Jambay Lhakhang Festival
Destination Bhutan
Activity Tours in Nepal
Grade
Region Bhutan
Max Altitude 3360
Final Destination Bhutan
Starts From Kathmandu
Ends At Kathmandu
Accomodation Hotel
No. of Days 11
Preferred Season Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | July | Aug | Sept | Oct | Nov | Dec |
Activities Per Day SIghtseeing activities

Lhakhang is located in Bumthang and is situated on the way to the Kurjie Lhakhang. It’s a ten minutes drive to the temple from the Chamkhar town.

Jambay Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in the kingdom. It was founded by, Songtsen Gampo, a Tibetan King in the 7th century AD. The king was destined to build 108 temples known as Thadhul- Yangdhul (temples on and across the border) in a day to subdue the demoness that was residing in the Himalayas. The temple is one of the two of the 108 built in Bhutan. The other is the Kichu lhakhang in Paro, believed to have been built on the same day.

Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche visited the site several times and deemed it exceptionally sacred. Chakhar Gyab, the king of the Iron Castle of Bumthang renovated the temple in the 8th century AD.

The first king of Bhutan, Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck constructed the Dus Kyi Khorlo (Kala Chakra- Wheel of Time) inside the temple, to commemorate his victory over his rivals Phuntsho Dorji of Punakha and Alu Dorji of Thimphu after the battle of Changlimithang in 1885. Later, Ashi Wangmo, the younger sister of the second king of Bhutan, built the Chorten lhakhang.

The main relics include the future Buddha, Jowo Jampa (Maitreya) from whose name the present name of the temple is derived.

The lhakhang also houses more than one hundred statues of the gods of Kalachakra built by the first king, in 1887. Here, one of the most spectacular festivals is hosted called Jambay lhakhang Drup that lasts for five days beginning from 22nd October till the 26th. The highlight of the festival is the fire ritual that is held in the evening where crowds gather to witness the ritual together with the naked dance.

Highlights

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m) & transfer to hotel
  • Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Day 3 Fly to PARO-THIMPHU-WANGDI
  • Day 4 WANGDI-BUMTHANG
  • Day 5 BUMTHANG
  • Day 6 BUMTHANG
  • Day 7 BUMTHANG-WANGDI-PUNAKHA
  • Day 8 PUNAKHA-THIMPHU-PARO
  • Day 9 PARO SIGHTSEEING
  • Day 10 Departure for Kathmandu
  • Day 11 Depart from Kathmandu
  • Day 1(Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m) & transfer to hotel)
    Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by Red Carpet Tours and Travels representative and transferred to hotel. After check in, you can either take a rest or hang around in the city depending on your interest and time constraint. In the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion, introducing with your Tour guide. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions related to the tour program. Overnight in hotel
  • Day 2(Kathmandu Sightseeing)
    Today after breakfast, we start a guided sightseeing to historical and spiritual sites in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites that include the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddhanath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 3(Fly to PARO-THIMPHU-WANGDI)
    On your arrival you will be received by Tourist Guide and driver. And then transfer to Wangdi Phodrang, the drive to Wangdi Phodrang is about 5 hours from Paro via Dochula pass at 3150m, one can have a magnificent view ofEastern Himalayas on the clear weather from the pass. Lunch at Dochula cafeteria. Further down hill drive from the pass will take you to the warm and humid valley of Wangdi Phodrang. Overnight at WANGDI PHODRANG    
  • Day 4(WANGDI-BUMTHANG)
    Breakfast in hotel and then long drive to Bumthang,crossing Pelela pass at 3360m. Photograph break at the pass, further 1hr30min drive from the pass will take to the village of Chendebji where the lunch will be served in Tabdey restaurant near Chenbdji stupa (the Nepal style eye stupa). Further drive from the lunch spot will reach to the town ofTrongsa (the town in central Bhutan). Sightseeing of Trongsa dzong (the fortress in central Bhutan from where the Wang chuck dynasty came to power in 1907). And then further proceed to Bumthang crossing another pass of Yotongla at 3400m and Kikila pass at 2700m. On reaching Bumthang check in hotel, dinner and Overnight at JAKAR.
  • Day 5(BUMTHANG)
    Breakfast in hotel and drive to Jambay lhakhang (one of the oldest temple in Bhutan, which date backs to 7th century before the arrival of Buddhism in the country) to witness festival. And after witness drive to town and lunch in town. After lunch visit Jakar dzong (this fortress was initially built as the temple in 1549 AD, it is now the administrative centre for Bumthang district), and visitMembartsho (Literally means – Burning Lake), a short distance up the road leading to Tang valley. The Terton Pema Lingpa discovered several of Guru Rinpoche’s hidden Terma / relic’s here. Overnight at BUMTHANG
  • Day 6(BUMTHANG)
    Breakfast in hotel and drive to Jambay Lhakhang to witness Festival. And lunch in town and after lunch visitKurjey lhakhang (the temple dedicated to the great Buddhist master Guru Padmasambhava who introduced Buddhism in 8thcentury) and visitTamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message), established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa and is the most important Nyingmapa temple in the kingdom.). Overnight BUMTHANG.
  • Day 7(BUMTHANG-WANGDI-PUNAKHA)
    Breakfast in hotel and then proceed to Punakha via same route, on the way stop at Yathra factory (the hand woven textile from the Yak hair and sheep wool) in Chumey village. Lunch on the way On the way to Punakha visit Wangdiphodrang dzong(built in 1638AD by the great Zhabdrung who unified the country in the 17th century) and on reaching Punakha Visit Punakha dzong (majestically located at the junction of the two rivers Pho chu and Mo chu, it was built by great Zhabdrung in 1637 AD, and was the capital of Bhutan since 1955).Overnight at PUNAKHA.
  • Day 8(PUNAKHA-THIMPHU-PARO)
    Breakfast and drive to Thimphu, visit Memorial Chorten(the stupa built n 1974 in the memory of our third king Jigme Dorji Wang chuck).Tashichhodzong(the fortress of the glorious religion, houses the throne room of his majesty the King, the main secretariat building and the central monastic body. Lunch in Thimphu town and after lunch visit Painting School (Commonly known as the Painting School, the Institute offers you a glimpse of novices learning 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. It is a hands-on trip for you. Enjoy few moments with the future artists of the country.) And then visit Folk heritage Museum (This museum provides glimpse into the traditional Bhutanese life.).And then transfer to Paro. Overnight at PARO.
  • Day 9(PARO SIGHTSEEING)
    Breakfast in hotel and visit Paro Dzong (also known as Rinpung dzong is the venue for the annual Paro Tsechu festival held every spring). VisitNational Museum (known as Ta Dzong since it has been turned into National Museum, was the watch tower of Paro Dzong in 17th century). And then visit Dumtse lhakhang (The unusual and circular lhakhang, reminiscent of the Shana, or the black hat worn by the Bhutanese Black Hat dancers was built by the great Builder of iron chain bridges,Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo.). Lunch in town and after lunch Visit Nishioka Chorten,(the stupa built in memory of late Dasho Nishioka, a Japanese citizen who had served in the service of agriculture for 28 years in Bhutan),on the way stop at the Bondey village for the view of Paddy field(TANADA).Overnight at PARO.
  • Day 10( Departure for Kathmandu)
    You will be transported in your private coach to the airport to fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with warm welcome by Red Carpet Tours and Travel representatives. Then you will be transferred to hotel in your private a/c coach.
  • Day 11(Depart from Kathmandu)
    You will be transported in your private coach to the airport to fly back to your onward destination. NOTE We will customize the itinerary as per the requirement of the customer other than the above. For Trip Cost,please contact us.

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