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Black Necked Crane Festival Tour

Duration: 1 day      (Based On review(s))

Black Necked Crane Festival is being held at Gangtey Monastery. The festival is celebrated annually is to generate awareness on the importance of conserving these endangered cranes. Black-Necked crane flies from Tibet to Phobijikha Valley in Gangtey during the winter season. The festival is being celebrated with cultural programs, folk songs, and dances (school children dressed as a black-necked crane), mask dances performed by the locals. It was first initiated in 1998 and now has become part of the local culture of the Phobjikha Valley. Besides attending the festival go for cultural sightseeing at the colorful city of Paro, the tiny capital – Thimphu and the old capital – Punakha. Another highlight of the Bhutan tour is the hike to the Taktsang Monastery located outskirts of Paro town.

Trip Highlights: 

  • Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro.
  • Paro exploding with colors and traditions.
  • Explore the tiny capital Thimphu.
  • Visit Dochula pass (3,140m) en-route Thimphu to Punakha with spectacular Himalayan views.
  • Take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang ‘the fertility temple’ dedicated to Drukpa Kunley – the divine madman.
  • Punakha Dzong arguably the most impressive monastery in Bhutan.
  • Discover one of the beautiful valleys on Bhutan ‘Phobijikha Valley’ in Gangtey.
  • Witness Black Necked Crane festival at the Gangtey Monastery.
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan.
  • Witness culture, traditions & daily lifestyles of Bhutan.

 

ITENERARY

Your Black Necked Crane Festival Tour begins with the flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you are met by your guide and transferred to your hotel to settle in. Your Bhutanese escort will greet you on arrival, and then drive you the short distance to hotel. Paro is a picturesque valley with quaint clusters of hamlets amid terraced paddy fields. Although the site of the nation’s first airport Paro still retains tradition by way of architecture and farming.After lunch depart to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1½ hour. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. In the evening visit the Handicrafts Emporium, which has all types of Bhutanese handicrafts for sale. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, we drive for Gangtey via Wangdue through a forest of pine and cedar adorned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050m) which offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Afterwards, we descend to a series of hairpin bends to the valley of Wangdue and visit the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong located on the spur of a hill at the confluence of the tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. Later we climb gradually towards the Phobjika Valley which is described as “the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas”. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, join with the locals in their Crane Festival at the Gangtey Monastery; the monastery dates back to 17 th century. The valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). Bhutan is home to around six hundred black necked cranes with Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from the Tibetan plateau. The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March. Overnight at Hotel.
Today drive from Gangtey to Punakha which is about 3 & half hours drive. En-route take a short hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, who as a favorite saint of the Bhutanese people is known affectionately as “the Divine Madman”. And Punakha Dzong located at the confluence of the Pho-chu (male-river) and Mo-chu (female-river), the Punakha Dzong is arguably the most impressive dzong in the country. Overnight at Hotel.
On the fifth day of the Black Necked Crane Festival Tour, we drive to a stunning hill-top nunnery – Sangchen Dorji Lhundrup Chholing. The main temple of here is dedicated to the bodhisattva of compassion and next to the temple is a beautiful Stupa. After doing some chatting with the nuns and enjoying the surrounding we re-cross Dochula ans stop at Thimphu for lunch. Then move towards the Paro in the afternoon. Overnight at Hotel.
Today after breakfast we drive towards the base of the Taktsang Monastery and begin our hiking for the Taktsang Monastery. The trail to Taktsang Monastery takes about 3 hours and upon reaching the Monastery one can have the majestic view of the Paro valley which makes you forget all your sweat during the hike. After spending some quality time on the Tiger’s Nest we walk back to the road point and then visit Kyichu Lhakhang one of the oldest temple in Bhutan. Overnight at Hotel.
Your Black Necked Crane Festival Tour terminates today so after breakfast, your representative will help you with the exit formalities and bid you farewell and wish you happy journey back home.

WHAT'S INCLUDED ?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing.
  • Route Permit.
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide.
  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable.
  • Drinking water.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)

WHAT'S EXCLUDED ?

  • Airfare & Travel Insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

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NOTE

  • The above quotation is for private tour.
  • On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on a usage basis.
  • Package rate is not applicable during festival dates.

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