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Bhutan Birding Paradise

11 Days in Bhutan’s Birding Paradise Overview

Embark on an 11-day birdwatching extravaganza in the heart of the Himalayas, exploring the avian wonders of Bhutan’s Zhemgang District. This journey promises an intimate encounter with some of the world’s most endangered and unique bird species, set against the backdrop of Bhutan’s stunning natural landscapes.


  • Endangered Avian Species: Discover rare birds like the Rufous-necked Hornbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, and Ward’s Trogon, alongside the majestic Imperial Heron and the elusive Black-Necked Crane.
  • Varied Ecosystems: Traverse diverse ecosystems, from the winter roosting grounds in Phobjikha Valley to the rich habitats of Central and Eastern Bhutan.
  • Cultural Immersion: Experience Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage, including visits to ancient dzongs and monasteries, complemented by local cuisine and traditional hospitality.

Summary on 11 Days in Bhutan’s Birding Paradise

The 11-day Bhutan Birding Paradise tour is an exceptional opportunity for bird enthusiasts to delve into the rich avian diversity of Bhutan, a country renowned for its commitment to conservation and environmental stewardship. The journey focuses on the Zhemgang District, a haven for endangered species like the Rufous-necked Hornbill and the Beautiful Nuthatch, as well as the rare Ward’s Trogon.

Bhutan’s unique geographical location and varied climates make it a perfect habitat for various bird species, including the endangered Imperial Heron and the Black-Necked Crane, which migrates from Tibet during the winter months. The tour is not just limited to birdwatching but also includes cultural exploration, visiting significant historical and religious sites like the iconic Tiger’s Nest Temple and various Dzongs, offering a glimpse into Bhutan’s rich heritage.

Accommodations on the tour range from luxurious resorts to eco-friendly camps, ensuring comfort while maintaining an authentic Bhutanese experience. This tour blends the thrill of birdwatching with cultural exploration, making it a perfect choice for those seeking an immersive natural and cultural experience in the heart of the Himalayas.

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Arrived at Paro and will be received by the representative of Truly Bhutan at the Paro International airport, the only airport in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.  From directly we will visit the National Museum of Bhutan.

  • We will visit Paro dzong (fortress) and then stroll around Paro town.
  • Welcome dinner & drinks (Bhutanese local drink Ara) at Paro.

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 Very early in the morning, we will drive to Chelela pass with your packed breakfast. The pass is the highest pass, where the car can go in Bhutan.  On the way we may see the following birds:

  • Colorful Himalayan Monal
  • Blood Pheasants.
  • Kalij Pheasants.
  • Grosbeaks
  • Bullfinches
  • CutiaBesides seeing these birds we can also see the Mountain Jhomolhari & Jichu Drakye beautifully on clear days from the past.

There are lots of prayer flags here at the pass. We will have our breakfast here, near the pass. After enjoying the sight of birds, prayer flags, and mountains on clear days, and then we will drive back to Paro, to our hotel.  We will take a rest in the hotel for about 1 hour and then we will hike to Taktshang, Tiger’s Nest to the viewpoint.  We will have lunch here at the viewpoint, Taktshang cafeteria.  Walk back to the car point and then we will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes from the road point.

Evening stroll around the Thimphu town and explore handicraft shops for Authentic Bhutanese Souvenirs and gifts for your friends and loved ones.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel, Thimphu.

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We will hike to Cheri Monastery and during the hike, we may spot the following birds:

  • Spotted Laughing Thrush
  • Fire Capped Tit
  • Golden Breasted Fulvetta.
  • Yellow Backed Flower Packer
  • Maroon Backed Accentor

Drive back to Thimphu and do some sightseeing in Thimphu, like visit Memorial Chhorten, Weaving center, Bhutanese paper factory, and the post office to buy the Famous Bhutanese Stamps. We have bird stamps also-which are very beautiful and can be good souvenirs for your bird lover friends and your collections too.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel, Thimphu.

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Drive to Punakha over Dochula pass (3150m).  stop for a while at the pass for a breathtaking of the 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.

  • Gold-napped Finch.
  • Rufous-breasted Bush Robin
  • Satyr Tragopan
  • Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler
  • Tree Creepers.

Hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, which is located on a hilltop. This temple is also known as ‘the temple of fertility. The hike will take about 25minutes from the road end through the farm fields. Then we will drive to Punakha and visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong.

Dinner and overnight stay at Punakha, Hotel.

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We drive to Trongsa over Pelela pass. Today we may find the following birds on our way to Trongsa.

  • Blood Pheasant
  • Yellowish-billed Bush Warbler
  • Great Parrotbill
  • White Winged Grosbeak
  • Fire-tailed Myzornis
  • Maroon-backed Accentor.

Continue our journey to Trongsa. If we have time, we will visit the impressive Trongsa dzong.

Dinner and overnight stay at Trongsa, Hotel.

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 Drive to Zhemgang with pack lunch. We will pack lunch whenever we feel hungry.  Today we may see the following birds beside the good opportunity to see the golden langur- an animal endemic to Bhutan.

  • Chestnuts Breasted Partridge
  • Ward’s Trogon
  • Rufus Necked and Great Horn Bill
  • Blue-napped Pitta
  • Blue-fronted Robin
  • Wedge Billed & Bar-winged Wren Babblers and many more.

Dinner and overnight stay in Zhemgang, Camp.

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After an early breakfast, drive to Trongsa with your packed lunch. We will stop wherever necessary if we spot birds on our way back to Trongsa.

Dinner and overnight stay at Trongsa, Hotel.

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Drive to Paro.

Evening stroll around Paro town for your last shopping in Bhutan. Dinner and overnight stay at Paro.

Dinner can be arranged at the farmhouse if you are interested.

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Drive to Paro international Airport for your onward flight. Our Truly Bhutan team will bid you farewell here at the airport.  We wish you a very safe and comfortable flight and we hope to see you again in Bhutan.

  • Inclusion
  • Exclusion
  • Insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium update).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
  • Route Permit
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
  • All land transportation by private vehicle
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable
  • Drinking water
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable development fee of $200. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, and poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
  • Airfare & Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.

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