Black Necked Crane Festival

Black Necked Crane Festival

The annual Black-Necked Crane festival is celebrated at the courtyard of Gangtey Goenpa in Phobjikha valley. The festival is an occasion for the locals to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of this endangered and majestic bird which becomes an inseparable part in their daily lives during the winter months. The annual blacknecked crane festival is organized to generate awareness and understanding on the importance of conserving the endangered Black-Necked Cranes. 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.

Tshechu is a religious festival meaning & tenth days held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country.

The Tshechu is a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple.

Tshechus are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. In addition to the mask dances, tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.

It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In monasteries, the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages, they are  performed jointly by monks and village men.

Outline Itinerary (8Days/ 7Nights)

  • Day 01| Arrival in Paro, Bhutan – Thimphu (1.5 Hr)
  • Day 02| Thimphu – Punakha (3 Hrs)
  • Day 03| Punakha Sightseeing
  • Day 04| Punakha – Phobjikha (3 Hrs)
  • Day 05| Phobjikha Festival
  • Day 06| Phobjikha – Paro (6.5 Hrs)
  • Day 07| Paro Sightseeing
  • Day 08| Departure

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