Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival, Bhutan

09 Nights / 10 Days
  • Jambay lhakhang drup festival, Bhutan
  • Gangtey Goemba
  • Bumthang, Bhutan
  • jambay lhakhang drup festival, Bhutan
  • Punakha Dzong, Bhutan
  • Rinpung Dzong, Paro
  • Tiger Nest, Paro

Description

Inclusion/ Exclusion

Package Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation in standard room on twin sharing basis at hotels on full board basis.
  • All hotel Tax & service charges.
  • Bhutan visa processing and VISA Fee
  • All inland travel permits.
  • RGoB Royalties and taxes.
  • All pick up, drop, transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary by private non air-conditioner car.
  • Local sightseeing tour with entrance fees where applicable.
  • Services of an English speaking local guide cum escort during the tour.

Package Cost Does Not Include:

  • Items of personal nature like Porterage, Tips, Laundry and Mineral Water.
  • International or Domestic flight.
  • Travel & Medical insurance coverage.
  • Drinks/ beverages during sightseeing / drives.
  • Communication charges, laundry, tips, porters at hotels.
  • All other items and services not mentioned above.
  • Company will not be responsible for any loss / Damage of Baggage, Train / Flight Delay or Cancellations due to technical fault or Natural disasters, Road blockage, Strike, land slide, etc.

Itinerary

Day 01 – Arrive Paro & Drive to Thimphu              
Arrive at Paro airport, the flight into Paro takes you over the great Himalayas, offering the scintillating scenery of the world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the silvery Pa Chu (Paro River) meandering down the valley, the Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watch tower).

On arrival in Paro you will be received by our representative and drive directly to Thimphu (approx. 55Kms/ 01 hour). En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom which now houses the School for religious and cultural studies.

There are a good many things to see in the capital which has a very relaxed, laid-back feel about it. Thimphu is relatively small having a population of approximately 90,000 people and the streets are wide and tree lined.

In evening walk along the street you will see many interesting places. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02 – Thimphu            
In the morning you will visit the Late King’s Memorial Chorten, The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Later visit the National Library, the indigenous hospital specializing in herbal medicine, handmade paper factory, and the nunnery at Zilukha.

In the afternoon, tour of the school of fine arts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts, Zangtopelri Lhakhang, the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the varieties of  textiles, paintings and masks on display. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03 – Thimphu – Phobjikha – Gangtey                              
Today after early breakfast drive to Gangtey (approx. 140Kms/ 04 hours) enroute visit Phobjikha. It is a beautiful valley of rolling hills and green meadows surrounded by snowcapped mountains. It is also the winter home for the famous Black Necked Cranes who migrate here during the winter months.

Visit the impressive Gangtey Goemba is an old 16th Century private monastery that belongs to are incarnate (Gangtey Trulku). This imposing building of ancient Tantric Buddhist history dominates and overlooks the Phobjikha valley. Inside the monastery are ancient artifacts of Tantric Buddhism (like the mummified body – not wrapped like the Egyptians- 7th Century by the Indian saint Guru Padma Sambhava (known famously as Guru Rimpoche).

Upon arrival at Gangtey, check into the hotel followed with Lunch

Later visit the Black Necked Crane center and do some hiking in the National park. Also explore the valley of Phobjikha by walking along some of the most interesting nature trails and see natural sites. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04 – Gangtey – Bumthang (Jambay Lhakhang Festival)                                          
After breakfast drive to Bumthang (approx. 155Kms/ 05 hours). Upon arrival, check into the hotel.

Rest of the day is free for relaxation or walk along the streets. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05 – Bumthang (Jambay Lhakhang Festival)
Today after breakfast, we will go to festival venue to witness important festival of Bhutan. It is held on courtyard of Jambay Lhakhang for 04days. It’s a one of the two oldest monasteries in Bhutan, which dates back to the 7th century. Overnight at the hotel.

Witness the famous sacred naked dance known as Ter cham. Dance is performed by priest and other Bhutanese people at the courtyard of the temple.

Later visit Kurjey Monastery, the temple built over the cave where Guru Rimpoche left his body print in the 8th century. Evening return to the hotel for Dinner and overnight stay.                                              

Day 06 – Bumthang – Trongsa – Punakha              
Today after early breakfast drive to Punakha (approx. 218Kms/ 06 hours) enroute visit Trongsa Dzong. Upon arrival at Punakha, check into the hotel followed by lunch at the hotel.

Later visit Lhawang Tshering’s small incense making factory, the most successful and leading incense exporter in Bhutan. Incense, (poi) is one of the most essential elements in religious offerings. Later, visit the small town of Wangduephodrang. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 07 – Punakha                                                            
Morning visit the Punakha Dzong which is strategically built between two rivers and then visit the beautiful Khamsum Yule Namgyel temple.

Later explore around Punakha valley and look for semi-nomadic tribal people known in Bhutan as “Layaps”

After lunch, we will drive back to Lobesa and to visit a farm house. Here we will see a Traditional Bhutanese cooking and farming demonstration. Afterwards, participate in some unique Bhutanese recreational activities including Khuru, a Bhutanese dart game, Archery and Degor, a throwing competition. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 08 – Punakha – Paro
After breakfast drive to Paro (approx. 125Kms/ 03 ½). Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and visit Ta Dzong (Sunday, Monday and Government holiday closed) once a watchtower, built in the 17th century and it was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968. It holds fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps.

Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda and Thrimpon of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge with a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it.

In evening walk along the street you will see many interesting places. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09 – Paro     
Morning after breakfast, a day excursion to Tiger’s Nest

Taktshang or ‘Tiger’s Nest’ as it is often referred to for Taktshang Pelphung monastery, is one of the most venerated and famous of Bhutan’s monasteries. It is located on the face of a 900m sheer cliff. It is an impressive site, but accessible only by walk or to ride mules/pony.

According to the legend, Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche, who spread the Buddhism across the entire Himalayas in the 8th century on the back of a Tigress. In 853, one of his students, Pelgyi Senge mediated here in the main cave. The stupa inside one of the temples contains his mortal remains and therefore the cave is known as ‘Pelphung or Pelgi’s cave’. Many great spiritual masters such as Milarepa, Thangthong Gyalpo, Phajo Dugom Zhigpo, Shadrung did meditation here.                    Return back to the hotel for relaxation & Dinner and overnight stay.                                Day 10 – Depart Paro
Today after breakfast you will be transfer to Paro airport to connect your flight for onward destination.

**This tour can be change/ amend as per the client requirement or number of days in hand to witness this unique festival.

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