Bhutan Black Crane Festival tour


Nestled in the Himalayas is the idyllic nation of Bhutan – the world’s only democratic monarchy. Bhutan cautiously emerged from isolation in the 1970s and has since embraced a policy of strictly controlled tourism and development.

Bhutan is a rare gem. In 2006 approximately only 12,000 tourists were permitted to enter and taste the delights of Bhutan’s wonderful Buddhist culture, marvel at her magnificent scenery, trek through a stunning array of mountains and valleys, and view some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna in a totally unspoiled environment. Bhutan offers sensational opportunities for Eco-friendly visitors and will continue to refrain from indulging in mass-market tourism, although a small increase in visitor numbers has been approved.

Bhutan has resisted globalization and therefore has protected its strong Buddhist culture and way of life. There is little crime, a stable government, and exceptionally friendly people. Whether you are a bird-watcher, trekker, weaver, culture seeker, or scenery lover… Bhutan is a must-see destination, unlike no other.

The country boasts a glorious mosaic of botanical treasures and with its pristine environment, these remain largely untouched and in some cases undiscovered. Bhutan is home to an enormous diversity of flora with over 50 species of rhododendrons alone and over 600 species of orchids. Bhutan is famous for the legendary Blue Poppy which blooms only once and then dies. With few people in the world ever setting eyes on it, a mystique surrounds this beautiful species and it is now the national flower of Bhutan.

On this 10-day trip, you will visit the fabulous textile museum, experience fabulous mountain vistas, visit the famous Taktsang Monastery, and visit the towns of  Thimpu, Paro, Bhumtang, and Phobjika Valley home to the Black Necked Crane. We will travel through breathtaking forests, lush valleys, and alpine terrains for a unique journey into the countryside to witness stunning rhododendrons and alpine flowers. Visit monasteries along the way and marvel at the outstanding art and architecture in remote regions.

The Black-necked crane is one of the endangered species of crane. About 500 – 600 cranes migrate to Bhutan in winter from the Tibetan plateau. After realizing the crane’s plight the Royal Society for The Protection of Nature set up a crane centre in Phobjikha. The Bhutan Black Crane festival is celebrated to raise awareness among the locals and to celebrate the arrival of a magnificent bird that has beautified the valley for centuries. The festival is celebrated with crane dance and local folk dances.

Just wanted to say thank you for our wonderful trip through Bhutan. All the women in the group were wonderful, we got on so well and will probably stay in touch as a group. Our guide Dhendup was beautiful and very knowledgable, he coped with our sense of humour very well and gave as good as he got. He is well suited to escorting mature-aged Aussie women! Our driver Hari was fantastic and we trusted him implicitly despite a couple of very scary moments in the mountains passing trucks.
- Karen