Black-necked crane festival:
This festival is usually organized during the month of November when the cranes fly to this beautiful Glacial valley from the Tibetan plateau to roost. It is held in the scenic Glacial valley of Gangtey ( Phobjikha ).
The basic objective of organizing this festival is to promote the importance of preserving and protecting the rare species of black-necked crane, which features in many Bhutanese religious art and crafts. Besides attending the festival, visitors can enjoy sightseeing of nearby areas and visit Punakha and Wangduephodrang.
Phobjikha is a glacial valley and U shaped. The broad valley with its best-known marshland in Bhutan is popular for its scenic splendor and cultural uniqueness. The valley is rich in faunal biodiversity and has, apart from the globally threatened black-necked cranes Grus nigricollis, 13 other globally threatened species.
Within the ambit of the valley, an area of about 163 square kilometres (63 sq mi) has been declared a protected area, which is managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN), for the protection of nature, authorized to manage, on lease basis, by the Ministry of Agriculture.
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