Haa – The Tiniest Jewel in Bhutan’s Crown
Barely touched by the outer world and sparsely populated, Haa is the tiniest, yet the most beautiful town in the Last Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Located in the scenic Haa Valley, this picturesque town is a befitting destination to feast on panoramic views of the Mt. Chomolhari & Jichu Drakey.
Due to its strategic location; proximity with Doklam, this region is considered as a sensitive location for both India and China. In fact, one can find Indian militaries around this town.
Despite all these, Haa town has been a peaceful abode to some of the nomadic herders of Bhutan, and is slowly picking up as a favourite holiday destination among those who yearns for peace and solitude from the rest of the world. The valley also hosts an annual ‘Summer Festival’ that highlights the indigenous culture of the herders, their authenticity, lifestyle, and gusto.
Best Time to Visit Haa Valley: Autumn (October to November)
How to Reach Haa Valley
To reach Haa by air, you can fly to Paro International Airport, which is around 65km away from the town. You can book a direct or connecting flights to the sole Bhutanese international airport from the below mentioned Indian airports:
Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata
Bodhgaya Airport in Gaya
Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri (West Bengal)
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati (Assam)
For those, who wishes to reach Haa by train, can board trains to New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, New Alipurduar, or Hasimara railway stations in West Bengal. From these railway stations, one can drive to Jaigaon town, and enter Bhutan via Phuentsholing. From Phuentsholing, direct buses and local taxis are available to reach Haa by road.
If you are planning to reach Haa by road, you should first reach the Jaigaon town in West Bengal’s Alipurduar district. From this town, you can gain an easy access to Bhutanese land through Phuentsholing town. Once you step into this town, you can either take a bus ride or cab ride to finally reach Haa by road.
Places to Visit in Haa Valley
Haa Wangchuklo Dzong
Chele La Pass
Gyechu LhakhangJuneydrak Hermitage
Things to Do in Haa Valley