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  • Haa Valley Jaunt

    “Haa Valley” was only recently opened to tourism and has remained beautifully quaint and untainted by the influences of modern development.  Experience Bhutanese hospitality at the beautifully restored Lechuna Heritage Lodge, engage in a variety of hikes that range from easy to moderate, or bike around the valley or riverside in this quiet location.  Our experienced guides lead guests through the Haa and Paro Valleys on day walks, incorporating Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, and a wild hike to Kila Nunnery, between the two valleys.


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    This feature ‘Haa Valley Jaunt’ explores one of the least visited areas of Bhutan, the unspoilt Haa Valley. This tour also visits significant historical and sacred sites in the western valleys of Paro and Thimphu.

    • Explore the unspolit Haa Valley with its beautiful walking and biking trails.
    • Take in the sweeping views from Chele La Pass including the sacred Mt Jhomolhari
    • Experience Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions.
    • Spend time Marvelling at the ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
    • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
    • Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
    • Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
    • Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.

    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    Bhutan Senses Travel’s representative will receive you at Paro airport exit doors following customs formalities.  Your first activity begins a visit to Kyichu temple, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan (7th C) with a purification ceremony to bring you good luck.  Afterwards, drive to the capital, Thimphu (1.5 h).  Before dinner at the hotel there will be an orientation on Bhutanese etiquette by your guide. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

     Kyichu Lhakhang

    Recommended Thimphu Hotels:

    - Hotel Thimphu Towers
    - Namgay Heritage Hotel


    Day 2

    Begin your day with a drive to the viewpoint at the Big Buddha Statue. The park here has several walking trails which range from leisurely to moderate. Other places of interest are the National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Temple (12C), Folk Heritage Museum, School of Arts & Crafts.

    Afternoon visit weekend market (open Friday to Sunday). Additionally, visit the Motithang Takin Preserve and Tashichho Dzong. Free time in the evening to stroll through Thimphu town.

    If time permits, we can drive up to Dochu La pass (3,100m) where we can circumambulate the 108 stupas and, if the weather is clear, enjoy an incredible view of Himalayan peaks. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

     Folk Heritage Museum, Tashichho Dzong, Motithang Takin Preserve


    Day 3

    Depart for Haa, the westernmost valley in Bhutan. This is a beautiful drive (3.5h) that is relatively free of traffic. The road takes us back to Chuzom (river confluence) where we catch a glimpse of the three shrines in Nepali, Tibetan and Bhutanese style which were built to ward off evil spirits, and then traverses left past Dobje Dzong, an ancient prison which now houses a monastery. Picturesque and quaint villages dot the hillsides for the rest of our drive to Haa. Overnight in Haa.

     Visit Haa Valley

    Recommended Hotels in Haa Valley:

    - Risum Resort
    - Lechuna Heritage Lodge


    Day 4

    Haa remains one of the least visited areas in the country and retains the air of an unspoiled, primeval forest. This valley only opened to foreigners in 2002due to its proximity to the border with Sikkim and Tibet. This unspoilt valley harks back to a simpler, more traditional time, and its wooded hills give us an ideal setting for hiking and mountain biking. There are several pleasant walking trails in Haa and biking on the virtually traffic free valley to visit local areas of interest and village homes is an enjoyable way to spend the day. Overnight  in Haa.

      Walking or biking trails in Haa valley.


    Day 5

    Chele La Pass and hike to Kila Nunnery (optional bike descents). Start early for the drive to Chele La Pass which (3,988m) from which on a clear day the view sweeps away to Bhutan’s second highest peak, Mt Jhomolhari(7314m). Striding out along the Edelweiss covered ridge, we pass a sky burial site. We then descend for the two-hour hike through dense rhodendron forest, possibly sighting shaggy yaks, to Kila Goemba, an ancient nunnery nestled in a craggy patch on the mountainside below. Kila Goemba is a serene retreat for 32 Anims (Buddhist nuns) who lead an undisturbed life of religious studies, prayer and meditation. An hour’s descent from the monastery and we are back at the road where we can saddle up on a mountain bike and freewheel down to Paro Valley.

      Chele La Pass, Kila Goemba (monastery)

    Recommended Paro Hotels:

    - Metta Resort & Spa
    - Bhutan Mandala Resort


    Day 6

    After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to cafeteria). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. He then mediated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built. The cave is said to be the origin of Buddhism in Bhutan. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments before returning to Paro for lunch.

    In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Kyichu is built in a manner similar to the Jokhang in Lhasa. Inside there is a great golden image of Buddha Shakyamuni.

     Taktsang Lhakhang, Drukgyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang


    Day 7

    Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.

     

     

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    Notes:

    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Bhutan Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Bhutan Senses Travel Team

     

    Location
    Accommodation

    THIMPHU
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    Hotel Thimphu Towers

    • Hotel Thimphu Tower offers accommodation in Thimphu. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on site.
    • Rooms have a flat-screen TV with cable channels. You will find a kettle in the room. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom fitted with a bath. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer.
    • The nearest airport is Paro Airport, 23 km from Hotel Thimphu Tower.

    HAA
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    Risum Resort

    • Good accommodation is available here in clean and cosy pine-clad rooms, with hot-water bathrooms, heaters and, on the upper floors, balconies. A new block of 14 suite rooms offer more luxurious options and swankier bathrooms. The hotel is east of the road linking the two sections of town, so is the most central lodging option in Haa.
    • An excellent photo album in the restaurant has information on outlying monasteries, including Wantsa Goemba, a short walk behind the resort.
    • The property has a multi cuisine restaurant specialization in Indian, Chinese and Bhutanese food. The Bhutanese food in particular is very delicious despite being spicy. Alongside the restaurant is a bar, one may not find a huge selection of alcohol however be sure to find the Bhutanese Whiskey, Rum and Brandy. Apart from that the property provides safe parking area, room service and additional Hot water may be requested for drinking or shower.

    Lechuna Heritage Lodge

    • Lechuna Heritage Lodge is an traditional farmhouse located in the picturesque village of Lechu, in the Haa Valley, one of the western-most and smallest district of Bhutan. Buried in history, untouched by time – in the villages and monasteries around this lodge, you can explore the paramount living culture & traditions, and steal a peek or engage yourself in experiencing daily lives of the villagers.
    • From Lechuna Heritage Lodge, you can go on different walks through the village of Lechuna. You can talk to the villagers, experience the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle and take time to see their work. From Lechuna Heritage Lodge you can continue walking down to the beautiful river of Haa Chhu. Cross the river and you walk through a pristine forest to reach the Jante Gompa, a monastery over 300 years old. From the ancient monastery you will enjoy the best views of the southern Haa Valley from here.

     PARO
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    Metta Resort & Spa

    • Metta Resort and Spa offers accommodation in Paro. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site.
    • All rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some units include a seating area where you can relax. Every room includes a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Extras include bathrobes and slippers. Metta Resort and Spa features free WiFi .
    • There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
    • The resort also offers car hire. The nearest airport is Paro Airport, 5 km from the property.