Bhutan boasts of some of the finest tourist destination in the world. Nature has bestowed Bhutan with some mesmeric viewpoints and sightseeing spots which not only refresh your minds but also rejuvenates the mind and soul. Phobjikha Valley is an astonishing tourist destination in whole of Bhutan and one not to be missed at any cost. Phobjikha Valley also known as Gangteng Valley (Gangtey Valley) named after the impressive Gangteng Monastery (Gangtey Monastery) of the Nyingma sect in central Bhutan is a bowl shaped glacial valley, bordering the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. Cranes are the most sought after wildlife preserves along with barking deer, wild boars, sambars, serows, Himalayan black bears, leopards and red foxes. Even Naturalists and photographers love the place because of the flocks of black necked cranes that dwell in this high-altitude valley. A popular scenic splendour coupled with cultural flavour has rich bio-diversity. There are many religious and natural attractions in this valley but they can be covered in a maximum of two days. If you arrive in October-November, you will be mesmerized by the cranes and other migratory birds. For hikers and adventure lovers Gangtey / Phobjika offer a lot of hiking and bird watching.
10 minutes from Gangtey Gompa (Monastery), you will find a beautiful white building named “Kunzang Choling” hosts 300 student monks and is an important Buddhism knowledge dissemination centre in this region. Radak Neykhang is a beautiful 17th century temple dedicated to the war glories of an ancient king. Meanwhile on the eastern side of the Phobjika valley lies a 15th century shrine containing beautiful statues of past, present and future Buddha. You can also witness a pretty little chapel on the western side of Phobjika named “Damchen Lhakhang” with beautiful thangkas and wall paintings inside the building.
In Phobjika Valley you will get low variance in accommodation options as well as few luxury hotels and on the other there are some mid quality ranged hotels, while homestay / farm house retreats are also on offer.
A one day stop at Punakha is the preferred stop and then make the onwards journey to Gangtey. It is approximately 125 kms from Thimpu to Phobjikha. Special permits needs to be procured from Thimphu to visit Punakha and Phobjikha Valley. Tourists are suggested to opt for package tour in Bhutan for a comfortable tour.