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How To Reach Haa Valley
The Dzongkhag or district of Haa lies in the western border of Bhutan. In the local language of Dzongkha, it is called Haa (pronounced Hay) district. Haa is bordered by Tibet to the northwest, Samtse and Chukha districts in the southwest and southeast and the Bhutan’s capital city of Paro in the northeast.
The silent and sheer valley of Haa is narrowly set with steep north-south slopes, on which grow forests of coniferous trees that are perfect tracks for trekking. The unsullied perfect beauty of the place and the distinctive culture and tradition of the people of Haa Valley are treasures to be cherished. The valley was opened to tourism only in 2002 and there are most likely fewer tourists and more unexplored places you can visit. The pristine glacier-fed Haa Chuu river flows through the valley all the way from Mt Jomolhari. After Gasa, Haa Valley is the second least populated and one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan, making it all the more worthy of a memorable trip to the pictorial valley. How to Reach Haa Valley? Read on.
You can fly Druk Air or Royal Bhutan from Bangkok, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bagdogra, Kolkata, Guwahati or Kathmandu to Bhutan’s International Airport at Paro. Haa is about 65 km from Paro and cabs are available at the airport or alternately you can get regular buses to Haa. This might be the easiest way to reach the inviting Valley of Haa.
You can enter Bhutan by road through the Jaigaon-Phuntsholing border gate between India and Bhutan. From Phuntsholing, you can take a taxi or bus to Haa valley which is about 58 km away. You will find SUVs, Hiace buses, Toyota Coaster or station wagons that can be hired for a trip
There are no train services to Bhutan. So if you travel by train from Kolkata to Hasimara, a small town in West Bengal, that is as close as you can get to the Jaigaon-Phuntsholing Border, 17km away. From Hasimara Railway Station you can board a regular bus to Phuntsholing, across the border. From Phuntsholing you will be travelling to Haa Valley by road.