10 Nights 11 Days Bumthang Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival
When is Bumthang Festival?
When is Naked Dance / Mid Night dance festival in Bhutan?
Answer: Jambay Lhakhang Drup 13- 16 Nov, 2019
The Festival of Jambay Lhakhang Drup in central Bhutan is the most spectacular mid-night sacred naked dance (tercham) and draws a lot of tourists every year! So plan your visit to Bhutan to coincide with this festival held in October/November annually. This tour gives you a real appreciation of both the Buddhist faith and the Bhutanese way of life but also included in the package are other places of interest.
Besides honoring the Guru Rinpoche, the four day festival knows us Jambay Lhakhang Drup / Jambay Lhakhang Tsechu are held in the premises of Jambay Lhakhang, which was built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 7th century, to commemorate an establishment of the Lhakhang. This festival is one of the very important festivals in Bhutan. The main high light of this festival is ‘the scared naked dance known as Ter Cham and Mewang-the fire blessing’. The sacred naked dance is performed in the midnight and people are not allowed to take the photographs. A fire dance or Mewang is held in the evening to bless the infertile women so that they may bear the children. The dances were composed mostly my Terton (Treasure Discovery) Pema Lingpa in 15th century. Many tourist and Bhutanese people all over the country come to witness this festival to get the blessings from this festival.
- View sacred dances and rituals performed by monks and laymen in colourful costumes.
- Join in with locals in a special occasion of celebration, blessings and socialising.
- Explore Bhutan’s central valleys, rich with ancient historical and sacred Buddhist sites.
- Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
- Experience Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions.
- Drive over high mountain passes affording sensational views of the Himalayan peaks.
- Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
- Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.