The Black-necked Crane Festival

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The Annual Black-necked Crane festival is celebrated in the courtyard of Gangtey Gonpa, in Phobjikha valley. These majestic birds form an inseparable of part of the local people’s daily lives during the winter months.

The annual black-necked crane festival is organized to generate awareness and understanding on the importance of conserving the endangered black‐necked cranes, the linkages between conservation and sustainable livelihoods of the community, and to showcase their cultural heritage and skills.

The festival includes cultural programmes such as folk songs and dances (most with black-necked crane themes), mask dances and crane dances. Organized by the Phobjikha Environment Management Committee (PEMC), it is an part of the local culture in Phobjikha ever since it was initiated by RSPN in 1998.

Phobjikha is a wide alpine wetland valley, cited for harmonious co‐existence of its inhabitants with nature. It is the most significant, protected wintering ground in Bhutan for the endangered black‐necked cranes. Every year, over 300 of the estimated 500 cranes migrate to Bhutan. It is said that the cranes circle three times, when they come and go, the highly revered Gangtey Monastery that overlooks the stunningly beautiful and sacred glacial valley.

Phobjikha is also the livelihood base for about 5000 subsistence farmers. An integrated conservation and development programme, with the objective of establishing a strong linkage between environment conservation and economic welfare of the local people, was started in early 1990s by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature.

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The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), Tourism Business regulating agency of the Royal Government of Bhutan, fixes the Tourist Tariff rate. This rate is valid for all the inclusive tour packages. The tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

Peak Season Rate: (March, April, May, September, October and November) Cultural Tour /Trekking – US$ 250/per person per night halt.

Low Season Rate:(January, February, June, July, August and December) Cultural Tour /Trekking- US$ 200/per person per night halt.

Price Inclusions

  • Bhutan Royalty ($65 per person per day).
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person).
  • All necessary permit fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • All meals including evening tea.
  • All accommodation in our partner hotels, which are some of the best in the country on twin sharing basis.
  • All trekking equipments and logistics including cooks, camp personnel, horsemen and ponies.
  • English-speaking tour leader, guide and driver.
  • Trekking Insurance (Our value-added service).
  • Cultural Performance (our value-added service).

Price Exclusion

  • Airfare for flights into and out of Bhutan.
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses.
  • Meals and Beverages other than the ones mentioned above (see inclusions).
  • Spa Charges.
  • Travel and Medical insurance.

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The Black-necked Crane Festival
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