bird watching

Bhutan is a paradise for bird lovers and ornithologists. Over 670 species of birds have been recorded and many more are yet to be discovered. Around 50 species of the known birds are winter migrants. These include ducks, waders, birds of prey, thrushes, finches and buntings. The partial migrants to Bhutan include cuckoos,

swifts, bee-eaters, warblers and flycatchers. The country harbors more than 16 species of vulnerable birds. They are the Pallas’s Fish Eagle, White bellied Heron, Satyr Tragopan, Grey bellied Tragopan, Ward’s Trogaon, Blyth’s King Fisher, Rumped Honey Guide,

Purple Cochoa, Rufous Throated Wren Babbler, Red headed Parrot Bill, Chestnut breasted Partridge, Blyth’s Trogon, Wood Snipe, Dark Rumped Swift, Rufous necked Hornbill, Grey crowned Prinia and the Beautiful Nuthatch all of which breed in Bhutan.

Bhutan is also home to ten 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 breed in Tibet and then migrate over the Himalayas to Bhutan to spend their winter.

The country is an important wintering ground for the rare Black necked crane. They can be spotted in Phobjikha in Western Bhutan, Bumthang in Central Bhutan and in Bomdeling in Eastern Bhutan. They migrate to these winter roosting places in the months of September and October and fly back to Tibet between February and March.

Duration :14 nights /15 days
Best Season :November – March, April and May
Places to see:Phuntsholing, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Trongsa, Bumthang and Paro

Itinerary:

Day-1; Bagdogra Airport to Phuentshloing:Arrive at Bagdogra Airport in Indian state of West Bengal. Receive by Bhutanese Guide and drive to Phuntsholing. After check in briefing by the guide. Overnight in hotel

Day-2; Phuentsholing – Thimphu:Start early in the morning. Do birding on the way. Lunch will be arranged on the way. The drive is spectacular drives diverse vegetation. Overnight in hotel.

Day-3; Thimphu – Punakha:Start early in the morning and do birding on the way. Breakfast at Dochula pass. After breakfast continue birding following the ancient trail. Lunch on the way. After lunch drive to Punakha. Overnight in hotel.

Day-4; Punakha Sightseeing:Start early in the morning and drive to Rimchu. Breakfast will be served at the sight. Birding between Rimchu and Tashithang. Lunch will be served there. After lunch, you will be taken for birding at different area. Overnight will be halt in the hotel.

Day-5; Punakha – Trongsa:Have very early breakfast and drive to Trongsa. Lunch on the way. This is a very spectacular drive over Pelela pass (11,000ft) and there will be ample time to do birding. Overnight in hotel.

Day-6; Trongsa – Bumthang:After having early breakfast drive towards Kuenga Rabtey. Do birding between Trongsa and Kuenga Rabtey. Lunch at the hotel. After lunch drive to Bumthang. Overnight in hotel.

Day-7; Bumthang Sightseeing:Do bird watching in Jakar area or do some cultural sights and take a rest. Overnight in hotel.

Day-8; Bumthang – Yonkola:After early breakfast leave for Yonkola. The drive is spectacular over Thrumshingla pass, the highest motor able pass in the country. You are also in the Thrumshing La national park. Lunch on the way. Overnight camping in Yonkola.

Day-9; Yonkola Sightseeing:Start early in the morning and spend whole day bird watching between Namling and Yonkola. Breakfast and lunch will be brought to the area. Overnight at camp.

Day-10; Yonkola Sightseeing:Start early spend whole day between Yonkola and Lemithang. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the bird watching area. Overnight at camp.

Day-11; Yonkola – Bumthang:After breakfast drive back to Bumthang. Lunch on the way. Overnight in hotel

Day-12; Bumthang – Punakha:After breakfast drive to Punakha. Lunch on the way. If time permits visit Gangtey Gonpa. Overnight in hotel.

Day-13; Punakha – Paro:After breakfast drive to Thimphu for lunch. After lunch spend some time to do shopping for gifts and souvenirs. Evening leave for Paro.

Day-14; Paro Sightseeing:Morning do bird watching in Paro area. Afternoon do bird watching or as a option, visit the cultural sites in Paro area. Overnight in hotel.

Day-15; Departure:From Paro International Airport, Paro