Black Crane Festival, Gangtey

Five hours of winding roads takes you from the capital city of Thimphu to the remote village of Gangtey. As fortune would have it, our visit was perfectly timed for the Black Crane Festival. The festival is held every year in November to celebrate the return of the endangered Black Neck Crane to their winter roosting grounds.

Along the way, you can enjoy stunning views of the Himalayas and amazing scenes of rural life in a world where time apparently stands still.

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Gangkhar Puensum is the highest mountain in Bhutan and a strong candidate for the highest unclimbed mountain in the world with an elevation of 7,570 metres

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Druk Wangyel Chorten

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Life in the slow lane

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Approaching the Black-Neck Crane Festival at Gangtey Gonpa, in Phobjikha valley

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Throwing darts

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Mask Dance

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