Black-Necked Crane Festival

In the Phobjikha Valley, the Gangtey Monastery hosts the Black-Necked Crane Festival. Its stunning beauty and holy valley are encircled by snow-capped mountains and lush meadows. The Black-necked Crane Festival, one of the popular festivals held annually in the winter, began in 1998. The festival is held to raise awareness of the need to protect this endangered species and to enhance the connections between conservation, economic well-being, and community sustainability. Dances and other cultural events are presented with black-necked crane themes. Plays and songs with environmental conservation themes are performed by the students. The festival also features local performers, including folk songs, traditional dances, and mask dances. It now draws a lot of tourists in addition to pilgrims.