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Birds of Bhutan

16 Nighst / 17 Days

Birds of Bhutan

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Bhutan has now entered the birding fray and bird enthusiasts have now begun to discover the glories of birding the Himalayan country of Bhutan, where less intense farming practices have left swathes of habitat remaining, to now be marveled at, by tourists.

Bhutan boasts of both the alpine and forested plains which make it an ideal habitat for various species of birds, many of which will be in the full swing of breeding at different times of the year. Bhutan has been declared as one of the ten bio-diversity ‘hotspots’ in the world for its bio diversity and as one of the 221 global endemic bird areas. The rare and endangered Blacked-necked Crane that migrates from Tibet to Bhutan in winter in a group of 200 to 300 can be seen closely in Phobjikha valley in Wangdue and Bomdelling valley in Trashi Yangtse districts.

This trip will take us to the remote regions of eastern Bhutan where some of the most endangered species of birds still remain. The woods are especially rich in Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher and Eurasian Wigeon, Blackchinned Yuhina , Spotted Dove , Blackchinned Babbler, Himalayan Griffo, Slatybacked Forktail, Little Bunting, Blackbreasted Sunbird , Speckled Wood Pigeon.
This tour is a combination of Cultural and Bird Watching tours.

17 Days
2+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Paro / Paro
  • Included
    Birds of Bhutan
    3 Star Hotel Accommodation
    One time visa fees US$40
    Basic Trekking Equipments
    All Ground Transportation
    All taxes and fees
    Entrance fees to all the monument and museum
    Royalty US$ 65/person/night(Child under 12 year is exempt from Royalty US$65)
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included
    International Telephone Calls
    Laundry Bills
    Bar Bills
    Travel Insurance
    International Flights
    Mineral drinking water
    5 Star Accommodation
    All Meal While Trek
Day 1: Arrival Paro
A flight to Bhutan provides one of the most rewarding aerial views. It’s a truly a feat for natural lovers. As you arrive in Paro, you will be driven to your hotel. Relax. In the evening, take a leisurely stroll in the town.
Day 2: Paro
Morning drive to Chelela Pass (4200 metre above sea level) and if the weather is clear, you will have a spectacular glimpse of Haa valley. Also you can catch a magnificent view of Jhomolhari , “mountain of goddess” which is about 7,315m high (the second highest peak in Bhutan) and Jichu Drake which is about 6,794m high. Himalayan Monal, Bullfinches, Blood Pheasant, Kalig Pheasant, White-winged Grossbreaks, Cutia, and Satyr are the some of the few recorded bird species you would spot amongst many other bird species in the vicinity.
Afternoon, hike through the farmlands, subalpine forest and continue the birding along the Paro Chu riversides towards Drukgyel Dzong. Some of the bird species spotted in Paro are Greenbacked Tit , Aberrant Bush Warbler , Jungle Crow , Himalayan Whistling Thrush , Common Teal, Rufousbellied Hawk-Eagle, Stripethroated Yuhina , Hill Pigeon, Longtailed Minivet , Himalayan Brown Dipper,Crestee Honey Buzzard, Himalayan Treecreeper , Hodgson's Redstart , Rufousbreasted Accentor , Blyth's Reed Warbler , Rufous Turtle Dove , Greyheaded Flycatcher Warbler .
Day 3: Paro to Punakha
You drive to Punakha. On the way, you will come across the panoramic pass, Dochula Pass. The pass provides a spectacular view of the mountain ranges. As you descend the pass, you are driving through the mixed forest of hemlock, fir, oak magnolias and rhododendrons. This forest is a home to Skull Hill Partridge, Satyr Tragopan, Golden Bush Robin, Teppe Eagle, Cutia, Brown Parrtotbill and Fire-tailed Myzornis.
When you reach Punakha, you continue to explore along the Mo Chhu River. It is a superb area to sight water fowl and migratory birds like Bar-headed Goose, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher and Eurasian Wigeon, Blackchinned Yuhina , Spotted Dove , Blackchinned Babbler, Himalayan Griffo, Slatybacked Forktail, Little Bunting, Blackbreasted Sunbird , Speckled Wood Pigeon, , Fulvousbreasted Pied Woodpecker, Large Grey Babbler , Himalaya Tree Pie, Whitebreasted Kingfisher, Yellowbilled Blue Magpie, Grey Heron, S Small Niltava , Grey Tit and Redcrowned Jay, Redbreasted Rosefinch. The rare and endangered White Bellied Herons are seen here.
It is obvious your route will pass the Punakha Dzong. So, spare few minutes and enjoy the sight of this regal monument. The dzong was the capital of Bhutan a long ago.
Day 4: Punakha to Phobjikha, Gangtey
