Jambay Lakhang festival holiday in Bhutan

“A thirteen day, small group tour to Bhutan, in October to coincide with this amazing festival, at one of the oldest temples in the Kingdom. ”


Paro | Drukyel Dzong fort | Views of Mt Chomolhari (7320m) | Bhutan Himalayas | Paro Valley | National Museum of Bhutan | Thimphu | Wangduephodrang / Wangdi | Dochu La | Views of Mt Gangar Punsum (7520m) | Punakha Dzong | Gangtey Gompa | Chendebji chorten | Trongsa Dzong | Bumthang | Jakar Dzong | Jambay Lhakhang Temple | Kurjey, Tamshing and Kunchosum monasteries | Jambay Lakhang | Ura village | Mebartso Lake | Chimme Lhakhang monastery | Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) monastery | Jambay lhakhang Drup Festival

Description of Jambay Lakhang festival holiday in Bhutan

This Bhutan cultural holiday takes place in October in order to coincide with Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival which takes place at Jambay Lhakhang Temple in the Bumthang region of this great Himalayan Kingdom.

This holiday starts in the Paro Valley, which is most famous for being home to the spectacular Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang Monastery but also the eponymous town where the impressive Rinpung Dzong fort can be seen for miles.

Take in views of the Himalayas at many points along the way, including various mountain passes such as Dochu La which takes us into Central Bhutan, and where you can get wonderful views of Mt Gangar Punsum (7520m), the Kingdom’s highest mountain.

On these journeys, you will really get a sense of why Bhutan is celebrated for its untouched wilderness terrain, but its spirituality is also of great importance. As you will see at sacred sites such as Chimme Lhakhang and Gangtey Gompa Monasteries or Chendebji chorten. And then, last but not least, Jambay lhakhang where the Festival takes place and which, it is said, is one of 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century on one single day. It is also believed that this is the birthplace of Bhutanese Buddhism. It certainly is a spectacular place to immerse yourself in its unique culture, and the most perfect highlight to this fascinating cultural tour.

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Holiday type

Small group cultural tours

Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travellers (depending on the trip, operator and how many others are booked on the trip) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends it's good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as experiencing new cultures.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

The natural landscapes we explore on our cultural holiday to Bhutan are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.

Our environmental sustainable principles: True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term.

Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.

Our Responsible Travel Guidebook: Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while travelling.

Global Warming and Carbon Balancing: The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely!

The Impacts of this Trip

Our local employment policy and high standards of training in first aid, leadership, communication and high altitude trekking ensure that you receive the best possible care during the trip but also has many benefits to your hosts and their communities. There is no better person to teach you about the landscape and culture than a local person which is why we have local guides on all our trips. Employing local people ensures that you receive credible knowledge and local intelligence underpins our ability to operate genuine 'off the beaten track' experiences away from commercial travel routes.

Employing local people ensures a good proportion of your trek fees remain with the people who are custodians of the places and cultures visited.

English language, leaderships and communication skills are fundamentals in our training process. We provide opportunities for personal advancement, industry-leading conditions and inspiration in communities where employment conditions can be very harsh.

The International Mountain Explorer's Connection (IMEC) is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to promote responsible and sustainable connections between travellers and the people of developing mountain regions of the world. We are a member of IMEC's Partnership for Responsible Travel Program which recognises those tour operators committed to promoting proper porter treatment and cultural and environmental sensitivity among their travellers.


3 Reviews of Jambay Lakhang festival holiday in Bhutan

3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Tigers Nest hike! Flying into Paro airport and views of Himalayas.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bring your own instant coffee to add to Bhutan brew. And powdered creamer.
Or enjoy the tea.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

No reduced environmental impact.
We did have tea at a home visit and made a small donation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Great driver and guide. The hotel we were promised via itinerary in Bumthang for four nights was downgraded substantially.
The Kichu “Resort” was a huge disappointment.
So, I give trip a 3 and a half stars.

Read the operator's response here:

While we intend to deliver the itinerary and accommodation as stated however on occasion, particularly at times of increased demand for accommodation it is not possible. We have reviewed our documentation and amended it to more effectively communicate this. In the locations where you have identified your expectations were not met we are investigating the specific properties and reviewing our continued use of them.

Reviewed on 05 Nov 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Nature Culture and the guide. The views where amazing, the Buddhism was introduced in a very appropriate way and the guide was excellent.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be ready for inconvenience while traveling in Bhutan outside Paro and Thimphu area.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I hope so. I really don't know where the big money went to by the Kingdom. The few things I bought helped those I bought from.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

An excellent holiday. The group, the guide, the nature and culture where overwhelming.

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Note: we did a package of three tours provided under the banner of this operature -- (a) Bhutan, Land of the
Thunder Dragon (Jambay lakhang festival); (b) Nepal - Chitwan National Park; (c) Nepal - Kathmandu Valley

- ‘Safari’ on the back of an elephant - Chitwan
- Viewing the Tiger’s Nest Monastery - near Paro, Bhutan
- Postcard view after view after view throughout Bhutan

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Much of the Kathmandu Valley tour -- particularly the time spent in the city itself -- was wasteful. The day allocated
to touring the city boiled down to 2-¼ hours of guided visiting of two religious sites. We had a particularly ineffectual guide for those 2 hours ... and it was (according to the itinerary) left to us to find our own way or hire a private guide to see other sights such as the Monkey temple, Durbar Square, Thamel district, etc. Our impression was that
Kathmandu is a dump, with little interest except, perhaps, a few hours of meandering in Durbar Square and the
fascinating nearby streets, plus a half-hour at each of the three major religious sites. The (supposed/advertised) five days for this tour could probably be pruned to three. Chitwan was a bit disappointing in terms of wildlife viewing. Seeing two sleeping rhinos was as good as it got. Otherwise, it was just a few deer and monkeys.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. Clearly the local tour company in Bhutan was prospering and growing because of its connection with this operator. With the exception of our stay at the Radisson Kathmandu Hotel, our money was obviously going into local operations. We were certainly given the opportunity to patronize local crafts persons. In general, we were led to understand and believe in Bhutan’s approach to development, including the commitment to preserve the forests and other natural and cultural resources.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The Nepal legs were somewhat disappointing, particularly the Kathmandu Valley one, which was very poor value-for-money. Bhutan was superb: certainly one of the most wonderful countries we’ve ever been in, and the tour provided was
top-notch. Star ratings - separate for the three tours: Bhutan: 4-star ... Chitwan: 2-star ... Kathmandu Valley: 1-star.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments on your recent adventures. We are pleased to read that you had a fabulous time in Bhutan and that your experience exceeded expectations, but are naturally disappointed that your Nepal Adventures did not reflect the same.

We regret that you did not see much wildlife in Chitwan, and understand that this would be deceiving. Your city tour experience raises concerns and we are sending a senior staff member to Kathmandu to make alterations that may be required to improve our travellers' experience. You will be happy to know that the Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu is owned and employs only Nepalese.

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