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Name of Trip :

Ura Festival

Trip Length : 10 Nights/ 11 Days
Rating : Popular
Destination(s) : Bhutan
Group Size : 4-10 Person
Trip Date : 02nd May to 06th May 2012
Trip Start From : Paro, Bhutan
Trip Ends : Paro, Bhutan
Accommodation : Hotels and Resorts
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Ura Festival

Bhutan Majestic Travel’s tour of Ura Festival provides a rare opportunity to witness the famous dance known as the Ura Yakchoe and get a glimpse of the sacred Buddhist relic that is put on display during the course of the festival. Ura festival is held annually in the month of May. According to legends, a lama had asked an old woman for a glass of water but as she came out of her house with a glass of water, was nowhere to be seen. All that stood there was a sack. As she inspected the sack, she is said to have come across a statue. The statue was passed down the generations to the present owners. Today, the statue or the relic forms an integral part of this festival.
  • Day 01: Paro – Paro
  • Day 02: Paro – Paro
  • Day 03: Paro to Thimphu,
  • Day 04: Thimphu – Thimphu
  • Day 05: Thimphu to Punakha
  • Day 06: Punakha to Bumthang.
  • Day 07: URA FESTIVAL
  • Day 08: Bumthang - Bumthang
  • Day 09: Bumthang to Thimphu ( 10 hours )
  • Day 10: Drive to Paro via Haa (a town in the west newly opened to the tourists)
  • Day 11: Departure

Destinations :

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Trongsa and Bumthang

Activities :

Attending Ura Festival, Hiking, Visit Farm House , Monastery, Museums, Weekend market (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) Stroll around the City etc.

Tour Highlights :

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries.
  • Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.
  • Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshops, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more...

Ura Festival

Day 01


Paro – Paro

Fly onboard Druk Air to Paro, Bhutan. On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro. On arrival, once you have cleared formalities, you will be met Guide from Bhutan Majestic Travel, and transferred to your hotel, after lunch, visit to the National Museum, a fascinating place housed in an old watchtower above the huge Paro Dzong (monastery/fortress). The museum holds a fantastic collection of Bhutanese national treasures ranging from ancient armor to textiles and thangkha paintings. Overnight Hotel in Paro

Day 02


Paro – Paro

Drive for 15kms and reach the base of Famous Tiger's Nest "TAKTSANG" Monastery and hike up which would take Two Hours up and approximately One Hour down. Stop at Taktsang Tea House "Cafeteria" for refreshment of Tea & Coffee and on your return back from monastery. Taktsang is at 2900mts. Hike for another half an hour and you reach the Great and Magnificent Taktsang where you will be greets by the monks who live there and Special Bhutanese Butter Visit the most important monastery were the Guru Rimpoche was flying on a Flaming Tigress from Singye Dzong in Eastern Bhutan to here and meditated for Three Months and flourishment of Buddhism in Paro started from 8th Century. Walk down to the Tea House for Vegetarian Lunch. After Lunch walk down hill and drive to Drugyal Dzong and on the way enjoys the view of the Taktsang Monastery, also known as "Tiger's Nest temple". Near the Drugyal Dzong, if the sky is clear we can see the Mt. Chomolhari on the background. Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

Day 03


Paro to Thimphu,

Morning drive for 2 hours to the least visited of all the Himalayan capitals, Thimphu, en route visit Simtokha Dzong- the oldest monastery/fortress of the Kingdom. Afternoon sightseeing includes; visits to the Memorial Chorten, folk heritage museum, Drubthob Nunnery at Zilukha, the handmade paper factory, mini zoo to see the Golden Takins (national animal of Bhutan), Zangtopelri Lhakhang and the local handicraft center for varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, jewellery etc. on display. Overnight at Hotel Wangchuk, Thimphu.

Day 04


Thimphu – Thimphu

In the morning make a excursion to Cheri Gompa. The name of this monastery is Cheri Dorji Dhen. The Shabdrung (first ruler of Bhutan) built this Gompa in 1620 and established its first order of monks here. It is usually possible to enter Cheri courtyard and the temples. It takes almost 2 hours to reach the gompa from where there are wonderful views. This is a gentle leg stretching day that also allows us to see the countryside and villages of the Thimphu Valley. After lunch, visit the colorful weekend vegetable market. Overnight Hotel in Thimphu

Day 05


Thimphu to Punakha

Today we drive to Punakha, the old winter capital. The drive takes about 3 hours and crosses the 3100m high Dochu La. If the weather is clear there are wonderful Himalayan views from the pass. On the way to Punakha, we will stop for the short walk to Chimi Lakhang. It is a pleasant 20min stroll through fields to the temple that occupies a commanding position in the centre of the valley. The temple has special significance due to its association with Lama Drukpa Kunley, one of the most popular saints in Bhutan. From here, we proceed to Punakha and the imposing dzong that lies at the confluence of the Mo and Pho rivers. The large fortress with its temples, hall and towers overlooks the town and provides excellent views. Overnight Hotel in Punakha .

Day 06


Punakha to Bumthang.

This is a long day's drive of 8-9 hours depending on road conditions, but it is a journey you are not likely to forget. The road drops down through varied forest finally emerging into the highly-cultivated Wangdi valley and from here, the road winds up through varied forest up to the Pele La pass from where the views are spectacular. The journey then continues along a road in places literally carved out of impressive cliffsides, to Tongsa. In Tongsa, we have chance to wander around this pleasant township and explore Ta Dzong and the courtyard of Trongsa Dzong. From Tongsa, we drive across the Yotung La (3425m) and descend eventually into the valley of Bumthang, the heart of the Bhutanese weaving industry. The area, centered on the town of Jakar, is of great spiritual significance and encompasses four valleys. Overnight at Mountain Lodge

Day 07



Attend URA Festival, Over night Hotel in Bumthang.

