Phobjikha valley is a small town in the central part of Bhutan surrounded by mountains and lush greenery. The place is known for its beautiful landscapes and passes and a day’s hike will take you through the town woods, and valleys. The Phobjikha valley also goes by the name “Valley of black-necked cranes” as this endangered species migrates to this valley every year during winters. The vast U-shaped glacial valley also known as Gangteng valley, offers beautiful landscapes ideal for walking and hiking.
With semi-nomadic way of life of the locals who enjoy archery and dart throwing as their favourite pastime in Phobjikha valley the place can be reached by bus and car. There are many interesting places to visit near Phobjikha valley and the Gangtey Monastery about 4 hrs away and the Kumbhu Lhakhang about 2 hrs away are also some of them. The Gangtey Monastery is also the largest monasteries in western Bhutan. Visiting Kumbhu Lhakang is considered to be spiritually refreshing and is said to have been built by Tibetan sculptors.
Jomolhari a popular trekking spot in Bhutan starting at Paro is about 98 km away from Phobjikha valley and is famous for trekking. Apart from these places to visit in Bhutan and in and around Phobjikha valley, the Nyelung Drachaling, a 14th century Buddhist temple is also a popular place in the country, Khewang Lhakhang is another beautiful spot that is the oldest lhakhang in the valley worth visiting. Damcho Lhakhang, Black- Necked Crane Information Centre, Wangmo Hand – Woven Carpet Factory, Gangtey Nature Trails and Hikes, Kuezang Chholing Shedra are also some of the popular attractions in the country not very far away from Phobjikha valley. The Wangmo Hand –Woven Carpet Factory was started by local women who make beautifully weaved carpets with intricate designs and patterns at reasonable prices. The Phobjikha valley offers some wonderful trails for hikers and birdwatchers. Visit this valley and places nearby and be stunned by the natural beauty of these places.
The best time to visit this mesmerising valley in Bhutan is between October and March and you do not have to worry about accommodations here. There are several types of accommodation in and around Phobjikha valley from hotels and resorts to camps and lodges and you can also opt for a homestay for an intimate experience in this beautiful valley.
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