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The Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival in Bumthang is one of the interesting festivals in the country. The fire ritual and the naked dances are the festival’s highlights and a renowned exhibition among the spectators.

Jambay Lhakhang temple is one of the oldest temples in the kingdom, founded by Tibetan Dharma King Songtsen Gampo, in the 7th century AD. The King was destined to build 108 temples known as Thadhul- Yangdhul (temples on and across the border) in a day to subdue the demoness that was residing in the Himalayas. This temple is one of the two of the 108 built-in Bhutan. A second is located in Paro, the Kichu Lhakhang also built on the same day.

Coinciding Jambay Lhakhang Drup dates, another annual festival is held at the Prakhar Lhakhang, in the Chumi Valley of Bumthang, which is about half an hour drive from Chamkhar town. Built-in the 16th century, it is the main temple of the village and is located about 10 minutes walk from the road.

At the Jambay Lhakhang Drub, rituals such as Mewang, Jyensig, and Torjab are performed to ensure peace and harmony in the country. The fire ritual is then followed by several mask dances in the monastery’s courtyard. The last event is the Tercham or the naked dance.

Itineraries

Day 1

Date : October 18, 2021

Arrival Approx. Alt: 2200 m. Dist. 1 Hours, 55 Km

Check in to Bhutan flight from any destination that takes you over the great Himalayas, offering the most scintillating scenery of the world’s highest glacial mountains. Upon your arrival, a representative from Druk Experience will meet you and take you to Thimphu which is about an hour. Later we will visit the Memorial stupa and Trashi Chodzong. Overnight in Thimphu in Hotel

Day 2

Date : October 19, 2021

Thimphu Approx. Alt: 2200 m. Dist.N/A

After breakfast sightseeing includes a visit to the simply Bhutan the living museum, the Traditional Handmade Paper Factory, the Traditional art school, popularly known as painting school (it is closed during student vacation), the Textile Museum, displaying handwoven textile products of Bhutan, a 12th-century Changangkha temple on top of a hill, the Takin preserve, Bhutan’s national animal. Overnight in Thimphu in Hotel

Day 3

Date : October 20, 2021

Thimphu-Punakha. Approx. Alt: 1800 m. Dist. 2.5 Hours, 70 Km

In the morning we will proceed to Dochula pass which is over 3,100m above sea level. On a clear day, the pass offers the most spectacular panoramic view over the greater eastern Himalayas including the highest peak of Bhutan. We will Make a gradual hike to Lungchuzekha Temple located at 3500m altitudes. Then we will return to the pass and continue to drive to Wangdue, and visit Dzong reconstruction which burned down in 2012. Overnight in Punakha in Hotel

Day 4

Date : October 21, 2021

Punakha-Bumthang Approx. Alt: 2600 m. Dist. 6.23 Hours, 218 Km

Drive to Trongsa about four and a half hours. Continue your journey crossing Pele la Pass (3,300m), the traditional boundary between east and west. We will stop for picnic lunch at Chendebji Chorten built in the 18th century by a Lama named Shida; it is Nepalese in style with eyes painted at four cardinal points. Visit Trongsa Dzong and Tower Museum. On the way, we will stop at Chumey Yatra weaving center, a typical woolen product from Bumthang valley. Tonight, you will be escorted to Jambay Lhakhang courtyard to get the blessing of the fire ceremony and witness the naked man dance which is unique in-country. Overnight in Bumthang in Hotel.

