BLACK NECK CRANES AND WHITE BELLIED HERON BHUTAN

Information

Visit the fabulous sites in Bhutan and have a real time chance to see the beautiful "White Bellied Heron" and the "Black Neck Cranes" . This tour also visits the beautiful Punakha and Gangtey Dzongs.

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
Tarsus: 231.7-247.4mm
Average Weight 5.35kg ~ 12lbs

December and January are the best months to see and photograph these beauties in Bhutan.

Important

We donate some part of the tour fee to the "Royal Society for Protection of Nature Bhutan" for their tireless and excellent work in looking after these species and training locals and maintaining habitats for the birds.

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.
BHUTAN HIMALAYA

Dates and Prices

First Departure - 07th February 2020

Second Departure - 07th March 2020

Third Departure - 19th March 2020

However itinerary and departure dates can be tailor made.
Please write to us for prices and related details for this tour.

Miscellaneous

Phobjikha can be cold in winter and can experience snow at times. Please do mail us your questions and we can reply you in detail.
HIMALAYAN VULTURE
WHITE BELLIED HERON BHUTAN

Itinerary

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

Day 01 - Arrive Paro

Upon arrival at Paro International Airport we will receive you at the airport and take you to your pre-booked accommodation in the small and beautiful town. Introduction with the driver and guide team and rest of the day to acclimatise and discuss the program with the ground team.

If willing you can visit the Paro Dzong as well. Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 02 - Paro to Thimpu

After breakfast explore Paro town and later leave for Thimpu. A short ride and upon arrival transfer to the hotel and visit some famous sites like the Buddha and also visit to see the national animal of Bhutan "The Golden Takin"

Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu.

Day 03 - Thimpu to Punakha

After early breakfast leave for Punakha visa the beautiful Dochula Pass. Upon arrival at Punakha transfer to the hotel and post lunch visit the Punatsangchu basin to see the beautiful white bellied heron.

Day 04 - At Punakha

Morning and evening visit the Punatsangchu basin to lolok for white bellied heron.

Day 05 - Punakha to Phobjikha

In the morning visit to Punatsangchu basin

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

After early breakfast we visit the Gangtey Monastery and later take the nature walk across the valley and see the Black Neck Cranes, Himalayan Griffon and the Lammergrier and scores of other birds.

Later return to the hotel for rest and overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 and 08 - In Phobjikha

We spend day 07 and Day 08 as well in Phobjikha looking and photographing the beautiful black neck cranes and other birds.

Day 09 - Phobjikha to Paro

After breakfast leave for Paro and upon arrival transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 - Fly Out

In time transfer to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.

GALLERY

TOUR PLACES

Below are the places that are visited on this specific tour

EXTENSION TOUR

We highly recommend extension to Kaziranga National Park. Kaziranga is an UNESCO world heritage site and has some fabulous flora and fauna to be seen.

Please write to us and we can arrange this extension for you.

HOW CAN I HELP?

Our local team of experts with extensive knowledge can guide you every step of the way. Please write to us with your questions and we will be happy to reply you and answer your questions. High standard of service at very low price.
 

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