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Jambhay Lhakhang Festival

(1 Review)
  • Full Day Tour
  • Max People : 16
  • Wifi Available
  • 15th to 18th November 2024
  • Min Age : N/A
  • Pickup: Paro Airport

Jambhay Lhakhang Festival Tour. The Jambay Lhakhang Drup, held in the sacred Bumthang Valley of Bhutan, is a vibrant and spiritual celebration that captures the essence of Bhutanese culture. This annual festival, usually taking place in late October or early November, is centered around Jambay Lhakhang, an ancient monastery with deep historical roots.

The festival features captivating mask dances performed by monks, known as cham, which convey Buddhist teachings and mythical stories. A unique highlight of Jambay Lhakhang Drup is the Mewang, a sacred fire ritual conducted in the late evening. This ritual is believed to bless participants and purify their sins.

Departure & Return Location

Paro International Airport (Google Map)

Jambhay Lhakhang festival Tour Date

15th to 18th November 2024

Accommodation for Jambhay Lhakhang Festival

All accommodation in 3 Star Hotel during the Jambhay Lhakhang Festival Tour

Guide for the Tour

Licensed Tour Guide approved by Department of Tourism

Price Includes

  • All meals as per the tour confirmation
  • All Hotel Accommodation in 3 star Hotel
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Bottled water
  • Airport pick and drop
  • 4 G sim card to connect with your loved ones.
  • Visit to farm house and hotstone bath

Price Excludes

  • Airfare for both Domestic and International
  • Alcoholic Drinks which is not mentioned in the Program
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Insurance and premiums
  • Tips and Gratuity for Guide and driver

Jambhay Lhakhang Festival Tour Highlight

  • Immerse yourself in the sacred atmosphere of Jambhay Lhakhang, where religious ceremonies and rituals unfold, offering a unique insight into Bhutanese spirituality.
  • Traditional Mask Dances: Witness the vibrant and intricate mask dances performed by monks, portraying age-old stories and legends.
  • Cultural Pageantry: Experience the pageantry of Bhutanese culture with traditional music, dance, and elaborate ceremonies that reflect the deep-rooted traditions of the region.
  • Engage with the local community and join in their joyous celebrations. This is an excellent opportunity to interact with Bhutanese people and gain a deeper understanding of their way of life.
  • Historical Jambhay Lhakhang: Visit the Jambhay Lhakhang itself, an ancient temple with a rich history. Marvel at the intricate architecture and spiritual significance of this sacred site.
What to Expect during Jambhay Lhakhang Festival 2024?

Jambhay Lhakhang festival, held in Jambhay Monastery where Guru Rimpochhe meditated during his visit to Bumthang. The highlight of this festival is naked dance considered secret to the locals is held here.

  • Witness the most Popular festival in Eastern Bhutan
  • Visit Burning lake in Bumthang
  • Practice your shooting skill of Archery at Simply Bhutan Museam
  • Meditate at Dochulas 108 stupas.
  • Experience the Hotstone bath st Tshering farm House.
Jambhay Lhakhang Festival Photos
Jambhay Lhakhang festival Tour 2024 Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Paro International Airport

The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport, after arrival & visa formalities and collection of baggage, who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan. 

Day 2Thimphu City Tour

After breakfast visit the Thimphu town. Visit Folk heritage Museam where you see the Garments worn by the royals starting from first King of Bhutan to the present. The museum also offers the history of places around Bhutan. In the afternoon visit craft bazar where you get varieties of local product to purchase. evening at Hotel.

 

Day 3Thimphu to Punakha Tour-70Km and takes about 3 Hours

Early breakfast and visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 A.D. Drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass at 3150mts. The drive would take about 3 hours. On arrival, drive to Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” Built-in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’, Punakha Dzong is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers). It is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three-story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. It was here in 1907 that Bhutan’s first king was crowned. Overnight hotel in Punakha.

Day 4Punakha to Bumthang-212 Km and takes about 6 Hours

After early breakfast our journey to Bumthang starts. The roads are recently maintained and drives is smooth. On the way we pass through Trongsa Dzong one of the majestic and largest in Bhutan. The crowning of Bhutan Kings begins in this Dzong. If time permits we visit the dzong. Further drive to Bumthang the cultural hub of the country. Over night at Hotel

Day 5Bumthang City Tour and attend Jambhay festival

Bumthang, often referred to as the “cultural heartland of Bhutan,” is a region in central Bhutan comprising four valleys: Chokhor, Tang, Ura, and Chhume. While it’s not exactly a city, the Bumthang district is rich in cultural and historical sites, making it a significant destination for exploration. Few places you can visit in Bumthang are Jambhay Lhakhang.

