Phobjikha Valley is a small town in the central part of Bhutan. Like many other beautiful places to see in Bhutan, Phobjikha is bestowed with valleys and is surrounded by mountains and lush greenery. The place is known for its beautiful landscapes and passes and a day’s hike will take you through the town woods, and valley.
Phobjikha Valley is a vast U-shaped glacial valley. It is also known as Gangteng Valley. Phobjikha Valley offers beautiful landscapes ideal for walking and hiking.
Phobjikha Valley also goes by the name “Valley of black-necked cranes” as this endangered species migrates to this valley every year during winters. There is a Black-Necked Crane Information Centre in Phobjikha Valley where you can get information about this migratory bird. The center also has an injured black-necked crane, which you can observe at close range.
A special 9-day festival is held in Phobjikha Valley every year to celebrate the arrival of the black-necked cranes to the valley. The Black-Necked Crane Festival is celebrated at Gangtey Gompa in Phobjikha Valley.
Tsechu is another important festival held at Gangte Gompa(monastery) in Phobjikha Valley where you can witness cham (religious dances) and witness the hanging of a thondrol (large religious painting).
The best time to visit Phobjikha Valley is between October and March.
There are several types of accommodation in and around Phobjikha Valley from hotels and resorts to camps and lodges. For an intimate experience with Phobjikha Valley locals, opt for a homestay in this beautiful valley. There are around 20 homestays dotted all around Phobjikha Valley.
The people of Phobjikha Valley follow a semi-nomadic way of life. You might spot the valley locals enjoying archery and dart throwing—a favourite pastime of Phobjikha Valley people.
A local handicraft you can take back from this valley are beautifully weaved carpets made at by the local women of Phobjikha Valley, which are available at Wangmo Hand-Woven Carpet Factory.
The beautiful Phobjikha Valley can be reached by bus and car. Buses ply from Thimphu to Phobjikha Valley twice a week. There is also a direct bus from Wangdue to Phobjikha Valley, which takes 4 hours. Travelling to Phobjikha Valley by cab is the best option. They are available from Thimphu and Wangdue.
It’s usual for tourists to Phobjikha Valley to eat in their hotels or take a packed lunch if out exploring the endearing Phobjikha Valley.
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