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Black Necked Crane Festival


The Annual Black-necked Crane festival is celebrated in the courtyard of Gangtey Gonpa, in Phobjikha valley. The festival is an occasion for the locals to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of this endangered and majestic bird (Black Necked Crane) which becomes an inseparable part 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; 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.

Brief Itinerary-9 Days Festival Tour

  • Day 1 : Arrive Paro
  • Day 2 : Paro, Paro Site Seeing
  • Day 3 : Drive from Paro to Punakha (54.8KM APPROX)
  • Day 4 : Drive from Punakha to Phobjikha Valley (45.1KM APPROX)
  • Day 5 : Black Necked Crane Festival
  • Day 6 : Drive from Phobjikha Valley to Thimphu (141.7KM APPROX)
  • Day 7 : Thimphu Site seeing
  • Day 8 : Drive from Thimphu to Paro (51KM APPROX)
  • Day 9 : Fly to onward destination