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Name of Trip :

Jambay Lhakhang Festival

Trip Length : 9 Nights/ 10 Days
Rating : Popular
Destination(s) : Bhutan
Group Size : 4-10 Person
Trip Date : 29th October to 02nd November 2012
Trip Start From : Paro, Bhutan
Trip Ends : Paro, Bhutan
Accommodation : Hotels and Resorts
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Jambay Lhakhang Festival


The 10 days tour in Bhutan takes you right into Bumthang, the heartland of Bhutan. 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: Arrive to Paro International Air port
  • Day 02: Paro – Thimphu
  • Day 03: Thimphu Halt
  • Day 04: Thimphu – Phobjikha
  • Day 05: Phobjikha – Bumthang
  • Day 06: Bumthang Halt
  • Day 07: Bumthang Halt
  • Day 08: Bumthang – Punakha
  • Day 09: Punakha – Paro
  • Day 10: Paro – Paro International Airport

Destinations :

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Phobjikha, Troungsa and Bumthan

Activities :

Attending Jambay Lhakhang Festival, 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 Lhakhang Festival


Day 01

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Arrival Paro International Airport

On the arrival to Paro International Airport, you will welcome and receive by the Representative of Bhutan Majestic Travel. Drive to hotel and rest for some time and visit the following places.
  • Paro Dzong
  • Paro National Museum
  • The short hike, which starts from above National Museum and ends at Umaparo. From this hike we can see the Paro Valley, the International Airport in Bhutan and other adjacent villages so beautifully.
  • Stroll around the Paro town.
  • Dinner and overnight Hotel in Paro

Day 02

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Paro – Thimphu

Today we will drive to Thimphu but in the morning we will hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger's Nest).
  • Taktshang Monastery is the most important pilgrimage site in the Buddhism world and it is the one of the main highlight of Bhutan Tour.
  • Lunch at Taktshang Cafteria or at Paro.
  • Drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
  • Stroll around the Thimphu town.
  • Dinner and overnight Hotel in Thimphu

Day 03

:

Thimphu Halt

Today we will do Thimphu Sightseeing:
  • Mothithang mini zoo, to see the National animal of Bhutan (Takin)
  • Nunnery – where the Bhutanese girls and women pursue the religious studies and goals in their life for the benefit of all the living beings.
  • Folk Heritage museum – you will visit to the 19th century Bhutanese house.
  • National Memorial Chhorten - which was built in 1974 in memory of our third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk-the father of modern Bhutan.
  • Lunch at Thimphu Resturant.
  • We will do Wangditshe hike. The hike will take about 1hour 20 minutes and we can see the Thimphu valley so beautifully.
  • Walk around the Thimphu town and visit the Handicraft emporium to buy an authentic souvenir.
Dinner and overnight Hotel in Thimphu

Day 04

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Thimphu – Phobjikha

Today we will be drive to Phobjikha over Dochula pass (3150m) above sea level. The pass is adorned with 108 small stupas. On the clear days, we can see the Eastern Himalayan Mountains, including the highest mountain of Bhutan so impressively. Today we will do following sightseeing:
  • Lunch will be served at Nobding or we will have pack lunch.
  • At Gangtey, we will visit Gangtey Goenpa, the most important temple in Nyingmapa sect.
  • Hike-the Gangtey Natural Trail through the pine forest. The hike will take about 1hour 3ominutes. From this hike we can see the Phobjikha Valley so beautifully.
  • Dinner and overnight Hotel in Gantey

Day 05

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Phobjikha – Bumthang

After our breakfast, we will drive to Bumthang, which is the heart of religion in Bhutan through Tronngsa. We will do following sightseeing on the way:
  • Stop at Chendibji Chorten for picture.
  • Visit the impressive Trongsa dzong
  • Visit the 'Tower of Trongsa'.
  • Lunch will be served at the 'Tower of Trongsa's', Café'.
  • Stop at Yathra Factory at Chhumey.
  • Evening we will visit the festival ground for 'MEWANG'-The Fire Blessing.
  • Dinner and over night stay at Farm House.
  • After our dinner we will visit the festival ground again with the family of Farm House to witness the Tercham – scared naked dance.

Day 06

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Bumthang Halt

Today we will do sightseeing in Bumthang.
  • Enjoy with the Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival in Bumthang and we will do some sightseeing in Bumthang
  • Kurjey Lhakhang, the temple where Guru Rinpoche kept his body print there in 8th Century.
  • Tamshing Lhakhang, which is one of the important temple in Ngyingma sect.
  • Lunch will be served at hotel.
  • Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake)
  • Honey Production Center and Stroll around the Chamkhar town for a while.

Day 07

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Bumthang Halt

  • Today also we will enjoy with the Festival and some sightseeing in Bumthang.
  • Dinner and overnight Hotel in Bumthang

Day 08

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Bumthang – Punakha

Today we will drive to Punakha. We will visit the following places on the way:
  • Trongsa Dzong, the most impressive dzong in Bhutan.
  • Lunch will be served at Chendebji Restaurant.
  • Continue our journey to Punakha.
  • Dinner and overnight Hotel in Punakha Hotel

Day 09

:

Punakha – Paro

Today we will drive to Paro and we will do the following sightseeing.
  • Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan.
  • Hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility. We have to walk about 30minutes from the road end.
  • Lunch will be served at Dochula cafeteria.
  • Continue our journey to Paro.
  • Evening stroll around.
  • Dinner and overnight Hotel in Paro

Day 10

:

Paro – Paro International Airport

After our breakfast drive to Paro International Airport for your onward flight.

Jambay Lhakhang Festival


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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