One of the most picturesque places in the country, the Haa valley was opened for the first time to foreign tourists in 2002. Some of famous attractions in the region are the 7th century Lhakhang Karpo (White temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black temple) at the foothills of a mount Meri Puensum. The grand annual Haa Tshechu is performed at Lhakhang Karpo on the 8th-10th day of the 8th Bhutanese month. The Haa Wangchuklo Dzong was built in 1915 after the Dumchog Dzong was destroyed in a fire. The other places of interest nearby include Katsho Goempa, Drana Trashidingkhag, Yangto Goempa, Jamtoe Goempa, Shelkardrag, Takchu Goempa and Haa Goempa. The valley is also unparalleled known for its folk culture, legends and shamanistic rituals. The place is paradise for nature lovers and the drive to Haa valley crosses 3988m Chele-la pass offers a superb view of Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drakey. Haa Valley is very close to Paro and is a great place to experience the cultural diversity and richness of the country. During the summer months, there are a number of local festivals in the valley in which tourists can participate and join in yak riding, archery, and other traditional games.