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THE BHUTAN BIRDER

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A place on every birding enthusiasts bucket list. The vividly colored plumages of birds found here attract visitors from around the globe.
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  • Vacation Style
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  • Activity Level Moderate
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  • Accomodation Type Cozy
THE BHUTAN BIRDER

Perched high on the mighty Himalayan Range, the Kingdom of BHUTAN has defied globalization and chosen to remain a hidden paradise. There’s a place on earth that even the seasoned travelers consider a privilege to visit. The sacred monasteries, the fluttering prayer flags that line the high ridge, the red robed monks chanting their prayers give this kingdom an aura of another time. Bhutan is considered a biodiversity “hotspot” with 70% of forest covered with 9 protected areas that are connected with biological corridors. With avifaunal delights like Pheasants, Tragopans and much more Bhutan is surely a birders paradise.

What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Internal Transfers via AC SUVs/Bus.
  • Stay in Three Star Properties.
  • All Meals as per Itinerary.
  • All Birding Trails.
  • Tour and Trekking Guide for Entire Journey
  • Guide & Forest Entry Charges.
  • GW Mentor.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airfare
  • Food During Road Travel
  • Visa Fees and Entry Clearing Fees
  • Bottled Water in Resort.
  • Extra Birding Trails.
  • Insurance.
  • Laundry & Telephone Charges.
  • Alcoholic Beverages & Soft Drinks.
  • Tips & Gratuities.
  • All Applicable Taxes.
  • Things Which are Not Mentioned in Inclusions.
  1. Day 1 Paro

    Board the flight to Paro from Delhi and arrive by noon. Transfer from the airport to you hotel in Paro. On arrival, check in and time to rest. Later in the evening enjoy a quick birding trail nearby in search of water birds like Black-tailed Crake, Ibisbill, River Lapwing and other birds that can be found here. Return back to the hotel for a sumptuous meal before hitting the bed. Overnight at the hotel.

    Meals: Dinner

  2. Day 2 Paro-Thimphu

    We start early from the hotel towards Chelela which is the highest motorable road in Bhutan (at 3998M). As the day breaks, we start looking for Blood Pheasants and Satyr Tragopan, Himalayan Monal, Kalij Pheasant, White-browed Rosefinch, Greenish Warbler and other birds along the roadside. We will return back to our hotel in time for lunch. Post lunch, we check out and head towards Thimphu our next stop. This drive offers some breathtaking views and we occasionally stop for photographing landscapes and birds on the way. After checking in to our hotel enjoy a high tea, later we will continue exploring common birds in and around capital. We might get a chance to see various raptors and other birds like Emerald Dove, Great and Pied hornbill, Grey-throated Babbler, Black-crested Bulbul, Black-naped Monarch, Blue-winged Laughingthrush, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Red-faced Liocichla, Red-billed Leothrix etc. Overnight at the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  3. Day 3 Thimphu-Punakha

    After breakfast we will head to Punakha visiting Royal Botanical Park and drive via Dochula Pass. If time permits visit Punakha Dzong which was built in 1637 and was former capital of our country, it now serves winter residence of central monastic body of our country where the chief abbot (Je Khenpo) and hundreds of monks move from Thimphu. The first Bhutanese King was crowned here on December 17th 1907. Check in and overnight at the Hotel. Today we have a chance of finding the Slender-billed Oriole, Grey-bellied Cuckoo, Lesser Coucal, Blue-fronted Redstart, Eurasian Jay, Brown Parrotbill, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Kalij Pheasant, Black-winged Cuckooshrike, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Tickell’s Leaf Warbler, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Red Crossbill, White-winged Grosbeak, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide and other birds.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  4. Day 4 Punakha-Nobding-Phobjikha

    After breakfast our day will begin as we scan for water birds around Punatsangchu area. We then drive further to Phobjikha with en-route stops for birding. On arrival to Phobjikha you will have a view of breathtaking landscapes of the valley where the endangered species Black-necked Crane reside during winter and species like Red-billed Chough, Oriental Skylark, Spotted Nutcracker are also seen. Other birds that we may see during the day are Blyth’s Shrike Babbler, Ward’s Trogon, Himalayan Cutia, species of Cuckoos, Golden-throated Barbet, Fire-capped Tit, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide etc. Overnight at the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  5. Day 5 Phobjikha-Trongsa-Bumthang

