Located in South West of Paro and covering an area of roughly 1706 sq. km, Haa is one of the smallest Dzongkhag in the country. This tiny region is one of the most beautiful and isolated areas in the kingdom, adorned with pristine alpine forests and tranquil mountain peaks.
Haa is the ancestral home of the Queen Grandmother and the illustrious Dorji family. This valley remains one of the least visited areas in the country and retains the air of an unspoiled, primeval forest.
Dobji Dzong is considered to be the first model Dzong in Bhutan. The name Dogar, which means white border, is a reference to the “Five White Boulders” in the village of Dogar.
The Dzong was built in 1531 by Ngawang Chogyal, the brother of Chojie Drukpa kuenley, who is popularly known as the “Divine Madman”. Legend has it that Ngawang Chogyal has followed the spring originating below the throne of Jetsun Milarepa in Tibet. The source of the spring was found to be a rock located on the current location of Dobji Dzong, which was then chosen for its religious significance.
There are legends of the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo setting out two birds (white and black) to locate auspicious sites for the construction of temples during the 7th century. The place where the white bird landed is where the Lhakhang Karpo (meaning the white temple) was built. It has been renovated and extend recently.
Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple) :
Following the foot path from the white Temple for about 15 minutes leads to the ancient Black temple or the Lhakhang Nagpo. It was built on the same day in the 7th century along with the Lhakhang Karpo, the White Temple.
It is popularly said that people all of a sudden appeared from the Meri Puensum Mountains (the three Brother Mountains of Haa) and completed the construction in one day.
It is also believed that the people of Haa are the descendents of these people who emerged from the Meri Puensum Mountains.
You also have the option to drive till the temple but the walk is really enjoyable.
Jungney Dra :
It is said that the cliff where the Jungney Dra Temple is sited right now, is going to be the place or the source from where the hidden treasure teachings of Guru Rinpoche will be discovered in the future.
Jung means origin or source; Ney means a place and Dra is a cliff. So, it can be roughly translated as the Source of Hidden Treasure.
The hike starts with a walk through an authentic Bhutanese village until you reach a pastoral surrounding past the Mani Dangrim (a long wall-structured stupa). Following this, ascend the pine path for about 40 minutes till you reach an old stupa gate from where you will notice the Cliffside temple and the steep stair leading to it. The sight of the valley below and the sky behind the temple is truly remarkable. Before entering the main temple which houses an ancient statue of Guru Rinpoche and right foot print of Machig Labdron on a rock, you will have to squeeze your way through a natural stone entryway.
Chele La Pass:
Chele La Pass(3780 metres,12042ft) has the highest road point in Bhutan and offers a breathtaking view of Haa Valley on one side and snowcapped Himalayan peaks like Jomolhari(7326meters) & Jichu Drake(6,714meters) on the other. The trail which goes down the pass introduces us to the lush valley, spruce, pine, primula and Rhododendron forest and we can also get the good view of Paro Valley. However if we hike through the trail goes upward then we cant hunt for Blue Poppy , the rare & National flower of Bhutan.
If lucky we can also come across beautiful and exotic bird species like Himalayan Monal and Kalij Pheasant.