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The Naked Dance Tour Of Jampa Lhakhang

Country: Bhutan
City: Bumthang
Duration: 10 Day(s) - 9 Night(s)
Tour Category: Festival Tour

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It is almost midnight. The temperature has dropped to 2 degree Celsius. A large gathering of devotees wait in anticipation huddled near Jampa lhakhang in Bumthang, their eyes on the monastery’s main door.

Exactly at midnight, a group of men rush out from the door, swirling and twirling in the air, to the rhythmic accompaniment of traditional mask dance drums and cymbals.

Except for their faces, which are covered by a white cloth, the men are all naked. They are known as the sacred naked dancers or Tercham of Jampa lhakhang Tshechu, which started on November 13 [in 2008]. It is one of the tshechu’s highlights and a popular item among the spectators.

At one time, there is extreme uneasiness when the 16 dancers surrounds the fire, near family members, but spirituality overcomes discomfort. Elders fold their hands.

Day 1: Arrival Paro to Thimphu

Day 2: Thimphu to Punakha

Day 3: Punakha to Bumthang

Day 4: Bumthang

Day 5: Bumthang

Day 6: Bumthang to Punakha

Day 7: Punakha to Thimphu

Day 8: Thimphu to Paro

Day 9: Paro

Day 10: Departure

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