10 Day Jambay Lhakhang Drub

Day 1: Arrival in Paro 

Upon your arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your tour guide who will take you on a sightseeing tour of Paro. Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong, a fortress-monastery built in the 17th century, and the National Museum of Bhutan, which showcases Bhutanese art, culture, and history. In the afternoon, drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. On the way, you will stop at Tachog Lhakhang, a temple built in the 15th century, and the famous Iron Bridge. Overnight Thimphu. 

Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing 

After breakfast, visit the Buddha Dordenma, a 169-feet tall statue of Buddha, and the Takin Preserve, where you can see Bhutan’s national animal, the takin. In the afternoon,visit the School of Traditional Arts, where students learn Bhutanese painting, woodcarving, and other traditional craft and Tashichho Dzong in the evening,a fortress-monastery that is the seat of Bhutan’s government and also houses the king’s throne room. 

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha 

After breakfast, drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. En-route, you will stop at Dochula Pass (3,100 meters) to enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas. In Punakha, you will visit Punakha Dzong, the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan, and Chhimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility). Overnight stay in Punakha.

Day 4: Punakha – Bumthang 

After breakfast, you will drive to Bumthang, one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan. En-route, you will stop at Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong. Overnight stay in Bumthang.

Day 5: Bumthang sightseeing

After breakfast, explore Bumthang. Vsit the Jakar Dzong, a fortress-monastery that dates back to the 17th century, and the Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Next, visit the Tamshing Lhakhang, a temple founded in the 16th century by Pema Lingpa, a famous Bhutanese saint. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 6: Jambay Lhakhang Drub, Bumthang – Festival Day 

Jambay Lhakhang Drub is a famous festival that takes place in Bhutan every year. The festival is held at the Jambay Lhakhang temple, located in Bumthang district, and is one of the most important and sacred festivals in Bhutan.

The festival is a celebration of Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, who is revered as a saint and the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. The festival lasts for several days and is marked by a series of traditional dances, known as Cham, performed by monks in colourful costumes.

One of the highlights of the festival is the Mewang, a fire ceremony that is said to bring good luck and dispel evil spirits. The ceremony involves the creation of a large fire, around which people gather to offer prayers and offerings.Another highlight of the Jambay Lhakhang Drub festival is the Naked Dance, also known as the Ter Cham. During this dance, a group of naked men perform a ritualistic dance to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune.

Visitors to the Jambay Lhakhang Drub festival can also enjoy traditional food and drinks, as well as browse through local handicrafts and souvenirs that are on display.The Jambay Lhakhang Drub festival is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to experience the rich cultural traditions of Bhutan and witness a unique celebration that has been passed down for generations.

Day 7: Bumthang – Gangtey 

After breakfast,drive to Gangtey, a beautiful valley known for its natural beauty and wildlife. You will visit Gangtey Monastery and the Black-Necked Crane Information Centre. Overnight stay in Gangtey.

Day 8: Gangtey – Paro 

After breakfast, drive back to Paro. Along the way, you will stop at the Wangduephodrang Dzong and Paro Handicraft shops. Overnight stay in Paro.

Day 9: Hike to Tiger’s Nest  

After breakfast hike up to the monastery, which is perched on a cliff at an altitude of 3,120 meters, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the valley below. The hike is moderately difficult, but the views and the experience are well worth the effort.After the hike, farewell dinner at Bhutanese farmhouse with traditional hot stone bath, which is a popular way to unwind after a long day of hiking.

Day 10: Departure  

After breakfast, you will be driven to the Paro International Airport for your departure flight.