Known as the smallest Dzongkhang (district) of Bhutan, Haa Valley is one of the most picturesque places located at the south-west of Paro. The idyllic wooded forests and paths are ideal for enthusiastic hikers and trekkers. This is also the only place in the world where one can find the cream coloured bloom of Blue Poppy (Meconopsis Superba).
Although a little isolated, with hardly any attractions; the Valley offers the most surreal views in the entire of Bhutan. It is home to nomadic herders and houses a very small population of Bhutan. As the majority of crops grown in the region are rice, barley and wheat, Haa valley is also known as the "Hidden-Land Rice Valley".
Connecting the districts of Paro, Samtse and Chhukha, the Valley covers an area of 1706 sq.kms. It was only made available to tourists in the year 2002 and has been a hub for trekkers and nature enthusiasts ever since. Strategically located at a distance of 30kms from Paro, Haa Valley can be reached through the Chele La Pass.
Bhutan's choicest trekking trails and mountain biking trails are organised around this region. The people of Haa Valley follow the teachings of the 8th Guru Padmasambhava, which are noticeable in the traditions and the festivals held in the region. One of the most popular festivals celebrated by the Haa tribal and Nomads is the Haa Summer Festival that is usually held in July. Apart from the festival season, the best time to visit the region is from October to November.
|Paro to Haa Valley