Ura Yakchoe Festival

Wangdi Travel Guide

Ura valley in Bumthang is the oldest inhabited valley in Bhutan.

The Ura Yakchoe is an annual festival observed by the Ura Dozhi or Makrong village. A local village affair, it is said to have started as a commemoration of Guru Rinpoche’s arrival in the village to help residents overcome an epidemic. The main part of the festival is comprised of five days of public performances. Sacred mask dances, folk dances, a thongdrol display, and a religious ceremony forms the core part of the festival, as well as a tradition of making rounds to local homes for alcohol and food. Oral accounts relay the festival’s historical origins and evolution, spiritual and religious significance, cultural traditions, and a distinctive socio-economic system of organization and management. As a community cultural practice, Ura Yakchoe is a special event employed in the transmission of cultural ideas, values, knowledge, skills, and stories from one generation to the other.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 8 Nights and 9 Days.
  • Trip Start and End: Paro to Paro
  • Trip Type: Festival and Cultural Tour
  • Trip Guide: Licensed Tour Guide
  • Maximum Altitude: 3436m
  • Groups: 2 to 16 People
  • Transport: Private Car.
  • Trip Cost: US$ 1840 per person.
  • Date: 13th to 17th may 2023

Trip Highlight

  • Enjoy the Mountain Flights from Bumthang to Paro.
  • Explore the ancient culture and Tradition of central Bhutan.
  • Visit the burning lake in Bumthang.
  • Hike the Tiger nest temple, the wonders of Bhutan.

Outline Tour Program

  • Day 01: Arrival at Paro and drive to Thimphu.
  • Day 02: Thimphu to Punakha.
  • Day 03 Punakha to Gangtey
  • Day 04: Gangtey to Bumthang.
  • Day 05: Bumthang Ura Yakchoe Festival.
  • Day 06: Bumthang to Paro.
  • Day 07: Paro Tiger Nest Hike.
  • Day 08: Paro City Tour.
  • Day 09: Paro to Airport and see off.

Detail Tour Program

Day 01 Arrival at Airport and Drive to Thimphu

Land at the only Bhutan airport. Very few are trained to land at Paro International airport. The pilot have to do the landing manually and frequent altitude drop and turbulence is common while landing at Paro Airport. One can see the mighty Himalayan mountains if you happen to take the left side seat while flying into Bhutan from Delhi or Kathmandu. Upon landing and Visa procession our team will receive you and drive you to Thimphu. You will be brifed about the total program by the guide. If time permit we will take you to BBS tower for Thimphu city view and Taking preservation centre. A quick hike (Takin Trail) from centre to motithang children park will refresh your body. Over night at Hotel.

Day 02 Thimphu to Punakha

Drive to fertile Punakha valley. On the way spend sometime at Dochula Pass. enjoy the mountain view with hot cup of Coffee. Further drive to Lobesa valley, as you drive the altitude decreses and wether changes from cold to warm as you reach Punakha valley. Visit Chimi Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong. Over night at Hotel.

Day 03 Punakha to Gangtey

Drive from old capital to remote Gangtey valley. As your driver cruises through dusty road towards Gangtye you could find many places you can stop for fresh air and photo shoot. Upon reaching gangtey visit the Gangtye monastery located right in the middle of gangtye village. Take the gangtey trail hike from the monastery towards your hotel.

Day 04 Gangtey to Bumthang

Drive to Bumthang. The drive takes about 

Day 05 Witness Bumthang Ura Yakshoe Festival

Witness the Ura Festival. Ura is 1.5 hours drive from Bumthang. We start early so that we dont miss the starting of the festival. Festival have many exciting programs performed by local monks and communities.

Day 06 Bumthang to Paro

Enjoy the amazing flights to Paro from Batpalathang Airport. With the only airport in the country located here, one would naturally assume paro to be somewhat bustling township. Fortunately nothing could be farther from the truth-the town of Paro consist of under 35000 souls. In reality Paro is a village now transforming intself into a small town. Walk the small street of paro that streched for about 500m. The neatly arranged shops and houses are only a couple of blocks deep on either side of the main throughfare and only petrol pump is located here. In the evening relax in Hotel.

Day 07 Paro City Tour

Tour the best places in paro. Visit Paro Dzong, Dungtse Lhakhang, Ta Dzong and Paro Weekend market.

Dungtse Lhakhang is possibly only lhakhang that is built in the shape of chorten and literaly chained down since local beleifs beleive that it will otherwise fly away to heaven. You can see the chains on the four sides of chorten chained down. It was built in 1421 by thangtong Gyalpo in search of Iron ore to be used for constructing bridges in Tibet his homeland. Visit the Taa Dzong followed by Paro Rinpung Dzong In the faternoon visit the weekend market where you see locals selling produce of their farms. Evening at Hotel

Day 08 Tiger Nest Temple Hike

Hike the Tiger Nest temple. It is now time to embark on an arduous adventure for the day, ascending the 3000ft/915m cliff to reach the most spectacularly located gompa in Bhutan. To get to the starting point you will have to drive back 8km and then turn left for 3Km to reach a large parking lot decorated with prayer flags. You need to keep in mind that the trek to Tiger Nest temple is quite an uphill task and it takes around three hours and at an average speed, to climb up to this temple perched atop a cliff at 9700ft/2950m. The path is well paved and you will be impressed with the efforts made to preserve the environment, there are receptacles for garbage placed all along the route and in spite of a large number of visitors and pilgrims, there is hardly any litter.

Day 09 Paro to Airport and see off

See off from airport

What is Included in the Cost?

  • All meals as per the itinerary.
  • All camping equipment.
  • Sleeping tent.
  • Cooks and Guide during the Trek.
  •  Porter and Pony Cost.
  • All entrance fees for temples and Dzongs.
  • Accommodation [Twin Sharing] in 3 Star Hotel, Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.

  • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.

  • Royalty & Govt. Taxes

  • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only visa Fees.Airport tax

  • Tourism Development fund

     

What is Not Included in the Cost?

  • Flight fare both Domestic and International.
  • Insurance Premiums,
  • Payments for service provided on a personal basis
  • Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”
  • Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  • Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services

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