JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP FESTIVALS
This tour is a cultural indulgence. Perfect for those who prefer cultural immersion rather than trekking. This tour is centred on Jambay Lhakhang Festival – an annual festival held in central Bhutan, Bumthang. The celebration is exotic with fire ritual, naked dance and other festival dances, truly not to be missed. Bumthang also holds many scared holy sites which are centuries old and highly momentous. This cultural tour includes museums and monasteries along with some easy day hikes and excursions. Hiking through villages, interacting with locals is a great way to experience a Bhutanese way of life. You can stroll the streets when in Thimphu and Paro and shop for souvenirs in your free time.
On your flight to Paro, if the weather permits, you will be able to spot snowcapped Himalayas including mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. Our guide will be waiting to receive you. You will be driven to your hotel. Later in the day you will visit Ta Dzong, originally a watch tower now converted into a museum. This 17th century old fortress holds varies displays of antique collections. Next stop is the Rinpung Dzong literal translation –“fortress of heap of jewels.” Another Lhakhang you will visit is the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most divine temple of Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, you start your one hours drive to the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. On the way, you will see farmers with their stalls selling vegetables and fruits. Perhaps it is a good time to stop for some photographs and to interact with the locals. Upon reaching Thimphu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Thimphu has many handicraft shops lining the streets so you can shop for souvenirs or just spend your spare time strolling the streets. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
There are couple of must-see tourist attractions in Thimphu. You will start off by visiting the King’s Memorial Chorten – built in memory of the third king of Bhutan, then go to Kuenselphodrang – 169ft high bronze statue of Buddha and also see the majestic Tashichhodzong. Stop for lunch at one of the local restaurants and if it’s the weekend, you can catch the buzz of the Weekend Market. Later visit the Nunnery Temple and the School of Arts and Crafts where there are displays of ancient paintings and finally the Folk Heritage Museum. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Have breakfast and begin the drive to Punakha. The drive shall be a pleasant one through forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. At 3100m you will reach Dochu La Pass, here you can have lunch with amazing views of the Himalayas. Traverse Punakha river and through rice fields before reaching Punakha. You will stop at Metshina Village and walk through rice fields for 20 minutes to Chimi Lhakhang. It is a temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley also known as the Devine Madman and couples come here to receive fertility blessings. Overnight hotel in Punakha.
Today you will visit the Punakha Dzong, a stunning architectural beauty commanding over the junction of Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu. Next destination is Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, standing tall on a hill 7km north of Punakha. You will land on a beautiful hillock overlooking Punakha Valley after 30 minutes hike to the Chorten. It holds antique paintings and old sect of Buddhism. Hike back and drive to Punakha. Overnight hotel in Punakha.
After breakfast, you will start your journey to Bumthang, a place which holds many holy sites that are centuries old and highly momentous. The route crosses Pele La which is 3300 meters high. Stop for lunch in Trongsa and then continue to the next destination -Trongsa Dzzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. After the visit, continue driving to Bumthang passing numerous villages with lush forest. On the way you will stop at a yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. Check into hotel on arrival. Overnight at hotel in Bumthang.
Attend the Jambay Lhakhang festival. It shall be a wonderful experience of Bhutan’s unique tradition and culture. You can witness various mask and festival dances. Enjoy the celebration with the people of Bumthang and nearby villages. Overnight at hotel in Bumthang.
Today, you will go to Tang valley, the most remote valley in Bumthang. Visit the Ugyen Chholing Palace which is now turned into a museum serving as place for religious studies, research and solitude. You will also explore nearby villages. On your way back, you shall be able to see Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake) where some of Guru Rinpoche’s treasures were found in the 15th century by the famous treasure discoverer Pema Lingpa. Overnight hotel in Bumthang.
Today you will take a domestic flight to Paro. In Paro, you will be taken to the Drugyal Dzong ruins which was built three hundred years ago to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders. In the evening you can stroll Paro streets and absorb people’s lifestyle. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Today you will hike to the famous Taktsang Goemba. The monastery has a remarkable history and even looks quite extraordinary perched on a hill side. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew here to meditate on the back of a tigress. The hike is a 6 hours journey through pine forest and rhododendrons, ascending 900 meters above Paro Valley. In the evening, you can enjoy a relaxing traditional hot stone bath to. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Drive to Paro airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.
Our tour packages do not include insurance of all kinds. Its recommended that you purchase insurance form your country. Insurance cover for loss of baggages, flight cancellation, accidents or rescue operation by helicopter in the event you get stranded on mountains due to weather or altitude sickness.
All our treks are arranged as camping trips. You will be sleeping in a tent pitched at designated campsite. You will have group of staff comprising of your guide, assistants and horsemen. We do not use human porters. Your trekking supplies and equipment will be carried by horses. At higher altitudes, we use yaks for the transportation. Hot meals cooked by our veteran trek-chefs will be provided during treks. Your assistant will carry a hot-packed lunch during the day. Some trekkers augment that our trekking foods are sometimes better than city hotels.
At times change of itinerary may be necessary under unavoidable circumstances such as due to act of god or Force majeur such as heavy rains, blockage of trail due floods, land slides or destruction of bridges because of heavy rains. On such event Bhutan Travelers shall not be held responsible. If you wish to change your Itinerary due to some or your own reasons, we can try all means to accommodate change but it must be based on availability of hotels. During peak season hotels get sold out.
For any last minute cancellation or cancellation made on services after arrival in Bhutan will be subject to fees and penalties. We depend on other parties such as hoteliers and airlines, which are governed by their own set of cancellation rules. The flight canceled less than 3 days from your departure date, you will be liable for fee of US $20 per ticket. For any hotels cancelled on arrival in Bhutan, you will also be liable fees as per the cancellation rules of respective hotels.
Altitude sickness can hit any trekkers irrespective of age, experience and time. For all our trek some level of experience is required but not mandatory. Some trekkers who were even without an experience have fared well in our treks. We had children doing ours treks and people as old as 72 years completing Snowman Trek. You must cooperate with your guide and be honest in confiding any symptoms you develop. Our guides are trained to handle any situations on the mountains. As a precautionary measures, you will have to walk slow on gradually ascending trail, eat well, drink lots of water and fluids on trail.
You must take care of your own personal belongings and equipment supplied by the company. To keep our horses light, we maintain weight limit on trek and do not carry any extra tents and equipment. If you tear your tent out of sheer carelessness or ignorance, you will have to do the trek with holes on your tent. Always ask your guide and assistants for help if you need to clean your tents or get rid of lump of snows on your tent.
Prior to confirmation of a trip, we specify whats included in the package and what is not. Sleeping bag is not included in our package cost. We do not supply sleeping bags. You must bring in your own sleeping bag. There is a rental house that rents out sleeping bag. Please check rental fee with us before you confirm your trip. The reason why we do not supply sleeping bag is because the quality of bags that are found in our market does not match those of yours. So we suggest you bring your own from your country. Most of our trek demands sleeping minimum bag of 8-10 degree celsius.
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