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Birding Tour Of Bhutan
Tour Duration : 17 Nights and 18 Days
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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:

Today you will be met by our representative at Paro airport and then transferred to your hotel. After lunch, visit the National Museum and Paro Dzong. Although this is not a birding day, But  you may come across the Wallcreeper, a pair or two of Ibisbill, Brown Dipper, Hodgson’s, Plumbeous and White-capped Water-Redstarts around the river valley and nearby cliffs.

Day 2:

We start early and we drive to the Chele La Pass to see the Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant and the mythical Satyr's Tragopan. After finishing with our breakfast we then drive to Thimphu. On the way to Thimphu you will get various opportunities to see Kalij Pheasants, White-browed Rose Finch, White-winged Grosbeak, Spotted Nutcracker, White-browed Fulvetta, Rufous Sibia, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Brown Parrot Bill's and various Eurasian Warblers. Before we check in to our hotel we will make a short de-tour to down-town Thimphu where you are normally able to spot various species of birds along the river.

Day 3:

We visit the gorgeous Dochu La Pass for the beautiful sunrise. Today you will have get various opportunities to see many pheasant species such as the Satyr's Tragopan as well as a host of mixed species that dwell in the cool forests. On your journey to Punakha you should be on the look out for the Golden Bush-Robin, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Grey Bushchat and Red-flanked Bluetail. If we are lucky we may see the Blue-winged, Red-tailed and Chestnut-tailed Minlas, Rufus-winged, White-browed and Nepal Fulvetta and Whiskered, Stripe-throated, Rufus-vented, Black-chinned and White-bellied Yuhinas.When we are about to reach Punakha we may also be able to spot Barwings plus a good selection of Laughing Thrushes.

Day 4:

Today we take an excursion along the river and through forests to Pele-la, the pass dividing eastern and western Bhutan. We will pass through the diverse habitats which will present us with many prospects for seeing an excellent range of bird species. Birds that are found in this region include Cutia, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Great Barbet, Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler, Long-tailed Minivet, Fire-tailed Myzornis, White-throated Laughing Thrush, Ashy-throated Leaf Warbler and Ward’s Trogon.

Day 5:

Today will be another great day for birding; however we will also have the opportunity to see the Himalayan Bear and Black Leopard. We should be on the look out for the Himalayan Monal, White-collared Blackbird, White-tailed Nuthatch & the Black-faced Laughing Thursh. Whilst in the forests you should look out for Dark Rosefinch, Rusty-flanked Treecreepers, Himalayan Greenfinch, Grey crested, Green-backed Tits, Common Buzzard, Mountain Hawk-Eagles, Steppe Eagle and the Himalayan Griffon. Later, we will travel to the town of Trongsa, passing through forests where we will have a good chance of catching a glimpse of the Red-billed Leiothrix, Yellow-billed Blue-Magpie and the Gray-sided Bush-Warbler.

Day 6:

Our journey continues to the east into the region known as the Black Mountain, to Tingtibhi where we shall spend the night. The path we take today passes through dense jungle containing a plethora of wildlife such as the Black-Eagle, Speckled Piculet, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Lesser Yellownape and Golden Langur’s. This entire region is extremely rich in wildfire and has been declared as a protected area.

Day 7:

We make an early start today, don't worry the breakfast and lunch will be served at the birding points. The bamboo groves around Tingtibhi are haunts of Lesser Rufus-headed Parrotbills and Streaked Laughing Thrushes while the fruit trees attract Golden-throated Barbets, Wedge-tailed and Pin-tailed Green-Pigeon and Scarlet Minivets. In this area we have the best chance of encountering the Rufus-necked Hornbill.

Day 8:

We now return to Trongsa today. Along the way we can expect to see the Mountain-Imperial Pigeon, Great-pied Hornbill, White-browed Piculet, Golden-throated Barbet, Nepal House-Martin, Laughing Thrushes, Fulvous-breasted, Grey-capped, Gray-headed Green Woodpeckers, White-throated, Greater Necklaced, Rufus-chinned, Blue-winged and Red-faced Liocichla.

Day 9:

Our journey will be towards Bumthang today. The Bumthang valley is home to the beautiful Rosefinch, Spotted Laughing Thrush, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Ibisbill and Snow Pigeon. The Himalayan Black Bear is often spotted in this valley too. After lunch, we shall explore the valley visiting, the textile shops, the Jakar Dzong, monasteries, local brewery, and a stupa under which, legend has it, lies the severed head of a Tibetan General who had tried to invade Bhutan a long time ago.

Day 10:

Today we shall drive eastwards towards Sengor. Along the way we  shall visit a village in the Ura valley. The Ura Valley is not extremely beautiful and it also has plenty of bird species. After spending some time in the village, we will now climb up to the Thrumsing La pass, the highest point of our journey, and then begin a long descent to Sengor.

Day 11-13:

In the next 3 days in the Limithang Valley promises to be the highlight of the trip. The stretches of forests, the quaint villages with sleepy roads are all frequented by various species of birds. Whilst we are here we have the chance of seeing the famous Bhutanese birds that may have been missed elsewhere like the Rufus-necked Hornbill, Ward’s Trogon, Satyr Tragopan among all the others. There will be various opportunities to spot, the Collared Scops-Owl, Collared Owlet, Himalayan Swiftlet, Striated, Black-crested, White-cheeked, Red-vented, Ashy, Black and Mountain Bulbuls, Golden-breasted and Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Slender-billed Rusty-cheeked, Streak-breasted, and Coral-billed Scimitar-Babblers, Hill and Rufecent Prinia, Gray-headed Canary Flycatcher, Common Tailorbird, Bronzed, Lesser Racquet-tailed and Hair-crested Dorangos, and Scarlet Finch. We spend these 3 nights in comfortable camps with camp-beds and sleeping bags will be  provided.

Day 14:

Having reached the east-most part of our tour, we now begin to retrace our steps, back to western Bhutan, the airport and eventually the flight home. It doesn’t however mean that no new birds will be added to the sighting list!

Day 15:

Continuing west out of the Bumthang Valleys, our journey will take us through Trongsa and Gangtey where we may stop to visit Dzongs and monasteries, and on to Wangduephodrang at the southern end of the Punakha Valley.

Day 16:

We shall visit Wangduephodrang Dzong this morning, whose unrestored condition gives us a  feeling for how long these unique buildings have governed Bhutan through their combined monastic and civic function. We then cross back over the Dochu La Pass, hoping for beautiful views again, before we descend to Paro.

Day 17:

A visit to Bhutan would not be complete without seeing the iconic Taktshang, or Tiger's' Nest monastery. Perched on a vertical cliff-face, this spectacular and beautiful monastery is reached by a walk of around 4-5 hours each way. There are good opportunities for birdwatching along the way. In the afternoon we shall visit the ruined Drukgyel Dzong, and get an opportunity to walk through Paro's two main streets before retiring at the hotel to look back at the last couple of week's adventures.

Day 18:

Today you shall bid farewell to the Land of the Thunder Dragon.



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