Jakar Festival Tour.

Festival dates: 12 – 16th Oct. 2021

This Jakar Festival trip is a combination of Cultural Tour in Western and Central Bhutan. The Jakar festival is performed in the courtyard of the Dzong for five days and various mask dances are performed here. Bumthang is the spiritual hub of Bhutan and the birth place of the Patron saint, Pema Lingpa. The highlights of this trip are witnessing the festival, visit to Ogen Choling Palace Museum, Tiger’s Nest and many more.

Sketch Itinerary for  Jakar Festival:

Day 01:  Arrive Paro. Meet & Greet:

Paro-dzong

Rimpung Dzong.

After lunch, visit to the Ta Dzong, the National Museum (built in1656 and renovated in 1968).

Paro Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the Administrative Centre of Paro district.

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Paro Sightseeing – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest (Altitude 2280 m):

After breakfast, hike to:

  • Tiger’s nest (Taktsang) Monastery built in the 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay.
Drugyal-Dzong-Jakar Festival

Drugyal Dzong.

After lunch, visit to:

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Paro – Bumthang (Domestic flight):

After breakfast, drive to the Airport and fly to Bumthang.

  • Meet & Greet at the Badbalathang airport and drive to the Hotel.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Jambay Lhakhang built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the year 659 on the same day as Kichu Lhakhang in Paro.
  • Tamshing Lhakhang, established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa.
  • Kurjey Lhakhang, where you can see the body print of Guru Rimpoche.
  • Kencho Sum Lhakhang.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Bumthang sightseeing (Excursion to Ogyen Choling Palace Museum – 45 minutes drive):

Ogyen-Choling-palace-Jakar Festival

Ogyen Choling Palace in Bumthang.

After breakfast, drive to the Tang valley and visit:

  • Guru Rimpoche’s Nye (Sacred site) on the way.
  •  Ogyen Choling Palace Museum. The museum is about a 1 hour drive from the Jakar in the little valley town.

After lunch, drive back to Jakar.

  • On the way, visit to the Membarstho or “The Burning Lake” where Pema Lingpa discovered the treasures hidden by Guru Rimpoche in the 14th

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

Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 05. Bumthang (Witness the Jakar festival):

Jakar-Festival

Jakar Festival.

After early breakfast,

  • Drive to the Jakar Dzong and witness the festival (Full day).

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Bumthang – witness the festival (Full day):

You also have the option to make an excursion to the beautiful Ura valley.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Bumthang – Trongsa – Gangtey: (143 kms – 4 hours drive):

Trongsa-Dzong-Jakar Festival

Trongsa Dzong.

After breakfast, drive to Trongsa and visit to:

  • Trongsa dzong built in 1648 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa. The First two Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat.
  • Ta Dzong museum.

After lunch visit to:

  • Gangtey Gompa Monastery. Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation of Terton Pema Lingpa built the temple in the 17th
  • Explore Phobjikha valley, the most beautiful glacial valley in the Himalayas and the roosting ground of the Rare Black- necked Cranes.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Gangtey – Punakha: (75 kms – 3 hours):

Wangdiphodrang-Dzong

Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (razed by fire in 2012) under repair now.
  • Chimi Lhakhang also called the “Temple of Fertility” built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley also popularly known as “Devine Mad man”.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the First National Assembly here in 1952.
  • Hike to the beautiful Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery. This is a short hike for 30 minutes.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 09.  Punakha – Thimphu: (76 kms – 2 hours):

Dochu-La-Pass-at-3100-m

Dochula Pass at 3100 m.

After early breakfast, visit to:

  • Longest suspension bridge in Bhutan across the Pho Chu River.
  • 108 stupas at Dochula pass and view Higher Himalayas.

After lunch at Dochulavisit to:

  • Craft Bazaar.
  • Witness archery match at Changlimithang stadium.
  • In the evening, visit to Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat and the Summer residence of the Chief Abbot of Bhutan, the Je Khenpo.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 10. Thimphu Sightseeing – Paro (56 kms, 1 hour drive):

Buddha-Statue

Tallest statue of sitting Buddha in the world (51.5 m).

After breakfast, visit to:

  • The National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our 3rdKing, late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (The Father of Modern Bhutan).
  • Tallest Statue of Buddha, Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Preserve center, Sangaygang view point, and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

After lunch at Simply Bhutan Museum restaurant and visit to:

  • School of 13 Arts and Crafts (Painting School).

Drive to Paro and visit:

  • Tamchog Monastery built in the 15th century by Thangthong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464).

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 11. Paro – Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.