Ura Yakchoe Tour

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive, Paro – Thimphu (by car)

Arrive in Bhutan. At Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival terminal.

Drive to Thimphu, check in to the hotel and have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine and some light sight-seeing.

Visit interesting tourist places such as Buddha Point, National Memorial Chorten and Thimphu Dzong in Thimphu.

Overnight: Thimphu

Day 2: Thimphu – Punakha

In the morning, drive to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. The roads bring visitors through scented pine and cedar forests, festooned with hanging lichen.
Sightseeing at Dochula Pass – at 3,050m, this beautiful pass with its 108 Bhutanese stupas is the memorial site of fallen Bhutanese soldiers in the 1990s.
Hike to Chhimi Lhakhang – A 20 minutes walk across terraced fields through the village of Sopsokha from the roadside to the small temple located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina. Ngawang Chogyel built the temple in 15th century after the ’Divine Madman’ Drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten.
Overnight: Punakha
Day 3: Punakha – Trongsa

While driving to Trongsa, pass through Wangdue Phodrang, One of the major towns and district capital of Western Bhutan. On the way we will stop to viewWangdue Phodrang Dzong (recently destroyed with fire but is being rebuilt) perched on the spur of a hill, built in 1638, this Dzong overlooks the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. The last town before central Bhutan. The district is famous for its fine bamboo work and its slate and stone carving.

After five hours drive, we will come across Chendebji Chorten  –  also called Chorten Charo Kasho is a Nepalese style like stupa like Swayambhunath or Bodhnath built in the 19th century by a Tibetan Lama. It was built on the remains of an evil spirit that was tormenting the people of that region.

Day 4: Trongsa – Bumthang

Drive to Bumthang (3 hours journey). After reaching Bumthang in the afternoon,  we will also visit Kurjey Lhakhang (left-bottom), one of the most sacred monasteries in Bhutan. Built by the Guru Rinpoche in 1652, it houses a rock with his body imprint. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche manifested as a Garuda to defeat the demon Shelging Karpo who had taken the form of a white lion.

We will also visit Jambay Lhakhang, built in 659 by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to pin down a demoness who was obstructing the spread of Buddhism. Come October, the Jambay Lhakhang Drup is one of the most colourful festivals in Bhutan.

Day 5: Bumthang to Ura

Ura Valley – One of the most tranquil and beautiful valley, Ura is a must visit valley in Bumthang. While in Ura visit the Ura Monastery and simply enjoy the meadows and the beautiful landscapes, the buck wheat and barley fields.

Ura Yakchoe Festival (First Day) : A long time ago, a old woman was visited by a lama. This Lama seemed very mysterious and all he asked from the old lady was a glass of water. The old lady being kind as she was, she went to fetch water and when she returned the Lama was nowhere to be found. But there was a sack outside her door steps. She opened the sack out of curiosity, she found out that there was a statue in the sack. The statue was no ordinary statue, for it was a relic. From that day onwards, the relic has been passed down from one generation to the other and today the same relic is displayed to the public during the festival.

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