Day 5

Date : October 22, 2021

Bumthang (Festival) Approx. Alt: 1600 m. Dist. N/A

After breakfast, we will attend the Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival. During the festival, you will see a variety of traditional and mask dances performed and each dance has significant meaning to Bhutanese. With the proceedings of the events, this festival captures the attention of the onlookers and creates a magnificent spectacle. Hike about an hour to Kurjey Lhakhang, Walk to Tamshing Lhakhang founded in the 15th century. A shortstop at Konchog Sum Lhakhang and attain monk debate at Kharchu Monastery. You will also have the opportunity to visit the market at the festival if there is enough time. Overnight in Bumthang in Hotel

Day 6

Date : October 23, 2021

Excursion to Ura-Trongsa Approx. Alt: 2200 m. Dist. 2 Hours, 60 Km

As the journey continues eastwards over Ura Sheltangla Pass (3250m), one can see Mt. Gangar Puen Sum (alt. 25,000 ft.), the highest peak of Bhutan, on a clear day. We will take an easy hike for about one hour descending following the old mule tracks to Ura. Visit Ura temple located at the heart of the crowded village. En-route we will stop at Member Tso (the Burning Lake) from which the saint Pema Lingpa has discovered the treasure in the 15th century hidden by Guru Rimpoche in the 8th century. Late afternoon drive to Trongsa for overnight. Overnight in Trongsa in a hotel.

Day 7

Date : October 3, 2021

Trongsa/Punakha via Gangtey Approx. Alt: 2900 m. Dist. 2.5 Hours, 77 Km

This morning, we will get an early start back to Pelela Pass (alt. 3,300 m) via Trongsa. Phobjikha is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and the chosen home of the black necked crane, which migrates from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. We will hike about one-hour to the Gangtey valley. Visit Gangtey Monastery, the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. Then we will have a late afternoon drive back to Punakha. Overnight in Punakha in Hotel

Day 8

Date : October 25, 2021

Punakha-Paro Approx. Alt: 2200 m. Dist. 3.20 Hours, 125 Km

This morning we will have a short excursion to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, visit the Punakha Dzong, and later visit the temple of Chimi Lhakhang dedicated to a divine madman, also well known as the temple of fertility. After lunch, we will proceed to Paro for overnight. If time permits we will visit Paro Dzong and Ta Dzong. Overnight in Paro in Hotel

Day 9

Date : October 26, 2021

Paro sightseeing Approx. Alt: 2200 m. Dist. N/A

Morning hike to Taktsang Monastery famously known as Tiger’s nest monastery a quintessential Bhutan travel experience. Upon return, we will visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, built-in 7th century by the Tibetan king, and Dungtse Lhakhang, a conical structure. Overnight in Paro in Hotel

Day 10

Date : October 27, 2021

Paro-Departure

After early breakfast in the hotel drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Accommodations
All meals, evening tea/coffee with snacks
All land transfers and transportation
English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide/Leader
Daily Tourist Fees & Taxes
Bhutan Visa and all applicable permits
Sightseeing with entrance fees to all monuments
Bottled water in the vehicle

Flights into and out of Bhutan
Optional Travel/Medical Insurance
Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others

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    Start Monday October 18, 2021
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    Single Room Sup (Jambay Lhakhang Fest)
    $ 225.00 / unit

    Single Room supplement for Jambay Lhakhang Festival per person. Single person cost includes single room supplement. Please kindly select units.

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    Haa Valley Extension
    $ 250.00 / unit

    A day extension of any tour. Visit the Haa Valley in western Bhutan. Hike to the cliff side - Juneydrak Hermitage, take a hot stone bath, try Hoentay - Buckwheat dumplings.

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    River Rafting
    $ 175.00 / unit

    Available in Punakha only for a group of up to six people (1-2 hours). The cost is based on a private trip. For the group tours, the cost will be finalized once the tour is closed.

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    Horseback Riding
    $ 50.00 / unit

    Available in Bumthang and Phobjikha Valley. Approximately 2 hours ride in Valley. It's available for private trips only.

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    Food Tour
    $ 40.00 / unit

    Is available in Punakha, Bumthang, Gangtey, Trongsa (A walking food tour in the Town). This can be arranged for private trips only.

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    Hot stone Bath
    $ 30.00 / unit

    A must try in Bhutan! Can be arranged in any town. (Local Farm House)

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