Several travelers make their way to the Phobjikha Valley (Gangtey) to spot an indigenous Himalayan species, the black-necked cranes, during winters. These elegant cranes make their way from the Tibetan Plateau to Bhutan each year for the purpose of roosting.
Operated by the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN), the Black-Necked Crane Information Centre is a must-visit attraction while visiting the Phobjikha Valley. The establishment houses an extensive range of informative displays about the region’s history, valley environment, as well as the Black-necked Cranes. A haven for ornithologists or bird lovers, the center also has a library and an observation room to keep visitors engaged. With high-power telescopes and spotting scopes, it is possible to spot the cranes in their natural habitat.
Besides being a point of interest for travelers, the center is involved in preservation efforts. The RSPN undertakes activities to protect roosting areas and educates locals and tourists about the significance of the cranes with respect to the valley.