Jambay Lhakhang Festival

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 11 days Max Sleeping Altitude: 2900m Tour Highlight: Festival, cultural sights and local Tour Start Point: Paro Tour End Point: Paro Tour Available for Booking: Until 31-Dec, 2017 Trip Cost Mar-May, Sept-Nov: US$ 2540 per person Trip Cost Dec-Feb, Jun-Aug: US$ 2040 per person Group Size: Any number, above cost is based on 3 pax and above travelling together

Jambay lhakhang is located in Bumthang and is situated on the way to the Kurjie Lhakhang. It’s a ten minutes drive to the temple from the Chamkhar town.

Day 01: Arrival in Paro
Flight to Paro has spectacular views of the Everest, Kanchen Junga and other Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drakey in Bhutan are awesome. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. One can also venture to try local restaurant for dinner. Overnight in Paro. Altitude 2200m.

Day 02: Paro to Jakar (fly out)
After our breakfast transfer to Paro airport for your flight to Bumthang, centre Bhutan. On arrival at Batpalathang airport, you will be received by our representative and transfer to your hotel in white bird valley. Evening explore the tiny town and relax at your hotel. Overnight in Jakar, altitude 2650m

Day 03: Jambay Lhakhang Drup
After the breakfast, we will proceed to festival site and witness the most interesting annual Jambay Lhakhang Drup (Tsechu) for whole day. Festivals are preformed to honor Buddhist saint Guru Rimpoche who brought Buddhism in the country in 7th century. Tse meaning date and chu meaning tenth, is performed annually in all the districts coinciding with tenth day of the Bhutanese calendar. Interesting and colorful mask dances are shown publicly in a open ground specially in the courtyard of the fortress, “The Dzong”, where all people gather to witness the dances. Witnessing the Tsechu is believed to accumulate the good deeds and help us to ride of the sins committed in the past. This is also wonderful opportunity to click the Bhutanese in best outfit with most expensive garments and jewelries. Don’t miss to witness the unique naked dance at mid night. Overnight in Jakar

Day 04: Jakar sightseeing
Visit the Kurjey Temple, the site where Bhutan’s royals are cremated. One can either walk cross the suspension bridge and visit the village of Parar and Tamshing or drive there. End your day with a walk passing by the Swiss farm. Evening stroll in Jakar town and try some local pancakes and noodles. Overnight at Jakar.

Day 05: Trongsa Festival
After our leisurely breakfast, we will hike to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of fertility which is associates with religious arts of phallus and after descending back down from Dochula, we will follow our way back up the dramatic Wang Chu and Paro Chu river valleys, before crossing through Paro town towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, you will find the Amankora lodge and its spa. We take an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins Dzong. Evenings enjoy the facility of aman soaking yourself in to culture, spa or perhaps enjoy the Bhutanese movies that aman provides. Overnight in Paro. Altitude 2200m

Day 06: Trongsa to Jakar (3 hrs)
Check out from the hotel and drive to Trongsa. En-route we will stop at Chumey yatha factory which is famous for woolen products in the region. The beautiful drive will bypass Yotongla pass at 3400m before reaching Trongsa. On arrival, we will visit Trongsa Dzong, the beautiful ancient homes of the royals. Evening we will explore the charming little town. Overnight in Trongsa, altitude 2200m.

Day 07: Trongsa to Punakha
Checkout from the hotel, take an excursion drive to Phobjikha from Pelela. The valley of black necked crane is so beautiful and perfect for nature lover and paradise for hikers. On arrival at Gangtey we will pay homage to Gangtey Gonpa and further drive to warm valley of Punakha. En-route if time permits we will hike to Rinchengang village. Evening relax in the hotel we can walk around the resort. Overnight in Punakha, altitude 1350m.

Day 08: Punakha to Thimphu
Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until the 1950s. Today, the central monk body moves to Punakha in the winter when it gets too cold in Thimphu. With a climate almost tropical in the summer, the valley is blessed with an abundance of fruits and rice. We will visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong which without doubt showcases the finest example of Bhutanese arts and crafts. After the Dzong, we will drive to the capital, Thimphu, over the Dochu La pass (3000m). Overnight in Thimphu, altitude 2400m.

Day 09: Thimphu to Paro
Check out from the hotel visit painting school, folk heritage museum and textile museum before proceeding to Paro. On arrival in Paro, we will visit national museum of Bhutan and Paro dzong. Evening we will explore the tiny Paro town. Overnight in Paro. Altitude 2200m.

Day 10: Paro sightseeing
Early morning after our delicious breakfast drive to north end of Paro valley and hike to Tiger Nest Temple. The hike to Tiger’s Nest will take most of our day. The temple is one of the most renowned temple in the Buddhist world one of the ten most visit site before we die. This is most revolted temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro Valley at 900m above the valley. En-route visit Kichu Lhakhang, one from the 2 oldest Buddhist temple in the country, historic Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress) and Evening at leisure. Overnight in Paro.

Day 11: End of the tour in Kingdom of Happiness

Inclusions:
– US$ 40 per person visa fees
– Visa arrangement for your stay in Bhutan
– Government royalty and all the taxes
– Accommodations in best 3 star hotels or above on twin sharing basis, options available
– All meals (break, lunch & dinner), options available
– Full time English speaking Heavenly Bhutan’s guide
– Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary
– Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary
– Bottled drinking water throughout the journey

Exclusions:
– Flight fares – available from Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Kathmandu, Kolkata and Dhaka
– Personal expenses, phone calls, laundry, shopping, etc
– Gratitude/Tippings
– Single room supplement
– Luxury hotels/resorts available on supplement cost
– Specialized guides available on supplement cost
– Travel and medical insurance
– Activities available on extra cost (mountain biking, river rafting, tiger nest horse ride, hot stone bath etc)
– For single person traveling alone we charge USD 40/night extra
– For two persons traveling together we charge USD 30/person/night extra
– Cancellation policy, please refer terms and conditions

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