Haa summer festival

Haa summer festival
(7 night/8 days)
from 02 to 09 July 2014

Festival highlight


Located in South West of Paro and covering an area of roughly 1706 sq. km. Haa is the smallest Dzongkhag (District) in the country. This tiny region is one of the most beautiful and isolated areas in the kingdom, adorned with pristine alpine forests and tranquil mountain peaks.

Haa is the ancestral home of the Queen Grandmother and the illustrious Dorji family. This valley remains one of the least visited areas in the country and retains the air of an unspoiled, primeval forest. The wooded hills of Haa provides an ideal location for hiking and mountain biking. Biking around the valley to visit the dozen or so local temples is an enjoyable way to spend the day when visiting.

Haa is home to a number of nomadic herders and hosts an annual Summer Festival that showcases their unique lifestyle and culture. The festival is an ideal occasion to immerse yourself in this one of a kind experience by playing the local sports, sampling the delicious home-cooked cuisine and enjoying traditional songs and dances while imbibing the heady local liquor (Ara). 

At the Haa Summer festival, you will be able to see the rare White Poppy (Meconopsis superba). This flower typically grows to 1-1.5m in height at the high altitudes around 4000m. The White Poppy is endemic to Haa and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Join us on this fantastic journey into the Mythic Valley of the Guardian Spirit.

Day 1: Paro-Thimphu (2400m) (54km/drive 1hr) 02. July
On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our guide. Drive to Thimphu. After refreshment, enjoy the lovely evening strolling the Thimphu Town for leisure.

Day 2: Thimphu (2400m) 03. July
Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and the art school of Wood Craft and Painting where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive, we visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972.

We visit Buddha point where is the biggest sitting Buddha located, Changangkha lhakhang(14th century) and Takin zoo. In the evening, visit nunnery at Zulikha and later visit Tashichoedzong(glorious of religion)seat of the centre Government.

Day 3: Thimphu-Punakha (1300m) (77km/drive 3hrs) 04.July
Drive to Punakha Valley en route Dochu-la pass(3100m) On clear weather you will see the majestic view of Himalayan foothills and also 108 stupa(chorten) mark on the pass. Actually it was built by Queen mother for honoring our beloved King who fought with Indian militants' flash out from our soil in year of 2003. And our country lost few soldiers lives during war. As you descent down to balmy forests, you will find different vegetation with short period of time. After little over 1 hour, you will arrive to the intersection called Mesina(locally fond of calling Lobesa). On left, you are heading to Punakha Valley, ancient capital of Bhutan. Visit Punakha Dzong(fortress of bliss).On the way, you can hike to Chimi lhakhang(fertility monastery).

Day 4: Punkha-via Thimphu-Haa (2900m)(203 km/drive 6 hrs) 05.July
On the way back from Punkha Valley, we suggest you to drive early to Haa valley via Thimphu, en route to confluence where you spot three different shape chorten built near the confluence of two river(Pa chu & Wang chu) it's mainly to ward off the negative forces. Later on, we drive to the village of Dewakha and in distance you will see the Dobji Dzong built during the first king time. Now the Dzong is converted into Monastic school, at present it houses of 30 young monks.
Late afternoon, our guide will take you to the festival and give you information regarding summer festival and enjoy the lovely festival at Haa.


Day 5: Haa (2900m) 06. July
Morning, visit the festival, taste delicious food, local favorite dish called Haap-pi- hantey(dumpling) and mingle with local people about their life and activities.

Afternoon visit lhakhang ‘Nag-po' & ‘Kar-po' back to the 7th century. It's said that the king of Tibet during 7th century, he had sent two pigeon (black & white bird to located the site of the monastery to build). Local people believed that two pigeon settled on the foothill of Manjushri hill, later he built the monastery that is how the monastery got its name.

Day 6: Haa 07.July
Hike to the Yumthang Village, it is very beautiful walk through the forest and come across the small Monastery back to 16th century. As you decent from Monastery, you can exit at Yumthang village and visit some farm house, talk about their day to day activities perhaps taste cup of traditional tea(Suja) butter and salt tea.

Late afternoon, drive 2 hrs to Paro valley en route Chele-la pass (3899m) the highest motor road in Bhutan, during clear day, you can see the mountain Jomolhari(7300m).

Day 7: Paro (round trip hike 4hrs) 08.July
We start to hike to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means "Tiger's Nest". The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 4000 ft. and offers an overlooking view of Paro valley. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava meditated in the spot where the Monastery is situated, having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria. All evening for relax after tiring hike or optional village excursion.

Day 8: Paro 09.July
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and see you off.
 

TOUR OVERVIEW 2014

TOUR FACTS

Tour date
02.07- 09.07.2014
(8 days / 7 nights)

Group size and price
from 3-12 pax:
1440 USD per person

Price includes
  • accommodation in standard hotels (certified TCB). DBL occupancy
  • 3 meals per day
  • transfers and transportation
  • road permit fees
  • taxes
  • entrance fees to all monuments
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide (other languages upon request)
  • visa fee

not included
  • airfares (as listed separately)
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