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Wangdue Phodrang: It is right next to Punakha, the 2 town centers are just about 20kms away. This district shares similar climate as Punakha on the lower altitudes and the higher altitudes. The beautiful Phobjikha, the winter roosting grounds of the rare Black Necked cranes is in this district. The largest Hydropower Project is being constructed on Punatsangchhu river in 2 phases, producing more than 2200MW when complete.

Punatsangchhu Hydro Power: The project is being built in 2 phases, Punatsangchhu Phase I which will produce 1200MW and Punatsangchhu Phase II which will produce 1020MW. Both the phases are fully funded by the Government of India at a 60% loan and 40% grant.

Phobjikha Valley: It’s a wide glacial valley located below the Gangtey Monastery. The valley is the winter home of the rare Black Necked Cranes that migrate from Tibet from the arid plains of Tibet to roost in the more comfortable climate of the Phobjikha Valley. The valley is at an altitude of 2900 meters above sea level and experiences a much lighter winter as compared to the harsh extremes of Tibet. A part of the valley lies in the Black Mountain National Park. There are 2 rivers that flow through this valley called the Nakay Chu and the Gay Chu. According to legend it is said that the rivers represent a serpent and a boar.

Gangtey Monastery: Also called Gangtey Sangngak Choling is an important monastery associated with the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. It was established in 1613 by the first Gangtey Trulku (incarnation of the grandson of Terton Pema Lingpa). This is the largest privately funded Nyingma Buddhist school and sits atop a hill overlooking Phobjikha valley, which is also renowned for being the winter home of the rare Tibetan Black Necked Cranes. The monastery is a complex of five temples that surround a main central tower. The main hall of the monastery is built in Tibetan style architecture and is made completely out of wood with its 8 main wooden pillars considered to be the largest in Bhutan. Between 2002 and 2008 the monastery underwent a complete renovation / restoration. The monastery was consecrated by the present day reincarnation of the Pema Lingpa in October 2008. The monastery has a very close connection to the royal family of Bhutan.

Gangtey Nature Trail: A hike that takes you along the tree line offering you wonderful view of the valley just below. Your car will pick you up at the end of the hike.

Crane Information Center: It’s a center setup by the Royal Society of Protection of Nature and keeps annual information regarding the number of Black Necked Cranes arrival in the valley. You will also be able to see a short video about the Cranes and the importance that Bhutanese give to these birds.


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