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Black Necked Crane Festival Bhutan

Duration: 1 Day Place: Kungathang Lhakhang

A special occasion where both locals and tourists celebrate the arrival of the endangered Black Necked Cranes in winters. Held at the Gangtey Gompa, the onlookers get an opportunity to witness several cultural programmes of which mask dance performed by the monks is remarkable. One can even enjoy the exciting dramas that hold an important message to deliver.

Insight into Festival Duration,
Dates, and Features

Festival Duration

Unlike other popular festivals in Bhutan which are held for the course of two to three days, the Black Necked Crane Festival is held for just one day. The dates for the Black Necked Crane Festival are mentioned below.

Dates for 2020

Starting Date: 11 November 2020Ending Date: 11 November 2020

Festival Destination

The Black Necked Crane Festival is held in the Gangtey Gompa in the Phobjikha Valley. The gompa, or monastery, is named after the village which it is located in. It is also famous for Gangtey treks whose route begins from the Gangtey Monastery and goes through several villages before ending in Kungathang Lhakhang.

Special Highlights of the Festival

  • Mask and folk dances
  • Cultural programmes
  • Exciting dramas

Festival Packages View All

Punakha Tshechu Festival Package 2021

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Thimphu Tshechu Festival Package 2020

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Paro Tshechu Festival Package 2020

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Duration 04 Nights / 05 Days

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Black Necked Crane
Festival Bhutan

Witness the welcoming of the endangered Black Necked Cranes

Much like its name, the Black Necked Crane Festival is one of the most famous Bhutanese festivals. It is held once a year, and during that time, attracts an impressive number of people, both locals and tourists. It is another of those festivals which you should not miss on your visit to Bhutan.

Every year, the Black Necked Crane Festival is held in the Gangtey Gompa in the Phobjikha Valley. Gangtey Gompa, or monastery, is one of the most important monasteries of the Nyingma School of Buddhism. The monastery traces its history back to the early 17th century. Located in the Wangdue Phodrang district of Bhutan, it is named after a village by the same name which surrounds it. With the arrival of the winter season, the black necked cranes visit central Bhutan to roost. When they arrive, they circle the monastery thrice and do the same while departing.

During the course of this festival, several types of cultural programmes are held. Mask dances are performed, much to the delight of onlookers. All of these have as their focus the conservation of black necked cranes. This message is also sought to be delivered through dramas. It is an exciting time to be in Bhutan, and certainly, this is one of the festivals which you should not miss.