Jambhay Lhakhang Festivals

13 Days

Jambhay Lhakhang Festivals, an exhilarating cultural event, showcases lively traditional dances in the Bumthang region of Bhutan. During the festival, performers joyously participate in the vibrant dances while clad in traditional attire. The captivating dances, accompanied by rhythmic music and chanting, enthral locals and visitors. 

Jambhay Lhakhang Festival Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival at Paro Aiport for Jambhay Lhakhang Festival. Acclimatise at Paro. Alt 2200M
  • Day 2 Paro Tiger Nest Hike. Distance 12 Miles| Time Taken 5 Hours To and Fro
  • Day 3 Paro to Thimphu and Sightseeing. |Distance 60Km| Time Taken 1 Hour Drive
  • Day 4 Thimphu City Tour of Memorial Chorten, Simply Bhutan Museam and Relax.
  • Day 5 Thimphu to Wangdiphodrang. Visit Chimilhakhang temple. | Distance 80Km| 2800M
  • Day 6 Wangdi to Trongsa Via Gangtey. |Distance is 127KM| Time Taken 4 Hours| Alt 2500M
  • Day 7 Trongsa to Bumthang the Cultural Hub. |Distance is 90KM | Time Taken is 2 Hours | Alt 2800M.
  • Day 8 Attend Jambhay Lhakhang Festival.
  • Day 9 Bumthang to Ura Valley Excursion
  • Day 10 Bumthang to Paro Via Domestic Flight. |Time Taken 25 Minutes.
  • Day 11 Paro to Haa via Chelela Pass. Distance :
  • Day 12 Haa to Paro and Kili Goenpa Hike (2 Hours walk)
  • Day 13 Depart from Paro

Jambhay Lhakhang Festivals Date:

The Jambhay Lhakhang festival, also called the naked dance festival, will take place from 15th November to 18th November 2024. Jambhay Lhakhang Monastery holds the most popular and secret festival.
Trip Length: 13 Days/12 Nights

Jambhay Lhakhang Festival Tour Costs: 

All our tour cost includes SDF of USD 100 per person per night, Visa Fees and cost for meals, Guides, Transport and Daily sightseeing.

  • Solo travellers Cost US $3710.00
  • 2 persons US $3570 each.
  • 3 & more US $3150 each.

Jambhay Lhakhang Trip Facts

The Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, built Jambay Lhakhang, one of 108 Buddhist temples, in the 7th century. Revered as one of the oldest landmarks of the arrival of Buddhism in Bhutan, this temple holds a unique Tshechu or festival. The fire dance, performed to purify sins and augur a good harvest, highlights this festival. Naked dance is performed by men and is considered very auspicious.

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Jambhay Lhakhang Tour Itinerary

During the flight, on a clear day, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalaya Mountains, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by the representative of Tour Bhutan and transfer to your hotel. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong which houses monastic bodies and center of civil administration. In the evening, you can stroll freely in the town. Overnight hotel in Paro.

After breakfast, you will hike to Taktsang or “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery perched precariously on the cliff 900m above the floor of the Paro valley. It is the most famous monastery in Bhutan. It is said that Guru Rinpoche, the great spiritual master, have flown to the site of the monastery from eastern Bhutan on the back of a tigress and meditated here for three months. Lunch would be served in the Cafeteria restaurant on the way. After having explored the monastery, you will hike down to the valley. Overnight hotel in Paro.

In the morning, you will visit Kichu Monastery the 8th century old monastery built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to spread Buddhism. Drive for 12 kilometers further to visit Drukgyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan’s second-highest mountain at 7,314 meters. After lunch, drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. You will visit the popular Weekend Market where you can see the variety of food of the country, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese, and mangoes. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. This is perhaps good opportunity for photography and to mingle with locals who come from the nearby villages to sell their farm products. Overnight hotel in Thimphu .

