The reason such high diversity is found in Bhutan is a result of its biogeography and conservation policies. Located in the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan's landscape is extremely varied and influenced by the monsoons. Biogeographically, the country lies in a global ecotone, in between the warm Indo-malayan ecozone in the south and the temparate palearctic ecozone in the north. In a distant e of less then 115 KM running north to south, the altitude ranges from subtropical low lands at 150 metres near the border with India to snow capped peaks over 7000 metres at its northern borders with Tibet and China. The country is also divided into major valleys and mountain systems by seven major rivers.
Physically, the country can be divided into three zones:
1. Alpine Zone (4000m and above) with no forest cover;
2. Temperate Zone (2000 to 4000m) with conifer or broadleaf forests;
3. Subtropical Zone (150m to 2000m) with Tropical or Subtropical vegetation.
Forest types in Bhutan are fir forests, mixed conifer forest, blue pine forest, chirpine forest, broadleaf mixed with conifer, upland hardwood forest, lowland hardwood forest, and tropical lowland forests. Almost 60% of the plant species found in the eastern Himalayan region are present in Bhutan.
Bhutan boasts of about 300 species of medicinal plants and about 46 species of rhododendrons. Some common sights for the visitors are the magnolias, junipers, orchids of varied hues, gentian, medicinal plants, Daphne, giant rhubarb, the blue and trees such as fir, pine and oaks.
This tour focusses in the south central region of Bhutan where you can see the Great Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Rufous Necked Hornbill and Oriental pied hornbill apart from scores of other exotic bird species. Also we will see the majestic golden langurs and have chance to photograph them.
This route allows for a large vegetation and altitude variation thus variation in the bird species. Our learned and highly experienced field bird guides will share their knowledge and experience and make sure you see as many bird species as possible.
Dates and Prices
07TH MARCH 2020
20TH MARCH 2020
07TH APRIL 2020
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Day 02: Paro – Chele la Pass Birding
Day 3: Paro - Tiger's Nest Excursion – Thimphu
Day 04: Thimphu – Dochula – Punakha
Day 05: Birding Jigme Dorji National Park
Day 06: Punakha – Nobding – Phobjikha
Day 07: Phobjikha – Pelela – Trongsa
Day 08: Trongsa – Zhemghang
Day 9: Zhemghang – Tingtibe – Gomphu Road
Day 10: Zhemghang – Bumthang
Day 11: Bumthang – Thrumshingla – Sengor
Day 12: Sengor – Namling – Yongkola
Day 13: Yongkola – Namling – Limithang Road
Day 14: Yongkola – Namling – Limithang Road
Day 15: Yongkola – Korila – Trashigang
Day 16: Trashigang – Khaling – Morong
Day 17: Morong – Dewathang – Samdrup Jongkhar
Day 18: Departure
Day 01 - Arrive Paro and Birding around Paro
Afternoon visit the Paro Rimpung Dzong (fortress). In the evening birding along the Paro River searching for Ibisbill, other species would be Plumbeous Redstarts, Oriental Turtle Dove, Rock Pigeon, River Lapwing, Olive-backed Pipit, Red-billed Chough, Common Hoopoe, Black-tailed Crake, Grey-backed Shrike, Blue Whistling Thrush, White-collared Blackbird, Black Bulbul, White Wagtail, Eurasian Tree and Russet Sparrow.
Overnight at hotel in Paro
Day 02 - Paro to Chelela and back to Paro
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 03 - Paro to Tiger’s Nest (Ttakshang) – Thimphu
The place was first visited by Guru Rimpoche, founder of the tantric form of Buddhism in Himalayan countries, in the 8th century. It was said that he meditated here for about three months. After him, many high Buddhist monks came to meditate at this location and attained the highest level of spirituality. The original temple was built in the 17th century, but tragically, it was burnt in accidental fire in 1998. The temple was rebuilt to its fullest glory in 2003. Ttakshang is the 10th-holiest site in the Buddhist world.
The total hike will take the average person about four hours. From the parking area, it will take about one hour to the tea house (rest and refreshment provided) and then another one and a half hours to the temple. Then in the evening drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take about one and half hours.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 04 - Thimphu – Dochula – Punakha
After breakfast at the pass, we descend down to the Lamperi Botanical Garden and take the nature walk for about two hours, birds we'll be looking here include Brown Parrotbil, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Maroon Oriole, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Scarlet Finch, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Eurasian Jay, Grey-winged Blackbird and Strong-footed Bush Warbler. Later drive to Punakha and check in to the hotel.
Afternoon: Visit Punakha Dzong we'll visit impressive Punakha Dzong supposed to be one of the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan. After finish visiting the Dzong drive along the Po-chu River looking for White-bellied Heron, Pallas's Fish Eagle and other shores birds.
Overnight at hotel in Punakha.
Day 05 - Birding the Jigme Dorji National Park
We also have a good chance of finding the species like Crested Kingfisher, Grey Treepie, Ashy Drongo, Verditer Flycatcher, Brown-throated Treecreeper, Blackthroated Tit, Black Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, River Lapwing, Grey Wagtail, Gadwall, and Large-billed Crow,Turtle Dove, Great Cormorant, Blue Whistling Thrush, Plumbeous Water Redstart, Rufous Sibia, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher,Green-backed Tit, Brown Dipper, White-capped Water Redstart, White-throated Laughing thrush, Golden-throated Barbet, Great Barbet,
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 06 - Punakha to Nobding to Phobjikha
Overnight at the hotel in Phobjikha (3000m).
