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11 Days

Bhutan Birding Paradise

During your 11 days of Birding Paradise Bhutan, we will be able to explore the Birding Paradise in Bhutan – Zhemgang District. Here we will be able to see some of the endangered species of birds such as the Rufous-necked Hornbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, and the rare Ward’s Trogon. You will that Birding in Bhutan is exceptional and it is best the in Asia.

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 Bomdeling in Eastern Bhutan. They migrate to these winter roosting sites in September and October and fly back to Tibet between February and March.

While Bhutan as a winter roosting ground for Black Necked Cranes has been hugely emphasized, it is home to endangered species like:

  • The Satyr Tragopan, Ward’s Trogon,
  • Himalayan Monal,
  • Blood Pheasants,
  • Beautiful Nuthatch,
  • Ibisbill,
  • Rufous-necked Hornbill,
  • White-bellied Heron,
  • varieties of Wren Babblers,

and others.

From

$4438

per person

Detailed Program

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.

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Our Host

Bhutan is one of the most unusual and beautiful countries in the world. You’ll find a land that is blessed with abundance, a deep connection to the past, and a unique culture. Truly Bhutan’s Host is second to none. Handpicked, highly experienced, and scrupulously trained, they bring a wealth of skill and knowledge to each trip. They are fun and friendly, whose aim is to ensure that each trip remains an unforgettable experience. Creating colorful, discovery-oriented tours in a combination of safety and comfort is the mission of our guides. All Host have earned the tour guide’s certificate from the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

host

Pelden Dorji | Culture & Trekking Expert

Damchoe Lhendrup

Damchoe Lhendrup | Culture & Trekking Expert

Trek guide

Jigme Dorji | Culture & Trekking Expert

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