    After an early breakfast, we will drive to Pelela Pass (3450m) which takes an hour to reach and spend our morning hour birding along the old road of Pelela Pass looking for more species. We might see birds like Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, Spotted Nutcracker, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Dark-rumped Rosefinch, White-browed Shortwing, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Rufous-vented Yuhina, Spotted Laughingthrush, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Golden-naped Finch, Scarlet Finch, White-winged Grosbeak, Eurasian Cuckoo, Himalayan Vulture, Bearded Vulture and other birds. After our birding we will gradually drive towards Trongsa. On the way we will search for Brown Parrotbill, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Whiskered Yuhina, White-throated Laughingthrush and other birds. Overnight at the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  6. Day 6 Bumthang-Phrumsengla-Yongkola

    Post breakfast, leave for Yongkola. Birding en-route, we might see species like Blood Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Red Crossbill, Red-billed Chough, Eurasian Magpie, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Fire-tailed Sunbird, White-browed Bush Robin, Great Parrotbill, Fulvous Parrotbill, Red-tailed Minla, Whistler’s Warbler, Himalayan Wood Owl and many other species. Overnight at the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  7. Day 7 Yongkola-Namling-Yongkola

    Today we will enjoy a full day birding session around the Namling area in search of birds like Green-tailed Sunbird, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Rufous-vented Yuhina, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Black-throated Parrotbill, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Whiskered Yuhina, Golden Babbler, Rufous-throated Wren Babbler, Grey Bushchat, Ward’s Trogon, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, White-cheeked Warbler, Black-faced Warbler and many other species. Overnight at the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  8. Day 8 Yongkola-Lingmithang-Yongkola

    Today we will enjoy a full day birding session around the Lingmithang area in search of birds like Red-faced Liochicla, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Black-throated Bushtit, Long-tailed Broadbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, Rufecent Prinia, Straited Yuhina, Blue-bearded Bee-Eater, Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher, Tawny Fish Owl, Grey-chinned Minivet and many other species.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  9. Day 9 Namling-Bumthang

    We will leave for Bumthang on the way we will be in search of bird species that we might have missed on our onward journey. Later check in and overnight at the Hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  10. Day 10 Bumthang-Trongsa-Nobding

    After breakfast we will drive back and look for species like Black-throated Prinia, Bhutan Laughingthrush, Nepal House Martin, Blyth’s Swift, Blyth’s Shrike Babbler, Himalayan Monal, Godlewski’s Bunting, Altai Accentor, Snow Pigeon, Spotted Nutcracker, Himalayan Vulture, Crimson-browed Finch, Rufous-breasted Accentor and many other species. Overnight at Nobding.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  11. Day 11 Nobding-Dochula-Paro

    This will be our last day for birding, we shall look for missing species and other key species like Ward’s Trogon, Black-eared Shrike Babbler, Grey-bellied Tesia, Brown Bullfinch, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Black Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul and we will scan for water birds near Punatsangchu stretch and head towards Paro.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  12. Day 12 Paro

    Post breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

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  1. Does this tour demand any specific fitness level? 

    Good fitness level is a must for this tour as most of the Birding Trails are carried out on foot. Also one must make sure that they do not suffer from any altitude related ailments.

  2. What is the usual sharing for accommodation? 

    The accommodations are always on double sharing basis unless otherwise opted for. Single sharing basis attracts an additional nominal fee, while triple sharing allows you to be eligible for a small discount.

  3. Is it safe? 

    Open jeep safaris & even nature trails conducted by us follow the highest safety standards, and we take all necessary precautions involved. We respect the wild animals and their comfort, and keep adequate distance while photographing them. However its worthy of noting, that being cautious goes a long way in preventing any mishaps.

  4. Can I get Veg/ Jain food? 

    Apart from the stays in Forest Rest Houses; food menu is usually tailor made according to the group. Veg food is available at all locations, and Jain food can be arranged for if informed at the time of booking.

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