Buddhist Temple in Paro to Haa Via Cheli La

Dzongdrakha Goemba

The visually splendid but little-visited cliffside retreat of Dzongdrakha Goemba is one of several local sites where Guru Rinpoche suppressed local demons and is well worth a detour off the Paro to Cheli La road. A …
Buddhist Monastery in Paro to Haa Via Cheli La

Kila Nunnery

Established as a meditation site in the 9th century and reputedly the oldest nunnery in Bhutan, Kila Nunnery is reached via a dirt track from the road between Paro and Haa. Around 50 nuns pursue higher Buddhist coll…
Buddhist Temple in Haa

Shelkar Drak

A short excursion up the valley behind the Lhakhang Kharpo is Shelkar Drak (Crystal Cliff), a tiny but charming retreat centre perched on the limestone cliff face. Take the unpaved side road past the Lhakhang Nagpo,…
Buddhist Temple in Haa

Lhakhang Nagpo

A 10-minute walk or short drive behind the Lhakhang Kharpo is the Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Chapel), one of the oldest temples in the valley. It is said that when searching out auspicious locations for two new temples t…
Buddhist Monastery in Haa

Lhakhang Kharpo

Haa's 50-strong monk body is housed not in the dzong (fort-monastery) but in the Lhakhang Kharpo (White Chapel) complex, just south of the dzong. The atmospheric central chapel has statues of the Tselanam Sum trinit…
Buddhist Temple in Chhundu Lhakhang

Chhundu Lhakhang

Eleven kilometres north of Haa is this local temple, one of several shrines dedicated to the valley's protective deity. At the time of research the chapel was being completely rebuilt after suffering damage in an ea…
Buddhist Monastery in Haa

Wangchuck Lo Dzong

Haa's Wangchuck Lo Dzong is one of Bhutan's newest, built in 1915 to replace a smaller structure. It is inside the Indian army compound (an impressive chorten marks the entrance) and so houses several Indian army of…
Buddhist Monastery in Yangthong Goemba & Around

Yangthong Goemba

This monastery's charming upper chapels feature murals depicting Zangto Pelri (the paradise of Guru Rinpoche) and also the tshomen (mermaid deities) that are said to inhabit the pool just outside the monastery.