Bhutan bird watching tour

Trip Facts

  • Destination: Bhutan
  • Trip Grade: Easy
  • Activities bird watching
  • Total Duration: 11 days

Bird watching in Bhutan 11 Days

If you want to search Himalayan Birds, Bhutan is home to over 600 species of birds. we can easily spot Blood Pheasant, Yellow-throated Fulvetta,  Satyr Tragopan, Himalayan Monal, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Wedge-billed, Long-billed,  Bar-winged Wren-Babblers, White-naped Yuhina,  Ward’s Trogon, Yellow-vented Warbler and Blue-fronted Robin.

In Bhutan, we have 5 different habitats for Birds such as Alpine, cool broad leaved forests, forests and scrub, wetlands, subtropical and warm broadleaved forests.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Paro
Day 2: Drive Paro - Chelila - Paro– Thimphu
Day 3: Drive Thimphu to Punakha (3hrs)
Day 4: Drive from Punakha – Tsirang forest (4hrs)
Day 5: Tour from Tsirang – Galephu (5hrs)
Day 6: Whole day Birding Galephu
Day 7: Tour from Galeyphu to Zhemgang (6hrs)
Day 8: Birding in Zhemgang
Day 9: Tour from Zhemgang to Trongsa (6 hrs)
Day 10 : Drive Trongsa – Paro (7hrs)
Day 11: Departure from Bhutan

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Paro
Welcome to Paro International Airport, Bhutan. our guide welcome you on arrival. if time permits in afternoon we go for birding to River banks and search for Ibis bill, black- tailed Crake, Common Sandpiper, olive-backed Pipit and Dark-throated Thrush.
Day 2: Drive Paro - Chelila - Paro– Thimphu
Morning drive Chelila pass (3890m). which is the highest pass reached by car in Bhutan. we observe for three different species of Pheasants: the colorful Himalayan Monal, flocks of Blood Pheasants and Kalij Pheasant. there is high chances to see Rose-finches, Grosbeaks and Laughing thrushes later back to Paro and Thimpu.
Day 3: Drive Thimphu to Punakha (3hrs)
After breakfast we drive to Dochula Pass (3150 meter), around this area there are different birds like Fire-tailed Myzornis, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Black-eared Shrike Babblers, and Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Grey-winged Blackbird, Spotted Nutcracker, Gold-billed Magpie . we continue drive to Punakha for lunch then visit ' Punthang Dechen Phodrang' and Punakha Dzong.
Day 4: Drive from Punakha – Tsirang forest (4hrs)
In the morning we drive quiet and peaceful forests. it is newly opened for tourists. whole day we explore birds - Rufous-necked Hornbill, Great Hornbill & more . we do overnight camp
Day 5: Tour from Tsirang – Galephu (5hrs)
In the morning we will do birding in jungle which is the habitat Nuthatch, Pied Falconet, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Sultan Tit, Black-backed Forktail, Red- headed Trogon, Black Eagle, Jungle Babbler, Grey-sided Laughingthrush and many more.
Day 6: Whole day Birding Galephu
We do full day birding in Gelephu and find Pied Falconet, Jungle Babbler, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Wreathed and Great Hornbill, Puff-throated Babbler, Indian Roller and more
Day 7: Tour from Galeyphu to Zhemgang (6hrs)
In the morning look for Laughingthrushs, Tesias, couple of Wren Babbler and Parrot bills in lower alivation.
Day 8: Birding in Zhemgang
Today we look for Rufous - necked Hornbill, Green Pigeons Cutia, White-browed Shrike Babblers, Minlas, White-tailed Nuthatch, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch & many more.
Day 9: Tour from Zhemgang to Trongsa (6 hrs)
In today's trip we chance to see Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babblers, White-browed Scimitar Babblers, Steak-breasted Scimitar Babblers, Grey-bellied Tesia, Crested Buntings, Long-tailed Shrikes, Prinias, Rufous Woodpeckers, Common Green Magpie, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Common Kestrel and minivets. Accommodation at hotel
Day 10 : Drive Trongsa – Paro (7hrs)
Today we drive 7hrs on the way you will see some more birds and you might have missed them on other days.
Day 11: Departure from Bhutan
In the morning we drive to Airport for farewell.

