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Name of Trip

Jamaby and Praker Tshechu

Trip Length 14 Nights 15 Days
Group Size 4-10 Person
Best Season April to June & Mid September to Mid Nov
Trip Start From Drukgyel Dzong, Paro, Bhutan
Trip Ends Tashitang, Punakha, Bhutan
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Jambay and Prakar Tshechu


Bhutan Majestic Travel’s 13 days tour in Bhutan provides with you the splendid opportunity to enjoy two different festivals in Bumthang, the heartland of Bhutan. The Prakar Tshechu or Festival is held in Bumthang for a period of three days starting from October 30th till November 1st. Like any other festivals in Bhutan, the Prakar Tshechu revolves around the life story of Guru Padmasambava. However, one unique aspect of the festival is the portrayal and worship of other important Buddhist deities. Jambay Lhakhang Festival or Jambay lhakhang Drup is one of the most spectacular festivals held in Bhutan. The Drup begins on 22nd October lasts for five days. The highlight of the festival is the ‘Mewang’ or the fire ritual which showcases the much talked about naked dance called Peling Tercham. The fire ritual is held in the evening and sees a gathering of a huge crowd.
  • Day 01: Fly into the Paro international Airport
  • Day 02: Paro - Haa
  • Day 03: Thimphu
  • Day 04: Thimphu - Thimphu
  • Day 05: Thimphu – Punakha( 2 hours drive)
  • Day 06: Punakha – Bumthang(8 hours)
  • Day 07: Bumthang - Ura(2 hours one way)
  • Day 08: Bumthang – Jambay Lhakhang Festival
  • Day 09: Bumthang – Prakhar Festival
  • Day 10: Bumthang Festival
  • Day 11: Bumthang – Prakhar
  • Day 12: Drive from Bumthang to Trongsa. ( 3 hours )
  • Day 13: Trongsa to Thimphu (7 hours)
  • Day 14: Thimphu - Paro
  • Day 15: Departure

Destinations :

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa and Bumthang

Activities :

Attending Prakar Tshechu, Hiking, Visit Farm House , Monastery, Museums, Weekend market (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) Stroll around the City etc.

Tour Highlights :

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries!
  • Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.
  • Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshops, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more...

Jambay and Prakar Tshechu


Day 01

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Arrive to Paro International Air port.

During the journey, one will experience from the left hand side of the plane breath taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jhomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representative from Bhutan Majestic Travel who will escort you to Down Town of Paro for Special Warm Welcome Lunch. Enjoy lunch in quaint Paro village and we then proceed to visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong) once the watch tower for Rinpung Dzong(fortress). It was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley in all its glory. On the way back visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and abutted by two guardhouses, to the dzong. Today the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, displays superb woodwork. Take 20 minutes drive and You can visit the Drugyel Dzong (The ruined Fortress) which was built in 17th Century to wade off the Tibetan invaders.  On return from Drugyel Dzong visit the kitchu Lhakhang.  Night halt in Paro

Day 02

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Paro – Haa

Drive from Paro to Haa valley passing through rural villages. Haa Valley had been closed to Tourist and only recently been permitted for tourist visit. Thus the valley is very rural in nature and not much development has taken place despite the valley being  close to the CAPITAL Thimphu . Haa Valley is situated in the north-west of Bhutan bordering Tibet.. On arrival in the picturesque Haa Valley, stroll through quaint town. And mingle with the simple village lives. On the way to Haa one passes through Chelela Pass,which is the Highest Motorable Pass in Bhutan. From here we can see the underlying valley with the Paro side village houses and on a clear day see the Mount Jumolhari and the other range running besides the Jumolhari peak. Drive back to Paro for Night halt

Day 03

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Thimphu halt.

After breakfast drive to Thimphu which is 2 hours drive from Paro. Light hike to the Tango Monastery and Cheri  Monastery. We drive to our path and embark on a vigorous hike up the mountain to Tango Goemba Monastery. Tango is one of Bhutanese’ most important Buddhist colleges. Its name, meaning ‘horse’s head’, is derived from the horse-head shaped rock at the top. It is a beautiful dzong built in the 18h century by the 8th Desi, Druk Rabgye. Today Tango is home to the eight-year-old reincarnate Lama, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgye. Meet with senior monks for discussions.

Day 04

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Thimphu

Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge Stupa built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. The Painting school where traditional art is still kept alive through instruction in the art of painting Thankas (Sacred Buddhist scroll). The Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased.  Visit to the Post office, Royal Textile Museum and National Library. Afternoon: Visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It also houses the largest Monastic schools in the country. It was built in 1629 AD. Visit Tashichho Dzong. This massive structure houses part of the Government. Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot. Tashichho Dzong is the main Secretariat building. . Visit the Zilukha Nunnery: Overnight Hotel in Thimphu Just local drive in and around the town.

