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    Landscape view of Haa Valley in Bhutan

    Mountains guard, mountains keep, mountains whisper secrets to the closest acquaintance! But to listen to them you must walk into their embrace. It is here that you go chasing angels or fleeing demons, and when you are there already you wake up to some of the most surreal views ever. Haa Valley, nestled in the Himalayan land in Bhutan, is where nature looks its incredible best.

    The Valley is a nestled paradise connecting Paro, Chhukha, and Samtse districts of Bhutan. Located at a mere 13 miles distance from the disputed India-China border in Doklam, this place holds a strategic position stretching over 1700 sq km. It was in 2002 when it was made available to the public, yet the valley still doesn’t have too many conveyances. It can be reached from the nearest town of Paro most efficiently. Truly a cut above the rest, the Haa Valley takes you through to the magical place beyond mountains in Bhutan where the world is so serene and light is pristine.

    About Haa Valley Bhutan

    An aerial view of Haa Valley

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    Haa town is known for its ancient traditions and rituals, and with its thinly populated valley region, this place gives you the tranquilizing feel like a fewer place in the ever would. Lhakhang Karpo (White temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black temple) from the 7th century lie nestled in the foothills of the Meri Puensum mountains.

    The valley is located in close proximity to Doklam or Zhoglam – a plateau enveloped by Tibet’s Chumbi Valley to the north, Bhutan’s Haa Valley to the east and India’s Sikkim state to the west. This place is of strategic importance to India and China and the armies of both the nation were in news because of the 73-day-long military standoff in Doklam. Talking about the way of life, the valley and surroundings follow the Shamanistic rituals.

    To reach the valley by road one has to traverse Chele-la Pass at 3988 meters. It is from the valley that you get to feast on the magnificent views of Mount. Chomolhari & Jichu Drakey. Haa is strategically important for India because of its close presence near the Indo-Tibet border and the IMTRAT (Indian Military Training Teams) has its base in the Haa town which is a critical position for India.

    Suggested Read: Dochula Pass, Bhutan: 3 Reasons You Must Visit It


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    Best time to visit Haa Valley

    October – November is the best time to visit Haa Valley. Autumn is the time when Mt. Jomolhari and the snow-covered surroundings look the finest. The weather is moderate and perfect for a hike in the valley

    Haa Valley Bhutan map

    How to reach Haa Valley

    A traveler crossing the bridge leading to Haa Valley

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    By air: Paro Airport is the nearest you can reach Haa Valley by plane. Paro international airport is 65 km far from the valley. Cabs are easily available from the airport, which take around 1 hour 50 minutes to reach Haa Valley by road.

    By bus: Direct cabs are available from Phuentsholing to Haa Valley. The valley can also be reached by cab or private vehicle from Thimpu in 4 hours approximately. There are local buses plying from Thimpu and Paro to Haa Valley on fixed days. Thimpu is around 114 km from Haa Valley.

    Popular things to do in Haa Valley

    Beautiful view of Haa valley during autumn

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    Haa valley is popular for its stunning outdoors which makes it a hikers delight. The lush green surroundings and architectures from the medieval times are just too good to marvel. Go on a Poppy trail, live in a homestay, pray at a monastery, or taste some of the most delectable local cuisines, Haa Valley has a lot to offer to the nomad.

    • Go hiking to the Buddhist temples
    • Take a hike to Haa Chu Riverside
    • Experience the rich Bhutan culture
    • Go on a Poppy trail in the valley

    Places to visit near Haa Valley

    A top view of Haa valley covered in clouds

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    With the kind of serenity that Haa Valley is surrounded with one can’t just get over its enthralling beauty. The place is bestowed with stunning nature and a lot of tiny temples and gompas from the prehistoric times. It is here in the valley that you can expect simple joys of life in the seamless trace farms

    • Haa Gompa
    • The Black and White Temple Temples (Lhakhang Karpo and Lhakhang Ngapo)
    • Dumchung Dzong
    • Has Samarpudung
    • Yangthong Gompa (7 km from Haa)
    • Gyechu Lhakhang/ Chhundu Lhakhang (3 km from Yangthong Gompa)
    • Juneydrak Hermitage
    • Katsho Gompa – below the Hermitage, Katsho Village

    Must Read: 12 Old Yet Charming Monasteries In Bhutan Every Traveler Must Explore

    Haa Valley homestays

    Haa Valley Bhutan has limited stay options! Therefore you must plan a stay in advance before heading there. These stays are special because of their picture-postcard location, stunning outdoors, and comfy feel. Don’t forget to check ’em out!

    i) Risum Resort

    A view of Risum Resort in Haa valley

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    ii) Soednam Zingkha Heritage Lodge

    A homestay in Haa Valley in Bhutan

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    iii) Lechuna Heritage Lodge

    A home in Haa Valley in Bhutan

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    iv) Nguyen Homestay

    A home in Haa Valley in Bhutan

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    Mountains are nature’s most incredible creation! For they welcome you to grand views and incomparable sights. Haa Valley must be on your itinerary when you are planning a trip to Bhutan.

    Further Read: Bhutan In December: A Quintessential Travel Guide For An Exquisite Vacation!


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