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The Jambay Lhakhang temple has a colorful past and an equally colorful present. Supposedly one of a series of temples built to tame a demoness, today it hosts the Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival, during which the sacred Tercham, or Naked Dance, takes place.

In 659 AD, the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo had a serious problem in his realm. A supine demoness lay across the Himalayas, causing the region to pour forth savagery and malign forces. The king’s attempts to introduce Buddhism to the country were sure to fail should this demoness remain, and the very prospect of civilization in Tibet was under threat.

To combat this evil, Songtsen Gampo built a series of temples throughout the Himalayas, each one helping to pin down the demoness. Four were built to pin down her shoulders and hips; four more on the elbows and knees; and four to hold down her hands and feet. Later histories expand this already colorful legend even further, telling of how the king built 108 temples to defeat the demoness, all of which were built in a single day.

According to these legends, the temple of Jambay Lhakhang in the Bumthang District of Bhutan was built to pin down the left knee of the demoness. And with Jambay Lhakhang and the other temples in place, the demoness was pinned to the earth forever, allowing the king to rid the land of evil and introduce Buddhism to Tibet.

Of the 108 temples supposedly built to defeat the demoness, only a handful remain. These include Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Today, the one-story temple complex, which sits on a plateau by the Bumthang Chhu River, is just as famous for its fanciful history as it is for its annual festival. The Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival is held each year to commemorate the building of the temple and to honor Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava), an 8th-century Buddhist master who consecrated the Jambay Lhakhang temple.

The four-day festival features many different dances, but two are considered particularly sacred. The first is the Mewang, or Fire Dance, which is held in the evening to bless infertile women in the hope that they may later bear children.

The second is the Tercham, or Naked Dance, during which sixteen men dance around the temple, all completely naked, on the stroke of midnight. Why? Well, it apparently dates back to the 8th century, when a band of devils was causing havoc in the area. To distract the devils, the local men performed a naked dance, their unclothed antics leaving the devils spellbound and rendering them harmless. Far less messy than an exorcism.

Day 01| Arrival in Paro – Thimphu
Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang, Enclosure of Takins, Tashichho Dzong
                Overnight: Thimphu
 
Day 02| Thimphu Sightseeing
Weekend Market, Traditional Hand Made Paper Mill, School of Arts and Crafts, Folk Heritage Museum, National Library, Dechenphodrang Monastic school, Zilukha nunnery
                Overnight: Thimphu
 
Day 03| Thimphu- Punakha
Dochula pass, Chimi Lakhang, Punakha Dzong, Temple of Khamsum Yuley Lakhang
                Overnight: Punakha
 
Day 04| Punakha – Bumthang
Rinchengang, Phobjikha Nature Trail Hike, Gangtey Goempa Temple, Black Neck Crane
                Overnight: Phobjikha
 
Day 05| Phobjikha – Trongsa
Trongsa Dzong
                 Overnight: Trongsa
 
Day 06 | Trongsa- Jakar
Jampay Lakhang, Kurjey Lakhang Temple, Tamshing Lakhang Temple
Overnight: Jakar
 
Day 07| Jakar- Punakha/Wangdue
Drive to Punakha
               Overnight: Wangdue
 
Day 08| Wangdue- Paro
Rinchengang, Paro Dzong, Archery Match
                Overnight: Paro
 
Day 09| Paro Sightseeing
Tiger's Nest, Kichu Lakhang
                Overnight: Paro
 
Day 10| Departure
 
Day 01| Arrival in Paro – Thimphu (1.5 Hr) D
Upon your arrival in Paro airport our guide will be there to welcome you and transfer to Thimphu. Visit the Memorial Chorten built in memory of the late 3rd King. This place now happens to be a get together point for the elderly people, who spend their whole day chanting prayers and meeting their friends. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley offering a beautiful view of the valley. Enclosure where the national animal, Takins are kept and drive to visit the largest and the newly built statue of Buddha offering magnificent view of entire Thimphu valley, After 5 PM, visit the fortress of Thimphu, Tashichho Dzong, which houses the throne of the king. Evening walk around the happening town, the largest and the most crowded town in Bhutan
Overnight: Thimphu| Altitude: 2300m
 
