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Bhutan is a biodiversity hotspot where 64% land is forest cover, about 10% is snow and glaciers, 8.8% is cultivation land and 6.6% is Alpine pasture. A truly beautiful mountain country with bird species of 670 counts. Bird photography and bird sighting opportunities are excellent on this tour. The Landscape, the monastery architecture (Dzong) is breathtaking, friendly smiling people and great bird life makes this one of the most popular birding tour.

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.


Important

It is important to book this journey well in advance so we can secure all desired accommodation and services. We will require photocopy of your passport to apply for the Bhutanese Visa. This is a pre-approved visa which will be given to you upon your arrival in Bhutan.

Please do write to us for list of Birds and Mammals from this tour.
PLUMBEOUS WATER REDSTART BHUTAN

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.

Miscellaneous

Timing for this tour is very important. This tour is best operates in months Late February and till End April . Small group size of upto 09 Plus the Tour Leader is ideal 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.

TIGER'S OR TOGER NEST MONASTERY PARO BHUTAN

Itinerary

Click on a day below to see what will be taking place.

Day 01 - Arrive paro

Paro is connected by air from Delhi/ Kolkata/Kathmamndu/Mumbai/Singapore and Bangkok and even Dhaka and Bagdogra.

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

An early start and leave for the Chelela Pass which is at an elevation of 4000 Metres. We will have packed breakfast and tea/coffee with us. We will do birding on and around the pass and look for Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant,White-winged Grosbeak, White-browed Rose Finch, Spotted Nutcrackers, Spotted and Black-faced Laughing Thrushes, Tits and Bluetails.

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

Start early in the morning and do birding on the way at Dochula pass ( 3050m). You will come across beautiful Rhododendron and large Magnolias blooming with other mixed forest of Oaks and conifers, which is really good for birds. Breakfast at Cafeteria on top of the pass. Later continue birding at Royal Botanical Park and have lunch on the way. After lunch drive to Punakha. Overnight in hotel. Fire-tailed Myzornis (a must see bird) Fire-tailed and Green-tailed Sunbirds, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Brown Bullfinch, Flycatchers, Brown Parrotbill, Rufous Woodpecker, White-tailed Nuthatch, Blackbirds and Thrushes, Chestnut crowned and White-throated Laughing Thrushes and Large Hawk and Oriental Cukoos. If lucky, Wards Trogon can be seen. Should try for Globally threatened White-bellied Heron in the afternoon along the river bed.

Day 04 Punakha

Start early in the morning and drive to Rimchu under Jigme Dorji National Park with packed breakfast.Birding between Rimchu and Tashithang. Later in the evning return to the hotel in Punakha. A full day birding excursion. Slaty-backed,Spotted and Little Forktails, Three different species of Barbets, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Common and Crested Kingfisher, Red-headed Trogon, Crested Serpent and Mountain Hawk Eagles. Lesser and Greater yellow-napes, Yellow-vented and chestnut-crowned Warblers, Rufous-chinned and Striated laughing Thrushes, Slender-billed and Streak-breasted Scimitar Babblers are some of the species that we will see today.

Day 05 - Punakha to Trongsa

An early start and early breakfast and drive to Trongsa. Lunch on the way. This is a very spectacular drive over Pelela pass (11,000ft) Spend Birding on the way and at the pass. Overnight in hotel. Fork-tailed Swift, Nepal House Martin, Rufous-vented Yuhina, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher , White-tailed Nuthatch. Great Parrotbill, Red-headed Bullfinch, Chestnut-tailed and Red-tailed Minlas, rare Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Himalayan Griffon, Buzzards, Accentors and Rose-finches. Fire-capped Tit.
spotted laughingthrush (Garrulax ocellatus) BHUTAN

Day 06 Trongsa to Bumthang

After having early breakfast drive towards southern part of Trongsa fpor birding and later return to the hotel for Lunch and post lunch drive towards Bumthang.Overnight at Hotel in Bumthang. Yellow-rumped Honeyguide (Oriental Skylark , Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike, Striated Laughingthrush, Bhutan Laughingthrush, Spotted and Slaty-backed Forktails, Crimson-browed Rosefinch, Green Shrike Babblers are bird species we will see today.

Day 07 - Bumthang

An easy day allowing for Laundry and catch up on notes and bird list. Tomorrow will be camping and doing more birding at one of the hot spots. Overnight in hotel. Today we will see Black-billed Magpie, Red-billed Chough , Brown Dipper, Common Rosefinch , Ibsibill, Brown Parrotbill, Grey-backed Shrike.

Day 08 - Bumthang to Sengore

After early breakfast leave for Sengore. The drive is spectacular over Thrumshingla pass (3750 m), which falls in the Thrumshing La national park. Lunch on the way. Overnight camping at Sengore. Satyr Tragopan,Bar-winged wren Babbler, Dark-breasted Rosefinch, Red billed Leiothrix , Blood Pheasant , Golden bush Robin , Spotted Laughingthrush,, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Grey-crested Tit, Snow Pigeon, Beautiful Rosefinch are some of the species we will see today.

Day 09 - Sengore to Yongkola

Start early in the morning and spend whole day bird watching between Namling and Yongkola. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the birding spots. Overnight at camping at Yongkola. Today is one of the premier birding day in Bhutan with exotic species. Rufous-necked Hornbill, Ward's and Red-headed Trogons , Chestnut-breasted Partridge (hard to see), Greater Rufous-headed and Balck-throated Parrotbills,Golden Babblers, Yellow-throated and Golden- breasted Fulvettas, Spotted, Rufous-throated, Wedge-billed Wren Babblers, Slaty-backed and Chsetnut-headed Tesias, Cutia, Scarlet Finch,White-browed Shrike Babbler,Hoary-throated and Rusty-fronted Barwings, Blue-bearded Be-eater, Ashy and Straited Bulbuls and more for today.

Day 10 - Yongkola

Start early, spend whole day between Yonkola and Lingmithang. Breakfast and lunch will follow the birders to the spot. Overnight at camp.

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

Look for more birds in the lower part of Yongkola towards Lingmithang. Back to camp for Lunch. Our last camping spot.

Day 12 - Yongkola to Trashigang

Farewell to the camping crew. After breakfast drive towards Trashigang. Lunch on the way at Mongar. Overnight in hotel. We will do birding on the way at various spots.Lots of Raptors today.

Day 13 - Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar

Drive from Trashigang to S/Jongkhar with hot packed lunch, Picnic Lunch shall be served on the way. Overnight in the hotel. Bird watching on the way with brief stops to look for more species.

One of the target species is beautiful nuthatch, various hornbills and many more.

Day 14 - - Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati

After breakfast we enter India today and drive to Guwahati. Capital of Assam state.
Upon arrival here transfer to the hotel.

Day 15 - Fly out of Guwahati

Timely transfer to the airport for flight out.
Here we highly recommend an extension tour to Kaziranga, Nameri and Manas National Parks.

GALLERY

TOUR PLACES

Below are the places that are visited on this specific tour

EXTENSION TOUR

The three parks of Nameri , Kaziranga and Manas are an important eco-system hotspots. Not only they house numerous bird specials but they are home to some exotic wildlife. Please have a read about these parks below.

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 kmĀ²), 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.


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