Ura Yakchoe Festival.

Festival dates: 24th – 28th April 2021

Ura festival is one of the most spectacular festivals in Bhutan and is held in Ura Temple, Bumthang. This Ura festival is for three days and is held in Spring. The Local people and the monks of Ura Temple perform various mask dances. The festival also features folk songs and traditional dances performed by the local people.

A small statue, a private relic is displayed during the festival. Besides the festival, you can also visit ancient temples and monasteries in Bumthang like Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey and others.

Sketch Itinerary for Ura Festival:

Day 1. Paro:  Arrive Paro and sightseeing:

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Rimpung Dzong.

Meet & Greet at the airport and drive to the hotel.

After lunch, visit to

In the evening, visit to a typical Bhutan Farm house.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 2. Paro – Bumthang flight & sightseeing:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and fly to Bumthang.

Meet & Greet at the Badbalathang Airport in Bumthang.

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Jakar Dzong.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Jakar Dzong built in 1667.
  • Jambay Lhakhang built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in 659 AD.
  • Tamshing Lhakhang established in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa.
  • Kurjey Lhakhang with the body print of Guru Rimpoche.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 3. Bumthang – Ura valley & back to Bumthang (51 kms, Drive Time 1 ½ hour drive):

After early breakfast, drive to the beautiful Ura valley:

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Ura Festival.

While in Ura, witness the festival (Full day).

  • 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”. In the 14th century, Pema Lingpa discovered the treasures in this lake hidden by Guru Rimpoche.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 4. Bumthang – Trongsa – Gangtey (143 kms – 4 hours):

After breakfast visit to:

  • Trongsa dzong built in 1648. This Dzong was the Seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan.
  • Ta Dzong museum.
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Gangtey Monastery.

After lunch visit to:

  • Gangtey Gompa Monastery. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation.

In the evening, explore Phobjikha valley, the most beautiful glacial valley in the Himalayas and the roosting ground of the Rare Black- necked Cranes.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 5. Gangtey – Punakha (74 kms – 1 ½ hours):

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Wangdi Phodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Chimi Lhakhang also called the “Temple of Fertility” built by Lama Drukpa in the year 1499.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Punakha is ancient capital of Bhutan.
  • Hike to the Beautiful Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery (45 Minutes).

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 6. Punakha – Thimphu (76 kms – 3 hours):

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Dochula Pass at 3100 m.

After early breakfast, visit to:

  • Longest suspension bridge in Bhutan across the Pho Chu River.
  • Royal Botanical Garden at Lam Pelri.
  • 108 stupas at Dochu La Pass (3100 m) and view the Higher Himalayas.

After lunch at Dochu Lavisit to:

  • The weekend vegetable market.
  • Witness archery match at Changlimithang stadium.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 7. Thimphu Sightseeing:

Buddha-Statue

Tallest statue of sitting Buddha in the world (51.5 m).

After breakfast, visit to:

  • The National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of Late King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Tallest Statue of Buddha in the world (51.5 m).
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, oldest temple of Thimphu built in the 13th
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

After lunch, visit to:

  • National Postal Museum.
  • Painting School also called “Zorig Chusum”, the school of 13 Arts and Crafts.

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

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 8. Thimphu – Paro – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest (56 kms – 1 hour):

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Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

After breakfast, drive to Paro. On the way, visit to:

  • Tamchog Monastery built in 1420 by Thangthong Gyalpo or “the Iron Bridge builder”.
  • Hike to the Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

After lunch, 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, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 9. Paro – Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.