Jambay lakhang festival
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Day 01: Arrival in Paro
On arrival at Paro airport you will be received by our representative and transfer to Thimphu. It takes 2 hours drive to reach Thimphu. Check in to the hotel and relax. After lunch, visit Painting school which teaches the techniques of traditional paintings, sculpture and other forms of traditional arts and one can view the students at work, National Textile Museum and also visit nearby Folk Heritage Museum. In the evening if time permits visit Craft Bazaar which has got a wide range of authentic Bhutan made art and craft products. Overnight you will stay at hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu
After breakfast we will hike to Cheri goenpa. It takes 45 minutes to reach there. This is the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Then drive back to town and visit Takin Preserve Park. Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. Changangkha lhakhang, the oldest temple in Thimphu built in 12th century. It is popular temple for pilgrims and for new born babies. Then visit Memorial Chorten (Stupa) built in 1974 in the memory of the Third king of Bhutan. Great Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue. The statue sited at kuensel phodrang is one of the largest Buddha rupas in the world. In the evening visit Tashichho Dzong ( Fortress), which houses most of the government offices, throne room and office of the king. Overnight stay at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu – punakha
Today we will drive to punakha and we will pass through Dochula pass (3100m/10,200ft). On a clear day, to the east of the pass, the snow covered mountain peaks of the Himalayas are seen and among them is the Mt. Gangkar Phuensum at 7497m, which is the highest peak in Bhutan. Visit Druk wangyal Chorten (Stupa) at Dochula built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. And, also visit Druk wangyal Lhakhang (Temple) at Dochula built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo (head of the state of Bhutan) Jigme Singye wangchuk. En-route, stop at Lobesa and take a short hike to chimi lhakhang. Childless couple who pray in this temple is believed to be blessed with a child very soon. After reaching Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), which is built in 1637, is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan. The Dzong is built between two rivers Mochhu (female) and phochhu (male). In the evening freely stroll around the town. Overnight you will stay at hotel in Punakha.
Day 04: Punakha – Trongsa – Bumthang
Proceed to Tongsa via Pelela pass (3,300m), the traditional boundary between east and west. The pass is marked by a large prayer flag and the ground is covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo. En-route stop at Chendbji Chorten, which was built in 18th century by a Lama named Shida. It is Nepalese in style with eyes painted at four cardinal points. Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648, where crown prince of Bhutan traditionally becomes the Penlop (governor) of Trongsa prior to be crowned as the king of Bhutan. Ta Dzong, built as watchtower to guard Tongsa Dzong. Then drive to Bumthang. Overnight stay at hotel in Bumthang.
Day 05: Bumthang festival
After breakfast, we will proceed to festival site and witness the most interesting annual Jambay Lhakhang Drup (Tsechu) for whole day. Festivals are performed to honor Buddhist saint Guru Rimpoche who brought Buddhism in the country in 7th century. Interesting and colorful mask dances are shown publicly in open ground especially in the courtyard of the fortress. Witnessing the Tsechu is believed to accumulate the good deeds and help us to ride of the sins committed in the past. This is also wonderful opportunity to click the Bhutanese in best outfit with most expensive garments and jewelries. Don’t miss to witness the unique naked dance at mid night. Overnight in Jakar.
Day 06: Bumthang
After breakfast visit to Kurje Lhakhang where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock, Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple),Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic school), Jakar Dzong (administrative centre of the region) and Swiss Farm House. Evening freely stroll around town. Overnight stay at hotel in Bumthang.
Day 07: Bumthang–Punakha
After breakfast drive back to Punakha. Visit Wangduephodrang Dzong and town. Overnight stay at hotel in Punakha.
After breakfast drive to Paro. En-route visit Khamsum yuley Namgyel Chorten, built in 1990 by queen mother and dedicated to the King and for the well-being of Bhutanese. En route, visit Simtokha Dzong. This dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. Paro Dzong (fortress) built is 1646, houses the district monastic body and most of the government administrative offices of Paro district. National Museum (Ta- Dzong), once a watch tower built to defend paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), during inter valley wars of 17th century was later inaugurated as National Museum in 1968. Overnight stay at hotel in Paro.
Day 09: Paro – hike to Taktsang (tigers nest)
After breakfast drive to tigers’ nest hike point. Taktsang is built on a cliff 900m above Paro valley. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhva) arrived on the back of a tigress and mediated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in cave in the 8th century where the monastery now stands. Kichu lhakhang is one of the oldest and most scared shrines of the kingdom built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songchen Gampo . Visit Farm House.
Day 10: Departure
After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.