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Black-necked crane festival

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Tour Itinerary

The festival is an occasion for the locals to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of these endangered and majestic birds. It is organized to generate awareness and understanding on the importance of conserving the endangered cranes. The Black Necked Crane festival in Bhutan includes cultural programs such as folk songs and dances. The mask dances performed by the local people, cranes dances and environmental conservation themed dramas and songs by school children.

  • Tour type- festival tour with day hike
    Places covered: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjikha
  • Walking hours- 4-5 hours.
  • Maximum elevation- 3150m
  • Best season: November

Trail Map

The fight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks , including the sacred jumolhari and jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival, you will be received by our guide  and transfer to restaurant for lunch.  After lunch, you can visit Paro Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels” built by Zhubdrung in 17th century. You will walk downhill till the road point crossing the traditional wooden bridge.you can visit Kichu, the oldest temple in the country built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in 7th century. You will be taken to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. Overnight in hotel.

Morning sightseeing in Thimphu with a visit to King’s Memorial Chorten (which was built in honor of late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck), School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school), Nunnery Temple , Buddha Point, and Motithang Takin Preserve. In the evening, visit the Majestic Tashi Chhoedzong. Evening, stroll in the city and absorb the lifestyle of people. Overnight in Thimphu.

Today you can enjoy beautiful drive to Punakha. En route we will stop at Dochula pass (3150 meters) where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas.In the clear sky, we will see all the the Himalayan ranges including the highest peak of Bhutan Gangkar Puensum(7560m) above sea level. From the pass, drive downhill through the forest of rhododendron,fir,and hemlock. After lunch, you can take short walk through rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang( a temple of fertility). Continue drive to Punakha. On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, former capital and the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan. Overnight in hotel

Today, we will drive to beautiful Phobjikha valley. We will stop in Wangdue to get the scenic of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong  on the ridge .We will continue our drive  through dense forests of oak and rhododendrons till Lawala pass(3250m). The pass offers exotic views of the Himalayan Mountains. Drive downhill for some time and get the stunning views of Gangtey Goenpa and Phobjikha Valley. Later in the afternoon, you can hike amazing remote Phobjikha valley and visit Crane Centre has detail information.The home to the Black Necked Cranes, which migrate from the Tibet to this valley in winter. Walk in the village and local will be happy to interact offering local wine”Ara”. Overnight in Gangtey.

Morning drive to attend the full day Black-necked crane festival with well dressed by locals.

Today you will drive back to Paro. En route visit Simtokha Dzong built in 1629. This is the first Dzong of Bhutan. Then drive to Paro. Overnight in Paro.


Today, we will hike to the famous Tiger Nest monastery, where the Guru Rimpoche was flying on a flaming Tigress from Singye dzong in eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated for three months. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria located half way up on the mountain. After exploring the monastery, hike back to the car parking. Overnight in Paro.

After breakfast, you will drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid farewell.


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Inclusion & Exclusion

Festival and Dances

Tshechu is a religious festival meaning “tenth day” held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country.

The Tshechu is a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple.