Today’s drive over high mountains passes through forests of blood red rhododendrons and soaring magnolias, if it is Springtime is memorable. Arrive in the breathtaking glacial valley of Phobjika on the western slopes of the Black Mountains, a designated conservation area bordering the Black Mountain National Park where large flocks of black-necked cranes come to winter. It is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the Country, and described as “the most beautiful spot in the most beautiful country in the Himalayas”. The valley boasts two meandering rivers, where you can enjoy an exhilarating walk through forests and vast meadows. The restored Goemba at Gangtey is outstanding.