Haa Summer Festival
8 Days /7 Nights
Package Cost: USD 1,450.00 per person
Fixed Departure Dates: 11 JULY – 18 JULY, 2020
DAY 01 (11 July): ARRIVE PARO
DAY 02 (12 July): PARO-HAA
DAY 03 (13 July): HAA (ATTEND SUMMER FESTIVAL)
DAY 04 (14 July): HAA-THIMPHU
DAY 05 (15 July): THIMPHU-PUNAKHA
DAY 06 (16 July): PUANKHA-PARO
DAY 07 (17 July): PARO
DAY 08 (18 July): DEPART
Haa summer festival is a celebration of nomadic tradition and unique culture of the Haa valley. The festival celebrates the traditional living–culture and it is to present an insight into the lifestyle of nomadic herders.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HAA SUMMER FESTIVAL
Summer is the season of festivities for the mythical valley of Haa. Set among pristine lakes and an elevated alpine valley, Haa is located at 2 hours drive from Paro international airport via the Chelela mountain pass. Haa summer festival is a celebration of nomadic tradition and unique culture of the Haa valley. The festival has become remarkably popular among both locals and international tourists. Haa valley is home to a rare flower called White Poppy (Meconopsis Superba) which is only native to this valley in the whole world.
HAA SUMMER FESTIVAL DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 01: 11th July-Arrive Paro
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our Bhutan Travel Bureau representative will meet you at Paro airport exit doors following customs formalities.
After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, visit the Rimpung Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Dzong’s are large monasteries and district administrative centres, which were once strategic forts. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
Day 02: 12th July-Paro to Haa
Drive to Haa through Chele La (3,988 m). From the pass, you can see Paro valley on one side and then Haa valley on the other. In Haa, some sightseeing and then going to Katsho village and visiting the Katso Lhakhang. The valley of Haa was only opened to Tourist in 2002 and Haa is the least visited valley in Bhutan due to the lack of Tourist infrastructure. This has helped in keeping Haa the way it has always been, with Bhutanese families living their traditional and simple life.
Day 03: 13th July-Haa (Festival)
After breakfast proceed to Haa Summer Festival ground and enjoy the Festival whole day.
Things to do and see at Summer festival.
- The Annual Alpine Festival: The Haa Summer Festival includes a festival called the Annual Alpine Festival which is remarked as the celebration of the Yak herders and their nomadic lifestyles. The visitors can learn and witness the art of Yak Shearing and wool making. The visitors can also watch the art of weaving a Yak hair into a traditional tent demonstrated by the local craftsmen.
- Celebrating the food of tradition: Haa valley is known for its buckwheat dumplings locally known as “hoentoe”. Hoentoe is only made by the people of Haa Valley and is made only on special occasions like festivals and on New Years. Visitors can enjoy these hearty dumplings along with other delicious Bhutanese cuisines.
- Songs and dance: The visitors can also enjoy songs and dances performed at the Festival. Mask Dances and traditional folk songs are also performed along with the famous Haa-pi Ausa, a song only sung by the people of Haa valley. The Haa-pi Ausa is sung as praise to their Yaks.
- Indigenous sport: You can either watch or participate in the local sports such as Archery, Yak and Horse riding, Khuru (Darts) Soksum (light javelin throwing). These lively competitions are energetic affairs accompanied by mich laughter, singing and friendly taunts.
Day 04: 14th July-Haa to Thimphu
Distance: 108 km, estimated travel time: 3 hours
After breakfast travel to Thimphu through stretch of villages of Jabana, Susuna and Dogakha stopping along the way to taste traditional tea and snacks. Continuing your travel to Thimphu. On arrival at Thimphu check into your hotel and after lunch visit the following:
Visit to stunning Buddha Dordenma Statue, made of bronze and gilded in gold, and the National Memorial Chorten depicting the Buddhist faith in the form of paintings and statues. This temple was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of modernization, and as a monument to world peace. The Royal Queen Mother completed it as a memorial stupa for the Third King who passed away in 1972. Continue on to 12th century Changgangkha Temple. Evening visit TashiChoedzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. If your visit to Thimphu coincides with the weekend, you can walk through the Thimphu Market to see the variety of food of Bhutan, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese and a variety of fresh greens. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. (This market is open only from Thursday until mid-Sunday). Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.
Day 05: 15th July-Thimphu to Punakha
After breakfast travel to Punakha through Dochula Pass 3140 m. In the clear Spring sky, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Then pass by the beautiful 108 Chortens built on the hill by her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and well being of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan.
After that proceed to Punakha valley. Short walk to Chimi Lhakhang, known to the English-speaking world as The Fertility Temple, is a Buddhist monastery, in the Punakha District of Bhutan, idyllically placed on a rotund hill. The temple was built over half a millennium ago by Ngawang Chogyal, the 14th Drukpa hierarch. The stupa, meditation hall, was constructed by the “Divine Madman,” the eccentric Yogi and saint Drukpa Kenley, who blessed the entire grounds. The monastery is renowned throughout Bhutan as a fertility inducing magnet, pledging that all who wish to conceive will find guidance at the temple. Thousands pilgrimage to The Fertility Temple in the hopes of having a child, as well as receiving a wang, blessing, from the saint with the ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom.’
Day 06: 16th July-Punakha to Paro
Today after breakfast drive to Yabesa village and hike through rice fields and up to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Perched high on a hill on the bank of the river, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions.
On the way visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by the Zhabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’ as predicted by the great Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava). It is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers) and is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. Afternoon drive back to Paro
Day 07: 17th July-Paro (Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery)
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 kilometer 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.
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. Overnight at the hotel in Paro
Day 08: 18th July-Depart to your own destination.
Special Terms & Conditions
You can register for our fixed departure tours individually, as a couple or together with friends. There will be no surcharges for the solo traveler. Our standard deadline for registration is one month before the tour start date for low season and three months prior to tour start date for high season. Please NOTE that the tours dates are set and not changeable in order to ensure the concessions of group travel for our clients.
Our groups size will be anywhere from 3- 16 people and will be put together by language preference. All groups are provided with an English speaking guides, however we will try our best to accommodate translators subject to availability.
Please read in detail what is included and excluded from the tour package along with our cancellation policy for fixed departure on our website. It will also be shared with you during the registration and confirmation process.
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The Set Departure tours were especially designed keeping in mind cost saving for our clients without compromising on the quality of the experience. Our Tour is perfect for the client who is adventurous, friendly and willing to share their adventure with other travelers. The itinerary dates and times are set to facilitate the timely completion of the tours for all our clients that select the set departure tour packages.
Please NOTE that the tours dates are set and not changeable in order to ensure the concessions of group travel for our clients. We set minimum of three clients and maximum of 16 in a group.
*Private guided tour
*Visas for Bhutan Guaranteed
*Transportation with professional driver for entire tour in Bhutan.
*Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels
*Accommodation at 3-star hotel
*A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
*Monument Entry fees
*Mineral bottled water
*Flight into Bhutan via Drukair/Bhutanair (can be arranged with us)
*Extra baggage charges
*Soft Drinks and alcoholic Beverages
*Accommodation and meals in luxury hotels
*Tips for the guide and driver