Birding Western Bhutan
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Birding Western Bhutan

Birding in established zone as well as off the beaten path in western Bhutan

  • duration 9 Days
  • Activity Wildlife Bird & Nature
  • Moderate
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Birding Western Bhutan offers a specialized avian-focused tour that also thoughtfully incorporates captivating cultural highlights. Beyond its primary focus on birdwatching, this tour seamlessly integrates some of the most engaging facets of a cultural tour, providing participants with a comprehensive and immersive experience.

Approximately 72% of the landscape is clothed in a tapestry of vegetation, creating a diverse ecosystem that encompasses a spectrum of climatic and geographical zones primarily dictated by altitude and topography. Within these distinct zones, a multitude of avian residents find their sanctuary. Among the recorded 770 bird species, a realm of undiscovered treasures likely awaits. The majority are permanent residents, with 50 documented as migratory visitors that grace these lands.

This Birding Tour in western Bhutan traverses diverse ecological zones, ranging from subalpine to subtropical, hence offering a unique opportunity to witness a wide array of avian fauna amidst these varying habitats.

Following this itinerary, we will guide you through both established birding zones and off-the-beaten paths, allowing you to get up close and personal with elusive birds. Expertly trained birding guides will skillfully lead you to optimal locations at the most opportune times, substantially elevating the likelihood of encountering native bird species.

Venturing into birding expeditions across the subalpine glacial valley of Phobjikha, amidst the deciduous forests of the Black Mountains, through the subtropical expanse of Jigme Dorji National Park above Punakha, alongside the riverside in Punakha and Paro, or along the slopes of Dochula Pass, offers more than mere avian encounters.
These locations provide a tranquil and serene haven, a sanctuary for those seeking the finest in natural tranquility.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro

Day 2: Drive from Paro to Punakha, birding in Dochula pass along the way

Day 3: In Punakha (Excursion to Tashithang in the JDW National Park and in Punakha)

Day 4: Drive to Gangtey (Phobjikha) birding along the way in Black-mountains

Day 5: In Gangtey, Phobjikha

Day 6: Drive to Thimphu and tour the capital

Day 7: Thimphu & Paro

Day 8:  In Paro (Taktsang hike and birding)

Day 9: Departure

Overview

wildlife_bird_&_nature Trip Type Wildlife Bird & Nature
Activities Included Activities Included
Activities Included Wildlife Bird & Nature
Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation in standard 3-4 star hotels or option to upgrade and stay in Deluxe hotels.
Meal Meal Full board.
Best Seasons Best Seasons Weather is good throughout the years especially for these places of interest. However spring is best time as its mating season for birds, when the birds' call are distinct and it exhibit colour changes to attract the mate.
Route Route Paro-Punakha-Phobjikha-Thimphu-Paro

Trip Highlights

  • Explore a range of ecological zones, from subalpine to subtropical, providing a rich variety of bird habitats.
  • Birdwatch amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Dochula Pass, with chances to spot Himalayan gems like Satyr Tragopan and Himalayan Monal.
  • Discover the warm broadleaf forests and riversides of Punakha, where endangered species like the White-Bellied Heron and Eurasian Widgeon thrive.
  • Venture off the well-trodden routes to discover hidden avian gems and lesser-known natural treasures.
  • Phobjikha’s glacial valley with marshland is home to a myriad of birds, in addition to the revered Black Neck Cranes that undertake seasonal migration from November to Mid March.
  • Explore the bird-rich areas along Paro’s rivers and embrace the opportunity to spot species like the Brown Dipper and Spotted Laughing Thrush.
  • Expert Guides: Benefit from seasoned birding guides who will optimize your chances of encountering native species in their natural habitats.
  • Cultural Enrichment: Immerse yourself in Bhutanese culture as you journey through this enchanting land, offering a blend of natural and cultural wonders.
  • Tranquil Sanctuaries: Bask in the tranquility of serene havens, where the beauty of nature merges with the joy of birding.
  • Unique Memories: Craft memories of unique birding encounters against the backdrop of Bhutan’s stunning landscapes and warm hospitality.
  • Photography Opportunities: Capture stunning shots of rare and vibrant bird species in their captivating habitats.
  • Local Exploration: Make regular stops to explore agricultural areas and pockets of forests, connecting with local communities along the way.
  • Unforgettable Experiences: Create lasting memories as you witness the harmonious interplay between Bhutan’s rich avian diversity and its captivating cultural heritage

Cost Information

Cost is based on no of travelers and travel dates. For details contact us.

Included

  • Bhutan Tourist fees (SDF)
  • Accommodations
  • All meals
  • Transfers and transportation by private vehicle
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • Experienced English Speaking Bhutanese Birder Guide.
  • Visa and fees
  • Bottled water in the vehicle and other comp. services.

Not included

  • Flights into and out of Bhutan
  • Optional Travel/Medical Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others.

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Overview

wildlife_bird_&_nature Trip Type Wildlife Bird & Nature
Activities Included Activities Included
Activities Included Wildlife Bird & Nature
Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation in standard 3-4 star hotels or option to upgrade and stay in Deluxe hotels.
Meals Meals Full board.
Route Route Paro-Punakha-Phobjikha-Thimphu-Paro
Max Group Size Max Group Size Any number of participants.
Best Seasons Best Seasons Weather is good throughout the years especially for these places of interest. However spring is best time as its mating season for birds, when the birds' call are distinct and it exhibit colour changes to attract the mate.

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