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When do black-necked cranes arrive to Bhutan and where is the best place to see them?

About 500 Black-necked cranes spend the winter in Bhutan and can be seen in their roosting areas in wetlands from late October to end of February. Phobjikha is one of the best places to see the cranes and there are also overwintering areas in Gyetsa village (start of Kitiphu Ridge trek), Jakar in Bumthang valley, Punakha and Wangdi.

Phobjikha is located on the north western edge of Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park and is protected due to its ecological significance and rich natural heritage. Phobjikha valley has largest wetland in Bhutan and is habitat to about 300 Black-necked cranes that migrate in winter from their breeding grounds in Tibet.

We suggest on arrival to Phobjka you walk along the Gangtey Nature Trail with views onto the wetlands where you will hopefully see Black-necked cranes. At end of the nature trail you will drive up to the Black-necked cranes visitor centre overlooking the roosting area of the cranes.

For more information on Black-necked cranes read our article on TMC blog including the Green Code of Conduct

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