug (Tiger’s Nest) monastery clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley. Northwest of here are the remains of a defensive fortress, Drukgyel Dzong, dating from the 17th century.
Elevation: 2,200 m
Population: 11,448 (2017)
Weather: 7°C, Wind S at 5 km/h, 73% Humidity
2
Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, occupies a valley in the country’s western interior. In addition to being the government seat, the city is known for its Buddhist sites. The massive Tashichho Dzong is a fortified monastery and government palace with gold-leaf roofs. The Memorial Chorten, a whitewashed structure with a gold spire, is a revered Buddhist shrine dedicated to Bhutan’s third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
Elevation: 2,334 m
Area: 26.1 km²
Population: 114,551 (2017)
Weather: 5°C, Wind SW at 6 km/h, 77% Humidity
3

Punakha is a town in the Himalayas of Bhutan. It’s known for the Punakha Dzong, a 17th-century fortress at the juncture of the Pho and Mo Chhu rivers. The fortress hosts the Punakha Tshechu, a religious festival featuring masked dances and music. In the surrounding Punakha Valley, temples include the fertility-focused Chimi Lhakhang and the hilltop Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which has river and mountain views.

Elevation: 1,242 m
Population: 6,262 (2017)
District: Punakha dzongkhag
Weather: 12°C, Wind S at 5 km/h, 78% Humidity
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The Phobjikha Valley is a vast U-shaped glacial valley, also known as Gangteng Valley named after the impressive Gangteng Monastery of the Nyingma sect in central Bhutan, where the graceful black-necked cranes in Bhutan from the Tibetan Plateau visit the valley during the winter season to roost.
Address: Wangdue Phodrang
Floor elevation: 3,000 m (9,800 ft)

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Bhutan Travel Plan – 8 Days

This 9 day visit covers the western Bhutan’s greatness of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and picturesque Phobjikha valley.

  • Day 1

    Paro Airport – Thimphu

    Fly to paro international airport  & after visa formalities  our tour guide  of Bhutan Travel Gate will receive you in airport . Drive to Thimphu &  check in hotel then visit following place:

    * Memorial Stupa
    * Buddha Statue
    * Takin Preserve Center
    * Craft Bazar

    Overnight hotel in Thimphu

  • Day 2

    Thimphu local sightseeing

    After breakfast visit following place:

    * Changangkha lakhang
    * 13 arts and craft
    * Folk heritage museum
    * Archery ground
    * Centenary farmers market
    * Tashi Chodzong

    Overnight hotel in Thimphu

  • Day 3

    Thimphu – Phobjikha / Gangtey

    Today  after breakfast  we will drive towards Phobjikha via  Dochula pass  visiting 108 stupa then  drive  further to Phbjikha / Gangtey . check in hotel & visit following place:

    * Gangtey Goenpa.
    * Crane Center.

    Overnight hotel in Phobjikha / Gangtey.

  • Day 4

    Phobjikha / Gangtey – Bumthang

    This morning our next destination will be bumthang the central part of Bhutan On arrival we will do hotel check in & latter visit following places:

    * Yathra weaving center
    * Jakar Dzong

    Overnight hotel in Bumthang

  • Day 5

    Festival & Local sightseeing.

    After breakfast we will drive to festival venue & witness festival & visit following place :

    * Jambay lakhang
    * Kurje lakhang
    * Konchogsum lakhang
    * The Burning lake

    Overnight hotel in Bumthang

  • Day 6

    Bumthang – Trongsa

    This morning we will drive back to Trongsa Punakha. Check in hotel and visit following place:

    * Trongsa dzong
    * Ta dzong

    Overnight hotel in Trongsa.

  • Day 7

    Trongsa – Punakha

    After breakfast we will start our journey to Punakha the old capital city of Bhutan . On arrival hotel check in & visit following place :

    * Chimmi lakhang
    * Punakha Dzong
    * Overnight hotel in Punakha

  • Day 8

    Short hike & Local sightseeing

    After breakfast we will hike & do local sightseeing at following place:

    * Khamsum yul Chorten
    * Limbukha village

    Overnight hotel in Punakha

  • Day 9

    Punakha – Paro

    After breakfast we will drive to paro . On arrival check in hotel & visit following place :

    * National museum
    * Paro dzong
    * Farm house

    Overnight hotel in Paro

  • Day 10

    Tiger nest Monastery Hike & Local sightseeing

    After breakfast we will hike to stunning tiger nest monastery & other place as follows :

    * Tiger nest monastery
    * Drugyel Dzong
    * Kichu Lakhang

    Overnight hotel in Paro

  • Day 11

    Day Excursion to Haa Valley

    This morning after having breakfast we will drive to Haa valley via chelela Pass & visit following place :

    * Chelela Pass
    * Haa Valley

    Overnight hotel in Paro

  • Day 12

    Depart Paro

    Today our tour guide of Bhutan travel gate will bid you farewell for your next destination.

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