You will continue your excursion. You drive past the Wangduephodrang Dzong which is burnt down by the tragic fire in 2012. While you are driving to Phobjikha, a series of stops at the various places to sight the birds like Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus), Satyr Tragopan, Majestic Himalayan Monal, Spotted Laughing Thrush (Garrulax ocellatus), Yellowish-bellied Bush-Warbler (Cettia acanthizoides), Rusty-flanked Tree Creeper (Certhia nipalensis), White-browed Bush Robin (Tarsiger indicus) and White-winged Grosbeak (Mycerobas carnipes), Redmantled Rosefinch (Carpodacus rhodochlamys), Firebreasted Flowerpecker (Dicaeum ignipectus), Amur Falcon (Falco vesertinus),Whitetailed Nuthatch (Sitta himalayensis), Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis), Scarlet Finch (Haemmatospiza sipahi), Whitebacked Munia (Lonchura striata), Rufousbreasted Accenter (Prunella strophiata), Great Pied Hornbill (Buceros bicornis), Goldcrest (Regulus regulus), Snow Pigeon (Columba leuconota), Common Hill Partridge (Arborophila torqueola), Redheaded Bullfinch (Pyrrhula erythrocephala). By the time sun sets, you will be in your comfy hotel.
Day 5: Phobjikha, Gangtey to Trongsa
When the dawn breaks, you venture out of your bed cozy bed, and will stroll in the enchanting Phobjikha valley. It’s such a treat. The valley is the winter home for the endangered Blacked-necked Cranes. They are usually seen roosting in the valley from November to March.
To make your natural hike spiritual, you can visit the famous Gangtey Monastery, which stands regally on the top of hill.
Post lunch, your journey begins, again. You will travel to Trongsa. At 3,300 metres above sea level, the Pelela Pass offers access to the central and Eastern Bhutan. Yaks are seen in this area. As you descend the pass, your quest for the birds will start. Here you would spot the birds like the Great and Brown Parrotbills (Paradoxornis unicolor), Golden-breasted Fulvetta (Lioparus chrysotis), Himalayan Monal Pheasant (Lophophorus impejanus), Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus), Snow Partridge (Lerwa lerwa), Purple Cochoa (Cochoa purpurea), Scalybreasted Wren Babbler (Pnoepyga albiventer), Rufousbellied Bulbul (Hypsipetes mcclellandi), Himalayan Swiftlet (Collocalia brevirostris), Himalayan Griffon (Gyps himalayensis), Speckled Wood Pigeon (Columba hodgsonii) and Longtained Minivet (Pericrocotus ethologus).
To relax your tiring eyes and refill your stomach, there is a beautiful spot you need to stop. The place is spiritually and naturally rich. This is at the Chendebji Chorten, an eighteenth century swayambhunath stupa.
Day 6: Trongsa to Bumthang
Next day, drive to Trongsa . On the way, you will come across the Yotongla Pass. You drive down from the pass, you will find the varied vegetations till you reach Bumthang. You will be greeted by the common sight of Nutcrackers. But, the true treat would be if you spot Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler (Xiphirhynchus superciliaris), Fulvous, Goldcrest (Regulus regulus), Brown and Great Parrotbills (Paradoxornis unicolor), Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Common Sandpiper (Tringa hypoleucos), Blyth's Pipit (Anthus godlewskii), Little Bunting (Emberiza fucata), Redbilled Chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus), White-browed and Rufous-breasted Bush Robins (Tarsiger chrysaeus) and Dark-rumped Rosefinch (Carpodacus edwardsii).
Day 7: Bumthang to Sengor
The journey will start early. On the way, you would spot pheasants which include Monal, Satyr Tragopan and Blood Pheasant. You pass Bhutan’s highest pass, Thrumshingla, which is at 3800m. You will descend from the pass and reach Sengor.
Sengor has a small settlement and thinly populated. However, the area has many species of bird. They are Chestnut-breasted Partridge (Arborophila mandellii), Ward’s Trogon (Harpactes wardi), the majestic Rufous-necked Hornbill (Aceros nipalensis), Blue-naped Pitta (Pitta nipalensis), Bluefronted Robin (Cinclidium frontale), and the Sikkim Wedge-billed, Long-billed and Bar-winged Wren Babblers
Day 8: Sengor to Lingmithang
You will move from Sengor to Lingmethang early in the morning. After half an hour, you will reach the Youngkola Pass. Your Birdwatching activity will start. You would spot many species of bird like Ward’s Tragon, Grey-chinned Minivet and Chestnut Breasted Partridge.
You drive down to Lingmethang. A full day to explore different species of the bird in the area. Some of these birds are Slenderbilled and Coral-billed Scimitar-Babblers (Pomatorhinus ferruginosus), Scaly and Blue-winged Laughing Thrushes, Honeyguide (Indicator xanthonotus), Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes madagascariensis), Whitebrowed Blue Flycatcher (Muscicapa leucomelanura), Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill (Paradoxornis ruficeps), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla caspica), Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus), Broad-billed Warbler (Tickellia hodgsoni), White-naped Yuhina (Yuhina bakeri), and Rufous-throated WrenBabbler (Spelaeornis caudatus), Blyth's Pipit (Anthus godlewskii), Gould's Shortwings (Brachypteryx stellata), Redvented Bulbul (Pyconotus cafer), Rufousthroated Hill Partridge (Arborophila rufogularis), Yellowbellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum melanoxanthuon), Whitethroated Munia (Lonchura malabarica), Bluebeaed Bee-Eater ( Nyctyornis athertoni), Redheaded Bullfinch (Pyrrhula erythrocephala), Speckled Piculet (Picumnus innominatus), Parrotbill (Paradoxornis nipalensis), Lesser Racket-Tailed Drongo (Dicrurus remifer) and Fantail Warbler (Cisticola exilis).
