The Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival in Bumthang is one of the most interesting festivals in the country. The fire ritual and the naked dances are the festival’s highlights and a renowned exhibition among the spectators.
Jambay Lhakhang temple is one of the oldest temples in the kingdom, founded by Tibetan Dharma King Songtsen Gampo, 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. This temple is one of two of the 108 built in Bhutan. A second is located in Paro, the Kichu Lhakhang also built on the same day.
Coinciding Jambay Lhakhang Drup dates, another annual festival is held at the Prakhar Lhakhang, in the Chumi Valley of Bumthang, which is about half an hour’s drive from Chamkhar town. Built-in the 16th century, it is the main temple of the village and is located about 10 minutes’ walk from the road.
- learn about Bhutanese customs and traditions, and gain a deeper understanding of the country's unique cultural identity
- Witness mesmerizing naked dances performed by monks and laymen in mid night at temple courtyard
- Visit the iconic temple known for its spiritual significance and architectural beauty.