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Bhutan Birding Tour

Bhutan is a paradise for bird lovers and ornithology. Over 670 species of birds have been recorded and many more are yet to be discovered. Around 50 species of the known birds are winter migrants. These include ducks, waders, birds of prey, thrushes, finches and buntings.

Bhutan is home to many species of birds that are in danger of extinction, including the Imperial Heron, which is one of the fifty rarest birds in the world and the rare Black-Necked Crane, which breeds in Tibet and then migrates over the Himalayas to Bhutan during the winter months. The Cranes can be spotted in Phobjikha Valley in Western Bhutan, Bumthang in Central Bhutan and 43 in Bomdeling in Eastern Bhutan. They migrate to these winter roosting sites in the months of September and October and fly back to Tibet between February and March.

per adult from

$668

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Duration

16 days

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  • What's included :
    • 14x Breakfast
    • 15x Dinner
    • 15x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 15 nights
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Tachog Lhakhang(tamchu)
    • Entry/Admission - Tashichho Dzong
    • Entry/Admission - Douchula
    • Entry/Admission - Royal Botanical Park, Lampelri
    • Entry/Admission - Punakha Dzong
    • Entry/Admission - Punakha Suspension Bridge
    • Entry/Admission - Tingtibi, Zhemgang
    What's excluded :
    • Airfare
    • 4 and 5 star hotels required extra premium
    • Personal expenses

  • Day 1: Paro to Thimphu

    Stop At: Tachog Lhakhang(tamchu), Bhutan
    Located on the other side of the river of the Thimphu - Paro highway, one needs to cross an iron chain suspension bridge to get to the Lhakhang
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Thimphu, Thimphu, Thimphu District
    Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, occupies a valley in the country’s western interior. In addition to being the government seat, the city is known for its Buddhist sites. The massive Tashichho Dzong is a fortified monastery and government palace with gold-leaf roofs. The Memorial Chorten, a whitewashed structure with a gold spire, is a revered Buddhist shrine dedicated to Bhutan’s third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

    Stop At: Tashichho Dzong, Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
    Tashichho Dzong has been the seat of the government since 1952 and presently houses the throne room and offices of the king, the secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance. Other government departments are housed in buildings nearby.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Tashiyoedling -3star hotel or similar

    Day 2: Thimphu-punakha

    Stop At: Douchula, Dochula, Bhutan
    Driving from Thimphu to Punakha, there is a 3,150 m of a huge Pass called the Dochula Pass where you can easily spot different species of birds like the Fire-tailed Myzornis, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Black-eared Shrike Babblers, Grey-winged Blackbird, and Gold-billed Magpie.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Royal Botanical Park, Lampelri, Punakha-Wangdue Highway, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
    The park is also a popular bird watching area and 46 avifauna species have been identified. Some of the rare species reported are monal pheasants and blood pheasants (Ithaginis cruentus). There are 21 animal species identified in the park which includes musk deer, tiger, leopard, red panda and the leopard cat.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
    visit the glorious Punakha Dzong and Punthang Dechen Phodrang which are a few top tourist sightseeing places in Punakha.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Punakha Suspension Bridge, Punakha Dzong, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
    white bellied herons are found in the low elevation riparian habitat below 1700 m, particularly in the Punatsang Chhu (river) basin. About 30 individual birds are known within the river valley of Bhutan in the Punakha-Wangdiphodrang district in west central part of the country.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Punatsangchu cottage -3star hotel or similar

    Day 3: Punakha-Tsirang forest

    Stop At: Tsirang District, Tsirang District
    The Tsirang forest division of Bhutan has newly inaugurated the Pemachoeling Heritage Forest which is a welcoming route to paradise for bird lovers. Tourists in large numbers visit this lively place to explore birds such as the Rufous-necked Hornbill, Great Hornbill and much more.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay-camping at Darachu

    Day 4: Tsirang-Galeyphu

    Pass By: Tsirang District, Tsirang District
    Whole day birding in Tsirang and then to Galeyphu will take you to explore some distinct varieties of birds such as the Black-backed Forktail, Pied Falconet, Sultan Tit, Red-headed Trogon, Black Eagle, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Jungle Babbler, Grey-sided Laughing Thrush and much more.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Cucu grand -3star hotel or similar

    Day 5: Galeyphu

    Stop At: Gelephu, Gelephu
    Galeyphu is the habitat to many bird species like the Large Hawk Cuckoo, Pied Falconet, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Jungle Babbler, Wreathed, Great Hornbill, Puff-throated Babbler, Indian Roller and much more. Your guide can help you know more about the place and birds.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at same hotel

