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Ura Festival

Festival dates: 24th – 28th April 2021.

This annual Ura festival is held at Ura temple in Bumthang and is known for its famous dance called the “Ura Yakchoe”. A sacred relic is displayed for people to receive blessing from. According to legend, an old woman sitting outside her house was visited by a lama asking for a glass of water. When she came out with the water, the lama had vanished leaving behind only a sack. Out of Curiosity, she checked the bag and found the statue that is now displayed annually. This relic has been passed on from generation and is still owned by the descendants of the woman.

Detailed Itinerary for Ura Yakchoe Festival:

Day 01. Arrive Paro:

Rinpung-Dzong

Rinpung Dzong.

Meet and greet at the airport and drive to the Hotel. After lunch, visit to:

In the evening, visit to a Bhutanese farm house and explore Paro market.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Paro – Bumthang (Domestic flight):

In the morning, drive to the airport for flight to Bumthang.

Meet & greet at the Bumthang Airport and drive to the Hotel.

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Jakar Dzong.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Jakar Dzong built in 1667 by the Tibetan Lama Nagi Wangchuk.
  • Jambay Lhakhang Temple built in 659 AD by the King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet. In the late October, a famous annual festival is held here and the main event is “Ter Cham” or the Fire dance.
  • Tamshing Lhakhang or Temple of the good message, established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa (1450-1521).
  • Kurjey Lhakhang built in the 8th The body print of the Guru Rimpoche can still be seen on the rock housed in this temple.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Bumthang – Witness the Ura festival:

Ura-Festival

Ura Festival.

In the morning, drive to Ura and witness the festival. We also visit Ura village which is a cluster of houses and Ura Temple.

In the evening, drive back to Bumthang.

On the way, visit to:

  • Mebar Tsho” or “the Burning Lake” is located along the way to the Tang valley.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Bumthang – Ura festival:

In the morning, drive to Ura valley and witness the Ura festival.

In the evening, return to Bumthang and explore the town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05. Bumthang – Trongsa – Gangtey (143 kms – 5 hour):

Trongsa-Dzong-Ura-Festival

Trongsa Dzong.

In the morning, drive to the beautiful valley of Gangtey.

On the way, visit to:

  • Trongsa Dzong was built in 1644 by Chhogyal Minjur Tempa.
  • The Tower of Trongsa, also called the Ta Dzong. It is an ancient watch tower which once guarded the Trongsa Dzong. It also serves as the Royal Heritage Museum.

Lunch at Trongsa and we drive further to Gangtey.

  • Visit Gangtey Gompa Monastery. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613.

Free to explore the beautiful glacial valley of Phobjikha valley, the roosting ground of the Rare Black- necked Cranes in winter.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Gangtey – Punakha (74 km – 3 hours):

In the morning, visit to the Crane information center.

Wangdiphodrang-Dzong-Ura-Festival

Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

We then drive to Punakha.

On the way, take a view of the Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Rimpoche.

  • Visit to Chimi Lhakhang temple or “the Temple of Fertility” built in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as “the Devine Mad man”.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, hike to the Imperial Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Punakha – Thimphu (76 km.  2 hours drive):

In the morning, walk across the Longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 m).

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Dochu La pass (3100 m).

Then drive to Thimphu. On the way, visit to:

  • Royal Botanical Park. A Rhododendron garden with 46 species of the plant is the theme of the botanical garden.
  • Dochu La pass (3140 meters) with 108 stupas at Dochu La pass. You can see Mt. Masagang (7158 meters), Table Mountain and other mountains.

After lunch at Dochu La cafeteria, drive to Thimphu.

  • Witness archery match at Changlimithang stadium.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Thimphu Sightseeing:

Tallest-statue-of-Sitting-Buddha

Tallest statue of Sitting Buddha.

In the morning, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten built in honor of our Late King His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Tallest Statue of sitting Buddha in the world (51.5 meters).
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang.
  • Takin Preserve center.

Lunch at Simply Bhutan Museum restaurant.

In the Afternoon, visit to:

  • The Craft Bazaar.
  • Tashichho Dzong, seat of the Central Monastic Body including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan).

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 09. Thimphu – Paro (56 km. 1 hour drive):

Tamchog-Lhakhang

Tamchog Lhakhang.

In the morning, drive to Paro and visit to:

  • National Postal Museum.
  • Textile Museum.
  • Painting School.

In the afternoon, drive to Paro.

On the way, visit to:

  • Tamchog Monastery built in 1499 by Thangthong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464).

In the evening, explore Paro town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 10. Paro Sightseeing (Hike to the Tiger’s Nest):

Tiger’s-Nest-(Taktsang)-Monastery

Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

In the morning, 2 hour hike till the Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) monastery.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.

In the evening, explore Paro town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 11. Paro – Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.