Day 05

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Thimphu – Punakha ( 2 hours drive)

On the way, halt at Dochula pass (26 km) for tea and snacks and to enjoy the most spectacular view of the eastern Himalayan mountains. Dochula is famous for its beautiful site having 108 stupas and a Monastery built by our Queen for the wellbeing of the Nation and the long life and happiness to the King. Afternoon: Visit Punakha, the former Capital of Bhutan. Punakha Dzong lies between the rivers Phochu and Mochu, “Male River and Female River.” The Dzong now houses the District Administration office and the winter residence of the state monastic body and its chief abbot. It was built in 1637 AD. Visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong which is 13 km. from Punakha. Take a hike through the paddy fields to the  legendary Chimi Lhakhang built in 15th Century by a saint popularly known as Divine Mad Man “Drukpa Kuenley”. It is believed that the couple who are married for many years and doesn’t result in pregnancy, they go there and pray and in the  next coming months the wife gets pregnant. Visit the Wangdiphodrang Dzong  which is perched on a hill between two rivers. This is another District Administration office housed in a fortress ( Dzong ). It was built in 1638 AD. Overnight: Hotel in Punakha.

Day 06

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Punakha – Bumthang (8 hours Drive)

Departing Punakha we journey deeper into Bhutan with our destination tonight in Bumthang, central Bhutan. A long drive (8 hours) on a scenic and breathtaking highway rewarded by a stop at the Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of the royal family. Winding down the steep mountain road you begin to glimpse Trongsa Dzong from afar, and you wonder at this architectural wonder. Built by Chogyel Minjur Tempa, the Third Desi, in 1648 it is presently the administrative seat of the district and home of the monastic school. Built at split-levels on a narrow spur, the Dzong is an architectural wonder. Views from here are extensive creating strategic location of this Dzong. Over the Dzong is the medieval Watchtower. This ancient structure gives unobstructed views of the valley, and it’s winding river and roads. The Watch Tower is located strategically above the Trongsa Dzong. Climb the ancient ladders to the top, as you view warrior armor and aging altars, immersing yourself in the presence unchanged within its walls. We will lunch in Trongsa town and continue to Bumthang. Night Halt at Bumthang.

Day 07

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Bumthang - Ura (2 hours one way)

Day excursion to the URA valley so that you can experience the simple and exciting rural life. You will visit the URA Temple and the Membar tsho(the Burning Lake) and you would be able to see the Mount Gangkar Phuensum peak. Drive back to Bumthang for the night ( Jakar lodge)

Day 08

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Bumthang – Jambay Lhakhang Festival

Today we attend a very unique village festival: Jambay Lhakhang Drup Tshechu. Masks of glorious demonic demons and animals arouse your senses as you watch the purification take place. The intensity goes on. Your spirit will fly, Your camera will snap away, and you will again be transported. We will join the local people for picnic lunch. Watch for the Atsara (clown) This dancer, unique in his own style, mimics dancers and entertains onlookers. Festival deities are invoked through benediction and luck is increased and misfortune gone. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 09

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Bumthang – Prakhar Festival

Visit the First day of Prakhar Tshechu/festival where you will witness the opening ceremony of the festival and receive blessings by just witnessing and being present at the festival. You will be mingling with the Bhutanese Rural crowd,as every Bhutanese family dressed in their best,along with pack lunch will visit the festival, as festivals are part of the Bhutanese life. Night at Bumthang.

Day 10

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Bumthang Festival

Witness the Jambay Lhakhang festival where the festival performances will be different than on the opening day. People from far flung villages come to witness the festivals so you can see the different ethnic groups of Bhutan and the goods they bring to sell and sustain themselves during the festival days. Night at Bumthang

Day 11

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Bumthang – Prakhar

Visit Prakhar Festival as it will be the last day of the festival and closing ceremonies take place, ending with blessings of long life, peace and harmony  from the Highly revered  Rimpoches(Buddhist priest). Night at Bumthang

Day 12

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Drive from Bumthang to Trongsa. ( 3 hours )

Visit the Kuenga Rabten Palace and Trongsa Dzong(Fortress) which is the longest Fortress in Bhutan. Night at Trongsa

Day 13

: Trongsa to Thimphu(7 hours)

Drive from Trongsa to Thimphu and on the way visit the Gangtey Goenpa (monastery), which is a beautiful valley  and the winter roosting place of the endangered Black Necked Cranes. Night at Thimphu

Day 14

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Thimphu - Paro

After arranging a tour to Bhutan,you surely cannot miss this sacred and breathtaking site. Hike to the famous and sacred Tiger’s Nest.. Drive for 15kms and reach the base of Famous Tiger’s Nest “TAKTSANG” Monastery and hike up which would take Two Hours up and approximately One Hour down. Stop at Taktsang Tea House “Cafeteria” for refreshment of Tea & Coffee and on your return back from monastery you will have your Lunch here. Taktsang is at 2900mts. Hike for another half an hour and you reach the Great and Magnificent Taktsang where you will be greeted by the monks who live there and Special Bhutanese Butter Tea will be served with Snacks. Visit the most important monastery were the Guru Rimpoche was flying on a Flaming Tigress from Singye Dzong in Eastern Bhutan to here and meditated for Three Months and flourishment of Buddhism in Paro started from 8th Century. Walk down to the Tea House for Vegetarian Lunch. Drive to the Paro village town and explore the town. Altitude of Paro is 2260m. Overnight: Hotel in Paro 

Day 15

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Departure

Drive to Paro International Air Port for your onward destination with all good Wishes from Bhutan Majestic Travel.