Day 08


Bumthang - Bumthang

A full day in Bumthang to explore the valley; hike to Tamshing Gomba, the most important Nyigma Gomba with a visit to the Yatha weaving center. It may also be possible to take some of the local village walks - a visit to the homeopathic hospital, the cheese factory, the castle of the 'White Bird', one or two local temples and a walk around Jakar Township Also worth seeing in Jakar are the woodcraft workshop, dying workshop, and the five water-wheels behind Wangdicholing Old Palace. Overnight Hotel in Bumthang

Day 09


Bumthang to Thimphu ( 10 hours )

Leaving Jakar, we return west, stopping for lunch at the Chendebje Chorten, a large white monument said to conceal the remnants of an evil spirit vanquished here. Continuing across the spectacular Pele La Pass we come to Wangdi. Take some time to stroll the little town of Wangdi and continue to Thimphu. Overnight Hotel Wangchuk.

Day 10


Drive to Paro via Haa (a town in the west newly opened to the tourists)

Explore Haa valley, one of the oldest and historical place of Bhutan. Farewell dinner at Hotel in Paro. Overnight at Hotel, Paro.

Day 11



Early morning drive to Airport and board flight, wishing you safe journey and thanks for visiting Bhutan with us and wishing to visit Bhutan Again.

Ura Festival

Cost Includes:

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Walks and Hikes

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Donations to Monasteries
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Tips for Guide, Driver & Hotel Staff
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • International Telephone Calls
  • Round Trip Air fare
  • Inbound Airfare

Accommodations and facilities:

There are limited choices of accommodations in Bhutan. With a few exceptions of highly over priced international chain properties, hotels in Bhutan are small with 15 to 20 rooms. The hotels have been categorized by local authorities as Star 1, 2 and 3, with 3 Star being on the top level 1Star at the bottom and naturally we have pick the 3 Star category hotels and resorts which are local architecture with Bhutanese décor, well maintained and staffed with the friendly locals. There is disparity in the rooms in most of the hotels and travelers of the same group may end up in two different types of rooms although you have paid the same amount. You will have private bathroom with 24 hour running cold and hot water. They provide some fundamental toiletry supplies but hair dryers, iron and ironing board etc may not be available. Hotels in Paro and Thimphu do have internet access in office or reception areas. There are some new deluxe properties and international chain resorts which are above the traditional classification criteria and in the higher side in terms of price and can be booked with supplemental cost. Hotel listed on the itinerary are suggestions only and during peak season and tours timed with festival, we may not get the same hotels and in that case, we will book you in the similar property or upgrade you to the higher level.

Guide and Escorts

Our Tour Guides are local individuals with college degree, government certification, experienced and with knowledge on the destination, history, culture and religion and most importantly they are easy going, detailed oriented, patient and high level of customer service skills. They will uncover the wonders of the destinations for you which you would never find on your own. They ensure that everything goes well with your tour without a hitch.


We use good condition Toyota SUV and Toyota Coaches for all transfers and tours. Driver and guide is not the same person. Driver may speak little or no English but they know the road and are skillful to fix the problem in case of mechanical breakdowns. Depending on group size, we will use Japanese made Sedan cars, SUVs or minivan for entire transfers and tours.

International and Internal Flights:

All internal flights are part of travel plan and are locally booked by us. You will be emailed e-ticket receipts once the reservation is booked and tickets issued. But you have liberty to book your international airfare on your own. We can certainly help you book international flight if that originates from the city that you live in. Once you receive itinerary, it's your responsibility to verify the itinerary and reconfirm the schedules.

Visa and Permits:

Passport should be valid for 6 months or more at the time of travel. We will take care of Bhutan Visa and permits. Bhutan Visa Fees of USD 20 which will be collected with the Tour Payment in advance. You will need to provide a copy of your passport which should be sent to us by email for Bhutan Visa Processing. Bhutan visa is preprocessed by us and we will provide you a copy the Visa Approval Letter before your trip which you will need to present at Druk Air counter at the time you check in for flight to Bhutan. You will get actual visa seal on your passport upon arrival at Paro airport.

Trip Activity Level:

This trip is basically motor vehicle based sightseeing with some short hikes and village visits and suitable for all travelers with regular health conditions. When we are driving from one city to another, we will be driving from 3-6 hours with occasional stops for photography and for refreshments. Roads are narrow and some portions may be rough and damaged. The itinerary allows enough acclimatization for you and it's advisable that you should keep physically fit and start mild exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling or practice some aerobics about 2-3 months ahead of the trip. It's your responsibility to determine that you are fit for this trip and if you have any health conditions, please consult with your physician before you sign up for this trip.

Note on Itinerary:

We do our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a generic guideline in terms of what you expect to do or see during the tour and may differ in the practical ground from exact sequence or order of the sights to the overnight places depending on the local conditions.


When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking so that we can confirm you in preferred hotels and flights. A 100% of both the Tour and Airfare is requested along with a completed trip application form plus copy of the photo page of your passport.


  • 100% Refund if tour canceled within 60 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 50% Refund if tour canceled within 45 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 25% Refund if tour canceled within 30 Days from the start of the tour.
  • No Refund if tour canceled less than 30 Days from the start of the tour.

Final Trip Dossier:

A final trip dossier with local contacts, hotel lists, check lists, travel notes and relevant information will be sent about a month ahead of the trip.

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