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Day 1 : ARRIVAL AT PARO
Pickup from the airport (2200m altitude) after completing the airport formalities, drive to the hotel in Paro. Check into the hotel, and after lunch visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is Paro Rimpung Dzong, meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. A short walk to the base of the Dzong takes you to the cantilever bridge over Pa Chhu (Paro River). Continue for birding along Paro river.
Overnight at – Paro
Day 2 : PARO TO THIMPHU
65 km drive to Thimphu include a stopover at 14th century Tamcho Lhakhang (temple), built by Thangthong Gyalpo, the King of the Grasslands or the builder of iron bridges. Continue towards Thimphu, check in to the hotel, and drive to Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point), the place to enjoy panoramic view of Thimphu Town. This has the largest statue of the BUDDHA in the world. En route to Kuensel Phodrang, there are many stop over for birding. Overnight at - Thimphu
Day 3 : BIRDING AROUND THIMPHU
After early breakfast, drive to the base of Cherry Monastery, 14 km from Thimphu town for birding. Many type of birds may be spotted at the site such as, Ibisbill, Crested Pied Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Woodpeckers, Hoopoe, Nepal House Martin, Long – tailed Minivet, Yellow – billed Blue Magpie, Spotted Nutcracker, red – billed Chough, Black – browed and Grey – crested Tits, Striated and Black – faced Laughing Thrushes, Chestnut – bellied Rock – thrush, Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird, White – tailed Nuthatch, Black – capped Sibia, Common Merganzer, Crested Serpent – eagle, Black Eagle, etc. After returning from Cherry base, drive back to the hotel for lunch and then drive to Takin zoo and a stream in the vicinity of the zoo.
Overnight at - Thimphu
Day 4 : THIMPHU TO DOCHULA PASS
Depart early for a full day of birding at Dochula pass (3150m). At Dochula, we will look out for high elevation, mixed evergreen and cool-broad leaf forests birds. Colorful birds such as the Fire-tailed Myzornis, Red-tailed Minla, Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird and the Green-tailed sunbird match the stunning blossoms of rhododendrons and magnolias (spring season) that dot the entire hillside. Satyr Tragopan, Spotted Nutcracker, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Yellow billed Magpie, Chestnut Tailed Minla, Collard Blackbird, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Brown Bullfinch also can be seen around Dochula. Return to the hotel for breakfast, and then light hike for briding inside Lamperi Botanical Park. Drive back to the hotel for lunch, and rest for an hour before moving onto the next birding site, Menchugang. Return to the hotel for the day. Overnight at - Dochula
Day 5 : DOCHULA TO PUNAKHA
Early morning after breakfast, drive to Punakha, 85 km from Thimphu. During autumn season, the day starts with breathtaking panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayan ranges. There will be many stop over en route to Punakha for birding. The temperate broadleaved forest of rhododendrons and magnolias will soon give way to a semi-tropical zone where banana and orange trees and cactuses grow in abundance. The mixed forest of hemlock, fir, oaks and rhododendron is a great habitat for many good species including Eurasian Tree creeper, Golden Bush-Robin, Niltavas, Eurasian Jay, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Plain-backed Thrush, Great Barbet and perhaps even the rare Ward’s Trogon. Scarlet Finch, Black Drongo, Chestnut bellied Nuthatch, Slaty backed Forktail, Gorgeted Flycatcher, White throated Laughingthrush, Wedge Tailed Green Pigeon, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Verditer Flycatcher, etc. can be seen as we get down towards the valley. After birding descend to Punakha valley and stop over at Lobesa for lunch. Overnight at - Punakha.
Day 6 : PUNAKHA DAY TOUR
Depart early for a full day of birding inside Jigme Dorji National Park, and along Phochu River, to spot Red-headed Trogon, Slaty-bellied and Grey-bellied Tesia, Small and Ruofus-bellied Niltavas, Black-chinned and Whiskered Yuhinas, a trio of Forktails, Pygmy and Spotted Wren Babbler, Lesser Yellownape, Bay Woodpecker, White-throated, Rufous-chinned and Bhutan Laughingthrushes, Black, Red-vented and Mountain Bulbuls, Grey-hooded, Chestnutcrowned and Blyth’s Leaf Warblers and many more. Later in the evening, drive along Phochu River to spot Whitebellied Heron and Pallas Fish Eagle.
Overnight at - Punakha
Day 7 : PUNAKHA TO PARO
After breakfast at 7:30am visit Punakha’s Punthang Dechen Phodrang (the name means palace of Great Bliss) standing between two rivers, Pho chu (male river) and Mo chu (female river). Punakha Dzong has special significance in Bhutan history, where Bhutan’s first king, Sir Ugyen Wangchuk was crowned in 1907. It is the winter residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot, and the spiritual leader of the central monastic body of the country. Continue journey towards Paro. After having late lunch at Paro drive towards Drukgyal Dzong area, which will provide some of the common species like, Black-faced laughing thrush, Chestnut-crowned laughing thrush, Brown Parrot bill, Chestnut-tailed Minla, Common Kestrel, Kalij Pheasant, White-collared Blackbird, Grey-backed Shrike etc. Overnight at - Paro.
Day 8 : CHELE LA BIRDING
Depart early for a full morning of birding in the cool and stunning alpine meadow of Cheli La pass (3890m). This is the highest pass accessible by car in Bhutan. Here we could be rewarded with three different species of pheasants: Himalayan Monal, flocks of Blood Pheasants, and Kalij Pheasant. Also here are several rosefinches, grosbeaks and laughingthrushes. We then drive back to Paro for lunch. In the afternoon, visit 7th century Kichu Monastery, a Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, built 108 monasteries representing 2 in Bhutan, viz., Kichu Monastery at Paro and Jambay Lhakhang at Bumthang).
Overnight at - Paro
Day 9 : HIKE TO TAKTSANG MONASTERY
After Breakfast, at 7 am, drive 15min to the base of Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) for 2-3 hour hike, the most popular and widely known tourist sites in Bhutan. As the story goes, the place is visited and sanctified by Guru Rimpoche, one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world. Over the period of time many great Buddhist masters have visited and meditated in the Monastery. Later in 1692 AD, the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan built the monastery over the cave where Guru Rimpoche and his consort Khandro Yeshi Tshogyal have meditated. The monastic complex clings to the rock towering 800 meters above the valley. It is 2950 meters above sea level. After visiting the monastery stops over at the cafeteria for lunch, which is half way down from the monastery. Evening: visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse to experience the local hospitality and hot stone bath, and dinner with the family.
Overnight at - Paro.
Day 10 : DEPARTURE
After breakfast, drive to the airport with our representative, and bid farewell for the onward destination.
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