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Jambay Lhakhang Drup

November 5, 2025 - November 8, 2025

The Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival stands as a cherished annual Buddhist celebration in Bhutan, drawing widespread enthusiasm. Held within the courtyard of the ancient 7th-century Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang, this temple holds esteemed significance as one of the country’s most renowned and possibly oldest temples. Legend attributes its creation to Songtsen Gampo of Tibet, who purportedly erected 108 temples, including this one, in just one day.

The festival’s atmosphere is electrified by bonfires and mesmerizing masked dances, paying homage to the temple’s establishment by the Tibetan king centuries ago. A focal point of the festivities is the Ter Cham, also known as the “fire ritual” or colloquially as “the naked dance,” captivating both locals and tourists who gather to witness this profound spectacle.


November 5, 2025
November 8, 2025
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