Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival

Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival

 

Discover the rich pageantry and festive atmosphere of the Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival in Bumthang Valley of Bhutan, Bhutan's most spiritual heartland. Tsechus (festivals) are one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan. A Tsechu is a Buddhist festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. Local villagers gather in a spirit of festivity, celebration and deep faith to witness unique masked dances and celebrations. Also visit sacred sites in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang.

Jampa lhakhang is located in Bumthang. Jampa 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.

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 Nov 6 -10, 2013. 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.

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU
DAY 02: THIMPHU
DAY 03: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA
DAY 04: PUNAKHA – BUMTHANG
DAY 05: BUMTHANG
DAY 06: BUMTHANG
DAY 07: BUMTHANG – GANGTEY
DAY 08: GANGTEY – PARO
DAY 09: PARO
DAY 10: DEPART PARO

 

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU
DAY 02: THIMPHU
DAY 03: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA
DAY 04: PUNAKHA – BUMTHANG
DAY 05: BUMTHANG
DAY 06: BUMTHANG
DAY 07: BUMTHANG – GANGTEY
DAY 08: GANGTEY – PARO
DAY 09: PARO
DAY 10: DEPART PARO

 

Tariff for all services related to tourism in Bhutan are fixed by the Government of Bhutan which are consolidated into a package and charged on per night basis. The package comes with all meals; private transportation regardless of destination/sightseeing spots, government royalty, all necessary taxes, agent's handling charge and all other necessary logistic arrangement.

The government fixed package tariff for tourists visiting in a team of 03 persons or more are as follows:-

Tariff for the year 2016-2017 (in US Dollar):

The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more is as follows (per person per night):

Jan, Feb, June, July, Aug & Dec (low seasons): USD 200 per person per night

Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct & Nov (high seasons): 250 per person per night

 

Per night cost is same for Cultural Tours, Treks or any other Special Interest Tours.

These minimum daily rates are inclusive of following services:

  1. Accommodation in standard hotels, approved by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
  2. All transfers and sightseeing within Bhutan.
  3. Services of accompanied English speaking guide.
  4. All meals.
  5. Government's royalty & taxes.
  6. Riding ponies and pack animals on treks.
  7. Entrance fees to the monuments.

 

Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons are subject to following surcharges, over and above daily package tariff:

Surcharge incase only single person travelling = USD 40 per night.

Surcharge incase 02 persons travelling together = USD 30 per person per night.

In case the number of persons travelling together is 03 or more then there is no surcharge.

Agency Commission

As per international norms, 10% of the gross tour payment shall be payable to the principal agents abroad as commission and shall be deducted by these agents at source. Further, this commission shall be calculated from the net amount after deducting the discounts wherever applicable. Also there is no commission on FIT Surcharges, applicable incase of 01 and 02 pax.

Single Room Supplements

The Government set package rates are valid for accommodation on twin sharing basis and incase of using single rooms, following supplements will be applicable:

Festival seasons USD 50 per single room per night.

Other seasons USD 40 per single room per night.

Tourism Development Fund

Not applicable.

Visa Fee

Visa fee USD 40 per person is payable extra and it can pay along with tour payment.

Trip Facts

Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival

Venue: Jambay Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang

Duration: 9 Nights 10 Days

Altitude:

Trip Grade: Moderate

Best Season:

Group Size: Min. 2 pax-12 pax

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