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Tour Details

Haa Summer festival is one of the amazing events in Bhutan. Bhutan Getaways are premier tour agent with amazing tour packages and Haa Summer festival is one among them. You will get to see real Bhutanese traditional event with some of unique celebrations, traditional sports, yummy Bhutanese foods, local songs and dances and mask dances. Haa District is one of the 20 dzongkhags or districts comprising Bhutan. As per the 2016 census, the population of Haa dzongkhag was 14,000, making it the second least populated dzongkhag in Bhutan after Gasa.

 

Departure & Return Location

Paro International Airport (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • 3 Star Hotel Accommodation
  • Tour Vehicle and Experienced Driver
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All 3 meals at designated hotel/restaurant

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Guide and Driver Tip
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
  • Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
What to Expect

Haa Summer festival is one of the amazing events in Bhutan. Bhutan Getaways are premier tour agent with amazing tour packages and Haa Summer festival is one among them. You will get to see real Bhutanese traditional event with some of unique celebrations, traditional sports, yummy Bhutanese foods, local songs and dances and mask dances. Haa District is one of the 20 dzongkhags or districts comprising Bhutan. As per the 2016 census, the population of Haa dzongkhag was 14,000, making it the second least populated dzongkhag in Bhutan after Gasa.

Note: Haa Summer Festival 2018 starts from 14th July and ends the next day, 15th July.

Takeaway from this tours:

  • The Bhutanese way of religious celebrations
  • Mask Dance and Local Song
  • Almost all the regions of Western Bhutan
  • Chimi Lhakhang
  • Haa Valley
  • Punakha and Thimphu Tashochhoedzong
  • Buddha Point
  • Chele La
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Paro

Representative of Bhutanese Getaways will come and pick you up from Paro International Airport. This is ten minutes drive from Paro main town. After reaching at Paro we will go for sightseeing around.
We will visit Kyichu Lhakhang. Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Just like Jambhay Lhakhang in Bumthang, it is one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to subdue and pin down an demon that was obstructing the spread of Buddhism. History says those 108 temples were all built in one night.

After this one we will cross towards Dumtse Lhakhang. Dumtse Lhakhang was built in 1433 by the iron bridge builder Thangton Gyalpo, the temple was built to subdue a demoness and so was chained firmly to the ground. It’s three floors represents hell, earth and heaven. Please note that visiting Dumtse Lhakhang you may need special permit.

Paro Dzong is also one among oldest Dzongs in Bhutan. It is home to only International Airport and Jomolhari a peak which is 7300m above sea level. After we are done with today’s short trip we will come to our hotel. Our Guide will come instruct you for next day.

Day 2Paro- Haa

Right after breakfast we will drive towards Haa via Chele la (3, 988m). From the pass you can see Paro Valley on one side and then Haa valley on the other. Chele La is also wonderful place for picnic. We can arrange lunch for you at Chele if only weather favour us. In Haa, some sightseeing and then head to Katsho village and visiting the Katso Lhakhang. Then you will head back to Paro.
Chelela Pass gives spectacular views of paro valley surrounded by snow-laden mountains. Walk through hills with forest of prayer flags is so wonderful. In spring, we can Blue Poppy flowers so much one can experience snowfall in winter.
For those who rather have a leisurely sightseeing day, there is the option to drive from Chele La Pass down the other side to the Haa valley. In case Chele La Pass is not accessible during the winter months due to ice or snow, your guide will propose an alternative for this day excursion.
Since Haa was opened for tourist for only in the year 2002 so place until now do not have tourist standard hotel. We will head back to Paro for the night.

Lhakhang Nagpo, or the Black Temple, located a little above Lhakhang Karpo, was established at the same time as Lhakhang Karpo. Inside the temple is a small pool associated with the Buddhist protector Mahākāla.
According to one legend, rays of light emanated from the body of Chögyal Songtsen Gampo to this place and Lhakhang Karpo was built where the bright rays fell and Lhakhang Nagpo where the dark rays fell.
We will check into one of hotels but the best option is farm house where you will enjoy true Bhutanese lifestyle.

Day 3Haa Summer Festival

After breakfast you will start proceeding to then venue. You will be amazed to see beautiful Bhutanese men and women traditional attires which we call ‘Gho’ for man and ‘kira’ for woman. What are some of the things you can witness in Haa Festival?

This festival gives local yak herder a platform to showcase their weaving, making wool and traditional arts out of Yak hairs. You will not only see yak products but also delicious meals prepared out of Yak products.
Haa is also known for their local mean ‘Hoentey’ Hoentey is a sweet buckwheat or refined flour dumpling stuffed with a mixture of turnip leaves, amaranth seeds (zimtse), cottage cheese, butter that is seasoned with chili powder, onion and ginger. It is their New Year delicacy during ‘Lomba’.

Local songs and dances are played in almost all the religious festivals in Bhutan. There are some of popular folk songs in Bhutan; Zhetro Yarchoed, which, like the Alo is an oral folk song, is common to Trongsa valley. Khorey is a type of song unique to Dungsam,. Ausa to Haa, Aulay to Laya, Achay Lhamo to Ura and Omo Omo Pad Lung to Kheng. The rigsar songs, on the other hand, originate mostly in urban centres of. Bhutan. So, you will also get to see what Ausa is like.
You can also experience the night at one of the many village home stays and enjoy the hospitality of the local of Haa Valley.

