Winter Black Necked Crane Tour

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TRIP OVERVIEW

 

Activities: Birding ( MiniCultural Experience)

Months: November- March

The diversity of bird life of Bhutan is accentuated by the migrations of hundreds of species between breeding grounds across a vast expanse of Asia to the north of Bhutan and wintering grounds of the subcontinent of India. The best known of these migrants is the black-necked cranes that breed in Tibet and then migrate over the Himalayas to spend the winter in several isolated valleys of Bhutan like Phobjikha in Wangdi and Bomdeling in Trashiyangtse. We are here to provide you the bird watching of Blacked Necked Crane in Phobjikha valley along with other Bird’s tour to southern Bhutan.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Paro

Especially during winter when you fly into the Bhutan Himalayas with Druk Air, Bhutan’s national carrier, from the titanic plains of India you will have the spectacular view of green wall of hills known as duars, or gateways that provide channeled air route into Bhutan. And in this particular season these monumental hills would have their apexes capped with white snow bestowing the most golden- rare scene of the kingdom bon-voyage as you would be flying right over the touchline of these apexes. Your flight into Bhutan would be nothing short of adventurous and bon-voyage trip as the bird eye view of the deep green valley‘s green valley’s with bountiful youthful streams shaping into different forms of river meandering and waterfalls as they rush down the valley, and ever rising Himalayan mountains that seem to intercept the air route would give you the most breath taking and heart beating moment yet so glamorous and harmonious. You’ll sense and feel the warmth of Mother Nature through various geological, geographical and environmental scenes. You would also take the pride of viewing the world’s highest peak Mount Everest and famous Mount Kanchenjunga, highest virgin peak Mount Chomolhari and other sacred peak like Jichu Drake all full with the white thick snow and that will give you the most unforgettable journey in your life. Finally you will see some tiny villages that are perched below the snow cap mountain that is not other than your destination the land of thunder dragon, Bhutan. Finally after 2 hrs 45 minutes (from BKK) or 1 hr 30 minutes (from KTM) you have experienced the world top air route destination according to Wonder lust based in London. You will be warmly welcomed at Paro International Airport, The Land of Thunder Dragon, Bhutan.

 A representative of 7 Brothers Tours and Travels will be happily waiting for you at the Airport gate to receive you.

If your flight is early we will provide you lunch at the hotel. After lunch we will visit Paro National museum. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. During winter Teperature-Max.14.5 Degree Celsius  .Min. -5 degree cel.

Day 2 Paro- Thimphu

You can have an easy start from Paro since Thimphu (2300m) is just 2hrs drive. On the way you will see a monastery called the Tachoganglhakhang. After a drive of 1 hour you will reach a place called Chuzom meaning the confluence of rivers. You will reach Thimphu after 45 minutes from this place. At Thimphu you can either check in your hotel first or immediately start your birding tour along the Thimphu river where birds like Common Sandpiper, White Wagtails, Green sandpiper, Black-tailed Crack and Snipe  can be seen. Lunch at the hotel. Towards afternoon we will visit Memorial Chorten which was built in memory of the third king in 1974.You can go inside the Chorten and enjoy the most exotic statues of the gods. You can then visit the Indigenous hospital and the Painting school where the art of ancient painting is used by the students. Then you can visit Tashichhodzong to have external view of its design which is the seat of the Royal Government and central monastic body. After this you can go back to your hotel for some tea and relaxation. If you like you can stroll in the town for leisure walk and see the Bhutanese lifestyle. Winter Temperature Max. 16.5 Min. -2.6.   Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 3: Thimphu- Lobesa via Dochula pass ( 3150m) 4 hours drive

In the late morning we will move to Punakha via exciting Dochula pass where most visitors visually get lost being absorbed in the most spectacular natural scenes. Through this track you may see birds like Red-tailed Minila, Gould’s Sunbird, Green-talied sunbird and Fire-taliedmysornins. Besides birds, you will also be presented with floral beauty showcased through blossoms of rhododendrons and magnolias along the entire hill side of dochula pass. More information we have posted in the cultural tour.
After spotting birds for a while in the temperate broadleaved forest will shortly switch to semi-tropical zone of oranges, cactus and banana. Varieties of bird species to watch out for are: Bird- Eurasian Tree creeper, Golden Bush-Robin bird, Bhutan Mountain Hawk Eagle, Bird-Great Barbet and   Ward’s Trogon. Without much birding, we reach to vegetation of chirpine forest where bird species like Red-vented Bulbuls and rare White-bellied Heron the heron are commonly seen along the Po Chu (river). Winter, Temp. Max. 25 Min 10 and it will be relatively warm along this area. Lunch at Lobesa.

Day 4: Lobesa- Phobjikha\Gangtey valley ( Valley for Winter Black Necked Crane)  3 hrs drive.

