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Black Necked Crane Festival

Festival dates: 11th November 2021.

The Black necked crane festival is celebrated at the Gangtey Monastery and is one the famous Bhutanese festivals. The festival is an occasion for the locals to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of the endangered Black necked cranes. These Majestic birds are an inseparable part in their daily lives during the winter months.

The Black necked crane festival is organized to create awareness on the importance of conserving these rare and endangered cranes. Some of the dances performed during this festival are with black-necked crane themes. The school children perform dramas and sing songs with environmental conservation themes. The Black necked crane festival also includes folk songs, traditional dances and mask dances performed by the local people.

Detailed Itinerary for Black Necked Crane Festival:

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr drive):

Tamchog-Lhakhang

Tamchog Lhakhang.

Meet and greet at the Airport and drive to Thimphu.

On the way, a short stop to view:

  • Tamchog Monastery built in the 15th century by Thang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten.
  • Craft Bazaar.
  • Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing:

Tallest-statue-of-Sitting-Buddha

Tallest statue of Sitting Buddha.

In the morning, visit to:

  • Tallest Statue of sitting Buddha (51.5 meters)
  • Changangkha Lhakhang.
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

Lunch at Simply Bhutan Museum restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • National Postal Museum.
  • School of 13 Arts and Crafts (Painting school).

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha (76 Km, 2 hr drive):

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Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

In the morning, drive to Punakha.

On the way, visit to:

  • Dochu La Pass with its 108 stupas and view the beautiful Himalaya ranges in the north.
  • Chimi Lhakhang built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in the year 1499. The Temple is also called “the Temple of Fertility”.

After lunch, we visit:

  • Punakha Dzongbuilt in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Punakha –Wangdiphodrang – Gangtey (75 km, 2 hr drive):

Wangdiphodrang-Dzong-Black Necked Crane Festival

Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

In the morning, we walk across the longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 m).

Then drive to Gangtey.

On the way, visit to:

  • Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Note: Upper part of the valley is called Gangtey and lower part is called Phobjikha.

While in Gangtey, we visit:

  • Gangtey Gompa Monastery founded in 1613 by Gyaltse Pema Thinley.
  • Crane Information center.

Explore the Phobjikha valley. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05. Gangtey (Witness the festival):

Black Necked Crane Festival

Black Necked Crane Festival.

Today, we witness the festival for the whole day.

In the evening, explore the beautiful Phobjikha valley, the roosting ground of the Rare Black- necked Cranes in winter.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Gangtey – Paro (170 km. 4 hrs drive):

In the morning, drive to Paro.

We occasionally stop on the way to take pictures.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong built in 1649 which houses the National Museum of Bhutan.
  • Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Paro Sightseeing – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest:

Tiger’s-Nest-(Taktsang)-Monastery-Black Necked Crane Festival

Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

In the morning, we drive to Satsam Chorten and 2 hour hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery (Taktsang).

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King Srongsen Gampo.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 08. Paro – Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.