Black Necked Crane Festival

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Celebrated annually in the idyllic Phobjikha valley at the onset of winter season, Black-Necked Crane Festival is one of the appealing events for tourists in the country. Every winter these endangered cranes migrate south to the valley from Tibet and fly back in early spring. In pursuit of Bhutan’s commitment to conserve and strengthen the ecological system, the winter habitat for these endangered birds has been identified and protected. The festival is an occasion for the locals to celebrate the arrival of the majestic birds to their valley. The festival aims to raise awareness and encourage locals to conserve the environment for these endangered species and also offer economic incentives for the locals. The festival generally includes cultural program such as folk songs, masked dance performed by locals, students and monks in the community.


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DAY 1: PARO/THIMPHU
 
Arrive Paro International Airport (2200 meters above sea level) at any time of the day and transfer to Thimphu.
In Thimphu (2300m), if time permits, take an orientation walk in town, do shopping and get settled in.
 
Accommodations: Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)
 
DAY 2: THIMPHU
 
Hike to Chari or Tango Monastrary (2850m) in the morning hours.
In the afternoon, visit National Memorial Chorten and drive to Buddha-point to have a clear view of the beautiful Thimphu valley. Then travel to Takin Park to see the national animal of Bhutan.
In the evening, visit the traditional paper factory, followed by a visit at Changzamtog Weaving Centre.
 
Accommodations: Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)
 
DAY 3: THIMPHU/PUNĀKHA
 
Travel towards Punakha.
Enjoy a full day of exploration including a visit to Dochula Druk Wangyel Chorten (108 victory stupas) at Dochula Pass (3150m), Chhimi Lhakhang (temple of fertility), Punakha Dzong (1200m), and Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery.
 
Accommodations: Zhingkham Resort (or similar)
 
 
DAY 4: PUNAKHA /GANGTEY VALLEY 
 
Travel to Gangtey and visit the monastery of Gantey Goenpa, known to hold some of the most sacred relics in Bhtan.
Hike to beautiful Phubjikha valley (3000m).  There we'll visit an old temple and make an offering. This evening, stop at the village of kewa (meaning potato in Dzongkha language) and visit a local family's farm for a cooking demonstration and home cooked dinner.
 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Local Homestay.
 
DAY 5: GANGTEY FESTIVAL.
 
Watch Black-Necked Crane Festival.
 
DAY 6: GANGTEY/PARO
 
Visit Black-Necked Crane Centre, one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in Bhutan, in the morning.
Travel to Paro.
Visit to Paro Dzong and National Museum and Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples built in 8th century.
 
Accommodations: Bhutan Mandala Resort (or similar)
 
DAY 7: PARO
 
Hike to tiger nest famously known as Taktsang Monastery (2900M). It will take at least 2 hours to reach the monastery.
Enjoy cultural program and dinner in pure Bhutanese style in the evening.
 
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Bhutan Mandala Resort (or similar)


DAY 8: Departure
Depart from Paro International Airport
 

DAY 1: PARO/THIMPHU
 
As you approach the Paro International Airport (2200 meters above sea level), you will have a spectacular—a real treat of beautiful land to your eyes—view. When you walk out of the plane, you will be greeted by an unusually fresh and clean breeze before your guide comes with a silken scarf to receive you.
From there, you will be transferred to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
In Thimphu (2300m), if time permits, take an orientation walk in town, do shopping and get settled.
 
Accommodations: Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)
 
DAY 2: THIMPHU
 
This morning, right after breakfast, we will hike to Tango Monastery (2850m). Tango Monastery is the only tertiary education centre for the monks and the seat of one of the holiest lamas of Bhutan, HH Gyalsay Tenzin Rabgay.
After offering our prayers and rambling through the deep wood, we will travel back to Thimphu. 
In the afternoon, visit National Memorial Chorten which was built to commemorate the life of His Majesty The Thrid King of Bhutan. Then, we will drive to Buddha-point where the tallest Buddha Dordenma Statue stands. Our next visit will be to Takin Park to see the national animal of Bhutan, Takin.
In the evening, visit the traditional paper factory to see how traditional Bhutanese papers are manufactured.
 