Day 02| Thimphu Sightseeing B/L/D
Morning visit the happening weekend market (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) where the locals from the surrounding villages come to sell their produce. They sell their goods and in return they buy their basic necessities. In olden days, bata system was practiced by everyone. Visit the Traditional Hand Made Paper Mill. Visit the School of Arts and Crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan. Visit Folk Heritage Museum which explains how a traditional house used to be like in the olden days, later visit the National Library which houses the collection of Bhutanese rich religious text and the contemporary Buddhism teachings from master all around the world. Drive further up to visit the Dechenphodrang monastic school and meet the young monks. Later continue to Zilukha nunnery to meet the nuns and interact with them.
Overnight: Thimphu| Altitude: 2300m
 
Day 03| Thimphu- Punakha (3 Hrs)  B/L/D
Morning drive to Punakha, crossing over Dochula pass (3200 mts), If the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular breath taking view of the highest mountain peaks of Bhutan at a site that stretches almost 180 degrees. Take a break and walk around the newly built 108 stupas and continue to the sub-tropical valley of Punakha offering a different vegetation. En route just before arriving the hotel, taka a nice hike through the paddy field and old village to visit Chimi Lakhang, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus.
Visit Punakha Dzong, which houses the most elaborated temple in the country, This is a must to see fortress in Bhutan and a fine example of Bhutanese rich Art and Architecture. After the visit if you are in mood for a nice half-day hike, you could start the hike right above the Dzong with a short steep climb offering a great view of the valley with houses spread all around and the never ending turquoise river and its sandy river bed. This trail is also popular for mountain biking. The hike ends through the farm field crossing the newly constructed bridge, where your car will be waiting at the other side of the river. If you choose the entire activity can be done on foot from your hotel. After lunch could relax in the balcony of the hotel to enjoy the view and the nature, or could go for an hour hike (uphill) to the temple of Khamsum Yuley Lakhang overlooking the paddy field and the snakelike river bends. Later back to the hotel.
Overnight: Punakha
 
Day 04| Punakha - Phobjikha (3 Hrs) B/L/D
After breakfast drive to the remote isolated valley of Phobjikha. Enroute hike to the unique village of Rinchengang, which has a very old history dating back to early 1600, the hike to the village is worth with lots of photo opportunity of the village activities and children running after you.  When reach, you could go for Phobjikha Nature trail hike (2.5 Hrs), which offers beautiful view of the valley. It starts from the valley and end with Gangtey Goempa temple at the hilltop overlooking the valley. Gangtey Goempa temple is a beautiful temple, richly renovated with many monks living. Could also visit the Crane Canter supported by the RSPN.
The endangered Black Necked Cranes migrating to Bhutan every end of Oct to end of Feb. This valley is a paradise for the nature lovers and hikers. Upon your arrival could go for a short walk in the valley. Or if you are too tired after the long drive, could relax in the hotel and enjoy the breathtaking view of the valley.
Overnight: Phobjikha | Altitude: 2900m
 
Day 05| Phobjikha – Trongsa (4 ½ Hrs) B/L/D
After breakfast, will continue journey for Trongsa.  Continue your drive and if time permits stop on the way in the villages of Rukubji for some photo opportunity. Later, upon your arrival after checking in the hotel, visit the impressive Trongsa Dzong. It was from this Dzong that the Bhutanese rulers fought off the British invasion attempts in the 1800s. Also visit the newly opened museum at the watchtower overlooking the Dzong.
Overnight: Trongsa | Altitude: 2200m
 
Day 06| Trongsa- Jakar (3 Hours) B/L/D
Later start driving for Jakar, crossing over Yotong La pass at 3,400m. After a short descend en route just before arriving Jakar, stop in Chumi valley, the weaving place, by the roadside where “Yatha” (wool weaving) is woven here which Bumthang is famous for.  Continue your drive for Jakar crossing over Kiki La pass and finally descending to Jakar valley. Bumthang province consists of four different valleys know as Chumi, Jakar, Tang and Ura. This province is the most historical and one of the holiest place in Bhutan with so many temples and holy sites spread all around the province. Jakar is a beautiful valley and if you want to take a break and avoid driving, today’s activity can be entirely done on foot. Visit Jampay Lakhang, one of the first two Buddhist temples built in the country. Visit Kurjey lakhang temple, one of the holiest site in Bhutan, this is also the site where the royals are cremated and visit Tamshing lakhang temple. Evening stroll in Jakar town and try some local pancake and noodles.
Overnight: Jakar| Altitude: 2650m
 