Jambay Lhakhang:

Begin your tour with Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. It is believed to be one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. The Festival is held here

Kurjey Lhakhang:

Visit Kurjey Lhakhang, a complex of three temples. The main temple houses the body imprint of Guru Rinpoche, while the second was built on the site where Guru Rinpoche subdued a local demon.

Day 6Witness the Secret Jambhay Lhakhang festival

The Jambay Lhakhang Drup is an annual festival held at Jambay Lhakhang, an ancient and sacred temple located in the Bumthang district of Bhutan. This religious event is celebrated with great fervor, typically taking place in late October or early November according to the Bhutanese lunar calendar. The Jambay Lhakhang Drup holds deep cultural and spiritual significance for the local community. The festival have Chham Dance, Mewang (the blessing from Fire), Cultural Celebration, followed by with the burning of an effigy, symbolizing the purification of negative forces. This ritual is known as the Tercham. The main naked dance event happens at night. Over night at Hotel.

Day 7Bumthang Batpalathang to Paro Airport

Today we take domestic flights from Batpalathng to Paro airport. The flight takes about 25 minutes. Our team will receive you at Paro airport and drive you to Paro for local sightseeing. Drive to Drugyel dzong, 6th century kichu lhakhang and evening stroll at Paro town.

Day 8Paro Tiger Nest Hike

The Tiger’s Nest, or Paro Taktsang, is one of Bhutan’s most iconic and sacred sites perched on a cliffside in the Paro Valley. The Tiger’s Nest Hike is a breathtaking journey that takes visitors to this revered monastery, offering not only spiritual significance but also stunning panoramic views.

The hike begins at the base of the mountain, and as you ascend, you’ll pass through lush pine forests and rhododendron groves. Along the way, prayer flags flutter in the wind, adding to the sense of tranquility. The trail is well-maintained but includes some steep sections, making sturdy footwear advisable.

Day 9Paro Airport to see Off

Your Journey to Bhutan ends here. Jambhay Lhakhang tour ends with our guide and driver seeing you off from the airport.

Map for Jambhay Lhakhang Festival
FAQs About Jambhay Lhakhang Festival Tour 2024

When is Jambhay Lhakhang festival held?

The Jambay Lhakhang festival, known as Jambay Lhakhang Drup, is typically held in late October or early November, based on the Bhutanese lunar calendar. This year 2024 the festival is held from 15th November to 18th November at Jambhay Monastery Bumthang.

What is the significance of Jambay Lhakhang festival?

The festival holds deep cultural and spiritual significance, featuring traditional masked dances (cham), sacred fire rituals (Mewang), and religious ceremonies. It is believed to bring blessings and purification to the local people, Country as a whole .

What can visitors expect to see during the festival?

Visitors can witness traditional Cham dances performed by monks, participate in religious ceremonies, experience the unique Mewang (fire ritual), and immerse themselves in the festive atmosphere with locals dressed in traditional attire.

What is the attire for festival attendees?

Visitors are encouraged to dress modestly and wear traditional Bhutanese attire known as “kira” for women and “gho” for men. This adds to the cultural experience and respect for the sacred nature of the festival. If they cant they need to wear proper and formal wear covering the whole body. Jeans and T shirts are not allowed.

Can visitors take photographs during the festival?

While photography is often allowed, it’s essential to respect the guidelines provided by the organizers and maintain sensitivity to the sacred nature of the festival.

It’s advisable to check specific details, festival dates, and travel arrangements with a reliable tour operator when planning to attend the Jambay Lhakhang festival because dates can change as per the lunar calender. So its always better to reconfirm the dates with us.

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Alan Tsoi

Couple Traveller

We took 15 days luxury tours combined with jambhay lhakhang festival. We had nice time in Bumthang. We did Bumthang owl trek with Jambhay lhakhang Festival. We watched mask dance and even witnessed naked dance. Our trip was wonderful and guide yeshey made everything memorable.
Alan Tsoi -Hongkong

October 21, 2023
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