A general view of the Haa Dzong, a fortress, that was built in 1895 in Bhutan June 28, 2009. Five decades ago, Bhutan was a feudal, medieval place with no roads, proper schools or hospitals and scarcely any contact with the outside world. Today education and health care are free and life expectancy has risen to 66 years from less than 40. Picture taken June 28, 2009. REUTERS/Singye Wangchuk (BHUTAN SOCIETY)

A general view of the Haa Dzong, a fortress, that was built in 1895 in Bhutan June 28, 2009. Five decades ago, Bhutan was a feudal, medieval place with no roads, proper schools or hospitals and scarcely any contact with the outside world. Today education and health care are free and life expectancy has risen to 66 years from less than 40. Picture taken June 28, 2009. REUTERS/Singye Wangchuk (BHUTAN SOCIETY)

The Haa Valley is one of the most picturesque districts in Bhutan. An ideal day trip from Paro beyond the beautiful Chelela Pass one of the highest pass in Bhutan, Haa is the ancestral home of the Royal Grandmother and the passage to capital before where there were no motor able road ,and is characterized by its rugged and mountainous terrain.

Legend says that the Haa valley was previously dominated by animist traditions before the tantric master Padmasambhava visited the valley in the 8th century and transformed their beliefs into peaceful Buddhist traditions. In addition to its natural beauty, Haa also features a number of interesting sites including Chhundu Lhkhang, dedicated to the valley’s protecting deity, 7th century Lhakhang Karpo (white) and Lhakhang Karpo (black) and Haa Dzong.

Haa’s annual summer festival provides a fantastic opportunity to participate in the nomadic lifestyle of the Haaps, including savoring their delicious delicacies. You may also compete in the traditional game of khuru, archery and soksum and try hitting the bull’s eye.

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