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Dancing With Cranes Tour

Country: Bhutan
City: Thimphu
Duration: 8 Day(s) - 7 Night(s)
Tour Category: Nature Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

The black-necked Crane is a rare species found in Bhutan. They migrate from the great Tibetan plateau to Bhutan in early September and fly Back in April. Usually in Bhutan, they have habitat in the eastern and western parts of Bhutan. In the west, they migrate to the place called Phobjikha, a valley which is under WangdiPhodrang District (just 6-7 hrs drive from Thimphu).

To preserve their habitat our govt. has taken the initiative of not disturbing their habitat by just not providing electricity to the valley, but we do have solar energy in this valley for the local inhabitants and also for standard hotels and luxurious resorts. These cranes have unique features like, ‘they dance when they are happy’ and they eat the dwarf bamboo shoots, their roots, and worms.

Each winter the people of Bhutan’s Phobjikha Valley await the return of Black-necked Cranes. The stately four-foot-tall birds migrate from their breeding grounds in the upper Tibetan Plateau to this remote timber-lined bowl surrounded by massive Himalayan peaks and roost there until spring amid the alpine wetlands. To the Buddhists of this tiny kingdom, the birds are heavenly emissaries, avatars of long-gone ancestors and lost loved ones, signifying longevity, peace, and prosperity. The graceful birds are so culturally important that they’re painted on the sides of homes and businesses throughout the country.

The people in Phobjikha valley celebrate the crane festival on 11th and 12th Nov. every year. During the festival we receive numerous tourists to witness the festival and the local people, they dance as cranes do.

Tour Program:

Day 1: Arrival to Paro to Thimphu

Day 2 : Thimphu to Punakha

Day 3 : Punakha To Phobjikha

Day 4: Phobjikha

Day 5: Phobjikha to Thimphu

Day 6: Thimphu to Paro

Day 7: Paro ( Hike to Tiger’s nest)

Day 8: Departure

These Minimum Daily rates are inclusive of the following services :

. All private transfer & transportation during the tour in a 4x4 deluxe vehicle
. Proficient English-speaking guide.
. Tours & excursions as mentioned in the program.
. All entrance fees for museums & monuments.
. Twin sharing accommodations in govt. approved hotels with full board.
. Govt. Royalty of per person/night.
. All Govt. Taxes.

Not included:

. Personal expenses, laundry, drinks, etc
. Tips to guide and driver
. Horse ride to Tiger's Nest
. Flight Fare

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