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.
The highlight of the tour
You will be received by the representative from Bhutan Corinthian Tours and Travels at the Paro International airport and drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. On the way, stop to view a private monastery Tamchog Lhakhang. Evening is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
After an early breakfast, drive to Gangtey. En-route stop Dochula pass (3160m). You will enjoy a breathtaking view of the snowcapped eastern Himalaya ranges on a clear day. Drive further to Gangtey in Phobjikha, which is one of the winter roosting grounds of the rare Black-necked Cranes, where they come in hundreds after spending their summer in Tibet and then migrate to the Himalayas of Bhutan to spend their winter – they arrive in the months of October and January. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Attend the Annual Black-necked Cranes Festival, held by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature in the courtyard of Gangtey Goemba in Phobjikha valley. The programs generally include cultural programs such as folk songs and masked dances performed by the local people, crane dance and environmental drama and songs by the school students. The set up of this festival gives you a great atmosphere with smaller crowds, more variety of programs and great opportunities for photography.
After lunch visit Gangtey Monastery. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Explore Phobjikha valley after breakfast &visit the Black-necked Crane Information Center. Visit the nearby weaving centre in the valley. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Trongsa. After lunch, visit Ta Dzong- an ancient watch tower and the remarkable Trongsa Dzong. Drive to Bumthang. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
After breakfast, visit the Jakar Dzong, the Jambay Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the King SongsenGampo of Tibet, the Kurjey Lhakhang, built in 1652 and named after the body imprint of Guru Rinpoche who introduced the Buddhism in Bhutan, the Tamshing Lhakhang, built in 1501 which is the most important Nyingma temple in Bhutan.
In the afternoon, visit Mebar Tsho - flaming lake discovered treasures from the lake in the late 15th century by Terton Pema. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Drive to Punakha – the old capital of Bhutan. The journey passes through the awe-inspiring mountains and lush vegetation along the highway and will photo stops during the journey. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong which is located at the confluence of the Phochhu (male) and Mochhu (female) rivers. Now the dzong serves as the administrative centre of Punakha district and the central monastic body. On the way to Thimphu, visit the Chime Lhakhang - a 20 min walk from the road head. The temple is known as the temple of fertility, built by Lama Drukpa Kinley
In the evening, visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 in memory of the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. This is a popular place where you can meet the locals circumambulating the temple. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Today visit the Zorig Chusum, school of 13 arts and crafts, where you can meet the students in training session followed by Folk Heritage Museum, that provides insight into a traditional Bhutanese farm house, Textile museum and Takin Preserve Centre(Takin is the nation’s national animal).
After lunch, visit the weekend market (open Fri - Sun) where locals come from far and wide to sells variety of vegetable and dairy products. Witness the archery match at Changlimithang. We then visit a nunnery before visiting Tashichho Dzong which is the seat of government.
In the morning you drive to Paro valley and hike to Taktsang.
- The monastery clings to a sheer rock face, almost 900 m above the valley floor. The uphill hike from the road point takes around 3 hours. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tigress and meditated for three months.
On the way back, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king SrongsenGyempo. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Early morning, drive to Airport and Farewell.