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 Visit in Gangtey
1. Gangte Goemba
The prayer hall is built in pure Tibetan style with eight pillars is one of the largest hall in Bhutan. Inner sanctum contains the funeral chorten of founder Tenzing Dhendup. The woodwork is 450 years old which is must see. Each year in the month of September – October a three day festival is carried out filled with dance and music.
2. Radak Neykhang
It’s the place where 17th century temple to a ancient warrior king. A good collection of helmets, shields and knives has been kept here. There is an idol of local water spirit who is thought of living in the local river. You can also get a future reading done by the monk here by rolling the chapel dice twice!
3. Black Necked Crane Information Centre
Open in the months of April – October; it offers all the information about black necked cranes. Look for the handicraft shop here and go for a bike ride with a local guide.
It’s a place filled with Pasturelands and pheasants. While taking a pleasant walk around the town you will find several of them moving around. It’s also a place filled with bamboo products which can be bought from the local market.
5. Phobjikha Valley
It’s a bowl shaped valley with hundreds of black – necked cranes which make their presence felt every winter. Located on the slope of black mountains; just next to Jigme Singye, Wangchuck National Park, it’s nothing less than natures’ bounty. This National Park is also one of the most well preserved parks of Bhutan.