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Black Necked Crane Festival Tour

Day 1: Arrive Paro (Bhutan) by Flight & drive to Thimphu (55km, approx. 1.1/2-hour drive)
•    On arrival at Paro International Airport, received by our representative after immigration formalities & baggage black-necked-crane-festivalcollection and then transfer to Bhutan’s capital city, Thimphu. En route photo stop at Tamchog temple viewpoint & Chuzom, the confluence of Paro & Thimphu rivers.
•    On arrival in Thimphu check into the hotel.
•    Later visit King’s Memorial Stupa.
•    Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu city centre.
•    Overnight in Thimphu. (Altitude 2,320m)

Day 2: Thimphu
•    Full day exploration of Thimphu valley includes visit to, Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Museum, Institute of Zorig Chusum or Arts & Crafts School, Takin Preserve, Thimphu Post office, Buddha Dordenma and Trashichhoedzong, the beautiful medieval fortress / monastery.
•    Overnight in Thimphu. (Altitude 2,320m)

Day 3: Thimphu – Gangtey (Phobjikha) (150km, approx. 5-hour drive)
•    After breakfast, drive to Gangtey. En route take a short stop at Dochula pass (3,080m) enjoying stunning mountain views at the backdrop of picturesque Druk Wangyel Chortens (stupa).
•    On arrival in Gangtey, check into the hotel.
•    Afternoon visit Gangtey monastery and then take a stroll around lovely Gangtey village.
•    Overnight in Gangtey. (Altitude 3,000m)

Day 4: Gangtey (Phobjikha) (Black Necked Crane Festival)
•    Full day witness Black Necked Crane Festival.
•    Also explore Phobjikha valley to spot auspicious Black Necked Cranes.
•    Overnight in Gangtey. (Altitude 3,000m)

Day 5: Gangtey - Punakha (85km, approx. 3-hour drive)
•    Morning after breakfast, embark on a fascinating walking excursion on Gangtey Nature Trail.
•    Also visit Black Necked Crane Information Centre.
•    After lunch, drive to Punakha.
•    Evening explore Punakha & Wangdue towns and local market.
•    Overnight in Punakha. (Altitude 1,300m).

Day 6: Punakha
•    After breakfast visit historic Punakha Dzong (fortress cum monastery).
•    Then a walking excursion (approx. 2-hour round trip walk) to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Stupa.   black-necked-crane-festival Bhutan
•    Afternoon visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery and a short walking excursion (about 30 min round trip walk) to Chimi Lhakhang or ‘Fertility Temple’.
•    Overnight in Punakha. (Altitude 1,300m)

Day 7: Punakha – Paro (125km, approx. 4-hour drive)
•    Morning after breakfast, drive to Paro via Dochula pass.
•    Afternoon visit to Ta Dzong (National Museum) & Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) or ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’.
•    Evening an exploratory walk around Paro city centre.
•    Overnight in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m)

Day 8: Paro
•    After breakfast, walking excursion (approx. 5-hour round trip walk) to Taktsang monastery or ‘Tiger Nest’.
•    Afternoon visit Kyichu & Dungtse temples.
•    Overnight in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m)

Day 9: Depart Paro (Bhutan)
•    Morning transfer to Paro International Airport for flight to onward destination. Our guide will assist you with exit formalities and bid you farewell.

Note: Above tour is available for private individuals or groups on your convenient travel date coinciding with the festival dates. Please call or write to us to arrange exact travel date.

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