Black Necked Crane Festival

Gangtey, Bhutan

During the festival, the local communities organize various cultural programs in Phobjikha, including crane dance performance and stalls selling colourful local items and Bhutanese handicrafts.

During the winter months, approximately 600 black-necked cranes migrate from the Tibetan plateau into Bhutan, mostly of which settles in the Phobjikha valley. The annual arrival of these cranes hold tremendous significance to the local villagers as they are believed to be the deities and protectors of the valley.

The black-necked crane festival is held annually in Phobjikha on November 11th.

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