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Experience the temple dances of the Black-necked Crane Festival.
  • Nov 7-15, 2014
  • Nov 7-15, 2015
  • Duration 9 days
    Group Size 4-12
    Land Cost $3,150 Details
    Single Supplement $300
    Lodging 2 stars
    Grade I-II
    Best Time

    Black-Necked Crane Festival

    Join Bhutanese Buddhists in a festival honoring nature and the environment

    The Buddhist reverence for all forms of life and Bhutan's dedication to nature preservation unite at Gangtey Monastery's Black-necked Crane Festival in central Bhutan. The Monastery sits high above a broad valley overlooking the Phobjika Nature Reserve, which hosts hundreds of wintering Black-necked Cranes. Monks pray for the safe return of the birds, considered Boddhisatvas or “agents of God." After the cranes' long journey south from Tibet, local villagers gather at the Monastery for a colorful festival celebrating their safe arrival. The Gangtey monks adapt their traditional temple dances to themes related to the cranes, and more celebrations and gift-giving ceremonies abound amidst the country fair atmosphere. Whether it's the dramatically beautiful cranes, the fascinating Bhutanese culture, or the many opportunities for day hiking, this festival trip has something for travelers from all walks of life. This trip includes other not-to-be-missed sights such as Taktsang Monastery, several of the greatest Dzongs, and the great museums and palaces of Punakha, Paro, and Thimphu.

    Brief Itinerary

    Day 1Arrive Paro
    Day 2Paro City Tour
    Day 3Paro/Cheli La/Punakha
    Day 4Punakha Dzong to Phobjikha Valley
    Day 5Black-Necked Crane Festival
    Day 6Wangdue/Thimphu
    Day 7Thimphu
    Day 8Thimphu/Paro
    Day 9Paro/Onward

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