Day 4 :

After breakfast, you will visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan (the takin) and the nunnery temple. After a relaxing lunch, visit the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school), the traditional paper factory and the Majestic Tashichodzong. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu town. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

After breakfast you will drive to Wangdue, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. Drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan. Then drive to Wangdue. On the way back, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Receive the blessing from the Lama’s wooden phallus! Overnight hotel in Wangdue.

You will begin the day by driving to Gangtey. You’ll pass through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons and arrive at Gangtey village, where you’ll visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. From Gangtey, you can see the picturesque Black Mountain range as well as Phobjikha Valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes. From there you’ll head to Trongsa, the ancestral home of the royal family. The route is along a spectacular winding road, crossing 3,300-meter-high Pele La, and you will see yaks grazing on the slopes of dwarf bamboos. On arrival, you can browse through the Trongsa shops and town. Overnight hotel in Trongsa.

In the morning you’ll visit Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture, and you’ll also see Ta Dzong, the watchtower built to defend this Dzong. Then you’ll proceed to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation, with lush valleys and hilly forests. Along the way you will stop at a yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. The afternoon will be spent sightseeing in the area, including Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places, because Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. You can spend the evening strolling through Bumthang town. Overnight hotel in Bumthang.

Attend full day festival of Jambay Lhakhang. Stay awake till midnight to catch an unusual naked dance, which is considered pious and performed to sanctify the region and augur good harvest. Overnight at hotel in Bumthang.

Day excursion to Ura Valley. The road to Ura Valley is off the main road, and this enjoyable excursion will provide a nice view of the Jakar Dzong. You’ll make a stop in Ura village for lunch and will have a chance to visit the main temple and explore the village. Ura Village has a medieval look to it because of the cobblestone streets, and the typical clothing of the women includes a sheepskin shawl. On the way back to town, you will be taken to Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake), where some of Guru Rinpoche’s treasures were found in the 15th century by the famous treasure discover Pema Lingpa. It’s a good place to meditate. You will also have a chance to tour Tamshing Lhakhang, a treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. In the evening you can visit local shops. Overnight hotel in Bumthang.

The local flight from Bumthang to Paro will take 35 minutes. This short flight gives the best panoramic views of central Bhutan over the himalayas. Our driver will be there waiting for you at the paro airport. The sightseeing begins at par. Visit to Ushering farm house and experience the local good and whetstone bath. Over night at Hotel.

Visit the small haha district of western Bhutan recently opened for tourism. Visit monastery and leisure time at Haa.

After breakfast, you will begin for the excursion to Chele La Pass 3810m. Walking along the high ridges dotted with colorful Buddhist prayer flags will offer you stuning views of Mount Jumolhari and other mountains and valleys below the pass. Have a picnic lunch on the Pass. If you want to be more adventurous, after lunch, you can hike further down the ridges to Kila Goenpa Nunnery, which is nestled in a craggy patch on the mountain site below the pass and perched precariously along the rock face. Walk for few miles through the coniferous forests to the road head, where your car will be awaiting to transfer to Paro. Free time in Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 13 :
Depart Paro

Your Jambhay Lhakhang Festival Tour ends here today. After early breakfast, drive to the airport for departure.

Inclusion / Exclusion


  • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
  • Accommodation in 3 Star Hotel
  • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • Royalty & Govt. Taxes
  • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
  • Visa Fee.
  • Airport tax
  • Proffessional English speaking Guide.
  • All Sightseeing in the country.
  • Hotstone bath and visit to farm house.
  • Complimentary Massage at 4 Star Hotel in Punakha at RKPO green Resort.


  • Insurance Premiums
  • Payments for service provided on a personal basis
  • Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head"
  • Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  • Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services


What are the hotels included in the Tour?

  1. Thimphu Hotel Ariya located 3 star premium hotel with modern facilities.
  2. Punakha Hotel Lobesa 3 star Hotel with luxury aminities.
  3. Trongsa Hotel Yangkhil Resort.
  4. Bumthang Hotel Swiss Guest House
  5. Paro Tashi Namgay Resort

What is the tour cancellation policy?

