Tourist Itinerary at Haa
Lhakhang Karpo and Nagpo
Visiting Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) would enable us to witness the main seat of AP chundu,(the protecting deity of Haa valley). It lies 200 meters from the main Haa highway. Lhakang Karpo is located about 3km away from Haa town towards Thimphu. It takes around 10 minutes walk from Lhakang Karpo to reach Lhakang Nagpo.
Its Located on a hill top connected by motor able road. The trekkers must walk 2 hours distant up from Bangina to Takchu Goenpa (Monastry) from old Haa Dzong and down to Shaka Drag Goenpa (another monastry) and then walk down through Kipre village.
Juegnay Drag Trek
On most Walk upward form Wangcha village and climb along Gunkuri hill. Take a walk through pine trees and will arrive at Kamshar. Kamshar means shining stars. In 8thcentury Lam Gyelwa Karmapa consecrated the stupa which can be seen even today. During the consecration ceremony, the sky was found full with shining stars during the day, It is unusual to see stars on a bright day light and therefore the name of the place was given Kamshar. From this place one can walk down through Katsho village and reach Haa town or climb up to the Juegnay Drag (Mini Taktshang). Here one can see the foot print of Khando Mache Lhabden ( Dakini Machen Lhabdron). Further one can climb up to Kargoen Monastery and then drive down to Haa town or walk down through Katsho village. (Lunch can be arranged at Kamshar if preferred).
Jamtey Goenpa and Yangthang Goenpa.
Walking upward from Hatey Chumpa village.one can reach Jamtey Goenpa and then proceeding forward Yangthang Goenpa,or can walk down through Yangthang Village. lunch can be taken at Jyenkakha (Chhundu Ground).
One can drive to Tegola and camp there for a night to witness the red poppies and many other species of flowers.
Meri Pun Sum trek.
This is a very old religious trekking route built by the People of haa called the Haaps.people trek this to accumulate merits and cleanse their sin.The journey begins by offering a butter lamp at Lhakhang Nakpo as a gesture appease the guardian deities of Haa valley.It ends at Lhakhang Karpo with a butter lamp lighting (only those who wishes to make the offerings). One can also make a night halt at the camp site on the pass.
One can visit the cold water fishery of Haa to witness the cold water fishes brought from Kashmir in India via Tibet during the olden days.one can proceed and further walk towards Haa town and experience crossing the suspension bridge.
Nob Tshognapata Trek.
Driving till Dragna Dingkha and then walking towards camp site would take us to the Nob Tshognapata trek. On the next day one can reach the Lake, Nob Tshona Patra. One day halt at the lake site followed by two days trek. One can return to Risum Resort. On the way one can see white poppy which is an endemic to Haa only.
View-point of Haa.
One can walk down from chelela pass (which is about 4 KM drive from haa zero point) to Wangcha village or via-versa. It is a gentle slope downhill towards Wangcha village and one can enjoy a good view of Haa wangchuk Lho-jong ( mis-spelt as wangchuk lo- Dzong) Lhakhang Karpo, Miri Puen Sum and Haa valley from the view point. This trek will take maximum 45 minutes.
Indo-Bhutan friendship Route.
we can experience walking on the old trail which start from Ingo village through Yangthang village and Hatey village and end at Gaychu Lhakhang. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Mrs. Indira Gandhi of India came to Bhutan riding on the horses through this trail and first received at Haa by the officials.
Festivals at Haa.
- Haa Tshechu.
The Haa Tshechu is held annually for 3 days starting from 8thday of the 8thBhutanese month of the calendar.
Lomba is celebrated by every household by making dumpling (Hantey) on the night of 29thday of the 10th month of the Bhutanese calendar. There will be Gyencham(masked dances) at various places in the afternoon on the same day. at the same night children go door to door to perform Lolay.
- Bonko festival.
It is celebrated in numerous villages across Haa valley where the dancers wears beautifully embellished brocades.
- Two Days summer festival.
The two days summer festival is held on every Saturday and sunday in the midst of the july month. The Spectators can experience myriads of local food and grace the traditional programmes.
- Ap chhundu’s Birthday.
It is celebrated annually on 7thday of the 9th month of the Bhutanese calender.We see the longest procession in the country starting from Lhakhang Karpo till Chhundu ground which is about 9 KM distance. This procession comprises of villagers, students, teachers, government officials and tourist as well.The chief guest usually is from the Dorji family upon sticking with the tradition. It is participated by high officials and Chhundu Tshokpa(Committee) members from Haa. The tea and snacks were served by the local people on the way. On the day there would be shaman(Bon) dance and rituals ceremonies as well.
Risum Resort provides detailed information on the tourist itineraries and also provide local guide if they preferred.