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 minutes 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 the 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.
Note: For groups of less than three, the Royal Government of Bhutan imposes surcharges; surcharges are separated from minimum daily tour prices. You can also visit Tourism Department official website http://www.tourism.gov.bt/plan/minimum-daily-package
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)