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The Haa valley in Bhutan is one of the unspoiled places in the country where visitors may experience the diverse natural wonders the country has to offer. The Haa Summer Celebration is a significant festival that takes place in Bhutan and showcases the customs and ways of life of the country's nomadic herders. You will have the opportunity to experience nomadic ways of life, traditional sports, religious performances, and the one-of-a-kind cuisine that can only be found in Bhutan on this 10-day journey. This celebration takes place every year during the first part of the month of July. The nomadic and carefree spirit of the people who live in the valley is perfectly reflected in the festival, which is full of fun and frolicsome activities. Be prepared to consume a significant amount of ara, the spicy native liquor, if you happen to be in this area during the event.
During the festival, you will get the opportunity to view wild alpine flowers, as well as watch traditional Bhutanese songs and dances, artifacts, and religious performances. The residents of Haa Valley are known for their warm welcome toward visitors. The Haa Summer Festival is not only known for being one of the most magnificent events of its kind, but it is also held in one of the most breathtaking locations. This amazing festival takes place in a setting that features picturesque lakes and verdant valleys. Visitors who are interested in gaining a deeper comprehension of the culture and history of this bygone era will find that the festival is an excellent opportunity to do so. Participate in the celebrations yourself, have a few drinks, and start belting out some tunes!
In addition to that, the tour visits well-known heritage sites in several of Bhutan's most important cities, such as Paro, Thimphu, Punakha.
The Haa summer festival has a fixed date for the event. It takes place in the summer typically during the month of July. The date for the festival is set according to the Tibetan calendar and thus is not fixed every year but changes slightly. In 2023, the Haa festival is set to take place on 8th & 9th of July. During this time the famous poppy flower that only grows in this valley can be seen also.
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You have arrived in Bhutan, also known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon. When you arrive at Paro International Airport, your guide will be waiting for you just outside the arrivals hall to give you a warm welcome. We will take it easy today so that our bodies can adjust to the higher altitude. Travel to Thimphu, check into your accommodation, and then we'll take you out for your first taste of Bhutanese food. If time permits, we'll also do some light sightseeing around Thimphu.
Today after you wake up and we take breakfast, we will take a scenic drive to the Buddha point in Kuenselphodrang National park. It houses one of the largest sitting Buddha staties in the world. It is perched on a hill where you can get panoramic views of the valley and the mountains that are in the surrounding area.
From here we visit the Sangaygang tower, the scene from atop the hill is amazing. You might also be able to witness the national animal of Bhutan.
We also visit the Dechen Phodrang. Since 1971, it has served as the location of the state monastic school, and a lengthy procession of monks frequently makes its way between this building and the dzong. More than 450 students are educated over the course of eight years by a group of fifteen instructors. We also visit the living museum and a photo studio in Bhutan showcasing Bhutanese tradition and cultural diversity. Finally we visit the Simtokha Dzong, which lies five miles from Thimpu which is one of the very first Dzongs built in 1627.
We move to Punakha today from Thimpu after breakfast. Along the road to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan until 1955, we will make a pit stop at Dochula Pass today. Punakha is our destination today. This well-known destination for tourists offers breathtaking vistas in every direction of the Himalayas. Additionally, it is the location of the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens, which were constructed on a tiny hill as a tribute to the Bhutanese troops who died in a battle in the year 2003. In addition to the chortens, there is a monastery called the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang. It was built to honor the fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who was the head of state of Bhutan.
We also visit the Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge, which measures 160 meters in length. TThe 160-meter-long Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge is known as Bhutan's longest suspension bridge. From it, you can see amazing views of Punakha Dzong and the Pho Chhu Valley.
We will go for Gangtey in the morning. During our travels, we will make a little detour to visit the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, which was constructed by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in the year 1638. Gangtey is the name given to the higher portion of the valley, and Phobjikha is the name given to the lower portion.
The stunning location in Bhutan is well-known for its unexpectedly flat valley, which serves as the wintertime home of migratory black-necked ducks.Gangtey Valley, also called Phobhjikha Valley, is a large U-shaped glacial valley that is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Bhutan. Gangtey Goempa, also called Gangteng Monastery, is an important religious site in the peaceful valley of Bhutan. It is perched on a small hill with a great view of the valley. Tourists can also go to the Black-Necked Crane Information Center to see the cranes and do other fun things.In the end, we shall make our way back to Punakha by car.
Today after breakfast we move to Paro taking plenty of pictures and stops along the scenic highway. As we reach the Ta Dzong in the afternoon which was built in 1649. This now houses the National Museum of Bhutan which we can explore for a glimpse into all the historical and cultural artefacts of Bhutan. Established in 1968 by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Bhutan's third hereditary Monarc the museum now hosts some of Bhutan's finest examples of art, including bronze statues and paintings. After our museum visit, we also go to the Rinpung Dzong which functions as the administrative center of Paro district. The Rinpung Dzong, also known as the Paro Dzong, is a significant dzong in the Paro District of Bhutan. It is affiliated with the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Buddhism and serves as a Buddhist monastery and fortress.
As we reach Paro, we are free to stroll around the town and explore the surroundings.
Drive to the Haa valley after eating breakfast rather early. We make a pit stop at the Chele la pass along the way (3988 m).
You are able to take in the breathtaking panorama of the Himalayas, which includes Mount Jomolhari. The Pass is home to Bhutan's highest road that's accessible to vehicles. Both the Haa valley and the Paro valley are separated by the Chele la Pass.
Experience the Haa Summer festival 2023 when you are in the Haa valley watching the dances, rituals and celebrations. Lhakhang Karpo, which was constructed in the 7th century by Tibetan King Srongtsen Gampo and is regarded as being one of the 108 monasteries, is the destination for the evening's excursion. He created Lhakhang Karpo and Lhakhang Nagpo in the Haa Valley. After that, return to Paro for the night because there is very little to no accommodation in the Haa valley.
Today, we will hike up to one of Bhutan's most important sights. Tiger's Nest aka Taktsang Monastery. The Taktsang Monastery, also known as the "Tiger's Nest" because it is perched on cliffs, has amazed many visitors. "Climbing to Taktsang is a must on any trip to Bhutan," says one tourist. For hikers who don't want to go to the spiritual side, the dramatic, artistically built monument is a treat. Visit this Buddhist relic that is hanging from a cliff. It is a very interesting place. As you climb more than 2,000 feet from the valley floor, you will feel the uphill climb. All of the monastic buildings are cut right into the very steep slopes of the cliff face. Even though it looks scary, there are many ways to get to the monastery complex. There is a path through the forest in the northwest, a path used by devotees in the south, and the "Hundred Thousand Fairies" in the north.
Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew here from Tibet on the back of his wife, Yeshey Tshogyal, the Tigress, and meditated in one of the caves. Guru Rinpoche meditated and came out in eight forms. The place became holy and got the name Tiger's Nest because of this. In the monastery, there are eight caves. Four of them are pretty easy to get to. Padmasambhava is thought to have entered the first cave on the back of a tiger. This cave is called "Tholu Phuk," and the cave where he meditates is called "Pel Phuk."
Our time in Bhutan in the Himalayas comes to an end today. We trust that you have found some Bhutanese friends and amassed a large photo album of your time there. We welcome you back to the wonderful realm of Enchantments, where the magic never ends. A kind greeting: Tashi Delek!
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