Haa Valley is cozily nestled amid the lofty mountains of Western Bhutan. Surrounded by the districts of Paro, Chhukha and Samtse, the picturesque region is spread over a vast area. The essence of Haa Valley is intertwined with its centuries-old history: before the dawn of Buddhism in Bhutan, the area was known for animistic and shamanistic rituals. Today, the valley is an unparalleled seat of authentic and diverse cultural traditions embellished with legends and myth. Visit Haa for its pristine natural beauty and stellar examples of ancient Buddhist architecture.

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Activities in Haa Valley

Highlights of Haa Valley

Haa Valley is a pristine land known for its ancient traditions and culture. Sparsely populated with a few Buddhist temples strewn across the region, few other places offer as much tranquility and peace as Haa. Discover the 7th century Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple) nestled by the foothills of the Meri Puensum mountains. Nearby, you can visit the Wangchuklo Dzong built in 1915 at the same site where the Dumchog Dzong was razed to the ground by fire. Set on the cliffs above towards Chele La Pass, at an altitude of 3500 meters above sea level, witness the Kila Nunnery or Chele la Gompa which is home to almost 70 nuns living in self-imposed isolation. They rarely receive visitors as the hike up from the main road can often take an hour’s journey through forests and steep slopes! (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Moderate; Please check beforehand that the Black Temple is open at the time of your visit.)

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