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.
Meri Punsum Natural Trail Hike:
The Trail was inaugurated to commemorate the 60th Birth Annniversary of 4th Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuk.
A trail begins at Dumcho & ends at the suspension bridge near Haa Town. You may need to ascend uphills for about 4-5 hours. As you hike you will come across various streams, bridges ,wild mushrooms, flowers, birds. And finally you reach the grand view point from where you can have a spectacular view of Mount Jumolhari, Chelela Pass & Meri Punsum.