This tour covers low to high altitude bird species and temperature variations are high i.e warm to very cold. Maximum group size suited for this journey is 8 or 9 plus our specialist naturalist for the area. You can see up to 325+ bird species on this tour.
This tour provides some good clean basic accommodation and at places good camping with beds and fully supported kitchen and staff.
Please do write to us for list of Birds and Mammals from this tour.
Dates and Prices
Best time to operate this tour is February/March/April
Departures are available in February, March and April and individual departures are also available for this tour.
Please write to us for the tour price. Tailor made departures are available for this tour.
Our ground staff is Bhutan is highly experienced and knowledgeable and part with you good knowledge of topography, flora,fauna and culture of the area.
Day 01 - Arrive paro
Arrive at Paro Airport and our team will receive you at the airport. Transfer to the hotel in Paro and our team will discuss the program with you and give you information about Bhutan and the tour. Depends upon the arrival time of the group. If time permits, look for Ibisbill, Redstarts, White wagtails, Buntings and Shrikes along the Pachu river.
Day 02 - Paro / Chele la Pass / Thimphu
Later we drive down and drive to Thimphu.....birding and picture stops on the way. Upon arrival at Thimphu we will go to our hotel and later walk in Thimphu town and meet the locals and see the vegetable market, which is a very interesting place.
Day 03 - Thimpu to Punakha
Day 04 Punakha
Day 05 - Punakha to Trongsa
Day 06 Trongsa to Bumthang
Day 07 - Bumthang
Day 08 - Bumthang to Sengore
Day 09 - Sengore to Yongkola
Day 10 - Yongkola
Rufous-bellied Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Grey Treepie , Orange-bellied Leafbird, Common green Magpie, Red-faced Liocichla, Scaly and Rufous-chinned Laughing-thrushes, Coral-billed and Slender-billed Scimitar Babblers. White-nape, Whiskered and Straited Yuhinas. Blue-capped Rock Thrush, Crested Bunting, (if lucky Beautiful Nuthatch) Chestnut-bellied and White-tailed Nuthatch.Sultan,Yellow-cheeked and Black-throated Tits. Bay and Grey-headed and Pale-headed Woodpeckers.
Day 11 - Yongkola to Lingmithang
Day 12 - Yongkola to Trashigang
Day 13 - Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar
One of the target species is beautiful nuthatch, various hornbills and many more.
Day 14 - - Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati
Upon arrival here transfer to the hotel.
Day 15 - Fly out of Guwahati
Here we highly recommend an extension tour to Kaziranga, Nameri and Manas National Parks.
KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK
Kaziranga National Park is a national park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam, India. A World Heritage Site, the park hosts two-thirds of the world's Great One-horned Rhinoceroses. Kaziranga boasts the highest density of tigers among protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer.Kaziranga is recognized as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International for conservation of avifaunal species. Compared to other protected areas in India, Kaziranga has achieved notable success in wildlife conservation. Located on the edge of the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot, the park combines high species diversity and visibility.
Kaziranga is a vast expanse of tall elephant grass, marshland, and dense tropical moist broad leaf forests, crisscrossed by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, and the park includes numerous small bodies of water. Kaziranga has been the theme of several books, songs, and documentaries. The park celebrated its centennial in 2005 after its establishment in 1905 as a reserve forest.
Kaziranga contains significant breeding populations of 35 mammalian species,of which 15 are threatened as per the IUCN Red List.The park has the distinction of being home to the world's largest population of the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros, Wild Asiatic Water Buffalo and Eastern Swamp Deer. Significant populations of large herbivores include elephants, gaur and sambar . Small herbivores include the Indian Muntjac, wild boar, and hog deer. Kaziranga has the largest population of the Wild water buffalo anywhere accounting for about 57% of the world population.
Kaziranga is one of the few wild breeding areas outside Africa for multiple species of large cats, such as Indian Tigers and Leopards. Kaziranga was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006 and has the highest density of tigers in the world (one per five km²), with a population of 86, as per the 2000 census. Other felids include the Jungle Cat, Fishing Cat, and Leopard Cats. Small mammals include the rare Hispid Hare, Indian Gray Mongoose, Small Indian Mongooses, Large Indian Civet, Small Indian Civets, Bengal Fox, Golden Jackal, Sloth Bear, Chinese Pangolin, Indian Pangolins, Hog Badger, Chinese Ferret Badgers, and Particolored flying squirrels. Nine of the 14 primate species found in India occur in the park. Prominent among them are the Assamese Macaque, Capped, Golden Langur, as well as the only ape found in India, the Hoolock Gibbon. Kaziranga's rivers are also home to the endangered Ganges Dolphin.
Kaziranga has been identified by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area. It is home to a variety of migratory birds, water birds, predators, scavengers, and game birds. Birds such as the Lesser White-fronted Goose, Ferruginous Duck, Baer's Pochard duck and Lesser Adjutant, Greater Adjutant, Black-necked Stork, and Asian Openbill stork migrate from Central Asia to the park during winter. Riverine birds include the Blyth's Kingfisher, White-bellied Heron, Dalmatian Pelican, Spot-billed Pelican, Nordmann's Greenshank, and Black-bellied Tern.Birds of prey include the rare Eastern Imperial, Greater Spotted, White-tailed, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, and the Lesser Kestrel.
Kaziranga was once home to seven species of vultures, but the vulture population reached near extinction, supposedly by feeding on animal carcasses containing the drug Diclofenac. Only the Indian Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture, and Indian White-rumped Vulture have survived. Game birds include the Swamp Francolin, Bengal Florican, and Pale-capped PigeonOther families of birds inhabiting Kaziranga include the Great Indian Hornbill and Wreathed Hornbill, Old World babblers such as Jerdon's and Marsh Babblers, weaver birds such as the common Baya Weaver, threatened Finn's Weavers, thrushes such as Hodgson's Bushchat and Old World warblers such as the Bristled Grassbird. Other threatened species include the Black-breasted Parrotbill and the
Two of the largest snakes in the world, the Reticulated Python and Rock Python, as well as the longest venomous snake in the world, the King Cobra, inhabit the park. Other snakes found here include the Indian Cobra, Monocled Cobra, Russell's Viper, and the Common Krait. Monitor lizard species found in the park include the Bengal monitor and the Water Monitor. Other reptiles include fifteen species of turtle, such as the endemic Assam Roofed Turtle and one species of tortoise, the Brown Tortoise. 42 species of fish are found in the area, including the Tetra Odon.