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Black Necked Crane Festival

Black Necked Cranes are endangered birds that fly all the way from the Tibetan Plateau to Bhutan during the winter months. These birds usually fly into Bhutan by the end or beginning of November and fly out back to Tibet by the beginning of February. Bhutan protects these birds and leaves their feeding fields and natural habitat untouched so that they come to Bhutan every year. In fact in the Phobjikha Valley,the main roosting place of these cranes, there are NO electric and power line poles erected as Cranes tend to fly into the lines and get electrocuted.

Bhutan Jewel Travel would like to inform all Guests and travelers to Bhutan,that if you wish to witness the Black necked Crane Festival Please contact us immediately so that arrangements for this tour can be worked on immediately. This Festival is witnessed by many locals and tourists,so last minute booking could cause accommodation and air ticket problems. Thank You and below is the annual program for the Black Necked Crane Festival of Bhutan,however some activities in the program could change.

The Black Necked Crane Festival is celebrated annually on 11th November, co coinciding with the birth anniversary of the Fourth King of Bhutan.

Program for Bhutan’s  Annual Black-necked Crane Festival

Venue: Gangtey Gompa,in Phobjikha Valley,Bhutan

Organized by: Phobjikha Environment Management Committee (PEMC)

  • 09:30 A.M. Arrival of guests
  • 09:45 A.M. Reception of Chief guest
  • 10:00 A.M. Marchang Ceremony
  • 10:15 A.M. Opening speech by the PEMC Chairman
  • 10:30 A.M. Speech by the Chief Guest
  • 10:45 A.M. Cultural Programme
  • 01:00 P.M. Lunch
  • 02:00 P.M. Cultural Program

Programme Item List 

The following lists of items are performed by the local community people, school students and monks.

  1. Welcome Dance by community
  2. Rigsar dance by Phobjikha Middle Secondary School
  3. Black-Necked Crane Dance by Bayta Community Primary School
  4. Mask Dance “Zhatsam Chham
  5. Rigsar dance by Ramaychen Community Primary School
  6. Boedra Dance by community
  7. Rigsar dance by Phobjikha Middle Secondary School
  8. Mask Dance “Pachham
  9. Rigsar dance by Bayta Community Primary School
  10. Thrung Thrung Karme Luje, a traditional Crane Dance by community
  11. Rigsar dance by Ramaychen Community Primary School
  12. Mask Dance “Durda chham”
  13. Rigsar dance by Phobjikha Middle Secondary School
  14. Black-Necked Crane Dance by Bayta Community Primary School
  15. Zhungdra Dance by community
  16. Rigsar dance by Ramaychen Community Primary School
  17. Mask Dance “Dramitse ngachham”
  18. Rigsar dance by Bayta Community Primary School
  19. Item performance by the Phobjikha Environment Management Committee
  20. Tashi Lebay