Accommodations: Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)
 
DAY 3: THIMPHU/PUNĀKHA
 
Today, we will leave Thimphu for Punakha.
We will first stop at Docula Pass (3150m) and visit Druk Wangyel Chortens. Here, there are 108 stupas and it was built under the command of Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, to celebrate the victory over Indian Militants in 2003.
Then, we will descend down and stop as Chhimi Lhakhang. The temple here is known as the temple of fertility because it is strongly believed that all of the childless couples who seek the blessings will be granted their wishes.
This afternoon, we will visit the majestic Punakha Dzong (1200m). This fortress served as the capital of Bhutan for year in the past. If time permits, we will visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery.
 
Accommodations: Zhingkham Resort (or similar)
 
DAY 4: PUNAKHA /GANGTEYC VALLEY
 
Travel to Gangtey or Phobjikha valley (3000m). This is the most important tourist’s site in the Bhutan because it is not only the most beautiful valley that resembles a place or two in Switzerland, but it is the winter home to the endangered black-necked cranes.
There is also a sacred monastery founded and built by the HH Gangtey Tulku, the body reincarnation of the Great Terton Pema Lingpa.
After reaching the valley, we will hike through the Nature Trail. There we'll visit an old temple and make an offering. This evening, stop at the village of kewa (meaning potato in Dzongkha language) and visit a local family's farm for a cooking demonstration and home cooked dinner.
 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Local Homestay

 
DAY 5: BLACK-NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL
 
Black-Necked Crane Festival is one of the appealing events for tourists in the country.
Every winter these endangered cranes migrate south to the valley from Tibet and fly back in early spring. In pursuit of Bhutan’s commitment to conserve and strengthen the ecological system, the winter habitat for these endangered birds has been identified and protected.
The festival is an occasion for the locals to celebrate the arrival of the majestic birds to their valley. The festival aims to raise awareness and encourage locals to conserve the environment for these endangered species and also offer economic incentives for the locals. The festival generally includes cultural program such as folk songs, masked dance performed by locals, students and monks in the community.
 
DAY 6: GANGTEY/PARO
 
Visit Black-Necked Crane Centre, one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in Bhutan, in the morning. If your visit coincide the arrival of the cranes, you will get to see the unique and rare birds that migrate from Tibet to Bhutan in winter and fly back towards the end of spring.
Then, we will travel to Paro which is about six hours.
We will try to visit to Paro Dzong, National Museum and one of the oldest temples built in 8th century, Kyichu Lhakhang, today.
 
Accommodations: Bhutan Mandala Resort (or similar)
 
DAY 7: PARO
 
Travel to Bhutan and if you go back without hiking to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, famously known as Taktsang Monastery (2900M), you have not completed your Bhutan trip. Thus, today, we will hike to the monastery. It will take at least 2 hours to reach the monastery.
The monastery was built by Guru Padmasambava in 8th century. The legend has it that he came riding on the furious tigress and subdued a demon that devoured human living in the valley.
After the hike, we will visit a home-stay and enjoy cultural program with dinner in pure Bhutanese style in the evening.
 
Accommodations: Bhutan Mandala Resort (or similar)
 
DAY 8: DEPARTURE 

 
Today, sadly though, but we will have to bid you farewell. We will drop you till Paro International Airport. We hope you have had a great trip and wish you would come tomorrow.
 
 
 
 

GROUP SIZE: Any group Size                                                           
MEALS : Full Board
TRIP ACCOMMODATION : Tourist Standard Hotel,
generally 3 to 4 star category.
ROUTE: Paro, Thimphu,Punakha and Wangdue
TRIP TYPE :Cultural Tour 

TOUR  MONTHS: 11th Nov
LEAN SEASON : USD 200  Per person
PEAK SEASON:
USD 225 Pes person 
SINGAL INDIVIDUAL: USD 40 per night
GROUP OF 2 PERSONS:USD 30 per person per night
VISA FEE: USD 40 (One time)

 






 


INCLUDED
  • Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees and taxes.
  • Accommodations in listed or similar hotels (pleasant hotels 3-4 star type) during the tour and in tents during the trek.
  • All meals, including evening tea/coffee etc through-out the trip.
  • All land transfers, sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • Experienced Culture Tour Guide.
  • Bottled water in the vehicle and other camp serivce.
NOT INCLUDED
  • Flights in and out of Bhutan.
  • Travel insurance, Drink, Visa fees, Laundry 

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