Bhutan Bird Watching

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has increasingly being described as the birding paradise of the world. Moreover, on this tour of Bhutan bird watching, we will take you through some of the most astonishing and densely wooded forest, mountain passes, panoramic landscape, and field of green-carpeted valleys, where you will find some of the very special and beautiful birds. Visitors will also get an opportunity to experience the Bhutanese belief and traditions that are vibrant in all aspect of daily life.


Day 01: Arrival Guwahati (India) – Transfer to Samdrup Jongkhar (Bhutan)

Today at your arrival at Guwahati airport (India), our representative from India will welcome you at the airport and then drive to Samdrup Jongkhar (Bhutan) that lies at the south-east corner of Bhutan. As you enter Bhutan, our local representative will welcome you with a traditional Bhutanese style and then after a short custom formalities you will be transfer you to the hotel. Depending upon your interest you can also do some introductory birding in the town area, where you will find some sub tropical low altitude birds such as Gaudy Blue-Throated, Coppersmith and Lineated Barbets, Blue-Bearded Bee-Eater, Indian Pond Heron, Ashy Woodswallow, Cinereous Tit, Chestnut-Tailed Starling And Pied And Great Mynas.

Day 02: Samdrup Jongkhar – Morang (Camp)

After your morning breakfast an uphill drive through thick vegetation of teak forest, tall bamboos and swaying ferns takes you to Morang village at an elevation of 4650ft/1418m. Enroute you are likely to spot birds like Wreathed And Great Hornbills, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Tiny Grey-Capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Common Iora, Rufescent Prinia, Bright Blue Black-Naped Monarch, Beautiful Red-And-Black Scarlet Minivet, Black-Crested, Ashy And Black Bulbuls, Pin-Striped Titbabbler, Golden-Fronted Leafbird, Bamboodwelling Yellow-Bellied Warbler, Whiterumped Shama, Outrageous Sultan Tit, Brilliant Asian Fairy-Bluebird, Stunning Long-Tailed Broadbill, Black-Backed Forktail, Slaty-Backed Forktail, White-Capped And Plumbeous Water Redstarts, Grey Wagtail, Brown Dipper and Crested Kingfisher, Hornbills, Barbets and Green Pigeon. With fewer chances, you will also get to spot the rarely encountered birds like Dark-Rumped Swift and Pied Falconet. The surrounding broadleaved forest around your campsite provides different species like Beautiful Nuthatch, Black-faced Warbler, Grey-Headed Canary-Fly Catcher, Black-Throated Bushtit, Striated Laughing Thrust, Long-Tailed Sibia, Silver-Earned Leiothrix and Refous-Necked Hornbill and so on.

Day 03: Morang (Camp) – Trashigang

Today your drive takes you to the heart of eastern region - the Trashigang (3725ft/1136m). It is one of the densely populated district in the country with a mild climate. Birding en-route you are likely to encounter Ward’s Trogon, Highly Nomadic Golden-Naped Finch, Scarce White-Spectacled Warbler, Rufouswinged Fulvetta, Exquisite Green-Tailed Sunbird, Yellow-Cheeked And Yellow-Browed Tits, Yellow- Rumped Honey Guide, Wall Creeper, White-Tailed Nuthatch and Fire-Breasted Flower Pecker, Himalayan Vulture, Migratory White-Throated Needle Tail and White Throated Laughing Thrush are the species that can be seen. Reaching Trashigang check in to your hotel and rest day at leisure.

Day 04: Trashigang – Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary

At your early breakfast drive to Tashiyangtse which takes around 2 hour drive form Trashigang. From Trashiyangtse drive to Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary. The Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary conserves a rich diversity of flora and fauna. The natural landscape and ecosystem range from sub-tropical forest to alpine meadows with scenic alpine lakes. It is one of the main winter roosting grounds for the migratory endangered Black Necked Crane. This migratory bird comes to Bumdeling in the month of October and stay there till the mid-March. Along with you birding you can also visit some of the historical temples and monasteries in the region.

Day 05: Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary

Today you will be spending your whole day exploring the Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary which consists of various flora and fauna. The area have around 100 mammals species that reside within the reserve like- Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Red Panda, Royal Bengal Tiger, Snow Leopard and also you can encounter common wild animal like Samber, Barking Deer and Wild Board. Apart from the winter roosting Black Necked Crane, birders will also encounter recorded birds like Ibisbill, Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, the rare Gould’s Shortwing, Grey-Crowned Prinia, Yellow-Rumped Honeyguide, Yellow-Billed Blue Magpie and Snow Pigeon. There are more than 300 species of birds found in the region ranging from warm broadleaved forest to wetlands and alpine and sub alpine meadows.

