Gangtey or Phobjika Valley is considered one of the most beautiful valleys Bhutan has got. This bowl shaped (when seen from above) glacial valley stands just by the Black Mountains. Nature bestows on its full attention which can be seen from the surrounding valleys and lush greenery making this place as beautiful as heaven itself.
To reach Gangtey one needs to take road/cut 3kms before Pele La. Take the path towards Lowa La standing at a height of 3360 meters. The entire area is filled with low lying dwarf bamboo as you reach Gangte village. With potato fields and monks all around; it’s a place next to heaven!
Top Places to See in Gangtey
Jigme Singye Wagchuck National Park
This Park is home to hundreds of black – necked cranes who pride themselves living here. Accompanying those black necked are muntjacs or barking deer, sambars, serows, Himalayan black bears, red foxes, white leopards, wild boars and many more. Spend at least 2 days here to dissolve yourself in the natural bounty.
Gangte Goema is the only NYINGMAPA MONASTERY on the western side of Black Mountain valley. This biggest monastery of Bhutan overlooks the green expanse of Phojika valley. With eye capturing details it has got central goemba, monks quarters and 140 Gomchens who take care of this place.
Black Neck Crane Information
Standing along the main road of Phojikha valley, the information centre is equipped with high power telescope, spotting places to see black neck cranes, information displays, video watch and information pamphlets. Opening hours are: 05 a.m. - 1: 00 p.m. Monday – FRIDAY; 09: 00 a.m. – noon Sat – Sun.