9 Days Black-Necked Crane Festival

11 Nov 2019 | Venue: Gangtey Goenpa, Phobjikha

12 Days Black-Necked Crane Festival in Bhutan

The annual Black-Necked Crane festival is celebrated at the courtyard of Gangtey Goenpa in Phobjikha valley. The festival is an occasion for the locals to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of this endangered and majestic birth which becomes an inseparable part in 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.

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, cranes dances and environmental conservation-themed dramas and songs by school children.

The 9 days Black-Necked Crane festival in Bhutan is celebrated annually at the courtyard of Gangtey Goenpa in the bowl shaped glacial valley of beautiful Phobjikha (3000 m) where the beautiful Nake Chuu flows across it. This festival is a very rare occasion for visitors to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of this endangered and majestic bird, (Grus nigricollis) during the winter months (late October to late February). These migratory birds which come from the high Tibetan highlands fly around the Gangtey Goemba three times before landing in the Phobjikha valley down below and repeat the same act when they go back to their Tibetan homeland in late February. A small section of the  Black necked cranes also come to Bumdeling in far eastern Bhutan.

The annual black-necked crane festival is organized to generate awareness and understanding on the importance of conserving the endangered Black-Necked cranes. 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 school children.

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Sketch Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m) – Thimphu (2320 m) (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr drive).

Day 2. Thimphu Sightseeing.

Day 3. Thimphu – Punakha (Altitude 1310 m, 76 Km, 3 hrs drive).

Day 4. Punakha – Gangtey (Altitude 3120 m) (66 km, 3 hrs).

Day 5. Ganngtey: After breakfast, witness the Crane festival.

Day 6. Gangtey – Thimphu: (Altitude 2320 m) (143 km – 6 hrs).

Day 7. Thimphu – Paro Sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m).

Day 8. Paro sightseeing (Tiger’s Nest).

Day 9. Departure: (Altitude 2280 m).