Day 4Haa -Thimphu

Right after the breakfast we will move to capital city Thimphu. Thimphu is estimated at 3 hours drive from Haa Valley. On the way we can stop at nearby place to meet local and enjoy locally brewed alcohol ‘Ara’ Once you ass through Haa valley and Chuzom you will reach Thimphu and as soon as we reach there you will check into hotel and prepare for sightseeing in Thimphu.

First stop for the day will be at National Folk Heritage Museum. You will be amazed to see Bhutanese arts and essential household items that Bhutanese used. There will be display of traditional arts , cultural relics, and artifacts.
Just few minute drive from any hotel in Thimphu is popular tourist site Buddha Point where you can see 169 foot tall bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma. Towards the evening, you can also check the night view of Tashi Chhoedzong either from BBS tower or from below Nunnery located Zilukha.

One peculiar distinctive culture of Bhutanese is national attires. So, weaving is one of the prominent traditions we can see in Bhutan not just in Thimphu but all over the country. So, The National Textile Museum is our next stop. Here, you will be amzed how weaving is done and how beautifully the dresses are designed.
From there we move to Takin Reserve located at Motithang which is home for Takins. Originally this was small zoo and it was our King who decreed that animal should be free but those Takins never left from this place. Now, they are preserved.
After this we can move to another popular place called BBS Tower where you can see Thimphu town view.

Last stop for the day is Thimphu Tashi Chhoedzong where you will see Thimphu Fortress where most of the civil offices are located and houses the office of our King.
After you are done with sight seeings you can either rest or go out to cafe or restaurant nearby.

Day 5Thimphu-Wangdue Phodrang - Puankha

Right after breakfast we will head towards Punakha. Punakha district is almost 2 hours drive from capital city Thimphu. Punakha Dzong was former capital of Bhutan until 1955. On the way towards Punakha we will come across local Apple and fruits sellers. Then, you will see spectacular Dochula Pass. It serves as one of the hot-spots for tourist. There are 108 Chhortens (Stupas) which were built in memory of soldiers killed in battle with Assamese Insurgents.

After having short break at Dochula pass we will head towards Punakha. One of many palces to visit in Punakha is Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which is a splendid example of Bhutanese art meets architecture, and the only one of its kind. You will see amazing Punakha valley from Yulley Namgyal Chorten. It is one of picturesque landscape among many other places in Punakha. In 1999, the temple was consecrated to remove negative energies and promote peace, harmony, and stability around the world. It is a stunning building with splendid views of the valley that are well worth the walk.

After this trip we can visit Punkha Dzong. Punakha Dzong sits g at the fork of two rivers, it is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture. Built in 1637, it is the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan. It was also the location of the royal wedding of Bhutan’s current king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to Jetsun Pema in 2011. One of the hottest events of Bhutan “Flower Exhibition 2018” took place nearby this Dzong.

After this trip is done we will head towards hotel and rest for the night.

Day 6Punakha - Thimphu

After breakfast, we will head towards we will head towards Sangchhen Dorji Lhendup Nunnery. The double-storied temple was built by Yab UgyenDorji and was offered to His Majesty the King and the people of Bhutan. The temple on the top floor is dedicated to Tshela Namsum and 21 Taras. The main temple is on the ground floor where the main statue is of Avoloketeshvari or Chenrizig Chagtong Chentong.

When we are done with this sightseeing we will head towards Thimphu and on the way visit Mad Man’s Lhakhang ‘Chimmi Lhakhang’. In founding the site it is said that Lama Kunley subdued a demon of Dochula Pass with his “magic thunderbolt of wisdom” and trapped it in a rock at the location close to where the Chorten now stands. The place also used to be known as ‘Khi Mae” which means place without ‘dog’. A dog was said to be demon during those times. The monastery is the repository of the original wooden symbol of phallus that Kunley brought from Tibet. This wooden phallus is decorated with a silver handle and is used to bless people who visit the monastery on pilgrimage, particularly women seeking blessings to beget children. Many amazing stories such has been told by many tourists visiting the monastery.

After this visit we will go down to Craft Bazaar where you will see Bhutanese made arts and craft products.
In the evening once you are done with sight seeings you can either rest or go out to cafe or restaurant nearby.

Then we will proceed towards Thimphu. While in Thimphu you will be taken to Buddha Point. Great Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the mountains of Bhutan celebrating the 60th anniversary of fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The completed work is one of the largest Buddha stupas in the world, at 169 feet and contains 100,000 8-inch-tall and 25,000 12-inch-tall gilded bronze Buddhas.

Day 7Thimphu - Paro

Today we will hike towards Paro Taktsang/ Tiger’s Nest. Paro is 45 minutes drive from Thimphu. Paro Taktsang also known as the Taktsang Palphug Monastery and the Tiger’s Nest, is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and the temple complex is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan. This will be one to two hour hike from main Paro town. Tiger’s nest us one of the wonders of Bhutan, so sacred and gives your breathtaking landscape view.

After we are done with this hike we will move towards Drukgyal Dzong. Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The dzong was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. On clear days, you can also see the snowcapped peak of Jomolohari mountain.

Since today is last day for the trip as you will be departing tomorrow, we will also make our last visit to nearby town if you have any shopping to be done. After this we will head to hotel.

Day 8Departure

This is end of Haa Summer festival tour. After breakfast we will checkout from hotel and head towards Paro International Airport. We at Bhutan Getaways wish you safe journey and wish to see you back in Bhutan again in future

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