Phobjikha Crane Festival

Nestled in the inner Himalayas of the Kingdom of Bhutan at about 3000 metres above sea level, is the wide alpine wetland valley of Phobjikha. Every year - from late October to mid February - the rare and endangered Black - necked Cranes arrive from their breeding grounds on the Tibetan Plateau to spend the winter here. Bhutan has taken special care to protect this species and has established the Phobjikha Conservation Area covering 163 square kilometres of the valley under the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature.

In addition, the magnificent Gangtey Monastery that overlooks the wetlands surrounded by subsistence farms and the natural forest areas make Phobjikha a stunningly beautiful and sacred valley. Often cited for the harmonious co-existence of its inhabitants with nature, the valley is also culturally significant.


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