• Small Group Journeys to Bhutan
    Witness an event few are privileged to see
    2019 Jambay Lhakhang Festival
  • Bhutan holidays
    Witness an event few are privileged to see
    2019 Jambay Lhakhang Festival
5 - 18 Nov 2019 | 14 DAYS 2019 Jambay Lhakhang Festival

Some people travel for art and culture. Some for natural beauty. There are those who travel for architecture, for history, for spiritual reasons or special food. This tour will meet all those needs. While the tour is timed to coincide with the great Jambay Lhakhang Tsechu (festival) held at the Jambay Lhakhang temple in the Bumthang Valley, Bhutan’s spiritual heartland, we also visit many cultural sites and exploring Bhutan's unique architecture and walk the beautiful mountains and valleys.

The Jambay Lhakhang temple was built in the 7th century and is one of the oldest in the country. The festival is one of the most important in Bhutan and it highlights the ‘Mewang’, the fire ritual, and the ‘Tercham’, a religious naked dance, performed at midnight where the dancers only wear masks. It’s believed to bless infertile women so that they may bear children. The tsechus is in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. Local villagers gather in a spirit of festivity, celebration and deep faith to witness unique masked dances and celebrations. The festival is a rich and happy expression of the Bhutanese people, who dress in their finest clothes and most resplendent jewellery while the monks prepare for weeks ahead, deep in prayer and meditation.

We also visit Bhutan's capital city, Thimphu, and explore all it has to offer. Leaving thriving city life behind, at Punakha Dzong and Trongsa Dzong you have the opportunity to roam around the most extraordinary ancient architecture and see monks go about their daily life. We also spend leisurely days exploring Bhutan's pristine natural wonders with days in valleys roaming the countryside with an informed guide who will take you to local farmhouses for lunch or to restaurants with amazing views and local food.





  • Departure Date: 5th November from Bangkok
  • Days: 14 days
  • Max. Group size: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Price: $ 5, 248 USD
  • Single Sup.: $520 USD
highlights

  • Thimphu is a bustling city compared to the rest of Bhutan. It is the world’s only capital city without a traffic light! It’s a great place to learn about the nation’s thriving arts and crafts.
  • Punakha Dzong is the most beautiful of all dzongs in Bhutan. We meander through this complex architectural structure, home to hundreds of monks half the year.
  • The Phobjekha is often said by our clients to be the most beautiful part of their journey.
  • A magnificent, simply unforgettable walk in the Phobjekha valley and a visit to Gangtey Gompa.
  • Trongsa to Bumthang - this drive is one of the most scenically beautiful routes in Bhutan and Jakar is a lovely village for meeting locals
  • Explore some of the oldest monasteries on foot with lunch in a Traditional Farm House. Rest of the day witness the festival.
  • Attend Jambay Lhakhang Festival with locals, a rare opportunity to see the local having tremendous fun, dressed in their finest, and experience the depth and commitment of these people to their Buddhist faith. It is crowded and exciting event few are privileged to see, and one which will stay with you a lifetime.
  • Walk to the beautiful Tigers Nest Monastery. We will have lunch at a restaurant with unforgettable views over the Paro valley.



Day 01 | Paro

An forgettable flight, arrival in Paro from Bangkok.


Day 02 | Paro

Explore Paro visiting major cultural sites.


Day 03 | Thimphu

Drive to Thimphu, the capital -2/3 hours to enjoy the highlights on the way to the capital.


Day 04 | Thimphu

Visit major sites and see arts and crafts


Day 05 | Punakha

Drive to Punakha (3 to 4 hrs), the old capital of Bhutan. Visit Punakha Dzong and meander through this extraordinary structure, home to hundreds of monks half of the year.


Day 06 | Gangtey

Drive to Gangtey (3/4hrs) with the scenic stops on the route.


Day 07 | Gangtey

Visit Gangtey Monastery then an unforgettable walk in the Phobjekha valley to sight Black necked crane.


Day 08 | Trongsa

Drive to Trongsa, the gateway to central Bhutan (4-5hrs). Approaching Trongsa, you are treated to the sight of the enormous fortress monastery dripping down the emerald slopes of the valley.


Day 09 | Bumthang

Visit Trongsa Dzong then drive 4/5 hours to Bumthang with scenic stops on one of the most beautiful routes in Bhutan.


Day 10 | Bumthang

Day in Bumthang Valley with beautiful, easy walk though pristine forest and visit festival with a lunch in a Farm House.


Day 11 | Bumthang

Attend Jampay Lhakhang festival, explore palaces and finish the day with beer, whisky and cheese tasting.


Day 12 | Paro

Take 35mins domestic flight from Bumthang to Paro over a Himalayan Peaks.


Day 13 | Paro

Trek to the Tigers Nest Monastery with lunch at a restaurant with unforgettable views over the Paro valley


Day 14 | Departure

Tour concludes.



INCLUSIONS

A minimum of 3 star hotel accommodation


Two nights in 5 star Hotel Zhiwaling


All meals


Economy class Druk Air/ Bhutan Airlines flights ex Bangkok which our staff will book


Internal flight Bumthang to Paro


All transfers and sightseeing with licensed English speaking guide for the whole trip


Entrance to all dzongs and monuments


Bottled drinking water daily


All internal taxes and charges of 20%, airport tax, insurance surcharge, fuel surcharge and Visa fee


Sustainable Tourism Fund US$10 per person

EXCLUSIONS

International Airfare to / from Bangkok


Travel insurance - must be evidenced


Personal expenses - bar bills, tips, telephone, laundry etc


Expenses due to nature, unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, road blockade


Upgrade to Business class if required on Druk Air/ Bhutan Airlines flights ex Bangkok $140 pp*  (*Rates may fluctuate due to USD exchange rate)


The Bhutanese Government requires a minimum of 3 people on a tour to avoid a small surcharge of US$30 per person per night

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Payza


Payza is one of Bhutan’s most experienced tour guides. Julia and Payza met in 2010 with Julia’s first trip to Bhutan, and, putting it simply, he made it unforgettable. Not only is he highly organized with meticulous attention to detail and speaks fantastic English (the basics you expect from a guide), but the extra care he puts into ensuring you have the best time possible is awesome. From consideration of special dietary needs to finding the best vantage points for festivals, to negotiating a way to get you that special photograph in a monastery, to telling the most fabulous and unforgettable stories that will have you laughing until you cry, Payza is a joy to travel with. He says that what he enjoys most about being a tour guide is sharing how people can live happily. He believes visitors come to understand and appreciate these values better through journeying though Bhutan.


To express interest in a tour or find our more, please contact us or complete the tour enquiry form below. Travelling solo? We invite you to join the tour and meet other like-minded people. If you’d like to take up our ‘willing to share’ option, meaning you share a room with another solo traveller of the same gender, you can pay the twin share price. It’s your choice, but we’d love to have you along.

Australian office

Julia Davenport
P (+61) 0410 578 541
E julia@davenportmarktingandadvisory.com.au

Paro office

Payza Dorji
P (+975) 8 271 438
E payza2000@yahoo.com



TOUR ENQUIRY FORM

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What our clients have to say...

Julia and Payza, thank you for this marvellous journey, all the fun and discovery. Thank you both and your amazing team. Lots more words could be put down...

Ralph S

A deep hearted thank you for your support to each and every one of us – this was such a special two weeks.

Sue S

“Many thanks for taking me out of my comfort zone in so many wonderful ways. It has been such a magical adventure so far with so much more to come in our final few days together”

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