Ura Valley, Bumthang Overview

Ura Valley is a one and a half-hour drive from Jakar town covering a distance of about 48 km. On the way to the drive, one can catch a glimpse of the highest mountain peak in Bhutan, Mt. Gangkhar Puensum. The route is marked with a marvellous view of the valley, sheep pastures and occasional forests. The valley itself is different from other regions in the sense that it is home to Ura village which has clustered houses separated by cobblestone alleys, a sight uncommon in the country.

For avid hikers and trekkers, Ura Valley offers the 9 km-long Geyzamchu Walking Trail, a 5-hour hike during which one can cross Geyzam Chu and cross the Wangthang La Pass. The Ura Lhakhang is a popular spot in the area which plays host to the festival of Ura Tsechu in May. Ura Yakchoe is a popular dance in the country for its attractive movements. A special relic is put on display at this time so that people can receive blessings from it. Ache Lhamo dances are exclusive only to Ura in Bhutan. One could also try visiting the community library known as READ.

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