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Haa Valley

Haa Valley in Bhutan

Located at a distance of 67km from the scenically blessed Paro valley is the Haa Valley. Adjoining the districts of Paro, Chhukha and Samtse, Haa valley is one of the most picturesque places in the Kingdom of Bhutan. The culturally rich Haa Valley during ancient Buddhist era was known for its animistic tradition, which is quite gruesome. Haa Valley is famous for its sacred temples Black Temple and White Temple which are nestled in the foothills of three daunting mountains known as Miri Punsum or Three brotherly Hills. The verdant forest enclosing Haa Valley is dotted with astounding trekking route which has lured adventurers traveling towards Bhutan.

Tourist gets the first glimpse of Haa Valley from Chelela Pass, and that view has mesmerized the onlookers luring them towards the enchanting valley. Flanked amidst the lofty mountains dotted with the alpine forest, Haa valley is the epitome of heaven on earth for the nature lovers. Unscathed by modernization, Haa Valley has a pace of its own where once the locals offered animal’s blood to their local deity. All the animistic rituals were put on halt after Guru Padmasambava graced Haa valley in 8th century with his presence. The tantric master, Guru Padmasambava, subdued the local deities like Ap Chundu and made the guardians of the Buddhist tradition. However, the traces of this belief system are still noticed in the form of festivals and rituals. Apart from the blood shading ritual there are many legends of Haa Valley which are little spooky. In the 15th century a local deity name Chungdue, who was subdued by Guru Rinpoche, decreed that the people of Haa village where not to come in contact with any followers of a certain monk who resided nearby Paro Dzong. When a young Haa man married a girl from Paro they believed no harm would come to them. However, as they were crossing a river between the two districts the knots tying their infant to the back of mother suddenly came loose and the baby fell into the river and drowned. So the forces of Chungdue are not meant to be taken lightly. Tourists while strolling around the scenic village will can see a special chorten, erected near the two scared temples, marking the site where an imprint of Guru Padmasambhava's body and hat may be found in a large rock.

Enriched with abundance of flora and fauna, sacred temples and surreal legends, Haa valley flanked amidst daunting mountains and sparkling mountain stream never ceases to amaze the visitors who are drawn towards the scenically blessed hamlet.

Best time to visit Haa Valley

Every season has its own alluring charisma to be cherished in Haa Valley making it approachable for the tourists throughout the year, but to witness an unhindered view of Mt Jomolhari and its adjoining snow capped fortress, October to November the autumn season is considered the best time to visit Haa Valley.

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