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Location: Western Bhutan, south of the Paro Valley

Distance from Chuzom (river confluence): 79 km

Elevation: 2,670 m, 8,758ft

Haa Dzongkhag is a picturesque valley with serene woodlands and breathtaking mountains. The pictorial hills dotted with stupas and prayer flags provide an ideal setting for trekkers and travelers wishing to explore the wild ambiance of Bhutan. Even though the place is quite remote with traditional architecture and a quaint atmosphere, Haa never fails to amaze its visitors with its magnificence and warm hospitality. Characterized by endearing mountainous terrain and unpaved roads, it has been difficult and expensive to deliver development services to the Dzongkhag, due to which most communities are isolated from roads and towns. To rouse this problem, the Dzongkhag is constrained by short growing seasons and limited arable land, as only about two percent of the land is cultivable.
Because of the dry land areas and natural pastureland, wheat is the main cereal crop cultivated, although a variety of other dryland crops such as barley and buckwheat are also grown. Potatoes constitute the principal cash crop for the Dzongkhag while apples and vegetables are also cultivated. Livestock rearing is also a key economic activity in the Dzongkhag. Because of the cold, most families raise yaks. The Dzongkhag has a good network of mule tracks and suspension bridges. More often than not, it is muddy in summer and cold in winter. The seasons suitable for trekking are spring and autumn.

FAQs on Haa

Haa Dzongkhag is a picturesque valley with serene woodlands, breathtaking mountains, and pictorial hills dotted with stupas and prayer flags that provide an ideal setting for trekkers and travelers wishing to explore the wild ambiance of Bhutan.

The main cereal crop cultivated in Haa Dzongkhag is wheat, and the principal cash crop is potatoes. Additionally, drylands crops such as barley and buckwheat are also grown, and apples and vegetables are cultivated.

The Haa Visitor Information Center (HVIC) is a multifaceted platform that provides all-encompassing solutions to the myriad of needs of stakeholders in the tourism industry. It plays a pivotal role in fulfilling Haa Dzongkhag’s mission of promoting community-based sustainable tourism.

The nearest airport to Haa Valley is Paro International Airport, which is located about 2 hours away by car. You can also reach Haa Valley by road from Thimphu, which is about 4 hours away.

Haa Valley is a relatively less visited tourist destination, as it is remote and isolated. However, it is gaining popularity among travelers who are looking for a unique and authentic travel experience in Bhutan.

There are a variety of activities to do in Haa Valley, including hiking, trekking, bird watching, and cultural tours.

Haa Valley is generally considered safe for tourists, but it is always advisable to take necessary precautions when traveling to remote and isolated areas.

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Popular Attractions in Haa

Wangchulo Dzong in Haa is one of the newest, built in 1915 to replace a smaller structure. Unlike the other dzongs in the country

It is one of the many temples dedicated to the protective deity of Haa, Chhundu. It is 5 minutes walk from Gayekha. Troublesome Chhundu

On about 26 km from the heart of Haa, Cheli La lies on enchanting spur with its breathtaking view. The place is mainly adorned with colorful

The magnificent Lhakhang Karpo was established in the 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in his mission to build 108 monasteries

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Popular Hotels & Accommodations in Haa

The home-stays of Ugyen and Chimi are located in the beautiful traditional village of Dumchoe in the heart of the Haa Valley, at the base of 3 sacred hills

They design the hotel in a contemporary Bhutanese architecture with all modern amenities to bring comfort and homely stay

Lechuna Heritage Lodge is located in the smallest district of Bhutan with a population of just twenty thousand at an altitude of 2960m

Located in a pristine natural setting surrounded by lush green forest and tall pine trees, the hotel offers the best in terms of what nature has to offer