Bhutan

Bhutan - Getting to know Phobjikha Valley

They call it the Valley of the Cranes. A wide, bowl-shaped glacial channel situated almost 3,000 metres above sea-level, sown with tiny rural villages. To the east, the imposing Black Mountains; to the south, the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. The floor and lower slopes of the valley are thick with rhododendron, maple and blue pine draped with lichen, which the locals know as ‘old man’s beard’. As tranquil as it is picturesque, the Phobjikha Valley plays host every winter to one of the most venerated natural rituals in the Himalayas.

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