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Bird Watching Tour of Bhutan

12 Nights & 13 Days

Overview

Despite its small size about 770 species of birds have been recorded in Bhutan and the kingdom is recognized as 221 global endemic birds areas. Within country’s borders there is extraordinary range of habitats, from some of the Himalaya’s most extensive and least disturbed tropical forests to cool broad leaved and towering evergreen forests of fir, hemlock and spruce. This itinerary gives you a glimpse of this wonderful world of birds. The entire country is bisected by well maintained paved road and birding especially in mid to late spring (late March to late May) is good virtually anywhere below 3,100 m. Unlike many part of Asia, one is not obliged to seek out a park or reserve or remnant patch of ‘good looking’ habitat, since at any stop even in the midst of farmland, exciting birds are visible. The mixed broadleaf forests are much richer, and therefore more exciting for birding, than the rather slow growing monotypic stands of blue pine and particularly chir pine.

Top Places

Paro | Thimphu | Punakha and Wangduephodrang Valley | Punakha & Wangduephodrang and Gangtey | Trongsa-Bumthang (Jakar) | Bumthang-Ura | Ura-Limithang | Mongar-Trashigang | Samdrup Jongkhar | Guwahati | Kolkata

Highlights

Birds of different valleys of Bhutan | Cultural attractions such as Ta Dzong (National Museum) | Rinpung Dzong | Kyichu Lhakhang and Taktsang Lhakhang | Dochula Pass | Mongar Dzong and Zangtho Pelri temple



Paro / Day 01 - 02

Druk Airways flight to Bhutan provides the most fascinating view of Himalayan scenery. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Calcutta, each flight is a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers exciting descent into the kingdom. Evening orientation programme in the hotel with audio-visual presentation, slide show and general talk […]
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Thimphu / Day 03

Drive to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Later explore this beautiful upland valley. Relatively dry, Thimphu valley is surrounded by fine stands of Blue Pine and temperate evergreen forests. The increasing human settlement has pushed birding spots at least 10 km and now the ideal areas for birding are around the stream near […]
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Punakha and Wangduephodrang Valley / Day 04

From Thimphu, proceed further to Dochula pass (3,050m), which offers most spectacular view over high peaks of eastern Himalaya. From here the descent to Punakha and Wangduephodrang valley is long at the altitude difference between the pass and the valley is about 1,800 m. The route first passes through a temperate type of leafy forest […]
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Punakha & Wangduephodrang and Gangtey / Day 05

From Wangduephodrang, the journey continues eastwards through Black Mountain region. The drive is relatively shorter and there are regular stops for birding and photography all along the way. The road finally leads to forest of oak and rhododendron and then broad Phobjikha valley, which is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan. Because of […]
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Trongsa-Bumthang (Jakar) / Day 07

On this trip of 68 km, there is altitude variation from 2,100 m in Trongsa to Yotongla pass at 3,400 m and then descend to Bumthang valley at 2,600 m and the vegetation changes from temperate forests of Trongsa to coniferous and mixed alpine of Bumthang. Apart from being one of the most beautiful valleys […]
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Bumthang-Ura / Day 08

Ura is the last and the highest valleys of Bumthang and to reach here, the road climbs through amazingly open countryside, occasionally running into forests. Large sheep pastures line the road and the route also crosses 3,600 m high Ura la pass and later descending into Ura by long loop across fields and pastures. Perched […]
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Ura-Limithang / Day 09

Leaving behind the relatively dry Ura valley, the route ascends through forests of gigantic firs, often with an under storey of rhododendron. The road for a few kilometres is precipitous in the extreme, with steep drops that reveal a landscape defying description, until the pass at Thrumshingla (3,750 m) is finally reached. From this highest […]
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Mongar-Trashigang / Day 10

From Limithang, the road reaches to its lowest point of 650 m at the bridge over Kuru Chhu river. The Chhorten at this point, was built in 1800, in Nepalese style of architecture to hold the precious religious objects of Shongar Dzong when the Dzong was abandoned in favour of other place, Mongar. Visit here, […]
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Samdrup Jongkhar / Day 11

Trashigang — Samdrup Jongkhar road completed in 1965 and the journey takes about 6 hours. Along the way, pass by Sherubtse College, the only college in country founded in 1978.  Also visit the Zangtho Pelri temple built in 1978 by the late Minister of Home Affairs. It represents Guru Rinpoche’s paradise. Driving ahead, reach to […]
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Guwahati / Day 12

After breakfast transfer to Bhutan border where you will be picked up by Indian agent for onward drive to Guwahati. Enjoy visit of the Kamakhya Devi temple. Overnight at the hotel.
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Kolkata / Day13

After breakfast transfer to the airport and fly to Kolkata, in Kolkata transfer to the international terminal and fly back home.
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