Day 07 | Jakar- Punakha/Wangdue (8 ½ Hrs) B/L/D
Morning check out from the hotel and drive to Punakha. En-route stop for lunch and for fresh air. Evening relax at hotel in Wangdue.
Overnight: Wangdue
 
Day 08| Wangdue- Paro ( 4 ½ Hrs ) B/L/D
Morning check out from the hotels and go for a short hike to the ancient village of Rinchengang overlooking the ruins of Wangdi Dzong. It’s amazing how they have managed to be together and preserve the old houses. Later in the afternoon continue your drive to Paro. Upon arrival in Paro, visit Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. stroll around the old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. Could get some opportunity to see the traditional game, Archery match going on, Evening back to the hotel
Overnight: Paro|Altitude:2200m
 
Day 09| Paro Sightseeing B/L/D
Morning drive to the base for the hike (3 hrs uphill) to Tiger’s Nest, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro valley. Most of the day will go on the hike. On the way back, if you have the energy and time visit the Kichu Lakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan which marks the beginning of Buddhism in the country. farewell dinner with your guide
Overnight: Paro

 

Day 10| Departure B

Morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight, your guide will bid you farewell at the airport.


Terms & Conditions

  • The above rates are for 3 persons and above travelling together.
    • For single traveller- package price: USD$ 3185 (Low season) / USD$ 3635 (Peak season)
    • For 2 person travelling together – package price: USD$ 3095 (Low season) / USD$ 3545 (Peak season)
  • There shall be no charge except Visa Fee of USD 40 and Air Tickets for children below the age of 5 years.
  • Children rate are applicable for ages of 5-12 years sharing the same room with an adult, with extra bed or without extra bed.
  • Student Rates are applicable for full time students below the age of 25 years, holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions.
  • Children below 5 years are not accounted in the group size.
  • All the rates are in US Dollars.
Includes
  • International Flight Airfare Ex-SIN: Singapore - Paro, Bhutan - Singapore
  • Visas to Bhutan
  • Accommodation at 3 star hotel
  • All meals in a designated restaurants or hotels
  • Private sightseeing as per itinerary
  • A licensed English-speaking guide
  • A standard tourist vehicle with an experienced driver
  • All Airport transfers
  • Entry fees & road permits
  • All taxes, government charges and Entrance Fees to Monuments
  • Mineral bottled water 
  • Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip
Excludes
  • Meals at restaurants other than the designated restaurant
  • Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
  • Expenditure of personal expenses
  • Tips and gratitude to guide and driver
  • Alcoholic Consumption's
  • Any taxes which is not under the purview of Bhutan Government
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything which is not included in the Inclusions
  • Any other expenditure of personal nature. (Laundry, smoking, Liquor consumption)
All accomodations in 3 Star Hotels

Hotel options:

Thimphu

  1. Osel Hotel (https://www.oselbhutan.com/) or Similar

Paro

  1. Tenzinling Resort (www.tenzinling.com.bt) or Similar
Punakha
Phobjikha 
  1. Phobjikha Resort (        ) or similar

Jakar

  1. River Lodge (   ) or similar

Trongsa

  1. Yangkhil Resort (      ) or similiar
Package Price
  • Image 3-9pax : USD2825
  • Image 1-1pax : USD3185
  • Image 2-2pax : USD3095
Trip Facts
  • Image Trip Duration : 10 Days
  • Image Area : Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Phobjikha, Jakar, Trongsa
  • Image Group Size : 3 (Minimum)
  • Image Flight Options : Yes
  • Image Bhutanese Price: NA
  • Image International Price:USD2825
  • Image SAARC Price: NA
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