90% refund for the tour cancelled 45 days prior to arrival date, payment transfer charges will be charged 75% refund for the tour cancelled between 30 to 45 days prior to arrival date No refund for the tour cancelled less than 30 days of arrival date and for the change of itinerary Booking made for 4* and 5* hotels have to follow individual hotel’s cancellation policies.

What is the flight cancellation policy?

70% refund for cancellation made before 30 days prior to arrival date (Documentation charge USD 25 applicable) 30% refund for cancellation made between 15 to 30 days of travel date NO refund for cancellation made less than 15 days of travel date Documentation charge applicable for the change of dates, sectors etc (issued tickets only, USD30/ticket)

What is the Jambhay Lhakhang Festival in Bumthang?

The Jambhay Lhakhang Festival is an annual religious and cultural event held in Bumthang, a district in central Bhutan. It is a significant celebration that revolves around the Jambhay Lhakhang, a 7th-century Buddhist temple located in the Chokhor valley of Bumthang.

When does the festival take place?

The exact dates of the Jambhay Lhakhang Festival can vary from year to year, as it follows the Bhutanese lunar calendar. Generally, it falls sometime between October and November.

What is the significance of the Jambhay Lhakhang Festival?

The festival holds both religious and cultural significance. It commemorates Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), a revered Buddhist master who is believed to have introduced Buddhism to Bhutan. It also serves as an opportunity for the local community to gather, celebrate, and receive blessings from the monks.

Are there any specific rituals performed during the festival?

Yes, rituals are an integral part of the festival. The monks perform religious ceremonies, recite prayers, and conduct blessings to invoke the blessings of Guru Rinpoche and other deities. These rituals are believed to bring prosperity, happiness, and spiritual well-being to the attendees.

Is the Jambhay Lhakhang Festival open to tourists?

Yes, the festival is open to tourists, and it provides a unique opportunity for visitors to experience Bhutanese culture and religious traditions up close. Tourists are often welcome to observe the mask dances, enjoy the cultural performances, and participate in the festive atmosphere.

How do locals prepare for the festival?

Local communities usually start preparing for the festival well in advance. This includes making intricate costumes and masks for the monks performing the mask dances, cleaning and decorating the temple and its surroundings, and organizing various aspects of the event to ensure its success.

What is the atmosphere like during the Jambhay Lhakhang Festival?

The festival is marked by a vibrant and festive atmosphere. The sound of traditional instruments, the colorful costumes, and the mesmerizing mask dances create an enchanting ambiance. Locals and visitors alike come together to celebrate, offering a sense of unity and cultural pride.

Are there any traditional foods associated with the festival?

While there may not be specific foods exclusively associated with the Jambhay Lhakhang Festival, various Bhutanese dishes are often enjoyed during such events. Visitors might have the opportunity to taste traditional Bhutanese cuisine, which can include dishes like “ema datshi” (spicy cheese and chili), “momos” (dumplings), and more.

How can I attend the Jambhay Lhakhang Festival?

If you’re interested in attending the Jambhay Lhakhang Festival, you can plan your trip to Bumthang, Bhutan, around the anticipated festival dates. It’s advisable to coordinate with a tour operator or a local guide to ensure you have the necessary information about the festival schedule, accommodations, and any other logistics. Keep in mind that Bhutan has a policy of regulated tourism, so it’s essential to follow the appropriate procedures for visiting the country and participating in its cultural events.

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Jambhay Lhakhang Festivals
From $3,570
/ Adult
  • Paro International Airport or Phuntsholing if you are coming Via Road
  • 15th to 18th November 2024
  • Festival takes place in Autumn Season in November
  • 3425M while passing through Yotong La Pass
  • All entrance fees for Temples and Monumnets is included in the cost.
  • English Speaking Guide licensed by Department of Tourism