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Gangtey Bhutann
Gangtey Bhutann
The storied migration grounds of the elusive black-necked crane

Gangtey

The approach to Gangtey is through a dense forest up a steep slope. That the landscape suddenly opens into a wide, flat-bottomed valley carved by the Nakay Chhu River is a wondrous surprise. The approach to Gangtey is through a dense forest up a steep slope. That the landscape suddenly opens into a wide, flat-bottomed valley carved by the Nakay Chhu River is a wondrous surprise.
Why Gangtey?
Bhutanese will tell you that the Gangtey Valley is the most beautiful in all of Bhutan and we find it hard to disagree. The unique geographic features attract exquisite avifauna – the black-necked crane being the most compelling. They migrate to Gangtey and while you might see them during a walk or drive through the valley, you’ll want to visit the Black Necked Crane Information Centre to learn about this Buddhist-revered bird. The observation room is also set up with high-powered telescopes to increase your viewing opportunities.

Every valley in Bhutan has its dzong and Gangtey is no exception. Gangtey Dzong is the largest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan, with 140 monks living, working and praying here. The monastery dates from the early 17th century and it is believed the black-necked crane circles three times before beginning their annual journey back to Tibet.
  • Breathtaking landscapes of dense forest opening to a vast valley.
  • Exceptionally scenic, peaceful hiking.
  • Migration grounds of black-necked cranes.
  • Historic monastery still in use today.
  • Cultural connections in the local village.
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