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Kurjey Lhakhang Tshechu & Nimalung Festival | Bhutan Festival Tour | Bhutanitis Travels

KURJEY LHAKHANG TSHECHU & NIMALUNG FESTIVAL

Kurjey Lhakhang Tshechu & Nimalung Festival

Festival Date: 1st July - 3rd July, 2017      12 Days - 11 Nights of Bhutan Festival Tour

The festival takes place at Kurjey Temple, located at Kurjey in the Chokhor valley in Bumthang district. It is a 15 minute drive from Chamkhar town to arrive at the temple grounds.

The history of the temples at Kurjey is associated with Sindhu Raja(king of bumthang) and Guru Rimpoche. Sindhu Raja invited Guru Rimpoche from Nepal to Bhutan to subdue some evil spirits that had been plaguing the land. Upon invitation, Guru Rimpoche visited Bumthang and meditated in a cave that resembled a pile of Dorjis (stylized thunderbolt used for Buddhist rituals). After subduing the evil spirits and demons, imprints of the Guru’s body remained in the rock face. Thereafter, the name came to be known as Kurjey meaning - “Imprint of the body”. The Lhakhang is now a blessed site of great historical significance.

Nimalung Lhakhang is located in Chumey in Bumthang. It is approximately a 15 minute drive from the road that branches off from the village of Chumey. The Lhakhang was co-founded by Dasho Gonpo Dorji and Doring Trulku Jamyang Kunzang, the third mind-aspect reincarnation of Terton Jigme Lingpa in 1935.

The main relic of the two-storied temple is a magnificent statue of Guru Rimpoche. The monastery is decorated with murals of the Nyingmapa and Drukpa traditions. There are also paintings of Guru Rimpoche and his disciples, the lineage of Terton Pema Lingpa, and several Buddhist masters affiliated with the monastery.

One of the most important festivals held at the Lhakhang is the Kaling Zhitro Drubchen. It was initiated by Doring Trulku and he was the first person to have started the rite in Bhutan. It is held on the first fifteen days of the first month of the Bhutanese calendar.


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HIGHLIGHTS

Day From To Distance Time Accomodation
1 Arrival Paro Airport Hotel accommodation in Paro
2 Paro Thimphu   54km 1hr Hotel accommodation in Thimphu
3 Thimphu (sightseeing)     Hotel accommodation in Thimphu
4 Thimphu Punakha (sightseeing) 72km 2.5hr Hotel accommodation in Punakha
5 Punakha Bumthang 197km 7hrs Hotel accommodation in Bumthang
6 Attend the Nimalung Festival-chumey day 2 Hotel accommodation in Bumthang
7 Bumthang  kurje lhakhang  festival day 1 Hotel accommodation in Bumthang
8 Bumthang Phobjikha 170km 5.5hrs Hotel accommodation in Phobjikha
9 Pjobjikha (sightseeing ) Hotel accommodation in Phobjikha
10 Phobjikha Thimphu 135km 5hrs Hotel accommodation in THimphu
11 Thimphu Paro 54km 1hr Hotel accommodation in Paro
12 Airport Departure      

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1:  Arrival in Paro

  • Our representative from Bhutanitis Travels will be there at the airport to receive you and transfer you to the hotel.
  • Visit the nearby Ta Dzong, and Ringpung Dzong.
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel  in Paro food and accommodation will be arranged as per your reservations

Day 2:  Paro To Thimphu

  • After breakfast, take a hike to the tiger’s nest (Paro Taktshang), the most visited tourist destination in Bhutan.
  • After lunch, Drive towards Thimphu.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu (sightseeing)

  • After breakfast, visit Kuenselphodrang- the world’s largest statue of sitting Buddha.
  • Visit TashichoDzong –The administrative seat of Bhutan.
  • After lunch, visit National Memorial Chorten , changangkha lhakhang and Takin Center in Mothithang.

Day 4:  Thimphu to Punakha

  • After breakfast, begin your journey towards Punakha, on the way to Punakha halt in Dochula for photography.  Visit Royal Botanical Park in lampelri.
  • After crossing lobesa visit chimmi lhakhang and Punakha Dzong.
  • Dinner and overnight halt in Hotel in Punakha

Day 5: Punakha to Bumthang

  • After an early breakfast, head towards Bumthang,
  • After the day long drive, check into the hotel for relaxation and rejunivation.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Bumthang.

Day 6: Nimalung Festival  – Chumey

  • after breakfast, drive to Chumey and attend the second day of the Nimalung festival ,
  • Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Bumthang.

Day 7: Kurje Lhakhang Tshechu Day 1 – Chokhor

  • After breakfast drive to kurje lhakhang and attend the Kurje Festival day 1.
  • After lunch, visit jambay lhakhang, and Jakar Dzong.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Bumthang.
Other alternatives to choose from :
  • Visit to bathpalathang – the Dairy Farm and Jalikhar bee keeping farms.
  • Visit Tamshing lhakhang .
  • Bumthang brewery.
  • Mebartsho(the burning lake).

Day 8: Bumthang to Phobjikha

  • After an breakfast , begin your journey towards Pbobjikha, halt in Pelela pass for photography
  • After the day long journey, arrive in Phobjikha and check into a hotel and retreat for the day.

Day 9:  Phobjikha sightseeing

  • After an early breakfast, explore the valley of the black necked cranes. Get ready to capture the most scenic photographs of this journey.
  • Visit Gangtey – another place guaranteed to amaze your mind, spend time with the monks at the Gangtey lhakhang
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel in phobjikha

Day 10: Phobjikha to Thimphu

  • After breakfast , drive towards Thimphu
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel in Thimphu

Day 11: Thimphu to Paro

  • After breakfast , visit dechen phu lhakhang and the takin preserve in Thimphu
  • After lunch , drive towards paro
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel in Paro

Day 12: Paro Departure

After breakfast, drive to Airport for Departure.

PACKAGE INFO

Package Includes

  1. All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner].
  2. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room. Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
  3. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  4. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  5. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  6. English speaking Local guide.
  7. Sightseeing.

Package Does Not Include

  1. Druk Air fares.
  2. Insurance Premiums.
  3. Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
  4. Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
  5. Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  6. Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water.
  7. Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.
  8. Visa Fees

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