Jambay Lhakhang Festival Tour.

Festival dates: 12 – 16th Oct. 2021

Jambay Lhakhang Festival is one of the most famous festivals of Bhutan and is for held five days. Jambay Lhakhang is the oldest temples in Bhutan built by the Tibetan King, Srongtsen Gampo in 659 AD.

The highlight of this Jambay Lhakhang festival is the Sacred Naked dance or the “Ter Cham” performed by the monks in the evening. Guru Rimpoche introduced the Tantric form of Buddhism in Bhutan and visited Bumthang on the invitation of ailing Sindhu Raja. It is believed that Guru Rimpoche has hidden several relics under this temple.

Sketch Itinerary for Jambay Lhakhang Festival:

Day 01:  Arrive Paro:

Paro-dzong-Jambay Lhakhang Festival

Rimpung Dzong.

Meet & Greet:

  • After lunch, visit to the Ta Dzong, the National Museum (built in1656 and renovated in 1968).
  • 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 02. Paro Sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m):

After breakfast, we hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery.

  • The primary monastery was built in the 1684 by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay.
Drugyal-Dzong-Jambay Lhakhang Festival

Drugyal Dzong.

After lunch, visit to:

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

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:

  • Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message), established in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa.
  • Kurjey Lhakhang, where you can see the body print of Guru Rimpoche.
  • Kencho Sum Lhakhang.
  • Jambay Lhakhang built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the year 659.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

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

Ogyen-Choling-palace

Ogyen Choling Palace in Bumthang.

After breakfast, drive to the Tang valley and visit:

  • Guru Rimpoche’s sacred site.
  • Ogyen Choling Palace Museum. The museum is about a 45 minutes drive from the Jakar in the little valley town. The property has been in the same family for 21 generations and the artifacts relate directly to this place. The staircases are original and very steep.

After lunch, drive back to Jakar.

  • On the way, visit to
  • Membarstho or “The Burning Lake” where Pema Lingpa discovered the treasures hidden by Guru Rimpoche in the 14th
  • Free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

In the evening, witness the festival.

Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 05. Bumthang (Witness the festival):

Jambay-Lhakhang-Festival

Jambay Lhakhang Festival.

After breakfast, sightseeing in Bumthang or witness the festival

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Bumthang sightseeing & Festival:

After breakfast, witness the festival (Full day).

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

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

After breakfast, drive to Trongsa and visit to:

  • Trongsa dzong built in 1648 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa.
  • Ta Dzong museum.

After lunch visit to:

  • Gangtey Gompa Monastery. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the mind reincarnation of Terton Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613.
  • 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).
  • Chimi Lhakhang also called the “Temple of Fertility” built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery (short hike – 45 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 (160 m).
  • 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, Je Khenpo.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

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

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National Memorial Chorten.

After breakfast, visit to:

  • The National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our 3rdKing, Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Tallest Statue of Sitting Buddha (51.5 m)
  • Changangkha Lhakhang.
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang nunnery.

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 by Thangthong Gyalpo popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, the Iron Bridge builder.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 11. Paro – Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.