Day 06: Tashiyangtse – Mongar

After your early morning check out, drive to Mongar. Birds you are likely to encounter are Himalayan Bulbul, Striated Prinia, Blue-Capped Rock Thrush, Hodgson’s Red Start and White-Crested Laughing Thrush. Arrival at the lofty Korila Pass at 7800ft/2378m, you then enter through the forest of rhododendron and several other altitude species plants. There are high chances of spotting Darjeeling Woodpecker, Chestnut-Crowned Laughing Thrush, Dazzling Green-Tailed Sun Bird, migrant Blue Rock Thrush, Grey-Winged Black Bird, Striking Yellow-Billed Blue Magpie, Slaty-Blue Fly Catcher, Black-Faced Warbler, Rufous-Winged Fulvetta, Rufous-Breasted Accentor and the Flame-Throated Red-Billed Leiothrix, you will also get a chance to spot Ward’s Trogon, Golden Napped Finch and Black Headed Shrike-Babbler, Nomadic Seed-Eater, Crimson-Browed Finch and Yellow-Breasted Green Finch.

Day 07: Mongar – Lingmithang

Following breakfast, your drive takes you through fair-sized village of Mongar and then finally you will drop for almost 600m downhill till you reached the open field where you will stop for lunch. The stop has some Rufous-Necked Laughing Thrushes and Crested Buntings. After having your lunch you are given a measurable time for birdinn around the lowland forest patches above the beautiful town of Lingmithang. In the vicinity the chances of birds you can encounter is the lime-colored Common Green Magpie, Chestnut-Winged Cuckoo, Slaty-Backed Forktail, Yellow-Vented Warbler, Blue-and-White Ultramarine Flycatcher, Black-Chinned and Striated Yuhinas. In the late evening you will reach the small guest house where you will spend night.

Day 08, 09, 10 – Lingmethang and Surrounding (Yongkola & Upper Sengor)

Lingmethang surrounding is rightfully known for birding and today it is considered one of the best birding sites in all of Asia. The area offers an endless tract of pristine broadleaved and coniferous forest that spans across a vast altitude ranges which provides a fascinating spots for bird’s habitats and opportunity for birders. You are likely to see several of Asia’s most sought-after birds and two of our main targets, the beautiful but rare Ward’s Trogon (the male an unbelievable pink and the female an unusual lemon yellow!) and the incomparable and endangered Rufous-necked Hornbill. The additional bird species you can further search and find is like - flocks of busy Greater Rufousheaded and Black-Throated Parrotbills, Golden-Breasted and Yellow-Throated Fulvettas, the Shy Rufousthroated Wren-Babbler, Lesser Yellownape, Crimson-Breasted Woodpecker, the Vivid Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Grey-Cheeked and often-elusive Broad-Billed Warblers, radiant Large Niltava, White-Naped Yuhina, Whitetailed Robin, the much-desired Coralbilled Scimitar Babbler, unobtrusive Mountain Tailorbird, outrageous Himalayan Cutia, Little Forktail, resplendent Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird, secretive Blue-winged and Grey-sided Laughingthrushes and one of Asia’s most difficult Laughing Thrushes, the elusive Scaly Laughing Thrush. Two of the rarest birds that we might come across with some luck are the bizarre and once near-mythical Sikkim Wedge Billed Babbler and Long-Billed Wren-Babbler.

Day 11: Sengor Camp – Bumthang

After your morning breakfast in the camp, we then head to Bumthang which is your today’s destination and on the way as you traverse through the surrounding slope of Thrumsing La National Park through diverse ecosystem you will get a chance to encounter Great Parrot Bill and Fulvous Parrot Bill. As you continue your journey you will also get to encounter with Red-Billed Chough, Russet Sparrow, Plain Mountain Finch, Fird-Tailed Sun Bird, Fire-Tailed Myzornis, Gray-Crested and Rufous-Vented Tits. Additional species you are likely to encounter is Himalayan Blue Tail, White Browned Bush Robin, nomadic Rusous-Breasted Bush Robin, White-Colared Black Bird, Rufouse-Gorgeted Fly Catcher, Eurasian Wren, Dark-Rumped, Dark-Breasted, Common Rose Finches, Olive-Backed Pipit and Snow Pigeon. Finally you will reach Bumthang, the drive takes you through some of the stunning landscapes, settlements and if the weather is clear the panoramic view of the highest unclimbed peak Mt. Gangkar Punsum will be seen at a height of 24735ft/7541m. Arrival Bumthang check in to your hotel.

Day 12: Bumthang – Paro

Today you will be driving to Paro which lies in the western region. Your drive takes you pass Trongsa, Wangdue, Thimphu and finally to Paro. The drive is quite a bit long with many twist and turns. Therefore, you can also choose to take a domestic flight from Bumthang to Paro.

Day 13: Day Excursion and Birding at Chele La

Today will be your last second day in Bhutan and your last day of birding. We suggest you making an early start in order to make the most of the great birding opportunity. Chele La is one of the highest motor road pass in Bhutan and lies at a cool crisp 12,200ft/3720m and the road takes you through a spectacular lovely forest of pine, oak and rhododendron. The Chele La Pass unbelievable provides some of the birds like Himalayan Monal, Blood and Kalij Pheasants, Satyr Tragopan, Darjeeling Wood Pecker, Himalayan White-Browed Rose Finch, the white Red Headed Bull Finch, Collared and White-Winged Gros Beaks, high-flying Plain Mountain Finch, Warbler-like Gold Crest, Rufous-Breasted Accentor, Vocal Long-Tailed Thrush, giant Spotted Laughing Thrush, Eurasian Wood Cock. After a good time birding along the surrounding pass of Chele La, you then finally return to Paro. In the evening, go around Paro Chhu where we will encounter some birds like Black Tailed Crake, Pine-Tailed Snipe, Rosy Pipit, Ibisbill. In the late evening, you will drive to your hotel or spent few minutes strolling around the downtown of Paro for shopping or buying gifts for your friends and family.