Transportation and Travel situation in Bhutan
Ground transportation is by private vehicles based on number of travelers. we provide clean Air conditioning and heat in vehicles. expect bad roads with uphill and narrow tracks too, travel time might delay due to weather too.

please consult your doctor before you come to travel. In Bhutan we have local doctors to assist in case if needed.

Hotels / Resorts / Tents
We choose nice and best available hotels based on your budget. you will have private rooms with hot and cold showers

Guide, Driver and helpers
local expert guides and drivers.

“this program can be customized based on your time and interest ”

Service Includes during Bhutan Tour

  • Bhutan Visa arrangement service
  • Government royalty and all the taxes
  • FIT Surcharge for one and two persons
  • Accommodations in A grade hotels
  • Three meals a day breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Full time English speaking Bhutanese guide
  • Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water throughout the journey

Excludes in the package / supplement during Bhutan Tour

  • Flight fares from Kathmandu, Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Dhaka, Mumbai, Guwahati, Gaya to Bhutan- please choose the route and let us know we book for you
  • Personal expenses and any alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc.
  • Single room supplement charge for two Pax and above
  • Luxury hotels/resorts available on supplement cost
  • Specialized /language guides available on supplement cost
  • Travel / Medical Insurance

Visa processing

  • Bhutan visa is pre-process by our company we need to have your passport copy by scan on our e-mail. we will send you electronic visa on your mail. you need to print and carry to fly to Bhutan. at immigration authorities will stamp on your passport.
  • your passport must be valid more than 6 months at the time  of travel in Bhutan

Notes: There are regular flights from Kathmandu Nepal, Bangkok Thailand, Delhi India to Bhutan . for flights and package please contact us now

Some useful Bhutanese phrases during tours
Hello :              Ku-zu-zam-po-la (meaning good health)
Thank You :     Ka din chey la
See you :          Lok jey gay
Good bye :       Lus la “or” Laso la

Cost and Dates

You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

Reviews

Amazing Bhutan Experience

Dear Rajan,
I can't thank you enough for all your help to make my trip to Bhutan an amazing experience. You always responded to my (many) questions so quickly that it almost seemed that you really weren't half a world away. You were wonderful through all the changes that I and other sources through at you; through it all you planned the perfect itinerary. The guides were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and courteous; I feel I have made new friends with each and every one of them. The accommodations were outstanding everywhere and you were able to get me into all the special events I want to attend, with your guidance it really was the trip of a lifetime!
As the COO of a major travel company I will make sure my agents and clients know to contact you for the perfect Himalayan journey.
Again, many, many thanx for everything!

Daniel Hanes
COO
Morrison International, A Travel Corporation
San Mateo, CA 94401, 32 East Third Avenue
E-Mail:- danielh@morrisontravel.com
Phone: - (+1) 650-274-6112


Bhutan’s Best Tour

Dear Rajan;
Thank you for the most amazing trip to Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, your itinerary was a very good one, well planned and had all the needed components: from spiritual, to culture, to accommodations and many others.
Beyond all that your friendly and cooperative attitude made our trip an unforgettable one. Please pass our regards and thanks to all three companies in Tibet Nepal and Bhutan.
Special thanks to yourself, and to Yontan in Bhutan and Lapka in Tibet. Hope we could meet in the near future again.

