Bhutan is considered as a bird-watchers’ paradise. Because of the great number and diversity of endemic species, the eastern Himalayas of which Bhutan is a part, has been designated as one of the world’s top 10 biodiversity “hotspots”. Wet summers and additional gradation from sub-tropical lowlands to arctic-like mountain peaks provide an array of climatic conditions and a layering of distinct biotic communities from jungles through temperate forests to tundra.
During 13 days birding in Bhutan offered through this tour package of Birding Glory in Bhutan you will explore special birds of Zhemgang District towards the southern part of Bhutan. Here we will be able to see some of the rare species of birds such as Rufus-necked Hornbill, Beautiful Nuthatch and the Ward’s Trogon hither to Zhemgang. You will see that Birding in Bhutan is outstanding and it is best in whole Asia.
Day One: Arrival to Bhutan
During the journey toParo, one will experience breath taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other well known Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jhomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representatives of 7 Brothers Tours and Travels who will escort you throughout your Bhutan Birding Glory Tour. Immediately we will visit National museum of Bhutan
Lunch in Paro.
We will visit Parodzong (fortress) and then stroll around the Paro town. Welcome dinner & drinks (Bhutanese distilled local drink Ara) at Paro.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day Two: Paro to Chelila pass- evening drive to Thimphu
After a hot cup of tea we will be visiting Chelila pass, spot some birds; for more information you are requested to glance at this site Glimpse of Bhutan Birding Tour under Day 2 , Chelila pass located on Paro-Haa highway, is capped with green grass and bushes hosting numerous prayer . We will have wonderful breakfast at this pass. Then we will descend to our hotel spotting the birds. Lunch at the hotel. Relax and stroll around the hotel viewing Paro valley else if you wish we will let you to visit KechuLhakhang( built in 8th century by Second Lord Buddha ). Our representative will explain about the history at your will.
Evening drive to Capital City, Thimphu which is just 2 hours drive along the green agricultural field of paddy. As per your choice we will take either directly to the hotel or if the weather is hospitable we will take you for our adventure welcome camp below the religious valley of Tango and Cheri of ShabdrungNgawangNamgyel (Father of unified Bhutan and spiritual leader late 16th cen.). We will also spot some birds like Rufous Woodpecker, Spotted Nutcracker, Oriental Cuckoo, and Large Hawk Cuckoo and Kingfisher birds are quite common. Tango and Cheri area – 8600 feet.Vegetation with temperate evergreen forests with bamboo.Oak and pines. On the way to Cheri , we will stop for a while and view TashiChodzong the office of King, and chief abbot of Bhutan and you will let you know more from our guide. The night would be our memorable adventure camp along with our wonderful Bhutan Production drinks around the bonfire and not to forget tasty roasted chicken of salt and chilli with the drinks. Dinner and overnight stay in the peaceful camp.
Day Three: Tango Cheri to Thimphu
In the early hours of morning we will have clear views of Cheri monastery perched in the wonderful cliff, and after breakfast if you wish we will have small hike about 2 hours walk. Lunch at the camp and move back to Thimphu; on the way after proceeding little down to the road we will see rock-bee hives hanging from a cliff, which is one of globally endangered birds that is found in Bhutan. After reaching Thimphu let us sit and experience typical Bhutanese tea, Suja, at one of the restaurant. Then we will visit memorial Chorten built in memory of late third King. For more information we have posted in Cultural tour and our guide will also let you know more of it.
If you wish we will visit Sangay gang to view Thimphucity and on the way we will see national animal of Bhutan, Takin kept in the Motithang Zoo. After coming back you may therefore directly go to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
Day Four: Thimphu Cultural Experience
In the morning, visit the following: the National Library, with its extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for ZorigChusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a six-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.
Lunch at the hotel. Some time you may watch the Archery, Bhutan National Game. If you are in the weekend you may visit vegetable market the way of Bhutanese selling and buying. After having tea in the town we will pay a visit to World Biggest Buddha Statue located at the hill of Thimphu valley. Towards evening if you wish we can visit post office to buy the Famous Bhutanese Stamps. We have beautifully printed bird stamps which you can buy and proudly present to your bird loving family.
Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day Five: Thimphu to Lobesa. 2 hours drive
Then drive to Lobesa via Dochula pass (one of the best landmarks of the journey) where we enter the pristine forests of hemlock, fir, spruce, oak, magnolias, rhododendron etc. and spot the mountain birds like Red-tailed Minila,Gould’s Sunbird, Green-talied sunbird and Fire-taliedmysornins partridge, Satyr tragopan, rufous breasted robin, slender billed scimitar babbler and the gold naped finch. On a clear day we can get a glimpse of the breathtaking eastern Himalayan range at the far distant from Dochula pass. We will check into Hotel Lobesa in the evening.
Day Six: Punakha drive:
After an early breakfast we will now drive along the Mochu bank for birds such as the Fire-capped Tit and White-gorgeted Flycatcher. We’ll also quest out for Lesser Shortwing, Spotted and Pygmy Wren-Babblers and three species of tesias. We will halt for a mouth-watering lunch somewhere in the middle of way to PunakhaDzong. And we can relax sometime on the way and view one of the richest agricultural lands in Bhutan along this river. After lunch we will visit ancient capital of Bhutan, the historical PunakhaDzong, which is built without using single nail.
Day Se7en: Trongsa Excursion: we will continue our journey to east, via WangdueDzong another district. We will make several stops to search birds along meandering river valley like Gull and Palla’sFishing eagle, below the hill Dzong. Continue from Wangdue where we will enter healthy forest; from a few hours’ drive to Trongsa look for species such as Himalaya Blood Pheasant, Redish Spotted Laughingthrush, Yellowish bellied Bush Warbler, Rusty flanked Treecreeper and many more. Lunch at the Pelela pass, after lunch we will find birds like Red-tailed Minila Gould’s Sunbird, Green-tailed sunbird, and most attractive birds like Brown Parrotbills, and GoldenbreastedFulvetta. Night halt in Trongsa
Day Eight: Now on this day we will drive towards south pass the winter palace of the second king in KuengaRapten. After few drives from this palace along the meandering river of Mangdichu you will enter the territory of Zhemgang district which is quite remote with mix type vegetation. Along this road we have good opportunity to see Golden Langurs, an animal belonging to monkey family which is globally endangered but locally abundant, and Bhutan’s most significant birds can be found here including Rufous necked Hornbill Chestnut breasted Partridge, Ward’s Trogon, Blue napped Pitta, Blue fronted Robin, and Bhutan Red wedge billed and Bar winged Wren Babblers.
Overnight stay at Zhemgang.
Day Ten: Early morning we drive to Tingtibi scanning for some birds in the rich thick broadleaved forest and we will see most epidemic birds along this trace of road. We will have camp near Tingtibi village where we will have local drink Ara in the camp. If we are in the right time we will get Mango from this area. Dinner and overnight stay in the camp.
Day Eleven: Early morning we will move back to Trongsa. Lunch hot pack lunch.Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
Day Twelve: Trongsa- Paro via Thimphu / 7 hours drive
Early breakfast we will move to Paro. Lunch at Wangdi and tea and snacks at Thimphu. Towards evening we move to Paro for tomorrow departure.
If you wish we will arrange hot stone bath at the farm house. Overnight stay in Paro hotel.
Day Thirteen: Paro – Paro International Airport.
Thank you for birding in Bhutan. We pray for your safe journey!