White Bellied Heron is a critically endangered specie in the world and "The Royal Society for Protection of Nature" in Bhutan has been active in keeping this beauty alive and keen photographers can have a real chance to photograph these birds. There are several sites in Bhutan where we can see them but their main location is Punatsangchu basin in Punakha.
The Black Neck Cranes are a fabulous birds and a very little is known about them. There are not a lot of sites in the world where these cranes migrate to in the winter months from Tibet. One of their preferred location is the picturesque "Phoibjikha Valley" in Bhutan. In Bhutan black neck crane is known as "Thrung Thrung Karm"
The Black-necked Crane is the last discovered of 15 species of cranes in the world. This majestic bird is endemic to the Tibetan Plateau and migrate to lower altitudes, including several areas of Bhutan, in autumn. The arrival of cranes signals the end of the harvesting season. The Black-necked Cranes have a sacred identify in Bhutanese culture and often appear in folklore, dances, and historical texts.
The Black neck crane is endemic to Tibetan Plateau and the adjacent regions of the Himalaya to the south and Yunnan-Guizhou plateau to the east. The cranes bred in high alpine wetlands in spring and summer, and migrate to lower altitudes in autumn.
The global population of Black-Necked crane is estimated to be 10070 to 10990 individuals of which about 500 winter in Bhutan every year.
Wing Span of Black Neck Crane is 606-5-623mm
Average Weight 5.35kg ~ 12lbs
December and January are the best months to see and photograph these beauties in Bhutan.
This tour includes all meals, permits, visa fees, local guides, all transport and transfers.
Tour is operated in the month of December and January as this is the time when the Black Neck crane migrate to Bhutan.
Paro is the only one international airport as of now in Bhutan (second one being considered for International flights and it is called Gelephu). There are flights into Paro from New Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Mumbai and even Singapore. Sometimes it can be difficult booking "Druk Air" and this is also where we can help you secure your flight seat.
Dates and Prices
First Departure - 07th February 2019
Second Departure - 07th March 2019
Third Departure - 19th March 2019
However itinerary and departure dates can be tailor made.
Please write to us for prices and related details for this tour.
Day 01 - Arrive Paro
If willing you can visit the Paro Dzong as well. Overnight at the hotel in Paro
Day 02 - Paro to Thimpu
Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu.
Day 03 - Thimpu to Punakha
Day 04 - At Punakha
Day 05 - Punakha to Phobjikha
and look and photograph the White Bellied heron and many other birds who migrate to this region to spend the winter. Punakha is a very fertile valley and attracts a lot of birds.Later drive to Phobjikha valley. Upon arrival in Phobjikha transfer to the hotel in this beautiful valley.
Day 06 - In Phobjikha
Later return to the hotel for rest and overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 and 08 - In Phobjikha
Day 09 - Phobjikha to Paro
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 - Fly Out
Please write to us and we can arrange this extension for you.