In Search of the Black-Necked Cranes tour takes you to the beautiful glacier valley of Phobjikha, which is one of the roosting grounds for the heavenly birds, who fly in every winter from northern Tibet to escape the bitter cold. The week-long travel takes you through the vibrant tapestry of the rich Bhutanese culture and tradition and opportune you to witness the natural wonder up close.

Day 1: Arrive at Paro by Druk Air. Your guide will meet you at the airport. After lunch, take a walk in the town and visit the nearby Paro Rinpung Dzong and Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, now the National Museum of Bhutan. In the evening, enjoy Bhutanese meal at a popular restaurant.
Night halt: Paro

Day 2: After breakfast, visit the lovely Kyichhu Lhakhang (built 659 A D) en route to see the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong (built in1647, a fortress that saw many a battles being fought between the Drukpas and the Tibetan invaders from the north). After lunch proceed to Thimphu, an hour’s long drive. En route, visit Simtokha Dzong (the oldest Dzong built in 1629) and see some notable landmarks of the city. In the evening, take a stroll in the town.
Night halt: Thimphu

Day 3: Full day sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit some of the important landmarks in the city – Tashichho Dzong, the Memorial Chorten (Stupa), Folk Heritage Museum, Institute of Traditional Medicine, Institute of Zorig Chusum, National Library and the Textile Museum. In the evening take a stroll in the town.
Night halt: Thimphu

Day 4: Drive to Punakha with a stopover at Dochhu La (3,050m). Enjoy the view of the spectacular Himalayan ranges in the horizon on a bright day. Descend to the warm Punakha valley. In Punakha, visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong and proceed to Gangtey – the home of the black-necked cranes.
Night halt: Gangtey (Phobjikha)

Day 5:  At Gangtey, visit the Gangtey Monastery and then drive down to the enchanting Phobjikha valley. Visit the Royal Society for Protection of Nature and meet the locals. You might catch the sight of the heavenly bird if visiting early spring/late autumn. The wide valley provides plenty of trails to take easy walks. In the evening visit the local farm house or take a stroll in the village.
Night halt: Paro

Day 6: After breakfast drive back to Thimphu. En route take an easy hike in the paddy fields to visit the famous Chimi Lhakhang, dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley – the Divine Madman. Slowly drive back to Thimphu.
Night halt: Thimphu

Day 7: Drive to Paro. Today, you will trek up the mountain to view the enchanting Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) that clings dramatically on a huge rock cliff, 900m above the valley. The 2-3 hours hike (each way) takes you through pine forests with spectacular view of the valley below. In the evening, visit a traditional farmhouse.
Night halt: Paro

Day 8:Your guide will see you off at the Paro International Airport.