Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival
Departure Date: 26Oct - 5Nov, 2020
11days / 10nights
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.
DAY 1 (26 Oct, Monday) : ARRIVE PARO
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.
DAY 2 (27 Oct, Tuesday) : PARO – THIMPHU
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.
DAY 3 (28 Oct, Wednesday): 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.
DAY 4 (29 Oct, Thursday) : THIMPHU – PUNAKHA
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.
DAY 5 (30 Oct, Friday): 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.
DAY 6 (31 oct, Saturday): PUNAKHA – BUMTHANG
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.
DAY 7 (1 Nov, Sunday) : JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP FESTIVAL
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.
DAY 8 (2 Nov, Monday) : EXCURSION TO TANG VALLEY
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.
DAY 9 (3 Nov, Tuesday): BUMTHANG – PARO
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.
DAY 10 (4 Nov, Wednesday): HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST MONASTERY
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.
DAY 11 (5 Nov, Thursday) : DEPART PARO
Drive to Paro airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.
- Government levy
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Tea and snacks
- Accommodations on 3-4 star hotels
- Visa fee
- Entrance fees
- Guide services
- Air fares
- Tips and gratitude
- Insurance of all kinds
- Drinks and beverages
- Internet bills
- Other personal bills.