Discover Haa Valley

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If you are looking for an adventure travel, then this tour is the perfect one. Bhutan’s meandering roads are no less adventurous than any in the world. Haa is perhaps the best place to hide yourself from the maze of this busy world. A respite and momentary haven will what you get in this valley.This nine days tour will take to closer to Bhutanese rich culture and tradition.


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DAY 01: PARO
Arrive at Paro International Aiport
Places to visit on your first day in Paro are the Paro Dzong, National Museum, nearby Kyichu Temple which was built at 8th century.
Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Bhutan Mandala Resort (or similar)
 
DAY 02: HIKE TO  “TIGER’S NEST ”

Hike to the Guru's Glory. Takshang or Tiger Nest is considered one of the holiest sites in the entire Buddhist faith. It will take almost half a day to complete the hike.
In the evening visit, home stay in the Paro valley to enjoy the traditional hot stone bath, local’s foods, try playing traditional archery game (National sports of Bhutan) and good interaction with the local families.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay: Paro

 
DAY 03: PARO TO HAA 

Start the day with a visit to Dzongdrakha village, the village clings to a cliff overlooking rice fields and Paro valley. Then hike up to Kila Gompa Monastery. Continue hiking to Chele La Pass. Arrive at Haa valley. Have orientation walk in the small town of Haa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Rigsum (or similar)

 
DAY 04: HAA  TO THIMPHU 

Travel to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. En route, visit Dobji Dzong. After lunch, visit to painting schools, the centre for Bhutan arts and crafts, the Takin Zoo, the National Memorial Chorten and traditional handmade paper factory.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)

 
DAY 05:  THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA 

Head towards Punakha. En route, stop off at Dochula Pass and visit the 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens. Next stop is at Thinleygang to visit Toeb Changdana Lhakhang.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Zhingkham Resort

 
DAY 6: PUNAKHA 

Visit to Khamsum Yuelley Lhakhang. Later, visit Punakha Dzong (ancient castle fortress built in 1637).
After lunch visit Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility.

Meals Included: Breafast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Zhingkham Resort (or similar)

 
DAY 07: PUNAKHA TO PHOBJIKHA VALLEY 

Travel to Gangtey valley. En route, visit the under-construction Wangduephodrang Dzong. Upon arrival, visit the beautiful valley and take a look around the sacred Gangtey Gompa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Village Homestay (or similar)

 
DAY 8: PHOBJIKHA TO PARO

Drive to Paro.En route, visit the oldest dzong at Semtokha.After lunch, visit archery range and play the traditional game of Bhutan. In the evening, stroll along the street of Paro town and buy gifts and souvenirs as you prepare to leave back home.

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Bhutan Mandala Resort (or similar)


DAY 9: DEPATURE 
Depart for your respective countries
DAY 01: THE LUSH VALLEY OF PARO  

During the flight over to Paro, you'll be able to see some of the highest peaks such as the legendary Mount Everest, Kenchenjanga and Makula. Upon arrival you'll be met by our representative who will accompany you to several mus-see sites like the National Museum, which boasts beautiful displays related to the cultural and natural history of this incredible country. You'll also discover the famous Paro Rompong Dzong: regal and impressive, Dzongs are arguably one of the most distinct and important structures of Bhutan - architectural masterpieces as fascinating for their function as for their beauty! Finally, you'll hike down to the wooden bridge and enjoy some free time exploring the town.

Overnight at hotel: Paro
 
DAY 02: HIKE TO TAKSANG

The Majestic Takshang Goemba or “Tiger Nest” Hike to the Guru's Glory. Takshang or Tiger Nest is considered one of the holiest sites in the entire Buddhist faith. Takshang has been an important pilgrimage place for more than 1200 years. The Monastery clings to a sheer cliff two thousand feet above Paro valley. You'll be able to venture to multiple temples inside the main Takshang complex. Stop off for lunch at the teahouse on the way back, a paradise for photographers! Apart from the stunning view, you'll cast your eyes over waterfalls, meditation caves, prayer wheels, many prayer flags, and stupas. Total hike time: 4 hours

In the evening visit home stay in the Paro valley, where you can enjoy the traditional hot stone bath, local’s foods, try playing traditional archery game (National sports of Bhutan) and good interaction with the local families.
 
DAY 03: PARO TO HAA

The Chele La Pass and Kila Gompa Hike
Start the day with a visit to Dzongdrakha village. The village clings to a cliff overlooking rice fields and Paro valley. After about an hours' drive, hike up to Kila Gompa Monastery. The Monastery consists of about 30 nuns. You can meet them over a cup of tea in the temple! Continue your hike to Chele La Pass, at an altitude of 3988m. You'll see lots of yaks on the way! From the Pass, get your cameras out for the spectacular view over the Himalayas.
The Haa valley is one of the most picturesque districts in Bhutan. The Haa valley is characterized by its rugged and mountainous terrain. Legend says that the Haa valley was previously dominated by animist traditions before the tantric master Guru rinpoche visited the valley in the 8th century and transformed their beliefs into peaceful Buddhist traditions.