Day 07 - Phobjikha to Pelela to Trongsa
Day 08 - Trongsa to Zhemgang
Later in the evening we'll be birding Zhemgang – Dakphel road searching for the species like Blyth's Shrike Babbler, Cutia, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Black-eared Shrike Babbler, Red-faced Liocichla, Rufous-chinned Laughing thrush and may more…
Overnight at Tingtibe Camp (800m)
Day 09 - Zhemgang to Tingtibe to Gomphu Road
In the afternoon we'll be exploring the Gomphu Road, the road that goes to Manas National Park, here we'll be searching for the species like Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill, Lesser Yellownape, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush, Blue-throated Flycatcher, Striated and Black-chinned Yuhinas, Chestnut-winged and Drongo Cuckoo, Common Green Magpie, White-hooded Babbler, Grey-throated and Rufous-capped Babbler, , Emerald Dove and with the little bit of luck Pale -headed Woodpecker. Overnight at Tingtibe Campsite (800m).
Day 10 - Zhemgang to Yotongla to Bumthang
After we cross Trongsa it is another 3hrs drive through the Yotongla pass. Here we will search for Hill Partridge, Chestnut-tailed Minla, Brown and Great Parrotbill, Chestnut-crown, Black-faced and Spotted Laughing thrush, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Red-headed Bullfinch, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Grey-crested, Coal, Rufous-vented and Rufous-fronted Tits, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Plain Mountain Finch, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Rufous-gorgeted and Slaty Blue Flycatchers,
After crossing Yotongla we will enter the Chumey valley in Bumthang. Bumthang is famous for its distinctive woollen weaves, known as yathra. At the village of Zugney you will see the fine samples of yathra hanging by the roadside and it is woven by all women weavers and you can see them at work. The road continues over the Kikila pass to enter the next valley in Bumthang (Jakar) the district headquarters,
Overnight at hotel in Bumthang.
Day 11 - Bumthang to Thrumshingla –to Sengor
Overnight at Sengor Camp (3000m).
Day 12 - Sengor to Namling to Yongkala
Then we will hit the Bhutan's wet subtropical forest and one of the finest birding areas in the Himalayas. For the next two days you will be birding the lush forested valley searching for Coral-billed and Slender-billed Scimitar Babblers, Black-throated and White-breasted Parrotbills, Golden-breasted, Yellow-throated, Ruofus-winged and Nepal Fulvettas, Grey Treepie, Green-tailed, Black-throated and Crimson Sunbirds, Black-headed Shrike Babblers, Ward's Trogon, Slender-billed, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babblers, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Golden-throated and Great Barbet, , Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Streaked Spiderhunter, Grey-sided and Blue-winged Laughingthrush, Whiskered , Black-chinned, White-naped and Striated Yuhinas, Golden and Rufous-capped Babblers, Cutia, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Black-tailed Crake. Overnight at Yongkala Camp (1400m)
Day 13 and 14 - Yongkala – Namling – Limithang Road
Some of the species you'll be searching for the here include flocks of busy Lesser Rufous-headed and Black-throated Parrotbills, Golden-breasted and Yellow-throated Fulvettas; Rufous-throated, Long-billed, Pygmy and Sikkim Wedge-billed Wren Babbler, White-tailed Nuthatch, Grey-chinned Minivet, Black-spotted Yellow Tit, Coral-billed and Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler and Black Eagle, Grey-bellied Tesia, Red-headed Trogon, Hoary-throated Barwing, Great and Golden-throated Barbet, Cutia, Black-faced, Whistler's and Grey-cheeked Warblers,
Overnight at Yongkala Camp (1400m).
Day 15 - Yongkala to Trashigang via Korila
In the evening, free time to explore town of Trashigang, one of the main trading center in the eastern Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Trashigang.
Day 16 - Trashigang to Morong via Khaling
Later in the evening we'll spend time birding around Morong looking for the species like Rufous-necked Hornbill, Silver-eared Mesia, Scarlet Finch and every effort will be made to look for Beautiful Nuthatch.
Overnight at Morong Camp (1600m)
Day 17 - Morong to Samdrup Jongkhar via Dewathang
After early breakfast at the camp we'll be heading to a lower elevation than we have been able to visit so far on the trip. We'll target the varieties of low elevation specialties including Pied Falconet, the extremely rare Dark-rumped Swift, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Sultan Tit, Black-backed Forktail, Red- headed Trogon, Black Eagle, House Sparrow (rare in Bhutan…), several species of Cuckoo, Jungle Babbler, Grey-sided Laughingthrush and many more.
Overnight at Samdrup Jongkhar, the border town with India.
Day 18 - Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati
Upon arrival in Guwahati transfer to the hotel and overnight at the hotel.
Day 19 - Departure
An Extension tour to Kaziranga and Nameri national parks is recommended after this tour. Please ask us for details.
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