Day 9: Lingmithang
Full day birding activity through the endless stretches of forest, riversides and mountains to capture a variety of bird species on your ease and pace.
Day 10: Ligmithang to Trongsa
Morning drive back to Trongsa. Stop at various points en route for bird watching activity.
Day 11: Trongsa to Tingtibi, Zhemgang
Next morning, you will be driving towards Zhemgang. There are many species of bird are seen in Zhemgang. They are Fire-capped Tit (Cephalopyrus flammiceps), Large Niltava (Niltava grandis), Russet Bush Warbler (Bradypterus mandelli), and Nuthatch. However, the star attraction is the subtle and little-known Yellow-rumped Honeyguide (Indicator xanthonotus).
With vegetation, these bird species Chestnut-breasted Partridge (Arborophila mandellii), Violet Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx xanthorhynchus), Pin-tailed Green Pigeon (Treron apicauda), Rufous-necked Hornbill (Aceros nipalensis), Cutia, and Rufous-faced Warbler (Abroscopus albogularis) are seen in Zhemgang.
If you are primate lovers, you are lucky, then. Zhemgang is a home for the famous golden langur. They are recognized as endangered animal.
Day 12: Tingtibi, Zhemgang
Full day birding activity will continue along the road, bamboo groves to the pristine forest. Some of the bird species found in this region are Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantail, Yuhinas, Black-Eagle, Wedge-tailed and Pin-tailed Green-Pigeon, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Speckled Piculet, Fulvettas and Sibias, Rufus-necked Hornbill, Minlas, Lesser Yellownape, Lesser Rufus-headed Parrotbills, Streaked Laughing Thrushes, Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantail, Golden-throated Barbets and Scarlet Minivets.
Day 13: Tingtibi, Zhemgang to Trongsa
Morning, drive back to Trongsa. Impromptu stops en route for bird watching. Evening visit Trongsa Dzong, the most impressive Dzong in the country built in 1648 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel at the place where his great-grandfather Lama Ngagi Wangchuk had erected the temple in 1543.. It displays one of the most artistic and splendor works of traditional Bhutanese architecture. The two first hereditary kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this Dzong.
Then visit Ta Dzong, a watch tower built on top of the hill to the east of Trongsa Dzong which was known for safeguarding the Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion in the past. A visit to this watch tower will provide you an insight into historical significance of Trongsa in Bhutan’s history
Day 14: Trongsa - Thimphu
Morning drive to Thimphu ( about 6 hours drive). Stops en route for birding activity.
Day 15: Thimphu - Paro
Morning, drive about 12 km drive from Thimphu to the road end towards Tango and Cheri Monastery. Birding will starts through the endless strecthes of pristine forest and along the rive banks.
Some of the birds spotted in this area are Upland Pipit (Anthus sylvanus), Grackle or Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa), Whitebellied Yuhina (Yuhina xanthoteuca), Common Sandpiper (Tringa hypoleucos), Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus melaschistos), Plumbeous Redstart (Rhyacornis fuliginosus), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla caspica),Redrumped Swallow (Hirunda daurica).
Evening return to Thimphu city and visit Mini Zoo to see Bhutan’s national animal Takin and then drive farther up to Radio Tower to catch a spectacular glimpse of Thimphu valley. Take a gentle walk in the midst of colorful prayer flags that dot the beautiful landscapes to experience the breath of spirituality. Evening drive back to Paro(about 1 hour 30 minutes drive).
Day 16: Paro
After breakfast, hike to Taktsang Monastery. Literally meaning ‘Tiger’s Nest’ , because Guru Rinpoche (Precious Buddhist Saint) is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress and then meditated in a cave for three months in the eighth century. It is precariously perched on the right side of a cliff, at 2950 metres above sea level and 900 metre above Paro valley. It is considered one of the holiest places of pilgrimage for the Buddhist world today. It is about 4-5hours walk up and down.
Lunch at Taktsang cafeteria. Stops at various sites en route for birding activity. Evening, take a leisurely walk around Paro town.
Day 17: Departure
Our guide will escort you to the Airport in the early morning to bid farewell for your onward journey.



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