Here are the top 8 tourist attractions to see in Phobjikha Valley (Gangtey):

1. Gangtey Goemba

4.5 /5

10 km
from city center
1 out of 8
places to visit in Phobjikha Valley (Gangtey)

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).

2. Black Necked Crane Information Centre

3.8 /5

8 km
from city center
2 out of 8
places to visit in Phobjikha Valley (Gangtey)

Ornithologists or anyone with a keen interest in birds might find this place most suitable. The Black-necked Crane is an indigenous species of the Himalayan Region. They migrate from Tibet to Bhutan in late autumn each year. Black Necked Crane Information Centre is run by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) and has an observation room with high-power telescopes and good scope for spotting the famous Black Necked Crane which migrates to the region during winter. It also displays information about the history of the region. 

3. Kuenzang Chholing Shedra

4.3 /5

7 km
from city center
3 out of 8
places to visit in Phobjikha Valley (Gangtey)

Located to the north of Gangtey Goemba is the Kuezang Chholing Shedra (Buddhist school), serves as a college imparting Buddhist education to about 300 monks. Visitors are not allowed throughout the day if you want to visit you're requested to inform in advance.

4. Kumbhu Lhakhang

4.2 /5

7 km
from city center
4 out of 8
places to visit in Phobjikha Valley (Gangtey)

From the Kuenzang Chholing Shedra, there is a dirt road by which it takes about 10 minutes to reach Kumbhu Lhakhang. Located at the north-east of Gangtey, it is dedicated to a deity of the ancient Bon religion Sipey Gyalpo. Kumbhu (meaning - 100,000 statues) Lhakhang has a chapel, and It is considered to be spiritually refreshing to visit this place as it also doubles as a meditation centre. However, in the event of rainfall, the dirt track might become impassable by car. Advisable to follow proper clothing etiquette.

5. Nyelung Dechenling

3.8 /5

7 km
from city center
5 out of 8
places to visit in Phobjikha Valley (Gangtey)

Nyelung Dechenling temple is one of the eight residences of Nyingma Dzogchen master Longchen Rabjam (Longchenpa) and is located near Amankora Gangtey Resort. The monk might indulge one in historic tales and fascinating relics and might even bless the visitor with the religious picture called Thangka which contains the handprints of Master Longchen.

6. Khewang Lhakhang

3.7 /5

228 km
from city center
6 out of 8
places to visit in Phobjikha Valley (Gangtey)

Situated on the eastern side of the Phobjikha Valley, the 15th-century Khewang Lhakhang is said to have been built by Tibetan sculptors in Tibetan style. Inside there are 3 statues of past, present and future Buddhas. On the third day of the ninth month of the lunar calendar, this monastery has its own festival in which the locals themselves dance. It is advised to follow proper clothing etiquette.

7. Wangmo Hand-Woven Carpet Factory

3.6 /5

7 km
from city center
7 out of 8
places to visit in Phobjikha Valley (Gangtey)

Wangmo Hand-Woven Carpet Factory is a famous carpet factory located below the Yue Loki Guest House. It is an industry that weaves beautiful handwoven carpets with intricate patterns and designs. It was set up by a local woman known as Dorji Wangmo in 1992. Dorji empowers young girls and trains them in carpet making which are also sold to the visitors at reasonable prices. It is a must-visit site if you're in Phobjikha Valley. 

8. Gangtey Nature Trails and Hikes

3.6 /5

7 km
from city center
8 out of 8
places to visit in Phobjikha Valley (Gangtey)

Gangtey Nature Trails and Hikes is a wonderful option for bird-watchers and hikers alike, there are a couple of trails that could be traversed upon which range from easy to tough. The easiest option might be the 90-minute trail from a wall north of Gangtey Goemba which culminates at Khewang Lhakhang.

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