Black Necked Crane Festival
For the people of Phubjikha, the arrival of these endangered birds has very important role. When these birds arrive in the valley, it is beginning of winter. Some people believe that these endangered birds to be the reincarnation of two deities who are said to be protectors of this beautiful valley.
These graceful birds will circle the Gangtey Goempa three times when arriving as well as living the valley. To the locals, this represents the honoring of the three sacred jewels of Buddhism and the request and gratitude for their protection and care during their stay.
The Black-necked Crane Festival is held every year in Phobjikha on November 11th, coinciding with the birth anniversary celebrations of His Majesty the King. Organized by Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) and the Phobjikha Environment Management Committee (PEMC), the festival started in 1998 and aims at spreading awareness on the cranes and the traditions as well as cultura of local people.
|Trip Name||Black Necked Crane Festival Trip|
|Duration||8 Nights & 9 Days|
|Trip Type||Festival Tour|
|Venue||Gangtey Goempa, Phubjikha|
Day 1 Arrival in Paro- Paro to Thimphu
Day 2 Thimphu Sight Seeing – Thimphu to Paro
Day 3 Thimphu to Punakha
Day 4 Punakha Sightseeing
Day 5 Punakha to Phubjikha
Day 6 Black Necked Crane Festival
Day 7 Phibjikha to Paro
Day 8 Paro Tiger Nest hike
Day 9 Departure
Day 1: Arrival in Paro-Bhutan, drive to Thimphu
You will fly to Bhutan and arrive at Paro airport where you will be met by Bhutan Travel Organiser staffs. We will take a scenic drive to the capital city of Bhutan (Thimphu).
On the way we will be visiting Taktsho gang monestry and Chuzum meeting points of two rivers, then we will head to Thimphu and check into the hotels and relax.
In the afternoon we will head to Thimphu’s open-air archery venue, to witness the country’s national sport. We will also meet young people, locals who will be playing other traditional games. We will head to visit amazing royal fortress.
Day 2: Thimphu sightseeing
Second day, soak ourselves into the scenic nature, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk Park walk and hike to Tango Monastery in the morning. Picnic lunch at the river side
Afternoon, we will visit Buddha viewpoint, Art School, Folk Heritage Museum, Mini Takin Zoo and Weekend market. Enjoy the evening walk in the town meeting locals and kids; explore the city to the fullest.
Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha
Morning drive to Punakha via Dochu la Pass. Visit beautiful temples at Dochula pass spend some time and Coffee in Cafeteria. Visit to royal botanical garden at Lamperi will give us inside view of the rich flora and fauna of Bhutan. Later in the afternoon we will hike to fertility temple at Mesina.
Day 4: Punakha halt
Visit to massive fortress Punakha Dzong, enjoy the most amazing arts and crafts at the Dzong site. Walk to the longest suspension bridge which CNN Mr. Bill Weir highlighted in his recent wonder list on Kingdom of Bhutan and hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Temple.
We will enjoy camping and rafting and River side Lunch.
Day 5: Punakha to Phubjikha
Early in the Morning drive to Phubjikha Vally (2hrs). We will visit view point of Wangdue fortress for photo session and continue our drive. Visit Gangtey Temple and Hike Phubjikha Natural Hike (2hrs).
Day 6 Phubjikha ( Black Necked Crane Festival)
Early in the morning drive to Gangtey Temple for Festival. Spend witnessing whole day festival.
Day 7 Phubjikha to Paro
Drive back to Paro, via Wangdue, Punakha, Dochula, Thimphu and Chuzom. In the afternoon enjoy the view of Paro Dzong , National Meusium and Drogyel Dzong.
Day 8: Paro Sightseeing
Tiger Nest Hike, taking footsteps of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Prince William and Kate will hike for five to six hours to Paro Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest monastery which dates to 1692. The monastery is a magical place near the cave where Guru Padmasambhava – who is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan – is said to have meditated for more than three months in the eighth century.
Back in Hotel that evening, enjoy the cultural show
Day 9: Departure
Tourism thrives in Bhutan, thanks to our warm climates, stunning sceneries and the unique development policy of Gross National Happiness. Although Bhutan is all year round destination, most preferred season are Spring and Autumn. June, July and August greets with charming green scenery and December, January and February gives stunning blue skies with snow on the passes and on mountain peaks.
Thimphu: Thimphu Tower/Similar
Phubjikha: Gakiling Guest House/Home Stay
Paro: Mandala Resort/Similar/Farm House Stay
- Visa Fees USD# 40/- single entry
- Sustainable development fee USD # 65/- per night per person
- All the government taxes.
- Three star hotel with all meals (APAI) (4 & 5 star Hotel are available in supplement cost)
- One English speaking guide entire your tour for your sightseeing
- Private comfortable car with driver for entire your tour including pickup and drop to airport
- Medical Pick/drop and check up in Emergency
- Entrance fees to events, historic sites, museum, and park
- Complimentary bottle drinking water entire your tour
- Complimentary 1 tourist SIM (4G) in a group
- Complimentary Archery and Darts game
- Complimentary Bhutanese dress wearing and photo sessions.
- Airfare ( International or Domestic)
- Alcoholic products
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Shopping
- Tipping to staffs
- Any other outdoor activities which are not mention in inclusion.