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Haa Summer Festival Tour

Each year in July the Haa Summer Festival is celebrated for two days, which showcases a lively traditional living culture, nomadic lifestyles, demonstration of Bhutanese cuisines, processing of local Ara (drink), traditional sports, religious performances, dances, songs and many more. On a guided and well planned Haa Summer Festival tour, you will get an opportunity to immerse yourself in a lively and uplifting celebration of traditional living culture.

No.of Days / Duration: 8

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The most experienced guides of Bhutan Buddha Travellers have great knowledge about Bhutan’s festivals and great locals. This assures you of enjoying a wonderful Haa Summer Festival tour, which will take you close to nature and culture. Haa Valley is located in a pristine and serene natural environment, which is very close to the Paro International Airport. Our expert travel consultant will make sure that you enjoy a comfortable and relaxing trip to not only witness the Haa Summer Festival but also explore some top attractions and sites of Bhutan.

Top features of our Haa Summer Festival tour:

  • Visit Memorial Chorten (temple built in memory of the late 3rd King), Changangkha Lhakhang and Tashichho Dzong (fortress), the School of Arts and crafts and , Folk Heritage Museum and the National Library in Thimpu.
  • Enjoy a spectacular snowcap view of the Eastern Himalayan while crossing the Dochula pass (3200 mts).
  • Visit Punakha Dzong (a fine example of Bhutanese rich Art and Architecture) as well as enjoy hiking to the temple of Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten in Punakha Valley.
  • Visit National Museum, 17th century Paro Dzong (fortress) and enjoy evening stroll in old Paro town.
  • Visit the quiet and timeless Haa Valley to attend the annual Haa Summer Festival and explore the valley
  • Most memorable hike to Tiger Nest temple in Paro.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01| Arrival in Paro to Thimphu (1.2 Hrs)

On arrival, warm welcome by BDT representative and proceed for an hour ride to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. After lunch proceed to visit Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley offering a nice view of the valley. Also visit the enclosure where Bhutan’s national animal, Takins are kept. Thereafter, drive to visit the largest and newly built statue of Buddha offering magnificent view of entire Thimphu valley. After 5 pm, visit the fortress of Thimphu, Tashichho Dzong which houses the throne of the king. Overnight at Thimphu | Altitude 2300m

Day 02| Thimphu to Punakha (2.5 Hrs)

After breakfast, visit the School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Folk Heritage Museum and the National Library. Drive to the Zilukha nunnery to meet the nuns and interact with them. Lunch in the town and thereafter, proceed to drive two and a half hour for Punakha crossing Dochula pass (3200 mts). If the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular snowcap view of the Eastern Himalayan as well as the the highest mountains of Bhutan that stretches almost 180 degrees. Walk around the 108 stupas and continue to sub tropical valley of Punakha. Overnight at Punakha | Altitude: 1350m

Day 03| Punakha halt

Morning visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. This is a fine example of Bhutanese rich Art and Architecture. Visit a farm house to see the kind of house that Bhutanese live in. After lunch, proceed for an hour hike to the temple of Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten which is perched on a hill from where you’ll see the Punakha valley. Along the walk, we’ll pass through the villages and the locals in their daily lives. Overnight at Punakha

Day 04| Punakha to Paro (3.5 Hrs)

Start early retracing the drive to Paro. In Paro visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. One can also venture to try local restaurant for dinner. Overnight at Paro | Altitude 2200m

Day 05| Paro to Haa (3 Hrs)

Visit the temples of Dzongdrakha on foot which studs the rock cliff. Continue driving to Haa over the Chelela Pass, your highest point of the trip at 3988m. When the weather permits one can view the most scared mountain in the country Mt. Jomolhari (7314m). Visit the quiet, timeless Haa valley. Overnight at Haa | Altitude: 2250m

Day 06| Haa Summer Festival

Whole day attend annual Haa summer festival and explore the valley and greater pace. Overnight at Haa

Day 07| Haa to Paro (3 Hrs)

Checkout from the hotel and drive to Paro, on arrival we will hike to Tiger Nest temple, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro Valley. Evening at leisure or explore the tiny Paro town. Overnight at Paro

Day 08| Departure

Transfer to airport for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport. * Itinerary can be customized as per your requirement/duration * Itinerary is subject to flight and hotel availability

Cost Includes:

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Donations to Monasteries
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Tips for Guide, Driver & Hotel Staff
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • International Telephone Calls
  • Round Trip Air fare
  • Inbound Airfare

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