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    Witness an event few are privileged to see
    2024 14 day Jambay Lhakhang Festival Tour
  • Bhutan holidays
    Witness an event few are privileged to see
    2024 14 day Jambay Lhakhang Festival Tour
10 - 23 November 2024 | 14 DAYS 2024 14 day Jambay Lhakhang Festival Tour

This 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, and also visits many cultural sites, explores Bhutan's unique architecture and 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: 10 November
  • Days: 14 days
  • Max. Group size: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Price: $ USD 4,740
  • Single Sup.: USD 5,195
highlights

  • 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. Lunch at a restaurant with views over the Paro valley.
  • Phobjekha Valley, which many client's tell us is their favorite part of the journey.
  • Take an unforgettable walk in the Phobjekha valley. Breath in the magnificent forest and visit Gangtey Gompa.
  • Trongsa to Bumthang - this drive is one of the most scenically beautiful routes in Bhutan and Jakar is a lovely village for shopping and meeting locals
  • Explore some of the oldest monasteries on foot with lunch in a traditional farm house.
  • 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 arguably the most beautiful of all dzongs in Bhutan. Meander through this complex architectural structure, home to hundreds of monks half the year.



Day 01 | Paro

An unforgettable flight to Paro from Bangkok with view of Mount Everest.


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

Plenty of time to explore Thimphu and visit major sites, 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 to 4hrs) with the scenic stops on 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 to 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

Early morning drive (2/3 hours) to Bumthang and Attend Jampay Lhakhang festival with lunch in a Farm House.


Day 10 | Bumthang

Morning attend Thongdrel at Jambay Lhakhang for blessing. Rest of the day in Bumthang Valley with a beautiful, easy walk though pristine forest.


Day 11 | Bumthang

Full day explore palaces and finish the day with beer, whisky and cheese tasting


Day 12 | Paro

Take 35 mins domestic flight from Bumthang to Paro over 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

Dept of Tourism accredited homestays and 3 star hotel accommodation


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


All meals


All internal taxes and charges including airport tax, insurance surcharge, Sustainable Development Fee and fuel surcharge 


Visa fee


Entrance fees to all dzongs and monuments


Bottled drinking water daily



EXCLUSIONS

Flights:

-        International Airfare to/from Bangkok

-        Economy Druk Air/ Bhutan Airlines flights ex Bangkok to/from Paro – we recommend our staff book this on your behalf as it can be tricky from outside Bhutan

-        Internal flight Bumthang to Paro – again, recommend our staff book for you.


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


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Payza


Payza is one of Bhutan’s most experienced and popular tour guides. Julia and Payza met in 2010 with Julia’s first trip to Bhutan, and Payza made it unforgettable. Not only is he highly organized with meticulous attention to detail and speaks fantastic English, 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, 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.


Interested in touring Bhutan?
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! We’d love to have you along.

Australian office

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

Paro office

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



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What others say

What our clients have to say...

The food has been interesting and I have gone right out of my comfort zone on numerous occasions

Penny R

What a joy to spend time in this special place. Loved it!

John V

“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”

Ruth

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