Bhutan birding tour is a great favorite, combining some of the most exceptional birdwatching in the Himalayas with spectacular scenery. Although its small size, Bhutan has a record of around 770 species of birds. Bhutan is birding paradise and the ultimate destination for the birdwatcher and bird lovers around the world. Furthermore, over 60% of the land is still forested, and 26% of the area is protected as National Parks. It is an ideal place to see a wide variety of birds that are impossible or difficult to see anywhere else. Bhutan’s richly diverse and beautiful forests are some of the best remaining forest habitats in the Himalayas.
Bird watching in Bhutan is a splendid experience, as it is a significant part of the high biodiversity conservation hot spot Eastern Himalayan hotspots. Besides, the migrations of hundreds of species accentuate the diversity of birdlife of Bhutan. The places like Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Trongsa, Zhemgang, etc. hold specialty for the birding tour in Bhutan. In addition to that, wintertime brings numerous species down to lower altitudes, including accentors, rosefinches, grosbeaks, snow pigeons, and pheasants such as the satyr tragopan, the Himalayan monal, and the blood pheasant.
Bird watching in Bhutan can be found from the cold alpine regions of the north to the sweltering tropics of the south. The geography and altitude are also the most diverse areas of bird habitats ever found in a single country. Most widely known are the Black Neck Cranes, a rare and endangered crane, holds a special place in folklore and Bhutanese hearts. To injure a Black Neck Crane in Bhutan is going to prison for a lifetime. Even the casual observer can be sure to see the blue whistling-thrush, yellow, blue magpie, the wall-creeper, white-capped water redstarts, spotted nutcracker in the pine forest and the red-billed choughs on the roofs on the dzongs.
Birds represent peace and freedom. And ultimately, isn’t that is what humans want? So, why not spend some of your precious time watching these immensely beautiful birds. They add beauty to this world. And sue for various reasons, many rare birds are becoming extinct day by day. In such a crucial time, Bhutan provides the best way to observe a variety of such birds at a single place.
In this tour, you will be spending time in various places like Thimpu, Punakha, Trongsa, etc. This trip is not just for pleasure, it is also the best way to collect information about these birds. And, also it is a great way to carry out various kinds of researches about the birds. And a best ti,me spends with the rare species and beautiful nature.
Duration: 07 Days
Best Travel Time: February, March, October, November are the best seasons. January, April, May, and September are okay for a visit.
Transportation: Private Car/Van/ Plane
Day 01: - Arrival Paro (2250m): transfer to hotel.
Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect Druk Air flight to Paro. During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, meet and greet transfer to hotel and briefing about the program rest and free. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02: - Birding and Tour in Paro
After breakfast starts our Bird watching tour in Bhutan, the ideal birding spots in Paro are through the farmlands, the lower and upper broadleaved evergreen forests, the riversides, sub alpine forests, and shrubberies. The valley also possesses a wealth of cultural attractions such as Ta Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, and Taktsang Lhakhang.
Some of the recorded bird species in Paro includes: Aberrant Bush Warbler (Cettia flavoivacea), Blyth’s Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum), Himalayan Whistling Thrush (Myiophonus caeruleus), Common Teal (Ana crecca), Grey-headed Flycatcher Warbler (Seicercus xanthoschistos), Green-backed Tit (Parus monticulous), Hodgson’s Redstart (Phoenicurus hodgsoni), Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Himalayan Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasi), Crested Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus), Himalayan Treecreeper (Certhia Himalayan), Hill Pigeon (Columba rupestris), Rufous-breasted Accentor (Prunella strophiata), Rufous Turtle Dove (Streptopelia Orientalis), Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagle (Hieraaetus kienerii), Stripe-throated Yuhina (Yuhina gularis), Longtailed Minivet (Pericrocotus etiologies).
Day 03: - Paro / Thimphu (54 km, 1 and half hours)
After breakfast drive to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan, the Thimphu valley is surrounded by beautiful 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 Motithang and in and around Begana and Cheri villages.
Few of the bird species recorded here are: Common Sandpiper (Tringa hypoleucos), Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica), Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus melaschistos), Grackle or Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla caspica), White-bellied Yuhina (Yuhina xanthoteuca), Upland Pipit (Anthus Sylvanus), Plumbeous Redstart (Rhyacornis fuliginosus).
Day 04: - Thimphu – Punakha. (77 km, 2 hours)
After breakfast, drive to Punakha over dochula pass (3150 m). Stop for a while at the crossing for a breathtaking of eastern Himalayan Mountain Ranges on a clear day and also to see the 108 small chortens (stupas). The following bird species can be found on our way to Punakha. Some individual birds are Gold-naped Finch, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Satyr Tragopan, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, and Tree Creepers.
After lunch at the evening hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, this is located at a hilltop. This temple is also known as ‘the temple of fertility.’ The walk will take about 25 minutes from the road to end through the farm fields. Then we will drive to Punakha and visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 05: - Punakha – Trongsa
After breakfast, drive to Trongsa over Pelela pass. Today we may find the following birds on our way to Trongsa. Frequently watching birds are Blood Pheasant, Yellowish-billed, Bush Warbler, Great Parrotbill, White Winged Grosbeak, Fire-tailed Myzornis, and Maroon-backed Accentor. After having Lunch continue our journey to Trongsa. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 06: - Trongsa - Paro
Early morning drive to Paro. Have lunch at Thimphu. Continue our journey to Paro. In the evening, stroll around the Paro town and the last shopping in Bhutan. Dinner and overnight stay at Paro.
Day 07 - Final Departure:
After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer you to the airport in Paro for departure flight to Kathmandu or your onward destination.
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02 to 16 pax
3 star Hotel