Phobjikha Valley lies at the west side near the Black Mountains. It is part of the Wangdue Phodrang District in Bhutan. Also known as the Gangtey valley, it's vast and covers the Phobji, Gangteng Gewogs, and parts of the Athang Gewog.
The valley is noted for its rich faunal diversity which includes a number of endangered species. This prompted the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN) to protect and manage an area of about 163 square kilometres (63 sq. mi) on lease by the Ministry of Agriculture. Every year in the winter months, Phobjika Valley serves as the venue of Tsechu, the colourful Mask Dance festival of Bhutan and the Crane Festival, heralding the advent of the return of the black-neck cranes. This celebration has attracted both local residents and tourists to witness its spectacle.
Phobjikha Valley is located in Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan.
Opening Days and Hours
Opens daily, 24 hours.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the valley is free.
How to Get There
- Fly to Bhutan via Bhutan Airlines or Druk Air.
- From the airport, board a rented taxi to Wangdue Phodrang.
- Take a taxi to Phobjika Valley.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is 3 to 4 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit Phobjikha Valley is during the winter months, the time for festivals.
Chimi Lhakhang Cafeteria and Lobesa Village Restaurant are some of the dining options near Phobjikha Valley.
- Chimi Lhakhang
- Jigme Dorji National Park
For accommodations, you can avail one from Punatshangchhu Cottages, Dragon’s Nest Resort, Hotel Dekiling, Kingaling Hotel, and Hotel Perna Karpo. Rates range from USD 70 to USD 250.