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Valley of the Black-Necked Cranes

6 Days

In an expedition of the protected Phobjikha valley, you will be brought closest to one of the world’s most endangered birds, the Black-necked Cranes (Grus nigricollis), you will also witness how people live in harmony with the birds. You will be thrilled by the sight of the birds greeting the people upon their arrival from Tibet and Mongolia, beginning late October. The birds live in Phobjikha till late February.

Apart from the birds and the beauty of Phobjikha (also called the ‘Gangtey Valley’), what will stun you is the way the cranes greet Gangtey Monastery upon arrival. The birds circle the monastery and bow three times, which people say is an act of paying obeisance to the deities of the monastery. The same is repeated when they fly back from Phobjikha.

Entry: Paro
Exit: Paro
Duration: 6 Days
Districts: Paro, Thimphu, Wangduephodrang


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