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Phobjikha’s charm lies in the beautiful and wide valley that is a winter home to the endangered Black-necked Cranes, believed to be sacred and a blessing for the valley, and showcases the co-existence of community and bird in perfect harmony. The Royal Society for Protection of Nature has adopted Phobjikha valley as a conservation area, and focuses on protecting the cranes through programmes designed to benefit the communities through tourism, while the communities act as guardians of the conservation efforts.

The best bits on this Phobjikha experience

Gangtey monastery on a hillock overlooking the wide awe-inspiring valley is a must-see.

Bask in the warm hospitality of community homestay operators and local guides.

Find local souvenirs; learn to make them.

Get to see the White-bellied Herons.

Be up close and personal with the Black-necked Cranes that arrive from Tibet in winter months (of the 15 species of cranes, this was the latest discovery) [up until Jan 22, 2014 there were 422 cranes sighted in Phobjikha].

Hire a bicycle from the Community Bicycle Rental Service and bike around the trails connecting different segments of the valley.