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Friday, November 24, 2017

Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival 2017

Tour name: Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival 2017
Entry point: KTM/BKK/DEL/KOL to PBH
Exit point: PBH to KTM/BKK/DEL/KOL
Period: 9 days itinerary
Departures: Nov.2-10, 2017

Jambay Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in the kingdom 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 a demoness that was residing in the Himalayas. Jambay Lhakhang is one of the two built in Bhutan, the other being Kichu lhakhang located in Paro.  Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche visited Jambay Lhakhang 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 main relics include the future Buddha: Jowo Jampa (Maitreya) from whose name the temple  derived its name. The lhakhang also houses over hundred statues of the gods of Kalachakra built by the first king in 1887 to commemorate victory over his rivals Phuntsho Dorji of Punakha and Alu Dorji of Thimphu after the battle of Changlimithang in 1885. The festival highlights the consecration festival, which last over five days.  


Tour brief:


Day/Date

Programme

Hotel Category

Nov.2

Arrive in Paro and sightseeing

Meal: X/L/D      Accommodation: Paro

3-star:  Hotel Meta Resort

4-star:  Hotel Haven Resort

5-star:  Hotel Zhiwaling

Nov.3

Take a domestic flight to Jakar (20 min.) to see the festival
Meal: B/L/D      Accommodation: Jakar, Bumthang

3-star:  Hotel  Yoeserling Lodge

4-star:  Hotel Yugharling lodge

5-star:  Hotel Aman

Nov.4

Full day festival at Jambay Lhakhang

Meal: B/L/D      Accommodation: Jakar, Bumthang

3-star:  Hotel  Yoeserling Lodge

4-star:  Hotel Yugharling lodge

5-star:  Hotel Aman

Nov.5

Morning festival but return to Trongsa in the evening

Meal: B/L/D      Accommodation: Trongsa

3-star:   Puenzhi Guest House

4-star:   Yangkhil Resort

5-star:

Nov.6            

Drive Trongsa to Phobjikha for sightseeing

Meal: B/L/D        Accommodation: Phobjikha

3-star:   Gakiling Guest House

4-star:   Hotel Dewachen

5-star:   Gangtey Guest House

Nov.7

Drive to Punakha and sightseeing

Meal: B/L/D     Accommodation: Punakha

3-star:   Damchen Resort

4-star:   Punadhensa Boutique

5-star:   Uma Resort

Nov.8

Drive Punakha to Paro via Thimphu for sightseeing

Meal: B/L/D     Accommodation: Paro

3-star:  Hotel Olathang

4-star:  Hotel Naksel

5-star:  Hotel Uma

Nov.9

An excursion to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest monastery), our national icon.

Meal: B/L/D     Accommodation: Paro

3-star:  Hotel Olathang

4-star:  Hotel Naksel

5-star:  Hotel Uma

Nov.10

Departure for your next destination

Meal: B/X/X

End of the trip!

Tariffs: Cost per pax per trip in USD

Hotel Category

Group size

 

1-5 pax

6-10 pax

11 pax +

3-star hotel

US$ 1800

US$ 1760

US$ 1720

4-star hotel

US$ 2200

US$ 2160

US$ 2080

5-star hotel(Luxury)

US$4336

US$ 4240

US$ 4160

Note: Singles are required to pay US$40 surcharge per night while an individual in a 2-pax group pay US$30 each.

Your tariff covers:

  1. 3 full meals and 2 light refreshments of tea/coffee with snacks a day
  2. Lodge on twin sharing basis.
  3. A resourceful licensed English-speaking guide
  4. Local transport in imported coaches.
  5. Royalty, visa, taxes and all other entry fees related to the trip.

What is NOT covered:

  1. Any air tickets
  2. Any expenses incurred on medical emergencies and evacuations
  3. Any liabilities due to cancellation of flights, roadblock, etc.
  4. Any kind of personal expenses.
  5. Other than an English-speaking guide if required, cost an additional US$100 per
  6. group per day.
  7. Any tips and gratitude to tour staff.