Bhutan ( Punakha and Haa Valley)
After extending our visa in Thimpu, we hired a cab to Punakha and checked in to RKPO Green Resort. There is no better place than a lush green resort for rich memories and experience that one can take. The delicious cuisine, calm and quiet surrounding, the comfy beds will suit everyone’s palate. This resort reminded me of a palace.
Punakha is the former capital of Bhutan. Both of its heritage and natural beauty calls all kind of travelers there. Punakha Dzong is the most beautiful place and its supposed to be the second largest and oldest dzongs in Bhutan.
The other places to visit in Punakha are :
Punakha suspension bridge
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Chimi Lhakhang Temple
Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery
Our Punakha hotel :
After staying in Punakha for two nights we booked a cab to Haa Valley. Haa is the best-kept secret of Bhutan. The pristine valley is the second least populated dzongkhag (District) in the country and popularly known as “Hidden-Land Rice Valley.” Nestled on the western edge of Bhutan, Haa Valley is one of the most picturesque valleys in the country. As we reached Haa a 100-year-old farmhouse welcomed us with this earthy fragrance.
The farmhouses of Ugyen and Chimi are located in the beautiful traditional village of Dumchoe in the heart of the Haa Valley, at the base of 3 sacred hills known as ‘Miri Punsum’. Ugyen and Chimi’s family have their ancestral roots in the Haa valley and are known as Haaps amongst the Bhutanese. Staying at either of these farmhouses will provide one with a truly memorable Bhutanese experience. This is where I have tasted Bhutanese famous dish ‘Ema Dashi’ and loved it.
We spent two nights at Chimi Farmhouse and experienced Bhutan in a local way. Our activities include playing with the local children, helping him with cooking, walking in the nearby farms and experiencing Bhutan’s special Hot stone bath. And also did I mention about a magical place called Che Le La pass nearby!!
Chele La Pass is midway from Haa valley to Paro and in all ways, worth a visit. Weather will change drastically and dramatically as you will ascend up from Haa (elev. 2670 m) to Chele La (elev. 3810 m) with winds getting stronger and clouds giving way to rains.