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14 Days Bumthang Ura Yakchoe Festival

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Duration

14 Days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

10 people

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Languages

English

Overview

Ura valley in Bumthang is known for the famous dance known as the Ura Yakchoe. The dance is performed during a festival that is held every May. During the festival a sacred and important relic is put on display so that the people can receive blessings from it.

According to legend an old woman sitting outside her house was visited by a lama asking for a drink 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 to generation and is still owned by the descendants of the woman.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
  • Experience Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions.
  • Drive over high mountain passes affording sensational views of the Himalayan peaks.
  • Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
  • Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.
  • Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Paro - Thimphu


  • Arrival at Paro International Airport.

  • Drive to the Capital City, Thimphu.

  • Visit Memorial Chorten. (Built in 1974 in loving memory of the Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck)

  • Visit Changangkha Lhakhang . (Built in 13th Century by Lam Phajo Dugom Zhigpo)

  • Visit Takin Reserve. (The National Animal of Bhutan)

  • Visit Tashichho Dzong (The Fortress of the Glorious religion)

Day 2: Thimphu - Punakha

  • Visit Dochula pass. With the cluster of 108 interesting Stupas built as a tribute to the selfless service and visionary leadership of our Fourth King.

  • Visit the Typical Bhutanese village at Sopsokha- Chimi Lhakhang built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley

  • Punakha Dzong, the second largest and the second oldest monastery in Bhutan located at the confluence of the two great rivers, Pho chhu and Mo chhu.

Day 3: Punakha sightseeing

  • Drive to Nezergang

  • Hike (Aprox 40 mins) to Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Chorten built by The Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck for the protection of the country and universal peace in the world.

Day 4: Punakha - Trongsa

  • Experience scenic views

  • bird watchting

  • Chendebji Chorten

  • Visit Trongsa Dzong.

Day 5: Trongsa - Bumthang

  • Visit Trongsa Ta-Dzong (Museum) on the way.

  • Experience Flora and Fauna on the way.

Day 6: Bumthang Jakar Sightseeing

  • Jakar Dzong, the largest dzong in Bhutan.

  • Kurje Lhakhang , the final resting place of the remains of the First three kings of Bhutan.

  • Jampa Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtshen Gampo on a single day.

Day 7: Bumthang - Ura

Day 8: Ura Yakchoe Festival

  • Attend the Ura Yakchoe Festival.

Day 9: Ura - Bumthang

  • Sight Seeing at Bumthang

Day 10: Bumthang - Phobjikha valley

  • Site seeing of Rich flora and fauna.

  • Gangtoe Goenpa, the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism.

  • Phobjikha Valley, one of the most beautiful valley also known as marshland in Bhutan popular for its scenic splendor and culture uniqueness. It’s also famous for globally threatened black-necked crane Grus nigricollis (usually seen during the winter season).

Day 11: Phobjikha - Thimphu

  • Visit Folk Heritage Museum

  • Bhutan Post Museum

  • National Library established in 1960

  • Institute of Zorig Chusum (Thirteen Traditinal Arts and Crafts)

Day 12: Thimphu - Paro

  • Visit to Rinpung Dzong at paro (Fortress built on the heap of jewel) by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646.

  • Visit to Paro Museum(Ta Dzong). It’s the National Museum of Bhutan housing some of the finest specimens of Bhutanese art.

Day 13: Paro sightseeing with Taktshang hike

  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest- cliff at 914m) Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of the tigress and meditated in the cave.

  • Visit the Ruins of the Drugyel Dzong built in 1946 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invaders.

Day 14: Depart by Druk Air

Included/Exclude

  • check-1 Visas for Bhutan.
  • check-1 Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  • check-1 All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]
  • check-1 Accommodation
  • check-1 All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • check-1 English speaking, trained and experienced local guide
  • check-1 Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  • check-1 Sightseeing.
  • check-1 Mineral water.
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