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Birding Across Bhutan Tour

Package Duration
18 Days / 17 Nights
Destination Covered
Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Bumthang

  • Day 1 : Arrive Delhi

    Description :

    Arrive Delhi by International flight. Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 2 : Delhi

    Description :

    Morning go on a birding tour with a guide at the Sultanpur National Park. The park is home to the Indian Courser. Sind Sparrow has now made its way down the canal from Sind and Brooks’s Leaf Warbler is a regular winter visitor, as well as many waterbirds including the impressive Black-necked Stork and Sarus Crane.
    Later tour visit the Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and President's Residence and end the tour with a drive through Diplomatic Enclave. Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 3 : Delhi - Paro (By Flight)

    Description :

    Today early morning, transfer to the airport to board the flight for Paro. Arrive at Paro airport, the flight into Paro takes you over the great Himalayas, offering the scintillating scenery of the world's highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the silvery Pa Chu (Paro River) meandering down the valley, the Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watch tower).

    Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and do birding around Paro. Birds we may encounter include Ibisbill, River Lapwing, Grey-backed Shrike, Oriental Turtle Dove, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Hodgson’s Redstart and perhaps Black-tailed Crake. Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 4 : Paro - Thimphu

    Description :

    In the morning we will do birding at Chele La Pass. This is a good location for Himalayan Monal. Blood and Kalij Pheasant may be sighted here. Other possibilities include Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Grey-crested & Rufous-fronted Tits, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Long-tailed Thrush, White-collared Blackbird, Collared Grosbeak, White-browed and Dark-rumped Rosefinch.
    Later drive to Thimphu (approx. 55Kms / 01 hour) with birding stops along the way. There are a good many things to see in the capital which has a very relaxed, laid-back feel about it. Thimphu is relatively small having a population of approximately 90,000 people and the streets are wide and tree lined.

    Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and visit the Late King’s Memorial Chorten, The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Later visit the National Library, the indigenous hospital specializing in herbal medicine, handmade paper factory, and the nunnery at Zilukha.
    Thereafter, tour of the school of fine arts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts); Zangtopelri Lhakhang, the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, jewellery etc. on display. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

    Day 5 : Thimphu - Punakha

    Description :

    After an early breakfast drive to Punakha (approx. 70Kms/ 03 hours). On the way, halt at the Dochula pass- 26kms away from Thimphu (3120m). From this pass, if the weather is clear, you will get the most spectacular view of the Entire Eastern Himalayan Mountain ranges. The mixed forests of hemlock, fir, oaks and rhododendron here are great habitat for many good species including Fire-tailed Myzornis, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Black-eared Shrike Babblers, and Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Grey-winged Blackbird, Spotted Nutcracker and Gold-billed Magpie. Later continue your drive to the Punakha valley and upon arrival, check into the hotel.
    Thereafter, visit Punakha’s Punthang Dechen Phodrang (the name means palace of Great Bliss.) residence for the Je Khenpo, Bhutan’s spiritual leader and the entire central monk community. Standing on the tongue of land where two rivers, Phochu and Mochu, meet, Punakha Dzong has special significance in Bhutan history. Punakha Dzong is the place where Bhutan’s first king, Ugyen Wangchuk was crowned in 1907. Late afternoon birding along the Pho Chu valley looking for one of the main target bird, White-bellied Heron. One of the rarest birds in the world with a population of less than 200 worldwide. Other birds we might see Common and Crested Kingfisher and Ibisbill. Overnight at the hotel.

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