Haa Valley

Haa District lies along the western border of Bhutan. To the northwest it is bounded by the Tibet. To the southwest it is bounded by Samtse District, to the southeast by Chukha District, and to the northeast by Paro District.

Local Diety Chungdu

The famous Lama Pema Lingpa also documented the activities of another local deity known as Chungdue. Chungdue was responsible for meteor storms, cyclones, wildfires, rocks splitting apart, earthquakes, and a number of other mystical disasters. Fortunately the Guru Padmasambhava arrived in the late 8th century and subdued the deity. However the deity’s force is not to be taken lightly. In the 15th century Chungdue decreed that the people of Ha Shogona village where not to come in contact with any followers of a certain monk in nearby Paro dzongkhag. When a young Haa man married a girl from Paro they believed no harm would come to them. However, as they crossed a river between the two districts the knots tying her infant to her back suddenly came loose and the baby fell into the river and drown.

Sacred oak and the upper house

Near the Black Temple there are two houses near a sacred oak tree where the local deity once appeared as a winged creature, scaring the local people (the valley is divided into a number of areas, each under the influence of a particular local deity predating the arrival of Buddhism — see Bön religion). The residents of the two houses gave offerings to the local deity. The local deity, now appeased, visited the upper house while neglecting the lower. The jealous owner of the lower house began an inter-house feud in which a man of the upper house was killed. Every year 11th lunar month a series of special mystical practices are performed in the upper house for a week.

Wangchulo Dzong

Haas Wangchulo Dzong is one of the Bhutans newest, built in 1915 to replace a smaller structure. It is inside the Indian army area so houses several army offices and a rations shop.

Haa Dratshang

Haa dratshang houses 70-strong monk body which is also known as Lhakhang Karpo at the southern entrance to the town. An annual tshechus are held here on the eighth and ninth day of the eighth lunar month, before a large thangka is displayed at the tenth day at Wangchulo dzong. Lhakhang Nagpo is located at a ten minute walk behind the Dratshang from where trial leads to Shedrak.