Black Neck Crane Tour

Duration: 6 Days/5 Nights

Black Neck Crane Tour gives great opportunity to explore up to the Phobjikka valley, where the endangered species of Black Neck Crane migrate to in the winter months. These unique birds spend summer months in the high plateau of Tibet and spend their winter months in the Phobjikha valley.

Day 1

  • Be totally enchanted by the breathtaking landscape and pristine environment of the Paro valley upon arrival at our international airport. You will be warmly received by our friendly, traditionally dressed representative with the offering of a white welcome scarf.
  • – Transfer to hotel in Thimphu (about 1.5-hour drive from airport).
  • – Arrival at hotel in Thimphu, relax with welcome tea followed by check-in at hotel.
  • – Rest till lunch in hotel / nearby restaurant.
  • – After lunch, take a 10-min drive to Changangkha Temple (built in the 15th century by famous Lama Nima). Inside the temple is “God of Compassion” made out of platinum. You may witness blessing of a newborn baby in this temple.
  • – Drive to Mini Zoo, Bhutan’s only zoo to see the national animal Takin.
  • – Drive to Sangay Gang, lookout point of the Thimphu city.
  • – Visit nunnery founded by 16th Drubthob Tshangthong Gyalpo in 1976. More than 40 nuns study Buddhism in this nunnery.
  • – Visit Zorichusum (meaning 13 arts and crafts) which is popularly known as the painting school. Students in this school learn traditional arts and crafts like painting, sculpture, wood carving, weaving and embroidery.
  • – Visit the National Library which consists of 2 buildings. On the ground floor of the old building is the largest book in the world and religious books on the upper floor. English books are kept on the ground floor in the new building.
  • – Drive to Thimphu Tashicho Dzong, a fortress built in 1772 by the temporal ruler Zhidar and Younten Thaye the Chief Abbot.

Day 2

  • Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Punakha, old capital of Bhutan (about 3-hour drive from Thimphu).
  • – Stopovers on the way at enchanting Docula pass (3040m above sea level). On a clear day one can see panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayas Mountains ranges.
  • – Arrive at Punakha Valley (1300m above sea level), a fertile valley were farmers grow two crops in a year.
  • – Visit Punakha Dzong which played an important role in the olden days. It was Bhutan’s second monastery school after the Cheri Monastery. The first king was crowned inside this Dzong in 1907. It is residence to the Centre Monk’s Body and Chief Abbot in winter.
  • – Hike to Chemi Lhakhang through a nice walk along the rice field and through farm houses. The temple was built by Lama Nawang Chogyel in 1499 and is today a popular temple where barren women come to pray for a child. The temple is popularly known as the Fertility Temple.

Day 3

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • – Leave hotel for Phobjikha valley, visiting Wangdi Phrodrang Dzong on the way. Built in 1638, this was the third Dzong built by Zhabdrung Rimpoche after Punakha Dzong. It is built on the hill between Dangchu Punatshang Rivers.
  • – Drive from Wangdi to Phobjikha valley, enjoying scenes of different vegetation zones. Possibly spot Gray Langures, Mucked Monkey and other animals along the way.
  • – Visit Gangtay Gonpa, the only Ningma Monastery School in western Bhutan. The temple is 457 years old and was founded by first reincarnation of Terton Pemalingpe. It was rebuilt by his successive reincarnation Teazin Lakpay Dendup in 1613. Today it is site of Pedling (Teaching of Terton Pemalingpa).
  • – Visit the Cranes Information Center and enjoy a good view of the whole crane habitat.

Day 4

  • Breakfast in hotel. Spend leisurely hours exploring areas around the crane’s habitat.
  • – Drive back to Paro.

Day 5

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • – Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery, the holiest monastery in the Buddhist World.

Day 6

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • – Drive to airport for departure.