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BLACK NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL

Black Necked Crane Festival

Festival Date: 11th Nov, 2016      9 Days - 8 Nights of Bhutan Festival Tour

The Annual Black-necked Crane festival is celebrated in the courtyard of Gangtey Gonpa, in Phobjikha valley. Phobjikha is a wide alpine wetland valley that is considered the largest and the most significant wetland in the country. It is often cited for the harmonious co‐existence of its inhabitants with nature and the valley also holds great cultural significance. Every year, over 300 of the estimated 500 cranes that migrate to Bhutan spend their winter months in this valley.

The festival is an occasion for the locals to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of this endangered and majestic bird which becomes an inseparable part of their daily lives during the winter months.

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, to provide an avenue for the local community to renew their commitment to conservation of the black-necked cranes, and to showcase their cultural heritage and skills.

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 the school children. The program usually starts by 9:30 am and lasts till late afternoon.

The festival is organized by the Phobjikha Environment Management Committee (PEMC), a local group composed of elected local leaders (with a strong female component), Government representatives, business community representatives, monks and Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN) representative. The festival has become a part of the local culture in Phobjikha valley ever since it was first initiated by the RSPN in 1998.


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HIGHLIGHTS

Day From To Distance Time Accomodation
1 Arrival in the Airport Hotel Accommodation in Paro
2 Paro Thimphu 54km 1hr Hotel Accommodation in Thimphu
3 Thimphu sight seeing Hotel Accommodation in Thimphu
4 Thimphu Punkaha 72 km 3 hrs Hotel Accommodation in Punakha
5 Punakha Phobjikha 88km 3.5hrs Hotel Accommodation in Phobjikha
6 The black necked crane festival Hotel Accommodation in Phobjikha
7 Phobjikha Thimphu 135km 5hrs Hotel Accommodation in Thimphu
8 Thimphu Paro 54km 1hr Hotel Accommodation in Paro
9 Airport Drop and Farewell

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in the Airport

  • Our representative from Bhutanitis Travels will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel
  • Visit Rinpung Dzong and Ta Dzong .
  • Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Paro.
Food and accommodation will be arranged according to your reservations.

Day 2: Paro - Thimphu

  • After breakfast, take a hike towards Taktshang. Also known as the Tiger’s Nest. It is the most visited tourist destination in Bhutan.
  • In the evening, drive towards Thimphu.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Thimphu
Food and accommodation will be according to your reservations.

Day 3: Thimphu sight seeing

  • After breakfast, visit Kuensel Phodrang, where the largest statue of sitting Buddha is located overlooking the capital city of Thimphu. It will give you a panoramic view of the entire stretch of the city.
  • Visit the Takin preservation center in Mothithang , on the way to Mothithang visit changgangkha lhakang.
  • After lunch, visit Thimphu Memorial Chorten and Centenary Park.
  • Check into the hotel and rest for the day.

Day 4:  Thimphu to Punakha via Wangdiphodrang

  • After an early breakfast, drive towards Punakha. halt in Dochula pass for photography. Lunch will be served in lobesa (metsina)
  • Visit the Wangdiphodrang Dzong (works of restoration is on-going due to the fire that razed the Majestic Dzong in 2012)
  • On the way to Punakha, visit Chimi lhakhang and the Punakha Dzong.
  • Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Punakha.

Day 5: Punakha to Phobjikha

  • After breakfast, drive towards Phobjikha.
  • Check into the hotel in Phobjikha and lunch will be served.
  • After lunch visit Gangtey lhakhang , and explore the valley of Phobjikha.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Phobjikha

Day 6: The Black Necked Crane Festival

  • After breakfast, drive to the venue of the program and attend the Festival .
  • You can also embark on an excellent photography detour around the valley. Catch some amazing clips of the Cranes. Snowfall and the cranes in the valley make it a wonderful vacation spot loved by every traveller who has enjoyed this heavenly abode of the cranes.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Phobjikha.

Day 7:  Phobjikha to Thimphu

  • After an early breakfast, drive back to Thimphu.
  • On the way to Thimphu visit the LamPelri botanical garden. For plant lovers it is an ideal destination to get a glimpse of the wide varieties of flora that is found in the botanical garden. Varieties of plants that are only found in some pockets of Himalayas can be found here.
  • Upon arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel and retreat for the night.

Day 8 :  Thimphu  to Paro

  • After breakfast , drive to Dechenphu lhakhang
  • Take a short hike to Tango Chari monastery
  • After lunch, drive to Paro.
  • Check into the hotel in Paro.
Other alternatives you can choose from:  
  • Visit Tashi chhodzong , visit to the Royal textile academy or the National library.

Day 9:  Departures from Paro

  • After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.

PACKAGE INFO

Package Includes

  1. All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner].
  2. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room. Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
  3. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  4. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  5. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  6. English speaking Local guide.
  7. Sightseeing.

Package Does Not Include

  1. Druk Air fares.
  2. Insurance Premiums.
  3. Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
  4. Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
  5. Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  6. Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water.
  7. Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.
  8. Visa Fees

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