Black-Necked Festival

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Black-Necked Festival - 8 Days | 7 Night

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US$ 1615 / per person

Black-Necked Festival

Highlights

  • This unique festival rejoice the arrival of these majestic birds in their lives during the months of winter.
  • Special purpose for celebrating this festival is to pass a message to the human race, and the special motive is to conserve and protect the endangered species of black-necked cranes.
  • Folk songs and dances (some with black-necked crane themes), mask dances performed by the local people, Crane dances and environmental conversation-themed dramas and songs by school children.
  • Explore the key cultural sites of western Bhutan.
  • Visit local farm house.
  • Discover some of the most sacred monasteries, medieval fortresses and temples.
  • Hike to Tiger’s Nest.

Black-Necked Crane Festival is an occasion for the locals to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of this vulnerable and majestic bird that has become an inseparable parts in their daily lives during the winter months. Annual black-necked crane festival is organized to generate awareness and understanding the importance of the conserving the birds. The festival includes cultural programme, such as folk songs and dances (some with black-necked crane themes), mask dances performed by the local people, Crane dances and environmental conversation-themed dramas and songs by school children. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: (08 November, Monday): Arrive Paro international airport.

During the journey, one will experience breath-taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by your guide and take you to Thimphu which is 54 km from Paro Airport and about 45 minutes drive. Later in the afternoon  visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan); Changgangkha Monastery; visit the mini zoo where you will see national animal of Bhutan Takin, and the majestic Tashichhodzong. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: (09 November, Tuesday): Thimphu.

After breakfast, visit Buddha statue, and is presumed to be the largest Bronze statue in the world. The three storied high throne of the statue will consists of temples on each floor. Traditional paper factory, visit Post office were you can personalize your stamp, visit weaving centre, Semtokha Dzong. Evening: Stroll through the town. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: (10November, Wednesday): Thimphu-Gangtey/Phobjekha

After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Gangtey  with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will visit Gangtey Goenpa, the largest Nyingma monastery in Bhutan. Gyalse Pema Thinlay built a small temple in 1613, which was later built into larger Goenpa by the 2nd reincarnation Tenzin Legpai Dhendup. After monastery   , you will be hiking on Gangtey Natural Trail which is 1 hour 30minutes approximately. Phobjikha is one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in the Bhutan. It is a winter roosting place for the black neck crane. You will be hiking through pine forest and small bamboo plants. You can see the Phobjikha valley so beautiful from this hike. It is one of the best hikes for the nature lovers. Overnight hotel in Phobjekha.

Day 4 : ( 11 November, Thursday): Phobjekha-Punakha

Today you will Witness the Black-necked crane festival with locals in the morning. In the afternoon, you will drive to Punakha.  Overnight hotel in Punakha.

Day 5 : ( 12 November, Friday): Punakha

After breakfast you will be driving to Khamsum Yuelley Namgayl chorten. Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten stands out on a beautiful ridge above the Punakha valley. It was built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. It took 9 years to build and Holy Scriptures rather than engineering manuals were consulted to construct this 4-storey temple. It is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture and artistic traditions. This temple has been dedicated for the well-being of the kingdom, its people and all sentient beings. From the parking it is another 45 minutes uphill walk through the rice fields and the return portion downhill takes around 30 minutes. Best view of the Punakha Valley is seen from the top of the temple.   . After Lunch you will visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated inbetween the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Aftern Punakha Dzong you will visit  Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple. . Overnight hotel in Punakha.

Day 6 : (13 November , Saturday): Punakha-Paro

After early breakfast Drive to Paro with a stop at Dochula for lunch . After lunch proceed towards Paro. You will visit Paro Dzong. It was built in 17th century and now houses government offices and religious institutions. Then you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 8th century. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 7: (14 November, Sunday) : Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

In the morning you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. The Moanstery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Lunch will be served at the Cafeteria. Explore the monastery and hike back to the valley in the afternoon. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 8: (15 November, Monday): Departure

Drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.

At a Glance

Tour duration: 8 Days | 7 Nights

Tour type: Festival tour with Day hike

Festival date: 11 November 2021

Activity type: Cultural tour, Attend festival, Historical sites, Village tour, Religious sites and Day hike.

Places covered: Thimphu, Punakha, Paro and Phobjikha

Maximum elevation: 3150m

 

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Tea, coffee and snacks
  • Complementary bottled water in car
  • Hotels
  • Transport
  • Guide
  • Government levy
  • Visa fee
  • Entrance fees
  • Permits
  • Sightseeing

Exclusions

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Beverages other than tea and coffee
  • Sleeping bag on trek
  • Laundry
  • Internet bill
  • Phone bill
  • Other bills of personal nature

Accommodation

  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels (upgrade with supplement)
  • Homestay accommodation certified by Tourism Council Bhutan
  • Camping (optional)

Insurance

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.