Anyone who wants to ask me more about this trip feel free to contact me
E-mail - saulakry@aol.com | Shaul & Orly, Los Angeles


Excellent Trip

Dear Rajan,
My wife, son and I want to thank you for providing us with an excellent trip to Bhutan . Your company was very organized with all of the necessary plane and hotel reservations made well in advance of our trip. Your company arranged all the necessary Visas and the guides in each country were knowledgeable and helpful. My wife appreciated the Bhutanese guide's assistance in walking her safely down the steep hill from the Tiger's Nest monastery Thanks again.
Sincerely,

Richard, Jacqueline and Scott Swanberg
Los Angeles, Ca, USA
cell 818 497-8692
E-mail- rjsswan@sbcglobal.net


Bhutan – land of happiness

From USA,
In February and March 2015, my wife and I were able to visit Bhutan. Our best tour trip was arranged with the assistance of Rajan and his company. We were extremely pleased with the accommodations, tours, guides and drivers which served us during this three-week holiday; and can highly recommend this company and its owner to anyone who is considering traveling in these beautiful countries.
We also visited Nepal and Myanmar. Thanks again for everything.
Sincerely,
Chip & Madeline Thomas
Mercer Island, Washington

best tour
Chip & Madeline Thomas,
USA

We will certainly be recommending the “Bhutan experience”

Our time in Bhutan was particularly enjoyable, perhaps partly by contrast with Delhi and Kathmandu. If all of the guides and drivers you employ in your company are of the same quality as Ngawang and Bhim then you must receive many critiques praising their performance. Bhim's skills as a driver were manifest any number of times from congested traffic in Thimpu to the rugged road between Thimpu and Punakha. He also has good English and a sense of humor. We felt very secure in his car.

Ngawang is a perfect blend of calm (perhaps even serene) and knowledge. He patiently explained and reexplained some very difficult (for us) aspects of life in Bhutan and Buddhism. He was flexible (we wanted to skip the Paro Dzong) as you said he would be. Highlights of our time in Bhutan had to be our hike to the Taktshang Monastery and the meal we had on the last evening with the rice farming family.  I don't know if it was coincidental, but we had commented earlier that we were tiring of continental cuisine for seemingly every lunch and dinner. This entirely Bhutanese meal was a perfect way to end our visit.

All hotels were excellent. We especially enjoyed the view from the veranda of our hotel in Punakha.
In short, not much to complain about. We will certainly be recommending the "Bhutan experience" and your company to our friends.
Good luck and all the best.

Jim Reese,
Atlanta, United States

Exciting and an adventurous trip

Hello Deepak
We have come back last Sunday from and exciting and an adventurous trip to your country. It was exciting climbing and trekking those mountains .We stayed at some decent hotels, however the food was average. The guide and the driver you provided were excellent. Nawang was a font of knowledge , both local and international, the driver Jeevan was very good and careful, and he made the journey very comfortable.We enjoyed all the sights we visited and every day we looked forward to a ne destination. The downside to the trip was the condition of the roads, I understand that the Government has undertaken the road widening project from Thimphu to Bumthang . We found it extremely tiring because of the many bad road conditions on the way.Bhutan is unspoilt and we would visit again.The whole experience was well worth the visit.

John Pereira ,
USA

Our unforgettable trip!

Dear Rajan,

Many thanks for organizing such a wonderful tour for us. This will remain our unforgettable trip! We felt so lucky that we were able to visit your beautiful country during the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Bhutan and Japan.

We spent one night in Thimphu, two nights in Phunakha, and two nights in Paro. Phunaka's Lobesa hotel became one of the most impressive splendid hotels we have ever stayed! Its view from the window was just gorgeous and took our breath away.

Nawang was a knowledgeable, kind and caring guide and we learned a lot about your beautiful country from him. Ugay was a safe driver and we felt so comfortable in the lovely Nissan four wheels.

The tour was both very informative and fun. In addition, Nawang accommodated many of our requests and re-arranged the original schedule to our satisfaction. Going to the weekend market in Thimphu became one of the highlights of this tour for us !

We'd like to visit Bhutan again in the future and we will definitely ask you again to organize tour for us.

Finally, we would like to thank Rajan for being such a friendly coordinator. Your responses were always so prompt!!

Nory and Mayuri,
Tokyo, Japan

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