12 Days Black-Necked Crane Festival in Bhutan

12 Days Black-Necked Crane Festival in Bhutan

The 12 days Black-Necked Crane festival in Bhutan is celebrated annually at the courtyard of Gangtey Goenpa in the bowl shaped glacial valley of beautiful Phobjikha (3000m) where the beautiful Nake Chuu flows across it. This festival is a very rare occasion for visitors to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of this endangered and majestic bird, (Grus nigricollis) during the winter months (late October to late February). These migratory birds which come from the high Tibetan highlands fly around the Gangtey Goemba three times before landing in the Phobjikha valley down below and repeat the same act when they go back to their Tibetan homeland in late February. A small section of the  Black necked cranes also come to Bumdeling in far eastern Bhutan.

The annual black-necked crane festival is organized to generate awareness and understanding on the importance of conserving the endangered Black-Necked cranes. 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, crane dances and environmental conservation-themed dramas and songs by school children.

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Date: 11 November, 2019.
Venue: Gangtey Goenpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang.

Sketch Itinerary:

Day 01. Arrive at Paro.

Day 02. Paro – Thimphu.

Day 03. Thimphu sightseeing.

Day 04. Thimphu sightseeing.

Day 05. Thimphu – Punakha – Gangtey.

Day 06. Gangtey – Trongsa.

Day 07. Trongsa – Bumthang.

Day 08. Bumthang.

Day 09. Bumthang – Punakha.

Day 10. Punakha – Thimphu.

Day 11. Thimphu – Paro.

Day 12. Depart.