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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.


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)


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)


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)


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.


Watch Black-Necked Crane Festival.


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)


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