Jambay Lakhang Festival Tour 11 days

Jambay Lakhang Festival Tour 11 days

Start Point

Paro

End Point

Paro

Duration

10N/11D

Grade

Easy

Max Altitude

2200 meter

Meals

B+L+D

Accomodation

Hotel/Resort

No. of Person

Min. 02 Pax

Highlights

  1. Religious Ceremonies: The festival revolves around religious rituals and ceremonies performed by monks and priests. Visitors can witness these ceremonies, which often include prayers, blessings, and offerings.
  2. Mask Dances: One of the main attractions of Bhutanese festivals is the traditional mask dances performed by monks. These dances are not only visually stunning but also hold deep religious and cultural significance. Each dance portrays a specific story or represents a particular deity.
  3. Cultural Performances: In addition to mask dances, the festival may include other cultural performances such as folk dances, songs, and traditional music. These performances offer insight into Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage.
  4. Throngdrel Unfolding: Throngdrel is a large religious tapestry that is unfurled during certain religious festivals. Witnessing the unveiling of the Throngdrel is considered highly auspicious and is believed to cleanse observers of their sins.
  5. Spiritual Significance: The Jambay Lhakhang Festival holds deep spiritual significance for the Bhutanese people. It’s an opportunity for them to receive blessings, gain merit, and connect with their religious traditions.
  6. Local Craftsmanship: Festivals often feature stalls and markets where local artisans sell traditional crafts, textiles, and handicrafts. It’s a chance to purchase unique souvenirs and support local communities.
  7. Cultural Interaction: Attending the festival allows visitors to interact with the local people and immerse themselves in Bhutanese culture. It’s a great opportunity to learn about their way of life, customs, and traditions.
  8. Scenic Beauty: Bumthang district, where Jambay Lhakhang is located, offers picturesque landscapes with rolling hills, lush valleys, and traditional Bhutanese architecture. The journey to the festival location can be as rewarding as the festival itself.
  9. Traditional Attire: Many Bhutanese attendees, both performers and spectators, wear traditional attire during the festival. This adds to the colorful and vibrant atmosphere of the event.
  10. Photography Opportunities: The colorful costumes, intricate mask dances, and vibrant decorations provide excellent opportunities for photography enthusiasts to capture the essence of the festival.

The Jambay Lhakhang Festival is a religious festival held in the Bumthang district of Bhutan every year in the 8th month of the Bhutanese calendar, which is usually between September and October. The festival is held to celebrate the founding of the Jambay Lhakhang temple, which is one of the oldest and most important temples in Bhutan.

The festival is a colorful and lively affair, with traditional dances, music, and masked performances. The main event of the festival is the cham dance, which is a sacred dance performed by masked dancers. The cham dance is believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck to the community.

Other events of the festival include:

  • A procession of monks and villagers around the temple
  • A fire puja, or fire blessing, to purify the community
  • A market selling traditional Bhutanese food, handicrafts, and souvenirs

The Jambay Lhakhang Festival is a great opportunity to experience Bhutanese culture and religion. It is a colorful and lively event that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Detail Itinerary

Receive by Bhutan Travellers Representatives. Check in at Gangtey Palace Hotel. After an early tea visit: Kichu Lhakhang (temple) and Drongja Goemba (monastery). Overnight: Hotel

Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery and hike back (3 hours round trip). Lunch at the Taktsang Cafeteria. Drive to Drukgyal Dzong (historic fortress in ruins now). Visit the National Museum. Visit a Bhutanese village house for a cup of yak butter tea/local wine. Evening: stroll through Paro town. Overnight: Gangtey Palace Hotel.

(145 km. About 5 hours drive). After an early breakfast drive to Punakha. En route visit Simtokha Dzong and halt at Dochula Pass (10,000ft. for a cup of tea/coffee and enjoy a spectacular view of the Himalayan mountains. Overnight: Dragon’s Nest Resort.

The distance is about 197 km and the drive takes between six to seven hours along winding steep roads with breathtaking views at every twist and turn! Check in at Wangdichholing Lodge.

Full Day Jambay Lhakhang Festival. Overnight: Wangdicholing Guesthouse.

Morning: Jambay Lhakhang Festival. Afternoon: Visit farmhouses to see local textile weaving. Evening: dinner in a local Tibetan restaurant.

The festival is held in the courtyard of the historic Jakar Dzong, built in 1646 A.D. by Minjur Tempa, the third Druk Desi (Temporal Ruler). In 1683 A.D. It was extended by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye, the fourth Desi.

Morning: See the last day of Jambay Lhakhang festival. Afternoon: Visit several ancient and sacred monasteries such as the Kencho Sum Lhakhang, Tamshing and Pema Samba Lhakhang which are considered important pilgrimage spots. Visit the Bumthang Swiss farm. Overnight Hotel.

En route visit the Watch. Tower in Trongsa and the Trongsa Dzong courtyard. Overnight: Dragon’s Nest Hotel.

Visit the Textile Museum, Takin Reserve (national animal). Visit some handicraft shops. Evening: drive to Paro. Overnight: Gangtey Palace Hotel

Drive to Airport for departure.

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