In addition to its natural, Haa also features a number of interesting sites including Chhundu lhakhang, dedicated to the valley’s protecting deity, 7th century lhakhang Karpo (white) and lhakang karpo (black) and Haa Dzongs.
Overnight at hotel: Haa
 
DAY 04: HAA TO THIMPHU  


Tour of 'The Capital with No Traffic Lights' On the way to Haa, stop off at Dobji Dzong, currently the Dzong is dedicated to the one of the very important Yogi called Jetsun Milerpa of 13th century.
The biggest town of Bhutan boasts many places of interest: painting schools - the learning center for Bhutanese artist and crafts, the zoo, where you can see the national animal of Bhutan - the Takin! Found above 3000m, these enormous creatures are rare, so take your camera!
Continue visiting memorial stupa, traditional handmade paper factory and Changzamtog weaving centre.
In the evening, why not wander into town and meet the locals? In the evening visit week-end market and craft market opposite of the Thimphu river.

Overnight stay in hotel: Thimphu
 
DAY 05: THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA 

Dochula Pass and the Rice Fields of Punakha. Stop off at Dochula Pass, at a whopping 3150m high, to take in the panorama of the Bhutan Himalayas. Spend some time walking around photographing the 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens, religious monuments reflecting Bhutan's spiritual and artistic traditions.
As you descend, you'll also observe changes in vegetation. At the lower elevations in Punakha and Wangdue, cactus, banana plants, poinsettias and other semi-tropical plants dominate the exotic landscape.

Continue your drive towards Punakha and stop at Thinley gang lhakhang (2300mtrs). From there hike to the Toeb Changdana lhakhang and visit lhakhang. Continue hiking towards Lhabtsakakha, It will take around 03 -04 hrs. It is gradual climb passing through the villages and rice fields. Get ready with your cameras as the landscapes are stunning and the views are spectacular.

Overnight at hotel: Punakha
 
DAY 06: PUNAKHA 

The beautiful Punkaha Dzong.In the morning drive around 15 minutes to the Nyziner gang and visit very different architecture of Khamsum Yuelley Lhakhang (45 minutes hike) and spend some time for the meditation

Later, visit Punakha Dzong (ancient castle fortress built in 1637), Punakha is an ancient capital of Bhutan and the second Dzong built in Bhutan. The Dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chief Abbot, the Je Khenpo. It is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. The Dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years but has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship.

After lunch visit Chimi Lhakhang, dedicated to Bhutan’s popular saint Drukpa Kunely, otherwise known as “divine madman” due to his unorthodox methods of religious teaching, Walakha nunnery monastery and Khuruthang Zangtopelri. In the evening, short hike to Rinchengang village for a unique cultural experience.
Overnight at hotel: Punakha
 
DAY07: PUNAKHA TO GANGTEY / PHOBJIKHA 

Glacial valley of Phobjikha
Early morning drive to the beautiful glacial valley of Phobjikha. You will be driving through the rich vegetation of the Sha Valleys and up to the famous Black Mountain Ranges, the longest mountain range in the country.

Upon arrival, visit the beautiful village and take a look around the Nyimapa School of Gangtey Gompa. This is the biggest of its kind in western Bhutan. Then, hike down to the nature trail (4.3 km) to the valley to soak up the stunning landscape also known as the valley of the Rare Black Neck Cranes. You can further down hike to the Kilkor thang village. It will be gradual walk in the open space, witnessing the spectacular landscape and explore the village.
Overnight at hotel: Phobjikha
 
DAY 08: PHOBJIKHA TO PARO

We will begin our journey towards Paro right after early breakfast. En route, we will visit Semtokha Dzong which is the oldest dzong. Strategically built on a projecting ridge with deep gullies, the Simtokha Dzong overlooks and commands the entire Thimphu Valley.

Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel was one of the greatest builders of Dzongs in Bhutan. To consolidate his newly acquired domain in western Bhutan and to defend himself from both the internal foes and external enemies he started constructing Dzongs, beginning with the Simtokha Dzongs in 1629.
After lunch at your hotel in Paro, we will go to archery range and try shooting traditional Bhutanese arrows. By now, you would have tried everything expect playing archery.

Overnight at Mandala Resort

DAY 09: DEPARTURE 

Today, your journey with us ends. We hope that you had wonderful time. We will see you off from Paro Airport.
 
 

GROUP SIZE: Any group Size                                                           
MEALS : Full Board
TRIP ACCOMMODATION : Tourist Standard Hotel,
generally 3 to 4 star category.
ROUTE: Paro, Thimphu,Punakha and Wangdue
TRIP TYPE :Cultural Tour 

TRIP SEASONS: Throughout year                                   
BEST MONTHS:Throughout year
TOUR  MONTHS: Throughout year
LEAN SEASON : USD 200  Per person
PEAK SEASON:
USD 225 Pes person 
SINGAL INDIVIDUAL: USD 40 per night
GROUP OF 2 PERSONS:USD 30 per person per night
VISA FEE: USD 40 (One time)

 







 


INCLUDED
  • Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees and taxes.
  • Accommodations in listed or similar hotels (pleasant hotels 3-4 star type) during the tour and in tents during the trek.
  • All meals, including evening tea/coffee etc through-out the trip.
  • All land transfers, sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • Experienced Culture Tour Guide.
  • Bottled water in the vehicle and other camp serivce.

NOT INCLUDED
  • Flights in and out of Bhutan.
  • Travel insurance, Drink, Visa fees, Laundry 

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