Haa or Ha

at 2,670m is another beautiful valley, quite like Paro but being higher, rice crops are not grown here. The main crops of the valley are wheat, barley, millet and Potatoes.
In ancient times, this was an active trading post, through Amo chu valley, which linked Bhutan with Dromo (Chumbi) valley of Tibet. Large areas are occupied by Indian Military training camp center, one of the reasons why this area was closed for tourists until 2001. In terms of the sights, there is not much to see here but the valley is quite beautiful and there are some large and interesting villages. Places you can visit here are Lhakang Karpo and Lakhang Nagpo and Yading Village.
There are two roads connecting Haa, both of which are scenic. The road across Chele la pass to Paro is 61kms and takes about 2½ hours drive. The other road follows the gorge of Ha Chu and Wang Chu rivers for 2 hours to Chuzom, (river confluence and the road junction). From Chuzom, Thimphu is 1 hour north east, Paro is ½ hour drive north west and Phuntsholing is 4 hours to the south.


Attractions in Haa, around and from Haa

  • Chhundu Lhakhang This is one of several temples dedicated to the Ha valley’s protective deity,'Ab Chhundu'. The temple is located 10 kms north of Haa and accessed by short 5-10 min walk from the road in Gayekha vill

  • Juneydrak Hermitage From Katsho village, a 1 hour hike uphill leads to Cliffside retreat that contains the foot print of Maching Labdrom (1055-1132), a female Tibetan yogin, student of famous master Phadampa Sangye (1045

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    Lhakhang Karpo and Nakpo These two temples/monasteries are probably the most important site in Ha valley. Lhakhang Karpo (white chapel) is the official residence of Ha monastic body (Rabdey). Lhakhang Nagpo (Black chapel) on