Jambay and Prakar Tshechu


Cost Includes:

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Walks and Hikes

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Donations to Monasteries
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Tips for Guide, Driver & Hotel Staff
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • International Telephone Calls
  • Round Trip Air fare
  • Inbound Airfare

Accommodations and facilities:

There are limited choices of accommodations in Bhutan. With a few exceptions of highly over priced international chain properties, hotels in Bhutan are small with 15 to 20 rooms. The hotels have been categorized by local authorities as Star 1, 2 and 3, with 3 Star being on the top level 1Star at the bottom and naturally we have pick the 3 Star category hotels and resorts which are local architecture with Bhutanese décor, well maintained and staffed with the friendly locals. There is disparity in the rooms in most of the hotels and travelers of the same group may end up in two different types of rooms although you have paid the same amount. You will have private bathroom with 24 hour running cold and hot water. They provide some fundamental toiletry supplies but hair dryers, iron and ironing board etc may not be available. Hotels in Paro and Thimphu do have internet access in office or reception areas. There are some new deluxe properties and international chain resorts which are above the traditional classification criteria and in the higher side in terms of price and can be booked with supplemental cost. Hotel listed on the itinerary are suggestions only and during peak season and tours timed with festival, we may not get the same hotels and in that case, we will book you in the similar property or upgrade you to the higher level.

Guide and Escorts

Our Tour Guides are local individuals with college degree, government certification, experienced and with knowledge on the destination, history, culture and religion and most importantly they are easy going, detailed oriented, patient and high level of customer service skills. They will uncover the wonders of the destinations for you which you would never find on your own. They ensure that everything goes well with your tour without a hitch.

Vehicle:

We use good condition Toyota SUV and Toyota Coaches for all transfers and tours. Driver and guide is not the same person. Driver may speak little or no English but they know the road and are skillful to fix the problem in case of mechanical breakdowns. Depending on group size, we will use Japanese made Sedan cars, SUVs or minivan for entire transfers and tours.

International and Internal Flights:

All internal flights are part of travel plan and are locally booked by us. You will be emailed e-ticket receipts once the reservation is booked and tickets issued. But you have liberty to book your international airfare on your own. We can certainly help you book international flight if that originates from the city that you live in. Once you receive itinerary, it's your responsibility to verify the itinerary and reconfirm the schedules.

Visa and Permits:

Passport should be valid for 6 months or more at the time of travel. We will take care of Bhutan Visa and permits. Bhutan Visa Fees of USD 20 which will be collected with the Tour Payment in advance. You will need to provide a copy of your passport which should be sent to us by email for Bhutan Visa Processing. Bhutan visa is preprocessed by us and we will provide you a copy the Visa Approval Letter before your trip which you will need to present at Druk Air counter at the time you check in for flight to Bhutan. You will get actual visa seal on your passport upon arrival at Paro airport.

Trip Activity Level:

This trip is basically motor vehicle based sightseeing with some short hikes and village visits and suitable for all travelers with regular health conditions. When we are driving from one city to another, we will be driving from 3-6 hours with occasional stops for photography and for refreshments. Roads are narrow and some portions may be rough and damaged. The itinerary allows enough acclimatization for you and it's advisable that you should keep physically fit and start mild exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling or practice some aerobics about 2-3 months ahead of the trip. It's your responsibility to determine that you are fit for this trip and if you have any health conditions, please consult with your physician before you sign up for this trip.

Note on Itinerary:

We do our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a generic guideline in terms of what you expect to do or see during the tour and may differ in the practical ground from exact sequence or order of the sights to the overnight places depending on the local conditions.

Booking:

When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking so that we can confirm you in preferred hotels and flights. A 100% of both the Tour and Airfare is requested along with a completed trip application form plus copy of the photo page of your passport.

Cancellation:

  • 100% Refund if tour canceled within 60 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 50% Refund if tour canceled within 45 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 25% Refund if tour canceled within 30 Days from the start of the tour.
  • No Refund if tour canceled less than 30 Days from the start of the tour.

Final Trip Dossier:

A final trip dossier with local contacts, hotel lists, check lists, travel notes and relevant information will be sent about a month ahead of the trip.

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