Jambay Lhakhang Drup

Jambay Lhakhang Drup

This phenomenon 13 days tour of Jambay Lhakhang Drup is an enriching journey through a culturally flourished province of Bumthang revered for its countless historical and spiritual richness adorned by surreal landscape vistas and ancient Buddhism wonders. The history of this valley unwinds as early as to 6th century, the beginning of introduction of Buddhism era by the great Indian spiritual master, the Guru Rinpochhe.

As you step the soil of Dragon kingdom at Paro international airport you will be received with traditional welcome ensued by cultural absorption program in the historic Paro valley. Thimphu on the other hand is a modern capital and you have abundant cultural and adventure exploration in stake. Similarly the province of Punakha, Wangdue, Phobjikha, Trongsa and Bumthang are equally thrilling destination to giveaway excessive holiday adventures. With APT you will carve your Bhutan holiday in a unique perspective with maximum take back. 

Trip Overview

Bumthang is a home to the most sacred religious festival event of the country the Jambay Lhakhang Drup, also know to multitude folks as the naked festival dance event. The event is tentatively scheduled from 27th to 31st October for the year 2015.  It draws maximum international and local visitors to Bumthang to pay homage and receive blessing.

 Essentially the event is held annually to commemorate the consecration of temple, which was built in the seventh century by the dharma king of Tibet, Songtsen Gampo to subjugate the dominant evil spirits of Himalayan region. During this festival event various mask dances by local folks are showcased in the span of five days. The most sacred event is held on the night of first day with massive bonfire locally known as Me Wang literally meaning fire blessing. During the Mewang people make a rush beneath the gate of bonfire, which is believed to endow with spiritual blessing of greater karmic forces.

Further, the climax of this five-day festival event is the naked mask dance performance in circular fashion with huge bonfire in the middle.  Basically the performer will wear only mask to cover their face and having exposed their private parts in natural state. The dance will last for couple of hours and the law strictly prohibits taking photographs of this particular naked dance by virtue of its sacredness and non-disclosure privacy. 

Tour Highlights

  • Witness the grand winter festival of Bumthang, the Jambay Lhakhang Drup and explore the Buddhism and cultural quintessential of the valley.
  • Come in one to one contact with local folks and get to know about the rural ways of life.
  • Experience a fascinating road trip over 300-kilometer spanning from the capital city Thimphu to the central region of Bumthang.
  • Visit the historic fortresses, temples and monasteries of six provinces depicting the cultural essence of Bhutan.
  • Experience breathtaking hikes through established walking trails including not to miss, the Tiger Nest Hike.
  • Enjoy the beauty of pristine nature.
  • Soak up in a traditional hot stone bath in farmhouse after the hike to tiger nest. 

What to bring

  • A pair of full sleeve shirts and pants to be worn while visiting the dzong, which houses government offices and monastic body.
  • Warm Winter wears.
  • A pair of hiking/walking shoes
  • Foldable umbrella
  • Hat/Cap
  • Sun lotion
  • Sun glasses 

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival Paro/Thimphu
  • Day 2 Thimphu sightseeing/Thimphu
  • Day 3 Thimphu/Trongsa
  • Day 4 Trongsa/Bumthang
  • Day 5 Cultural tour/attend the festival
  • Day 6 Witness full day festival
  • Day 7 Ura Excursion/ attend festival
  • Day 8 Bumthang/Phobjikha
  • Day 9 Phobjikha/Punakha
  • Day 10 Punakha/Paro
  • Day 11 Haa Excursion/Paro
  • Day 12 Tiger Nest Hike/Paro
  • Day 13 Exit

Detailed Itenerary

Total Tour Cost

High Season (March, April, May, September, October & November)

  •   1 Pax: US $ 3220
  •   2 Pax: US $ 3100 per person
  •   3 Pax & above: US 2740 per person


  • Sightseeing seeing as per the itinerary
  • Government Royalty
  • All meals during the tour
  • Three start standard twin bedded accommodation on sharing basis
  • Transportation by foreign vehicle
  • Full time guided tour by certified local tour guide
  • One time visa processing fee, US $40 per person 

Not Included

  • Air ticket, both domestic and international
  • Travel and health Insurance
  • Laundry, telephone, mobile, fax and Internet bills
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Shopping and Entertainment
  • Donation


  • Arrival refreshment
  • Free mineral water during tour
  • Museum and park fees
  • Free ticketing service for Bhutan Airlines, no commission levied
  • One time cultural program for a group comprising 5 and above.

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