The Haa Valley Tour

The Haa Valley Tour

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This tour takes you through some of Bhutan’s known landmarks which include the lovely Haa Valley.

 

“Haa Valley” opened its gates to tourism only recently and has remained wonderfully old-world and untarnished by the influences of contemporary development. We discover Bhutanese warmth at the beautifully restored Lechuna Heritage Lodge, as we move on an assortment of hikes that range from cool to moderate, or we can just mountain bike around the valley or riverside in this tranquil locale. Our knowledgeable guides lead visitors through the Haa and Paro Valleys on day walks, which include Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, and a wild foray to Kila Nunnery, that stands between the two valleys.

 

Tashi Delek Nepal Trekking’s Haa Valley venture in Bhutan is a pretty brief trip that is based in a region with unique physical features of nature ever so natural beautiful, leaving travellers amazed. This odyssey in the west of Bhutan offers delightful views on Mount Chomolhari, some other Himalayan peaks and wades right into the Paro Valley and the stunning Haa Valley. We also visit Paro Dzong and Ta Dzong in Paro and Tashi Cho Dzong in Thimphu. This is a kind of holiday that invokes your spirit for a tryst of the unknown as you discover cultures, traditions, warm people and a blend of landscapes that linger in your thoughts for a real long, long time to come…

Your Itinerary in a nutshell:

 

Day 01: Arrival at Paro (2250m) from Kathmandu and transfer to Thimphu

 

Day 02: Thimphu (2350m) and after lunch drive to Punakha.

 

Day 03: Punakha (1350m) and after lunch drive to Paro.

 

Day 04: Day excursion to Haa valley.

 

This is the ancestral home of the Royal Grandmother and the Dorji family, the Haa district is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque of the districts in the country.

 

Day 05: Visit Taktshang “The Tiger’s Nest”.

 

Day 06:Fly back home or to your onward destination of choice

 

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro to Thimphu

Our Paro flight on a clear blue sky day is one of those fantastic mountain flights of a natural kind. One can see Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsering Ghang. The first most welcome thing about Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the aircraft. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan, the road leads through the Paro valley to the confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers at Chuzom (confluence). Later in the day take an exploratory walk getting acquainted with the local environment. Also visit National Memorial Chorten: a monument for world peace and prosperity. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu – B. L. D

Day 2: Drive Thimphu – Punakha (75 km, 3 hrs approx)/ Explore Punakha

After our first meal of the day with a king size breakfast, we drive to Punakha across the Dochula pass (3080m). Dochula pass offers breathtaking views of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day. After checking into our hotel, we proceed to visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body.
Our adventurous Afternoon walk goes up through fields of chilies {Bhutan’s favorite dish}, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, an amazing monument recently built by the Queen and consecrated in 1999. at eventide, we can use our time for exploring the lively Punakha village located on the banks of the river. B. L. D

Day 3: Punakha (1350m) and after lunch drive to Paro. We Visit the ancient capitol of Punakha & Punakha Dzong, and revert back to Paro.

Today it’s exciting; we visit the Punakha Dzong, which once served as the old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress was built in 1637 between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every February there is a procession known as the Punakha Serda to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. From there it’s just 45 minutes’ drive to Wangduephodrang where we can view the Dzong and stroll around the market area. In the late afternoon after our lunch, we drive to Paro for overnight accommodation at our chosen resort.

Day 4: Day excursion to Haa valley – 3-4 hrs

This is the ancestral home of the Royal Grandmother and the Dorji family, the Haa district is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque of the districts in the country.
Depart for Haa, the westernmost valley in Bhutan. This is a beautiful drive (3.5h) that is relatively free of traffic. The road takes us back to Chuzom (river conjunct) where we catch a glimpse of the three shrines in Nepali, Tibetan and Bhutanese style which were built to ward off evil spirits, and then we traverse left past Dobje Dzong, an ancient prison which now houses a monastery. Chocolate box type charming villages dot the hillsides for the rest of our drive to Haa. We spend the night at Lechuna Heritage Lodge (if rooms are available) or at a hotel in Haa.

Day 5: Visit Taktshang

After breakfast we hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 2 hours uphill takes us to Taktsang Monastery. Built on a sheer cliff face 900m above the valley floor, the monastery is a spectacular sight. It is also an important pilgrim site for Buddhists. Legend has it that the great Guru Rimpoche flew here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. He then meditated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can haul up for refreshments.

In the afternoon, we drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against marauding Tibetans in 1644. On the return drive to Paro, we can visit other remote monasteries in the valley.

Day 6: Fly back home or to your onward destination of choice

Tashi Delek Nepal Treks is sure that you enjoyed this amazing cultural and historical tour which has given you many deep insights into this fantastic little Himalayan kingdom, you can now return back to Nepal for some other great holidays or proceed further to your destination of choice. Sayonara friends! We do hope to meet you some day again.

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