URA FESTIVAL (7 NIGHTS/8 DAYS)

URA-FESTIVALUra valley in Bumthang is known for its famous dance known as the Ura Yakchoe. This festival that is held annually in the month of May is a festival where a sacred and an important relic is put on display for the people to receive blessings. Myth has it that one day an old woman while sitting outside her house had a visitor, a lama who asked her for a glass of water. When she came out with a glass of water, the lama had vanished leaving behind a sack. Out of curiosity, she checked the bag and found a statue that is now being displayed annually. This relic has been passed on from generation to generation and now it’s owned by the descendants of the woman.

DETAILS ITINERARY

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO-THIMPHU-PUNAKHA

On your arrival you will be received by Guide and driver from Bhutan Dendrobium Tour and Trek (BDTT). And then transfer to Punakha the drive to Punakha is about 3 hours from Thimphu via Dochula pass at 3150m, one can have a magnificent view of Eastern Himalayas on the clear weather from the pass.Lunch in Dochula cafeteria. Further down hill drive from the pass will take you to the warm and humid valley of Punakha. On the way visit Chime Lhakhang temple which takes about 30mins from car parking to Chime Lhakhang and up down it takes 1hr.After that Visit Punakha dzong(majestically located at the junction of the two rivers Pho chu and Mo chu, meaning male and female river).Overnight at Punakha.

DAY 02: PUNAKHA-BUMTHANG

Breakfast in hotel and then long drive to Bumthang, crossing Pelela pass at 3360m.Photograph break at the pass, further 1hr30min drive from the pass will take to the village of Chendebji where the lunch will be served in Tabdey restaurant near Chendebji stupa (the Nepal style eye stupa). Further drive from the lunch spot will reach to the town of Trongsa (the town in central Bhutan). Sightseeing of Trongsa dzong (the fortress in central Bhutan from where the Wang chuck dynasty came to power in 1907). And then further proceed to Bumthang crossing another pass of Yotongla at 3400m and Kikila pass at 2700m. On reaching Bumthang check in hotel, dinner and Overnight at JAKAR.

DAY 03: BUMTHANG

Breakfast in hotel and drive to Ura to witness festival with pack lunch. And after witness drive to Bumthang town. Overnight at BUMTHANG.

DAY 04: BUMTHANG

Breakfast in hotel and drive to Jambay Lhakhang.And lunch in town and after lunch visit Kurjey lhakhang (the temple dedicated to the great Buddhist master Guru Padmasambhava who introduced Buddhism in 8thcentury) and visit Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message), established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa and is the most important Nyingmapa temple in the kingdom.)And visit Membartsho (Literally means – Burning Lake), a short distance up the road leading to Tang valley. The Terton Pema Lingpa discovered several of Guru Rinpoche’s hidden Terma / relicshere. Overnight at BUMTHANG.

FDAY 05: BUMTHANG-THIMPHU

Breakfast in hotel and then proceed to Thimpu via same route, crossing different Dzongkhag and village. On the way you will fine magnificent view of mountain or Himalayas,different specious of birds and real Bhutanese life.After  you reach in Thimphu chick in hotel.Overnight at Thimphu.

DAY 06: THIMPHU-PARO

Breakfast and drive to Thimphu, visit Memorial Chorten(the stupa built n 1974 in the memory of our third king Jigme Dorji Wang chuck).Tashichho dzong(the fortress of the glorious religion, houses the throne room of his majesty the King, the main secretariat building and the central monastic body. Lunch in Thimphu town and after lunch visit Painting School (Commonly known as the Painting School, the Institute offers you a glimpse of novices learning 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. It is a hands-on trip for you. Enjoy few moments with the future artists of the country.) And then visit Folk heritage Museum (This museum provides glimpse into the traditional Bhutanese life.). And then transfer to Paro. Overnight at PARO.

DAY 07: PARO SIGHTSEEING

Breakfast in hotel and visit Paro Dzong (also known as Rinpung dzong is the venue for the annual Paro Tsechu festival held every spring). Visit National Museum (known as Ta Dzong since it has been turned into National Museum, was the watch tower of Paro Dzong in 17thcentury).And then visit Dumtse lhakhang (The unusual and circular lhakhang, reminiscent of the Shana,or the black hat worn by the Bhutanese Black Hat dancers was built by the great Builder of iron chain bridges, Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo.). Lunch in town and after lunch Visit Nishioka Chorten,(the stupa built in memory of late Dasho Nishioka, a Japanese citizen who had served in the service of agriculture for 28 years in Bhutan),on the way stop at the Bondey village for the view of Paddy field (TANADA). Overnight PARO.

DAY 08: DEPARTURE

Breakfast in hotel and drive to the airport for the flight to the next destination. See off by the guide and the driver from Bhutan Dendrobium Tour and Trek.