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8 Days Black-necked Crane Festival

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Duration

8 Days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Unlimited

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Languages

English, Other languages on request

Overview

Black Necked Crane Festival (7th November- 14th November)

The Annual Black-necked Crane festival is celebrated in the courtyard of Gangtey Gonpa, in Phobjikha valley. The festival is an occasion for the locals to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of this endangered and majestic bird which becomes an inseparable part their daily lives during the winter months.

The annual black-necked crane festival is organized  to generate awareness and understanding on the importance of conserving the endangered Black‐necked cranes; to strengthen the linkages between conservation, economic welfare and sustainable livelihoods of the community;  provide an avenue for the local community to renew their commitment to conservation of the black-necked cranes, and to showcase their cultural heritage and skills.

The festival includes cultural programs such as folk songs and dances (some with black-necked crane themes) and mask dances performed by the local people.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy masked and costumed dances in honour and praise of the Black Necked Cranes.
  • Stroll through handicraft and game stalls.
  • Traverse beautiful landscapes of lush valleys, dense forests and rushing streams.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
  • Explore Bhutan’s central valleys, rich with ancient historical and sacred Buddhist sites.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Paro to Thimphu (7th November)

  • Arrival at the Paro International Airport.
  • Drive to the Capital City, Thimphu.

  • Visit Memorial Chorten. (Built in 1974 in loving memory of the Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck)

  • Changangkha Lhakhang . (Built in 13th Century by Lam Phajo Dugom Zhigpo)

  • Takin Reserve. (The National Animal of Bhutan)

  • Tashichho Dzong (The Fortress of the Glorious Religion)

Day 2: Thimphu (8th November)

  • National Library. ( It houses the vast collections of the Ancient Buddhist Manuscripts)

  • Institute of Zorig Chusum (Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts)

  • Textile Museum

  • Handicraft Emporium

  • Buddha Dordenma. It is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue of 177 ft in height built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of our Fourth King.

Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha (9th November)

  • On the way we can come across the spectacular views of the far Mountain Ranges along with the Dochula Pass, which consists a cluster of 108 interesting monuments built as a tribute to the selfless service and visionary leadership of our Fourth King

  • Visit Typical Bhutanese village at Sopsokha and , Chimi Lhakhang, The Fertility Temple blessed by the Devine Mad man Drukpa Kuenley.

  • Visit Punakha Dzong, It is the second largest and the second oldest Monastery in Bhutan located at the confluence of the two great rivers, Pho chhu and Mo chhu.

Day 4: Punakha to Phobjikha (10th November)

  • Enroute to Phobjikha, we can experience the Rich Flora and Fauna

  • Visit Gangtoe Goenpa: (The Nyingmapa school of Buddhism.)

  • Phobjikha Valley: One of the most beautiful valley and also known as marshland in Bhutan popular for its Scenic Splendor and Culture Uniqueness. It’s also famous for globally threatened Black-Necked Crane. Grus nigricollis (usually seen during the winter season).

Day 5: Phobjikha( 11th November )

  • Attend the Black Necked Crane Festival

  • Visit Gangtey Gyenpa and the village around.

Day 6: Phobjikha to Paro (12th November)

Day 7: Paro (13th November)

  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Taktsang meaning “Tiger’s Nest” that clings seemingly impossible to a cliff at 914m above the valley) Guru Rinpoche ( also known as Guru padmasambhava) is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of the tigress and meditated there.

  • Visit the Ruins of the Drugyel Dzong. It is believed to be built in 1946 to commemorate Bhutan’s Victory over the Tibetan invaders.

Day 8: 14th November - Depart by Druk Air

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