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Ura Yakchoe & Domkhar Tshechu, Festival Tour

Day 1: Arrive Paro (Bhutan) by Flight & drive to Thimphu (55km, approx. 1.1/2-hour drive)
•    On arrival at Paro International Airport, received by our representative after immigration formalities & baggage collection and then transfer to Bhutan’s capital city, Thimphu. En route photo stop at Tamchog temple viewpoint & Chuzom, the confluence of Paro & Thimphu rivers.Domkar Tshechu Bhutan
•    On arrival in Thimphu check into the hotel.
•    Later visit King’s Memorial Stupa.
•    Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu city centre.
•    Overnight in Thimphu. (Altitude 2,320m)

Day 2: Thimphu
•    Full day exploration of Thimphu valley includes visit to, Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Museum, Institute of Zorig Chusum or Arts & Crafts School, Takin Preserve, Thimphu Post office, Buddha Dordenma and Trashichhoedzong, the beautiful medieval fortress / monastery.
•    Overnight in Thimphu. (Altitude 2,320m)

Day 3: Thimphu – Gangtey (Phobjikha) (150km, approx. 5-hour drive)
•    After breakfast, drive to Gangtey. En route take a short stop at Dochula pass (3,080m) enjoying stunning mountain views at the backdrop of picturesque Druk Wangyel Chortens (stupa).
•    On arrival in Gangtey, check into the hotel.
•    Afternoon visit famous Gangtey monastery and then take a stroll around lovely Gangtey village.
•    Overnight in Gangtey. (Altitude 3,000m)

Day 4: Gangtey (Phobjikha) – Trongsa – Bumthang (153km, approx. 6-hour drive)
•    Morning after breakfast, explore idyllic Phobjikha valley, famous for Black Necked Cranes.
•    Then proceeds towards Bumthang via town of Trongsa. The drive crosses 3,300m Pelela pass and also stop en route at Chendbji Chorten (stupa).
•    On arrival in Trongsa town, visit its majestic Dzong and then drive further to Bumthang crossing Yutongla pass (3,400m).
•    On entering Bumthang, visit Chumey valley and Yathra (woollen fabric) weaving village.
•    Overnight in Bumthang. (Altitude 2,600m)

Day 5: Bumthang (Domkhar Tshechu, Festival)
•    After breakfast, drive to Chumey valley to witness Domkhar Tshechu (festival) celebrated at Domkhar village temple.
•    Also visit of the day includes ancient temples of Jambay Lhakhang, Kurje Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang.
•    Overnight in Bumthang. (Altitude 2,600m)

Day 6: Bumthang (Ura Yakchoe, Festival)
•    Morning after breakfast, full day excursion to Ura valley (44km, approx. 1-hour & 15 min drive one way) to witness Ura Yakchoe (festival) and explore charming Ura village.
•    Overnight in Bumthang. (Altitude 2,600m)

domkar tshechu BhutanDay 7: Bumthang – Trongsa - Punakha (210km, approx. 7-hour drive)
•    After breakfast, visit Jakar Dzong, the fortress serving as administrative centre of the Bumthang valley.
•    Then drive to Punakha.
•    On the way at Trongsa, visit the Ta Dzong (museum).
•    Evening explore Punakha & Wangdue towns and local markets.
•    Overnight in Punakha. (Altitude 1,300m).

Day 8: Punakha
•    After breakfast visit historic Punakha Dzong (fortress cum monastery).
•    Then a walking excursion (approx. 2-hour round trip walk) to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Stupa.  
•    Afternoon visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery and a short walking excursion (about 30 min round trip walk) to Chimi Lhakhang or ‘Fertility Temple’.
•    Overnight in Punakha. (Altitude 1,300m)

Day 9: Punakha – Paro (125km, approx. 4-hour drive)
•    Morning after breakfast, drive to Paro via Dochula pass.
•    Afternoon visit to Ta Dzong (National Museum) & Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) or ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’.
•    Evening an exploratory walk around Paro city centre.
•    Overnight in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m)

Day 10: Paro
•    After breakfast, walking excursion (approx. 5-hour round trip walk) to Taktsang monastery or ‘Tiger Nest’.
•    Afternoon visit Kyichu & Dungtse temples.
•    Overnight in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m)

Day 11: Depart Paro (Bhutan)
•    Morning transfer to Paro International Airport for flight to onward destination. Our guide will assist you with exit formalities and bid you farewell.

Note: Above tour is available for private individuals or groups on your convenient travel date coinciding with the festival dates. Please call or write to us to arrange exact travel date.

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