Bhutan Naked Dance Festivals at Jambay Lhakhang is located in Bumthang and is situated on the way to the Kurjie Lhakhang. It’s a ten-minute drive to the temple from the Chamkhar town.
Jambay 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 two of the 108 built-in Bhutan. A second is located in Paro, the Kichu lhakhang also built on the same day.
Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche visited the site several times and deemed it exceptionally sacred. Chakhar Gyab, the king of the Iron Castle of Bumthang renovated the temple in the 8th century AD.
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.
One of the most spectacular festivals in the country, called Jambay Lhakhang Drup is hosted here. The festival lasts for five days (check with your tour operator to confirm these dates). The highlight of the festival is the fire ritual that is held in the evening where crowds gather to witness the ritualistic naked dance.
|NAKED DANCE -JAMBAY LHAKHANG PACKAGE COST 13DAYS|
|Group Size||3* Package||4* Package||5* Package|
|1 Person||US $5,720/||For 4* rate, write to us||For 5* rate, write to us|
|2-3 Persons||US $5,460/||For 4* rate, write to us||For 5* rate, write to us|
|4-7 Persons||US $5,330/||For 4* rate, write to us||For 5* rate, write to us|
|8-13 Persons||US $5,070/||For 4* rate, write to us||For 5* rate, write to us|
|14-20 Persons||US $4,940/||For 4* rate, write to us||For 5* rate, write to us|
|HOTELS & RESORT|
|Destination||3 Star Hotel||4 Star Hotel||5 Star Hotel|
|Thimphu||Hotel Thimphu Tower 02Nights||Hotel Ariya Thimphu||Le Méridien, Aman Kora & Six Senses|
|Punakha||Zhingkham Resort 02Night||RKPO Green Resort Punakha||Le Méridien, Aman Kora & Six Senses|
|Phubjikha Valley||Hotel Dewachen 01Night||RKPO Green Resort Gangtey||Le Méridien, Aman Kora & Six Senses|
|Gogona Valley||Home Stay 01Night||NA||NA|
|Trongsa||Yangkhil Resort 01Night||Druk Willing||NA|
|Bumthang||Ogyen Choling 01Night||NA||NA|
|Bumthnag||Hotel Tashi Yozerling 01Night||NA||Le Méridien, Aman Kora & Six Senses|
|Thimphu||Hotel Thimphu Tower 01Nights||Hotel Ariya Thimphu||Le Méridien, Aman Kora & Six Senses|
|Paro||Hotel Paro Grand 01Night||Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa||Le Méridien, Aman Kora, Uma COMO & Six Senses|
|2-3 Persons||SUVs/Innova||SUVs/Toyota Innova|
|4-7 Persons||Toyota Hiace Roof||Toyota Hiace Roof|
|8-13 Persons||Coaster Bus||Toyota Coaster Bus|
|14-20 Persons||Coaster Bus||Toyota Coaster Bus|
You can always customize the tour if you are not happy with the tour itinerary.
Day 01: Drive Paro to Thimphu, 55 Km 2 hours’ drive (L / D)
Day 02: Thimphu (B / L / D)
Day 03: Thimphu / Punakha. 74 KM, around 3 hours’ drive. (B / L / D)
Day 04: Punakha (B / L / D)
Day 05: Punakha to Gangtey / Phobjikha, 70 KM, 4 hours’ drive. (B / L / D)
Day 06: Gangtey / Phobjikha / Gogona. (B / L / D)
Day 07: Gogona to Trongsa (B / L / D)
Day 08: Trongsa – Tang Valley (B / L / D)
Day 09: Tang- Bumthang (Jambay Lhakhang Festival) (B / L / D)
Day 10: Bumthang – Thimphu (B / L / D)
Day 11: Thimphu – Paro (B / L / D)
Day 12: Paro (B / L / D)
Day 13: Depart from PARO (B)