Phobjikha Valley, Wangdue, Bhutan

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Location: Wangdue, Bhutan

For someone looking to get away from their busy lives and feeling the need to instill mindful living, Phobjikha valley could deliver just that. Phobjikha is one of the most idyllic places in Bhutan. Part of an important wildlife preserve, Phobjikha is home to many endangered species. The vast open marshy land is home to the Black Necked Crane. These migratory birds fly south to the valley every winter from Tibet before flying back early spring.

The village is home to few hundred peasants and monks residing at the 16th century Gangtey Monastery. The monastery has meditation centers open to tourists. The slow paced life surrounded by undisturbed rich natural environment has known to be highly therapeutic leaving tourists physically and spiritually rejuvenated. The village also has multiple hiking and bicycling trails.

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Written by Richard Ascough

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