Indian Subcontinent | Bhutan | Phobjikha Valley
Phobjikha Valley, also called the Gangteng Valley, is a glacial valley in Bhutan. It is where the migratory bird black-necked cranes come during the winter season. Valley is famous for its scenic beauty. The valley is home for several animals and the Singye WangchukValley is situated in the valley. The place is at an altitude of 3000m and the mountains rise as high as 5000m. The valley experiences a cool climate throughout the year with an average temperature of 10C.
WHAT TO SEE
Flora and Fauna
The valley has a marshy land. The vegetation of the place include dwarf bamboo, blue pine, maple, birch etc. the people of valley grow a variety of potato.
The fauna of the valley is very rich. It is a home to wild boars, sambar, foxes, leopards, serow and others.
There are several birds that live here; many of them are endangered like the chestnut partridge, spotted eagle, dark-rumped swift and others. The black-necked comes here during the winter season.
The dominant religion in Bhutan is Buddhism. Tsechu is celebrated once every year in every dzong. The festival includes dance and music. The festival goes on for several days. The music of Bhutan has several genres, the modern day genre is known as Rigsar. The national sport of Bhutan is Archery. Darts, Digor etc are other popular outdoor game in Bhutan.
Where to go
Gangte Goemba is the monastery which gives the valley its name. Its age is more the 450 yrs. It is situated on the top edge of the Phobjikha valley. It has a huge prayer hall built in Tibetan architectural style. There is a funeral chorten on upper floor of the Goemba. It is a home to around 300 monks.
Dohchula Pass is a pass in the Himalayan region of Bhutan between Thimphu and Punakha. The place offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas which makes it is popular tourist place. There are 108 chortens (Stupas) which make the pass even more special especially for Bhutanese people. The pass is at an altitude of 3100m which gives an astonishing view of the highest peak of Bhutan – Mt Masanggang (7160m). The pass is generally chilly and fog is there almost throughout the year. There are cypress trees on the mountains on both sides of the pass making it a memorable journey between lush green mountains.
Punakha Dzongkhag, simply known as Punakha, is a district in Bhutan. It used to be the administrative capital of the Govt of Bhutan before the capital shifted to Thimphu. It is situated where the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu River meet. The river is called Puna Tsang Chu River after the two meet. It flows down to eventually meet the Mighty Brahmaputra before draining into the Bay of Bengal. It is situated at an altitude of 1200m.
At an altitude of 2380m stands the capital city of Bhutan Thimphu. The place was declared as a capital by the 3rd king of Bhutan. The city is the largest city of Bhutan and also the place of the residence of the royal family. The city is on the valley at the banks of River Wang Chuu. The city currently serves as the political and economic centre of Bhutan.
Paro is one of the historical places of Bhutan. It has the strongest cultural Connections to the traditions of Tibet. It is one of the liveliest places of Bhutan. The natural and scenic beauty of the place is breath taking. The three cities of Paro, Jakar and Punakha form the Golden Triangle’ of the best tourist places in the country of Bhutan. The city is at an altitude of 2,250m it is a perfect place to grow apples, peaches and also red rice.
What to eat
Red rice, Buck wheat and Maize is the staple food of Bhutan. The people here eat more of non-vegetarian food like pork, lamb, beef etc, but the vegetarian food of Bhutan is equally mouth watering. Zow shungo, thukpa, jasha maru etc are popular dishes of Bhutan.
International cuisines like Chinese, Italian, and American etc are also available in various places.
How to reach
The only way to reach Phobjikha Valley is via road. The nearest airport is at Paro, which is also the only serving International Airport of Bhutan. From the airport there are taxi services available to Phobjikha Valley.
Phobjikha Valley is well connected to the nearby cities via road. There are taxi services from Punakha, Paro and others to reach Phobjikha Valley. Bus services from Paro, Chukha and other cities are also available to reach Phobjikha Valley.