Haa Summer Festival

Come summer, when rare white poppies bloom in the hills of western Bhutan, the sleepy town of Haa awakens for the Haa Summer Festival (also called the Alpine Summer Festival). Held on the first or second weekend in July, the festival is a recent addition to Bhutan's busy calendar of regional festivals. Attractions include traditional sports competitions, from khuru (darts) to wrestling, masked chham dances, and displays of wildflowers. Festival goers enjoy plenty of opportunities to sample Haa's unusual regional cuisine, washed down with generous amounts of ara (barley wine).