    Day 6: Galeyphu-Zhemgang

    Pass By: Gelephu, Gelephu
    On the way from Galeyphu-Zhemgang, you can witness other bird species like the Tesias, couples of Wren Babbler, Laughing Thrush, and Parrot bills etc. in the lower alleviation.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping at eco - Lodge at Tingtibi

    Day 7: Zhemgang sightseeing

    Stop At: Tingtibi, Zhemgang, Sarpang - Gelephu - Trongsa Hwy, Trongsa, Bhutan
    Zhemgang, formerly known as Shemgang is one of the 20 districts in Bhutan. About 86 percent of its area is covered by forests and preserving its natural ecosystem and wildlife. The protected areas such as the Jigme Singye Wangchuk and Thrumshingla National Park are the habitat of species like the necked Hornbill, White-browed Shrike Babblers, Minlas, Green Pigeons Cutia, White-tailed Nuthatch, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch & much more.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at same place

    Day 8: Zhemgang to Trongsa

    Pass By: Trongsa, Trongsa, Trongsa District
    On the trip to Trongsa, the above road climbs will take you through the forest of Silver Firs where you can spot the Gold-naped Finch. There is also the possibility to witnessing the elusive Fulvous Parrot bill. Besides these, during the entire trip, there are high chances to see the Steak-breasted Scimitar Babblers, Grey-bellied Tesia, Crested Buntings, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Common Kestrel, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babblers, White-browed Scimitar Babblers, Long-tailed Shrikes, Prinias, Rufous Woodpeckers, and Common Green Magpie.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at trongsa, yangki villa

    Day 9: Trongsa to bumthang

    Pass By: Bumthang, Bumthang, Bumthang District
    Some of the birds that are easy to come across in the biodiversity-flourishing region are White-bellied Heron and hornbills. While you commute to Bumthang, you are likely to get the chance to gaze at avian species like Hill Patridge, Daurian Redstart, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Oriental Skylark, and Common Sandpiper.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Pedling resort of similar

    Day 10: Bumthang to mongar

    Pass By: Mongar, Mongar, Mongar District
    Some of birds that are found are Satyr Tragopan, Spotted Nutcracker, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Yellow billed Magpie, Chest Tailed Minla, Collard Blackbird, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Brown Bullfinch, Kalij pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Himalayan monal.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Campaign at yongka la

    Day 11: Yongkala sightseeing-Mongar

    Pass By: Mongar, Mongar, Mongar District
    They are Pallas's Fish Eagle, White bellied Heron, Satyr Tragopan, Grey bellied Tragopan, Ward's Trogaon, Blyth's King Fisher, rumped Honey Guide, Purple Cochoa, Rufous throated Wren Babbler, Red headed Parrot Bill, Chestnut breasted Partridge, Blyth's Trogon, Wood Snipe, Dark RumpedSwift,Rufous necked Hornbill, Grey ...

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight, campaign at yongkala pass

    Day 12: Mongar -yongkala pass to trongsa

    Pass By: Trongsa, Trongsa, Trongsa District
    Many of Bhutan's most sought-after birds can be found here including the Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Ward's Trogon, the majestic Rufous- necked Hornbill, Blue-naped Pitta, Blue-fronted Robin, and the Sikkim Wedge-billed, Long-billed and Bar-winged Wren-Babblers.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at same hotel

    Day 13: Trongsa-phobjikha

    Pass By: Black Necked Crane Center, Bhutan
    This bird is often seen near Wangdi near spring. Often it will be spotted with Ospreys and Pied Avocet. Wintertime brings numerous species down to lower altitudes, including accentors, rose finches, grosbeaks, snow pigeons and pheasants such as the satyrtragopan, the Himalayan monal and the blood pheasant.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Dewachen 3star resort or similar

    Day 14: Phobjikha-Thimphu

    Pass By: Thimphu, Thimphu, Thimphu District
    Some of birds that are found are Satyr Tragopan, Spotted Nutcracker, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Yellow billed Magpie, Chest Tailed Minla, Collard Blackbird, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Brown Bullfinch, Kalij pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Himalayan monal.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Same hotel or similar

    Day 15: Thimphu-paro

    Pass By: Chele La, Bhutan
    afternoon look for target water birds like Ibisbill, Black-tailed Crake, Solitary Snipe and Brown Dipper. There is also a likelihood of seeing ducks and other shorebirds along the river.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Over night at same place

    Day 16: Departure

    Pass By: Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, Paro Bhutan
    After breakfast, continue till airport for drop

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Paro International Airport, Airport Road Paro, Paro 12001, Bhutan
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Outside of airport terminalAirports
    • Paro International Airport, Airport Road Paro, Paro 12001, Bhutan
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Bhutan Maitreya Tusita Travel

Activity ID: V-170582P4

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