Haa Valley of Bhutan

Haa Valley Tour

Haa Valley is an amazing place to explore the real beauty of Bhutan. Haa Valley is locally known as ‘Hay” and it means ‘surprise’ which later became ‘Haa’ due to the differences in interpretations pronunciations of different people over time. The most famous Haa Dzong in the valley is covered by the militaries these days, even though one can taste the fabulous views of stunning landscapes, mountains and much more. Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and Lahakhang Nagpo (Black Temple) are the most popular shrines of the valley. The central shrine in Lkhakhang Nagpo is said to have no difference with that of Lhasa JOWO in Tibet. A Drive about 70 km from Paro with scenic views will lead us in this superb valley.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1 : Arrive at Paro and drive to Thimpu
  • Day 2 : Thimpu Sightseeing
  • Day 3 : Thimpu to Punakha
  • Day 4 : Punakha to Paro
  • Day 5 : Paro Sightseeing
  • Day 6 : Exploration of Haa Valley
  • Day 7 : Departure

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrive at Paro and drive to Thimpu
    Arrive at Paro airport, our representative will greet you. Day time Visit Ta Dzong, one of the finest natural Museum in South Asia. Visit Rinpung Dzong which is in the same location as Ta Dzong- built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. On the same day we drive to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu. In the evening, walking around the city. Overnight in Thimpu.
  • Day 2 : Thimpu Sightseeing
    Whole day tour of Thimphu. Visiting to the National Memorial chorten, National Library, Folk Heritage Museum, Tashichho Dzong, National Textile Museum, School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts, Visit Government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shop where you are free to Shopping.
  • Day 3 : Thimpu to Punakha
    After visiting National Library, Painting School and Traditional Medicine Institute in the morning and you will drive to Punakha. Punakha was the winter capital for over 300 years until the time of the second King. Punakha Dzong that dominates the whole area was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, and established the central monastic body with 600 monks. Overnight in Punakha.
  • Day 4 : Punakha to Paro
    Explore important and historic sites at Punakha, and enjoy the majestic view of the Himalaya as well as Je Khenpo (chief Abbot) and the central monastic body. Visit Punakha Dzong. Then drive to Paro en route visit traditional Bhutanese farm house which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people and their culture. Afternoon visit Ta Dzong, inaugurated as National Museum in 1968, and holding a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, together with a small natural history collection. After that walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, also known as "fortress of the heap of jewels".Overnight in Paro
  • Day 5 : Paro Sightseeing
    Hike (1.5 hrs) to the spectacular view of the Taktshang Monastery (Tiger's Nest), perched on a rocky edge over a 900 m. Experience unforgettable view of Mt.Jhomolhari. For the local people it is a place of pilgrimage, but for a tourist, a hike up to the viewpoint opposite the monastery can be exhausting, thrilling and mystical. The legend has it that Guru Rimpoche is had flown to the site of monastery on the back of tigress from Tibet and meditated in the cave there for three months. Visit the historic ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, built in 1647. On the way of returning you will visit Monastery Kichu Lhakhang and built in the 7th century by the first King of Tibet, Songtsen Gampo to spread the Buddhist Dharma throughout Bhutan. Overnight in Paro.
  • Day 6 : Exploration of Haa Valley
    Early in the morning driving begins to Haa via Chele-la pass. 4 Km away at Bondey village the road to Haa diverts towards the right hand side and the climb up towards the Chele-la pass starts. After driving through blue pine & rhododendron forest for 45 km, reach Chele-la Pass (4200 meter). From this point one can have an amazing view of Mt. Chomolhari & Jichu Drakey. This is a fantastic place to walk around for a few minutes enjoying the mesmerizing view. Drive on to Haa, descending all the way for another 22 km (under an hour's drive), lastly is reaching Haa. The Haa Dzong is currently occupied by the military, but the scenic view from outside is stunning. Again, visiting the famous Monastery Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) followed by visit Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple). The central shrine in Lhakhang Nagpo is said to have no difference with that of Lhasa JOWO in Tibet. The construction of the Lakhang Karpo is believed to have been assisted by the locality. As a result the place came to be locally known as 'Hay' meaning' surprise' which later became 'Haa' due to the differences in interpretations and pronunciations of different people over time. The three giant hills looming over the fringes of the Haa Valley were called 'Me Rig Puen Sum' especially after the incidence of the Lhakhang Kdarpo construction. Today the three hills are popularly known as 'Rig Sum Goenpa' signifying three deities-Jambayang Chana Dorji and Chenrizig. Later, other Buddhist saints like Guru Rinpoche and 'Machi Labdorn' came to the Jungney Drag in Haa and blessed the locality. The principal religion followed is Drukpa Kagyud. After excursion drive back to Paro. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 7 : Departure
    Our company representative will drop you in the airport at Paro for your next destination.

Includes/Excludes

  • Includes
    • Airport, Hotel picks up and drops by private vehicle.
    • Tourist Standard Twin-Sharing Basis with Breakfast.
    • Guided tour of the city in Private vehicle mentioned on the itinerary.
    • Welcome Dinner and Farewell dinner.
    • All entrance fees and permit as well as government tax or charges during the trip
    • First Aid kits, Accidental and medical insurance of Guide
    • Map
    • Rubbish Disposal
  • Excludes
    • All meals and dinner except welcome and farewell
    • Travel Insurance.
    • Bhutan entry visa charge,International Airfare, Airport taxes as well as extra baggage charges
    • Personal stuff such as electronic device, phone call, internet charges, essential drugs, telephone and its charge etc.
    • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold and hot drinks,
    • Laundries
    • Tips for Guide and driver (not mandatory)
    • Medical evacuation in case of emergency
    • In case of further stay due to Natural calamities or disaster such as political unrest, landslides, cancellation of flight due to weather, strikes, and accident etc.

Map of Trip

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Trip Facts

  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Duration: 7 Day(s)
  • Max. Altitude: 4200m
  • Grade :
  • Rating: Best
  • Region: Bhutan
  • Activity:Sightseeing, Cultural Tour Of Bhutan, Haa Valley Hike
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