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Ura Lhakhang is situated in the middle of Ura village in Bumthang. It was built in the 1980s. Inside is a huge statue of Guru Rimpochhe and beautiful paintings. Guru Nangsay Zilnoen is the main statue. The Ura Yakchoe event is a three-day program, the highlight of which is the invoking and escorting of the Yidam Chhana Dorjee from Gaythen to Ura. Legend has it that a lama visited an old woman who was sitting outside her house, several hundred years ago. The lama asked her for a glass of water. The old obliged, generously, and went to fetch water. When she returned, the lama was nowhere to be seen but had left a sack at her doorstep. She opened the sack, out of curiosity, only to find a statue. And the statue was not an ordinary one. Today, this has become the most important relic. It is said that the statue protected the people in the valley from natural calamities and other misfortunes. During this tsechu, the statue is put on display so that the devotees get blessed.

Day 1: Paro–Thimphu:

Arrive at Paro International Airport.
Travel to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. En route, visit Tachog Monastery.
Afternoon, visit National Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma Statue, Kuenselphodrang Park, and Traditional Handmade Paper Factory.

Overnight stay at Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)

Day 2: Thimphu

Hike to Cheri Monastery.
Afternoon, visit Takin Park, Centenary Farmers’ Market, Institute of Traditional Arts and Crafts, and the majestic Tashichhodzong which houses the office of His Majesty the King.

Overnight stay at Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)

Day 3: Thimphu–Punakha:

Travel towards Punakha.
On the way, stop at Dochula pass and visit the 108 Victory Stupas. Then visit Chimi Lhakhang, the fertility temple.
Afternoon, visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, the longest suspension bridge, and Galem’s house.

Overnight stay at Zhingkham Resort (or similar) 

Day 4: Punakha-Bumthang

Leave Punakha for Bumthang.
En route, stop at the reconstruction site of Wangduepodrang dzong.
Then stop at the Trongsa Dzong and the museum at Ta Dzong.
Our highest driving point will be a mountain pass- Pelela at 3140 meters and Yotongla pass. From there we gradually take a descent to the floor of Bumthang valley which is often filled with dense fog.

Overnight stay in Bumthang 

Day 5: Bumthang

Visit Tamzhing Monastery. Then walk to the sacred Kurjey Lhakhang. Resume walking towards Jambay Lhakhang.
Ramble through the small Chamkhar town in the evening.

Overnight stay in Bumthang

Day 6: Excursion-Ura Valley (Ura Tsechu)

Drive to Ura valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan.
En route, visit Tang Membar Tsho, the highly revered and sacred burning lake. Then comes our main program, witness Ura Tsechu which is rather known as the Ura Yakchoed. It is a three-day program in which different dances are performed.

Overnight stay in Bumthang

Day 7: Bumthang-Phobjikha

Travel to Phobjikha.
Visit Gangtey Goenpa and stroll along the Nature Trail at Phojikha valley, the winter habitat of endangered Black-necked Cranes.

Overnight stay in a home-stay

Day 8: Phobjikha-Paro

Travel back to Paro.
En route, visit Semtokha Dzong, the oldest dzong in the country.
Afternoon, visit the National Museum, Paro Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, and have an orientation walk along the silent street of Paro Town.

Overnight stay at Bhutan Mandala Resort

Day 9 Paro-Taksang Monastery

Hike to Taksang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest.
In the evening, visit one of the nearby homestays and have a hot-stone bath.

Overnight stay at Bhutan Mandala Resort

Day 10 Paro

Drive to Haa through Chele La (3,988 m).
Picnic at Chelela Pass. Then visit Lhakhang Karpo.
Drive back to Paro.

Overnight at Bhutan Mandala Resort

Date 11: Departure

We will see you at Paro International Airport. We hope that you had a wonderful and memorable stay in our dragon kingdom.