Day 14: Hotel – Airport

After your breakfast drive to Paro Airport and fly off for your onward destination. Wish you a safe trip back home.

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Single Individual: USD 3,850/-
Group of 02 Members: USD 3,635/- per person
Group of 03 Members and Above: USD 3,105/- per person

• Rate inclusive of all three meals both local and continental healthy cuisine
• Rate inclusive of all accommodation [three star hotels with double/twin sharing basis]
• Rate inclusive of air-conditioned tourist standard transportation
• Rate inclusive of local tour English-speaking licensed guide on all your sightseeing tours
• Rate inclusive of extensive choices of flexible comprehensive tour itineraries
• Rate inclusive of Bhutan Government Royalty fees of $ 65 per person per nights
• Rate inclusive of all entry fees, museum fees and historical attraction fees
• Rate inclusive of all applicable taxes – BST 10%, Service Charge 10%
• Rate inclusive of one time visa fee of USD 40
• Rate inclusive of airport arrival and departure transfer in Bhutan

Inclusive on Camping
• Rate inclusive of dinning tent, toilet tent, dome or A-frame sleeping tent (twin-sharing), mattress, foldable tables & chairs, plates & washing bowl
• Rate inclusive of basic First Aid kit box
• Rate inclusive of drinks including local wine

Complementary Service
• Arrival Refreshment
• One bottle mineral water each a day
• A small farewell gifts on the day of departure
• One time cultural program for group exceeding above 7 members
• One time farewell dinner for group above 7 members at local farmhouse to give an insight into the traditional Bhutanese cuisine

• Rate does not include incoming & outgoing Bhutan airfares and airport taxes
• Rate does not include drinks and alcohols and non- alcoholic beverage
• Rate does not include guides speaking language other than English
• Rate does not include expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, potter, telephone/fax calls, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, any insurance etc
• Rate does not include extra expenses or loss due to nature and un-foreseen events beyond the control of our management
• Rate does not include any service outside Bhutan
• Rate does not include one time bank transfer charge of USD 45
• Rate does not include tipping to guide, driver etc.

Luxury Hotel & Resort Package
Escape to an oasis and savor a relaxing moments with choices of excellent luxurious accommodation and dining options and superb Bhutanese hospitality wherever you go. We have vast network of selected and preferred style of luxury hotels and resorts for the discerning travelers. Escape and enjoy special treatment the moment you walk through the door and enjoy that extra special touch.

  Eco Friendly Deluxe Camping
Experience and immerse yourself in the great outdoors by staying and spending one –two nights with deluxe camping trip soaking deep into the heart of the most breath taking natural scenery with the sights and sounds of nature. Having your own dome tent set-up and relaxing yourself away from the crowded city. With numerous hiking options and exploring village farms, there is simply too many ways you can come close with nature in Bhutan.

Yoga & Meditation
Bhutan in the Himalaya is one of the most remote and secluded kingdom. It offers an ideal environment to enjoy an intoxicating yoga, meditation and other practices for inner wellbeing. As Buddha explained, human problem and suffering arise from confusion and negative states of mind and that can be removed by our positive state of mind. Unwind a daily yoga and meditation retreat and enjoy your Bhutan holiday with maximum day opportunity in exploring the charm of Bhutan.

White River Rafting
The glacier fed fast flowing untamed rivers of Bhutan provides one of a kind of adventure experience for travelers seeking water sports in an unspoiled and unexplored environment. Whether you are looking for easy rafts or large and powerful heave curved-out narrow valley rafts, we can arrange a rafting & kayaking trip for you regardless of age and experiences. Our scenic white river rafting and kayaking water sport are perfect for anyone looking for an ideal challenge for their trip in the pristine natural setting.

Hot Spring Therapy
There are numerous hot spring found in Bhutan and has been used by the Bhutanese people for centuries with a belief that water has miraculous healing power and medicinal properties to cure certain diseases. We see less tourist giving values in discovering the naturally hot spring, though it is common among the local people. Come and admire the natural splendor, dip into the pristine natural hot springs and enjoy the great countryside with scenic and beautiful hiking trails through rich forest with sights and sounds of nature.

Hot Stone Bath and Home Stay Program
Unwind the traditional practice of hot stone bath therapy by spending a night in a typical Bhutanese farmland. It is a ritual in itself and is one of the favorite activities for the local Bhutanese people as a method to overcome various complications and illnesses. Along with hot stone bath an overnight experience of home stay offers an opportunity to experience the complete lifestyle, culture and day-to-day activities of the host family. Visitors will enjoy home-cooked meals and the unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host.

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