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Black Necked Crane Festival in Bhutan 2023

Activities in this trip includes

Trip Code

TMG-BN001

Trip Grade

Easy

Our "Easy" trips are perfect for beginners and those looking for a relaxed and culturally enriching experience. These journeys typically involve shorter hikes on well-marked trails or city tours with minimal physical exertion. They are designed to focus on cultural immersion and are accessible to most travelers.

Group Size

1-12 person

Accommodation
& Meal Info

Comfort

Comfort (3-star): Mid-range accommodations with extra comforts. Ideal for trekkers at lodges/teahouses. Includes daily breakfast in Kathmandu. (AP= Accommodation with all three meals at trekking destination).

Highlights

  • Black Necked Crane Festival 2023: Experience the grandeur of this unique festival, celebrating the majestic Black Necked Cranes.
  • Cultural Immersion: Interact with the warm and welcoming local people, gaining insights into Bhutanese traditions and way of life.
  • Breathtaking Scenery: Marvel at the awe-inspiring landscapes of Bhutan, from serene valleys to the towering Himalayan peaks.
  • Historical and Spiritual Sites: Explore ancient temples, monasteries, and dzongs, delving into Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage.

Trip overview

The Black Necked Crane Festival in Bhutan 2023 is a grand celebration of nature’s wonders, set against the stunning backdrop of Gangtey Valley. Scheduled for November 11th, 2023, this festival is a tribute to the arrival of these endangered and majestic birds in Bhutan, marking a significant moment for both the locals and visitors.

More than just a jubilant occasion, the festival serves as a vital platform to raise awareness and understanding about the crucial need to conserve these magnificent cranes. The Black Necked Crane Festival 2023 showcases a rich tapestry of Bhutanese culture through captivating folk songs and traditional dances.

One of the festival’s highlights is the mesmerizing mask dances performed by local artists, intricately choreographed crane dances, and thought-provoking environmental conservation-themed dramas and songs by school children. This dynamic fusion of art, culture, and environmental advocacy creates a truly immersive and enlightening experience.

Join us from November 8th to 11th, 2023, as we come together to celebrate the grace and significance of the Black Necked Crane and the importance of preserving their habitat. The festival promises a journey into Bhutan’s vibrant cultural heritage while underlining the urgency of conservation efforts, making it a must-attend event for both locals and tourists.

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Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Paro – Thimphu sightseeing (54 km, 1 hour drive).:
Day 2. Thimphu Sightseeing:
Day 3. Thimphu – Gangtey (151 Km, 4 hours drive):
Day 4. Gangtey – Witness the Black Necked Crane Festival 2023-Punakha
Day 5. Punakha – Paro sightseeing (134 km, 3 hour drive):
Day 6. Paro Sightseeing – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery:
Day 7. Paro – Departure (End of tour – Black necked Crane festival in Bhutan)

01

DAY

Arrival in Paro - Thimphu Sightseeing (54 km, 1-hour drive)

Upon your arrival at Paro Airport, you will be welcomed and then embark on a picturesque journey to Thimphu. Along the way, you will make a short stop to visit Tamchog Monastery, a historic gem built in 1420 by Thang Tong Gyalpo. Thang Tong Gyalpo is renowned for constructing 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan, with 8 of them situated in Bhutan. In the evening, your exploration continues as you visit Tashichho Dzong, a significant seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body. You will then return to your hotel for dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.

02

DAY

Thimphu Sightseeing

Your second day in Bhutan’s capital city starts with visits to several remarkable sites. In the morning, you will have the opportunity to explore the National Postal Museum, where you can create your own personalized Bhutanese stamps. Following that, you’ll visit the National Memorial Chorten, which was constructed in 1974 to honor the late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Additionally, you’ll witness the world’s tallest sitting Buddha statue, towering at an impressive 51.5 meters, located at Kuensel Phodrang park. In the afternoon, your journey of cultural immersion continues with visits to Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Thimphu valley, built in the 13th century by Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo. You’ll also explore the Takin Preserve Center, where the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin, is believed to have been created by Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman. Enjoy panoramic views from Sangay Gang Viewpoint and conclude your day with a visit to Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. You’ll have the evening free to explore the town for shopping and photography, and you’ll return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

03

DAY

Thimphu - Gangtey (151 km, 4-hour drive)

Your journey continues as you depart for Gangtey, a destination known for its breathtaking beauty. En route, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Dochula Pass, famous for its 108 stupas and commanding views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Additionally, you’ll explore Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, originally constructed in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, although it was unfortunately destroyed by fire in 2012, with restoration work nearly completed. Upon reaching Gangtey, you’ll visit Gangtey Gompa Monastery and the Black Necked Crane Information Center. The evening allows you to immerse yourself in the picturesque Phobjikha valley. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at your hotel.

04

DAY

Black Necked Crane Festival and Drive to Punakha

The morning brings anticipation as you drive to Gangtey Gompa to witness the captivating Black Necked Crane Festival of 2023, a mesmerizing half-day event. In the afternoon, your journey continues to Punakha, where you will visit Punakha Dzong, a historical fortress constructed in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This Dzong also serves as the winter residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Your evening stroll takes you across the longest suspension bridge of its kind in Bhutan, spanning the Pho Chu River, offering spectacular views. You will then return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

05

DAY

Punakha to Paro (134 km, 3-hour drive)

The morning adventure begins with a hike to Khamsum Yulley Monastery, followed by a visit to Chimi Lhakhang, a temple built in 1499 to honor Lama Drukpa Kuenley, affectionately known as the Divine Madman of Bhutan. This temple, often referred to as “the Temple of Fertility,” is visited by childless couples from across the country to offer prayers and seek blessings, making it a highlight of honeymoon experiences in Bhutan. In the afternoon, your journey includes visits to Ta Dzong, the national museum of Bhutan, and Rinpung Dzong, constructed in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, serving as the administrative center of Paro district. The evening offers free time for shopping and photography in the town. You’ll return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

06

DAY

Paro - Tiger's Nest Hike

The morning brings a thrilling adventure as you embark on a hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, also known as Paro Taktsang, a sacred site built in 1684 by Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. In the afternoon, you will visit Drugyal Dzong, constructed in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Your journey continues with a visit to Kichu Lhakhang, a historic temple built in 659 A.D. by the Tibetan King, Srongtsen Gampo. You’ll then return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

07

DAY

Departure

After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to Bhutan. You will be driven to the airport, marking the end of your remarkable journey and the Black Necked Crane Festival tour.

Trip Includes

Includes

  • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner and Evening Tea].
  • Accommodation [twin / double sharing basis]. Single room supplement is extra.
  • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • Sustainable Development Fee (SDF).
  • Bhutan Visa Fee (US $ 40).
  • English speaking Local guide.
  • Sightseeing.
  • Bottled water.

Excludes

  • Entrance fees for museums and monuments.
  • Drukair / Bhutan Airlines fares.
  • Travel Insurance Premiums.
  • Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
  • Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
  • Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera charges, Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.

Making a difference

Leading the way in responsible tourism. We protect the environment, support local communities, and ensure a sustainable Himalayan future.

Planet

Travel Max Guide prioritizes environmental protection through eco-conscious practices to ensure the preservation of the Himalayas for future generations, drawing inspiration from the environmental commitment demonstrated by Western travelers during your trips.

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