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Phobjikha at an average altitude of 3,000m is a bowl-shaped glacial valley on the western slopes of the Black Mountains, designated as conservation zone within the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. Because of the large flock of endangered black-necked cranes that winters here, it is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country. In addition to the cranes there are also muntjacs (barking deer), wild boars, sambars, serows, Himalayan black bears, leopards and red foxes in the surrounding hills. The Nakey Chhu drains the marshy valley, eventually flowing into the lower reaches of the Punak Tsang Chhu. Some people refer to this entire region as Gangtey, after the goemba that sits on a ridge above the valley.
Phobjikha is a wide glacial valley with a central stream meandering through the open grassland and thickets of dwarf bamboo. Farmlands occupy the peripheral slopes where potatoes and turnips are grown. The forests beyond the farms are mostly coniferous. The general vegetation is composed of mainly blue pine, birch, maple and several species of rhododendrons.
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The Phobjikha Valley, also known as the Gangtey Valley is a picturesque glacial valley in Wangdue Phodrang district and winter home of the black-necked crane.
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Best Time to Visit Phobjikha Valley
It is best to visit the Phobjikha Valley between late October and mid-February, as you can see the endangered black-necked cranes.
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Hot-air balloon in Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan is a new way to experience the exotic kingdom - so called Kingdom of Thunder Dragon. The Balloon ride is perfect to combine with one of the luxury Bhutan tours in which you can relax at a high-end lodge in Gangtey.