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Gangtey

Trek to see Bhutan’s iconic black-necked crane

Bhutanese will tell you that the Gangtey Valley is the most beautiful in all Bhutan and it’s hard to disagree. But the most exciting thing about it is not the geographic features, but rather the avifauna they attract. This is where the elusive black necked crane migrates. You might well spot them as you drive or walk along, but for the best experience - and to learn about this revered Buddhist bird - go to the Black Necked Crane Information Centre. The observation room is set up with high powered telescopes and visual displays explain why the crane is of such great cultural importance to local people.
 
Every valley in Bhutan has its dzong, and Gangtey is no exception. Gangtey Dzong is the largest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan, and the families of the 140 monks who live, work, and pray here all live in the village below. The monastery dates from the early 17th century, and it is believed that the black necked crane circle it three times before beginning their annual journey back to Tibet.
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Accommodation:
Gangtey Lodge

Recently voted the 5th best hotel in Asia, Gangtey Lodge gives guests an interactive insight into the unique culture of Bhutan’s Gangtey Valley. Sweeping views and plush interiors make this a cosy Himalayan retreat with lashings of sophisticated, yet still traditional, style.

Accommodation:
Six Senses

The third intimate Six Senses lodge is in Bhutan’s lush green Gangtey Valley. Here, the focus is on this spectacular landscape, bringing the outside in. They have created spaces where natural light flows willingly, and wooden features connect you to your surroundings.