Morning start to Phojikha valley, winter- home to Black Necked Crane, which is 3 hours drive from Lobesa. As you enter this valley, you will be welcomed by Dwarf bamboo shoots, a characteristic vegetation of this valley. Phobjikha valley is very cold during winter.You will find it as one of the most beautiful valleys in the country. This place is the winter home of the endangered blacknecked cranes (Grusnigricllis) that migrate from the Tibetain plateau and China early November and migrate to Tibet and China in late March. Lunch at Phojikha\Gangtey valley. After lunch we can spot almost 250 endangered Winter Black Necked cranes lingering in the glaciated valley of Phobjikha. Dinner and overnight stay at Gangtey Guesthouse. TEMP. MAX. 10 MIN. – 6.

Day 5: Phojikha valley – Thimphu

Late morning we will move back to Thimphu. Evening stroll around the Thimphu town and explore handicraft shops for Authentic Bhutanese Souvenirs and gifts for your family, friends and loved ones.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.

Day 6: Thimphu- Geddu

After breakfast we will move to south looking to explore more birds along the national highway till Geddu. The birds such asGreatParrotbillYellow-billed Bush WarblerMaroon-backed Accentor,Fire-tailed Myzornis,Ibisbill,Blacked –billed Magpie,Spot-winged Grosbeak,Red-headed Bullfinch are expected to encounter.

Lunch at Chukha. We will take some rest because Gedu is just few miles away. We will proceed after rest and spot some birds along the two lane highway. Towards early afternoon we will reach our day’s destination of Gedu and spot some birds. Dinner and overnight stay in the guest house belonging to Bhutan’s only Business College ( Gaeddu College of Business Studies). Dinner and overnight stay in the College guest house.

Day 7: Gedu- Phuntsholing 45 km (Commercial town of Bhutan) gateway to India.

After late breakfast we will move to Phuntsholing, the biggest commercial town of Bhutan, located on Indo-Bhutan border. After moving about 20km virtually along the same counter line from Gedu we will see endless plain of India. Our quest for the day in this moist broad-leaved forest will be the Cochoa. Other specialties include the Long-tailed Broadbill, Gray Peacock Pheasant, Red-billed Leiothrix, etc. The mytical Blyth’s Trogopan has also been reported along this stretch of road. As we drive further down the vegetation switches to sub-tropical and corresponding species like the Hill Myna, Wreathed Hornbill, Long-tailed Sibia, etc. should be expected. Later in the morning we will proceed to the town of Phuntsholing for a night in the hotel. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon you can have free stroll through the Phuntsholing town and Gaigon, gateway to India, as the weather will be hospitable for you to walk around it. Temp: Max. 26 Min. 15.Overnight in Hotel, Phunthsoling. And you can take your shower as well in your hotel.

Day 8: Phunthsoling –Bagdora( India, 160Km)

Early morning on the way to Bagdora Airport onward departure to either Delhi or Kolkatta. Some of the birds that you may encounter during this 3 hours drive are Asian Greater and Lesser Adjutants, Eurasian Crane, Asian Openbill, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, etc. The 7 Brothers Tours and Travels representative will bid you farewell to Bagdora Airport India, and we hope to see you in the future. Thank you and TashiDelek.  Happy Journey !  

Day 9: Departure

We wish you safe and pleasant journey.

Black Necked Crane Birding Tour : 7 Nights/8 Days

TOUR PRICE

Winter Black Necked Crane Birding Tour: Cost per person in Twin Sharing basis for 8 Nights/9 Days

Off Season: Jan/Feb/December 

Group Size

       Quotation

Hotel

4 and 5 star hotels  need an additional charge

 

Above 10 pax it is subject to discussion about rate

1 pax

US$1920/person

Camp/3star

2 pax

US$1840/person

Camp/3star

Above 3 pax

US$1440/person

Camp/3star

Peak Season: March/ Mid Oct and November 

Group Size

       Quotation

Hotel

4 and 5 star hotels  need an additional charge

 

Above 10 pax it is subject to discussion about rate

1 pax

US$2320/person

Camp/3star

2 pax

US$1840/person

Camp/3star

Above 3pax

US$1800/person

Camp/3star

 

 

 

 

The above Bhutan tour package prices include the following:

  • Bhutan Government Royalty of US$ 65/person/night
  • FIT surcharges of US$40/person/night for a single traveler and US$30/person/night for a double
  • Twin sharing hotel rooms at 3 star hotels
  • All meals ( breakfast, lunch, dinner & light refreshments) with standard menu at 3 star hotels
  • English speaking tour guide service
  • All transfers and excursions by private vehicles
  • All entrance fees to museums and monuments
  • All internal taxes and fees
  • Mineral drinking water while sightseeing

The above tour prices do not include the following:

  • Single room supplement of US$40/room/night during low season and US$ 50/room/night during high season (optional)
  • Visa fee of US$40/person (must be paid in advance with tour cost)
  • Airfares (optional)
  • Travel issuance (recommended)
  • 4 star and 5 star accommodations and meals (optional)
  • Other personal expenses like overseas calls, laundry,etc

 

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Thimphu, Bhutan

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