BLACK NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL:

The festival includes cultural programs such as folk songs and dances (some with black-necked crane themes) and mask dances performed by the local people, crane dances, and environmental conservation-themed dramas and songs by school children.

Tour Program Destination Tour Activity Hotels/Camps
Day 01 Paro to Thimphu Cultural Sightseeing Hotel Lhayul
Day 02 Thimphu Sightseeing Visit the Takin preservation Centre Hotel Lhayul
Day 03 Thimphu to Punakha Cultural Sightseeing Hotel Vara
Day 04 Punakha Khamsum valley Khamsum Vally Hike Hotel Vara
Day 05 Punakha to PHOBJIKHA Cultural Tour Hotel Yangkhil
Day 06 Crane Festival at Gangtey Festival Dewachen
Day 07 Phobjikha to Paro Sightseeing Hotel Metta Resort
Day 08 Paro Tiger Nest Hike Cultural Tour Hotel Metta Resort
Day 09 Paro to Airport and See OFF
Explore Central Bhutan with the unique Crane Festival Tour in 2022 (8nights and 09 Days).
The annual Black-Necked Crane festival is celebrated at the courtyard of Gangtey Goenpa in Phobjikha valley.  The annual Black-necked crane festival is organized to generate awareness and understanding on the importance of conserving the endangered Black-Necked Cranes.
Trip Length: 09 Days/08 Nights.
Tour Costs: 1 person US $ 1990 each. Visa Fees USD 40 per person (one time fees)
Cost includes: Government royalty, all meals, tea and snacks, accommodations, transport, entrance fees, guide service and sightseeing.

Cost does not include: Druk Air fares, airport tax, drinks & beverages and other personal bills.

Trip Facts
Crane Festival is celebrated to create awareness to this endangered Bird of Bhutan and to protect its habitat in Phobjikha.
Detailed Tour Program.

Day 1 Arrival Paro from Kathmandu/Delhi/Bangkok:

During the flight, on a clear day, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalaya Mountains, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by the representative of Excursion to Himalayas-ETH and drive you to Thimphu. On the way visit Tamchog Lhakhang across the river. Evening to your hotel.

Day 02 Thimphu Sightseeing

After breakfast, you will visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built-in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan (the takin) and the nunnery temple. After a relaxing lunch, visit the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school), the traditional paper factory and the Majestic Tashichodzong. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu town. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 03 Thimphu to Punakha

After your breakfast your drive from Thimphu to Punakha will be 3 hours passing through green forest along the ways. On the way visit dochula pass and on a clear day you can view the 360-degree view of Himalayas and remote Gasa Dzong. Visit chimi Lhakhang the temple of fertility and the temple also have good history.

Day 04 Punakha Village Walk:

Punakha is the warm and old capital of Bhutan till 1961. Punakha is very popular for red rice and varieties of fruits grown in the area. In Punakha visit the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal monastery situated on a hilltop of  Khamsum valley. The monastery can be reached only through a hike. The hike takes about 2 hours from the road point. It is one of the best Hike in Punakha. When returning visit Punakha Dzong. Located between two rivers the Dzong is one of the most beautiful Dzong in bhutan.Overnight hotel in Trongsa.

Day 05 Punakha to Phobjikha: 

After breakfast drive to Phobjikha and visit the Gangtey Goenpa Monastery. The valley also offers a nice forest Hiking trail starting from the road point to the hotel where you will be staying. Over night at Hotel.

Day 06: Black-necked Crane Festival

Witness the festival the whole day. People from all walks of life including students will visit the place to celebrate.

Day 07: Phobjikha to Paro Sightseeing

After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong which houses monastic bodies and center of civil administration. In the evening, you can stroll freely in the town. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 08: Paro Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery 


After breakfast, you will hike to Taktsang or “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery perched precariously on the cliff 900m above the floor of the Paro valley. It is the most famous monastery in Bhutan. It is said that Guru Rinpoche, the great spiritual master, have flown to the site of the monastery from eastern Bhutan on the back of a tigress and meditated here for three months. Lunch would be served in the Cafeteria restaurant on the way. After having explored the monastery, you will hike down to the valley. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 09: See off

Question about Bhutan Black Necked Crane Festival Tour?

How is the weather in this time of the year?

Weather is very favorable and warm. The temperature may drop as you drive towards Bumthang and vary from 8 to 12 degree during day and 0 degree at night in Bumthang.

What is the time limit to book this festival Tour?

To book this trip you at least need 4 months prior to your trip. This is because we need to book your Bhutan flight tickets as it will be difficult to get the tickets during this time.

Which airline operates in Bhutan?

Bhutan have only two airline that operates in multiple destination. They are Drukair and Bhutanairlines and they operate from Bangkok to Paro, Delhi to Paro,Kathmandu to Paro and Singapore to Paro. No other airline operates in Bhutan. You can check their website for Booking online or contact us for reservation.

What is the cancellation policy?

For this our company have very strict policy and once the tour gets started there will be 100 percent chargeable. For further information please click here.

What kind of hotels will I be provided in this tour?

All hotels will be of 3 star Hotel with attached bathroom, color TV with hot and cold shower and clean rooms.

How can I apply Bhutan Visa?

Once you confirm the tour with us we will need you passport copy with filled Visa form. Upon the receipt of full payment we shall apply your visa and visa acceptance letter will be send to you. You need to download this visa leter and produce during boarding of flight to Bhutan. Your actual visa will be stamped upon arrival in Paro International Airport.

Who will be there at Airport to receive us?

Our guide with your name will receive you at the airport with white traditional khaddar for good luck journey into happiness.

How much should I tip Guide and driver?

Guide and driver though they are paid daily DSA by the company but its customary for tourist visiting Bhutan to pay something to Guide and driver after the tour based on experience with them. The minimum you can pay them is 10$ per day but its not mandatory.

For any further question please write to us and we shall be happy to answer you.

Please keep in mind that before you take this trip. Few things to remember are your visa acceptance letter, your air tickets, Passport validity should be 6 months and more. If you have any health condition please make sure your health insurance covers all. Read more about Black Necked Crane.

Etiquette and Taboos

Cultural Considerations: Be aware that your cultural values may differ from those of locals. These may include different concepts of time, personal space, communication, etc., which are not wrong or inferior, just different. Making the extra effort to respect local customs and cultural differences will enhance your interactions with locals during your time in Bhutan and contribute to building mutual respect between locals and tourists.

What to wear if you are traveling to Bhutan?

Most Bhutanese are pretty conservative from our western perspective so it is always polite to wear long pants at all times (Man and Women). Women should wear long pants or skirts. Shirts should not be revealing and bras should be worn. Unfortunately, many tourists ignore these cultural norms and can be seen in towns and villages wearing shorts and revealing summer attire; while it may be comfortable, it is not appropriate, especially when visiting monasteries and Dzongs.

Meals

Meals are usually provided in buffet system and most of tourist food are blend and if you need to change the foods varieties we are very open to change and you need to discuss with guide. We have Indian, Chinese and authentic Bhutanese restaurant where you can have very spicy food.

Destination Guide

Bhutan is a unique travel destination with some special considerations. It is highly recommended that you undertake some background reading before travel to Bhutan. The more you learn about your destination, the more rewarding your travel experience will be.

Cultural Guide: Mr.Dawa have been guiding our Festival Interested group for last 3 years and he have been trained by Tourism Council of Bhutan and have been recommended by our past clients for his service.