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Gangtey Goemba, Phobjikha Valley (Gangtey) Overview

Gangtey Goemba is located atop a hill providing a magnificent view of the entire Phobjikha valley. It is a very significant site related to Saint Pema Lingpa, the reincarnation of Guru Rinpoche who introduced Buddhism in the country and uncovered its treasures. It also houses one of the largest halls in Bhutan. It is said that the Black Cranes circle the monastery three times when they arrive and three times when they leave. The prominent festivals are the Gangtey Tsechu and the Black Necked Crane festival (in which young children dress up as the cranes to welcome their arrival).

A word of caution: Tourists are expected to dress respectably and modestly while visiting temples and other religious institutions. Shoulders must also be covered inside religious establishments. Since shoes are to be removed before entering a religious building, it is advisable to wear socks. Photography may also not be allowed at all places. It is advisable to ask the authorities beforehand.

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