Day 1: BKK/ KTM/ CCU - PBH - Paro. Arrive at Paro and receive by our representative at the Paro International airport, only airport in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. From directly we will visit National museum of Bhutan, if it is not closed. Lunch in Paro. In the afternoon we will visit Paro dzong (fortress) and then stroll around the Paro town. Welcome dinner & drinks (Bhutanese local drink Ara) at Paro.
Day 2: Paro – Thimphu. Very early in the morning we will drive to Chelela pass with your pack breakfast. The pass is the highest pass, where the car can go in Bhutan. On the way we may see the following birds: Colorful Himalayan Monal, Flocks of Blood Pheasants, Kalij Pheasants, Grosbeaks, Bullfinches, Cutia. Besides see this birds we can also see the Mountain Jhomolhari & Jichu Drakye beautifully on clear days from the pass. There are lots of prayer flags here at the pass. We will have our breakfast here, near the pass. After enjoying the sight of birds, prayer flags and mountains on clear days, then we will drive back to Paro, to our hotel.
We will take rest in the hotel for about 1hour and then we will hike to Taktshang, Tiger’s Nest till the view point. We will have lunch here at the view point, Taktshang cafeteria. Walk back to the car point and then we will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take about 1hour 30minutes from the road point. Evening stroll around the Thimphu town and explore handicraft shops for Authentic Bhutanese Souvenirs and gifts for your friends and loved ones. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu Halt. We will hike to Cheri Monastery and during the hike we may spot the following birds: Spotted Laughing Trush, Fire Capped Tit, Golden Breasted Fulvetta, Yellow Backed Flower Packer, Maroon Backed Accentor. Lunch pack lunch. Drive back to Thimphu and doing some sightseeing in Thimphu, like visit to Memorial Chhorten, Weaving center, Bhutanese paper factory and post office to buy the Famous Bhutanese Stamps. We have bird stamps also-which are very beautiful and can be good souvenirs for your bird lover friends and for your own collections too. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel, Thimphu.
Day 4: Thimphu – Punakha. Drive to Punakha over dochula pass (3150m). stop for a while at the pass for a breath taking of eastern Himalayan Mountain Ranges on a clear days and also to see the 108 small chhortens (stupas). The following birds species can be found on our way to Punakha: Gold-naped Finch, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Satyr Tragopan, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Tree Creepers. Lunch will be at Lobesa. Afternoon hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, which is located at a hill top. This temple is also known as ‘the temple of fertility’. The hike will take about 25minutes from the road end through the farm fields. Then we will drive to Punakha and visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong. Dinner and overnight stay at Punakha, Hotel.
Day 5: Punakha – Trongsa. Morning drive to Trongsa over Pelela pass. Today we may find the following birds on our way to Trongsa: Blood Pheasant, Yellowish-billed Bush Warbler, Great Parrotbill, White Winged Grosbeak, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Maroon-backed Accentor. Lunch we will have at Chendebji Restaurant. Afternoon continue our journey to Trongsa. If we have time, we will visit the impressive Trongsa dzong. Dinner and overnight stay at Trongsa, Hotel.
Day 6: Trongsa - Zhemgang. Morning Drive to Zhemgang with pack lunch. We will our pack lunch whenever we feel hungry. Today we may see the following birds beside the good opportunity to see the golden langure - an animal endemic to Bhutan: Chestnuts Breasted Partridge, Ward’s Trogon, Rufus Necked and Great Horn Bill, Blue-napped Pitta, Blue fronted, Robin, Wedge Billed & Bar winged Wren Babblers and many more. Dinner and overnight stay in Zhemgang, Camp.
Day 7: Zhemgang – Tingtibi. Today we will explore the birds from Zhemgang till Tingtingbi. Dinner and overnight stay at Tingtingbi, Camp.
Day 8: Tingtingbi – Trongsa. After an early breakfast, drive to Trongsa with your pack lunch. We will stop wherever necessary if we spot birds on our way back to Trongsa. Continue our journey to Trongsa. Dinner and overnight stay at Trongsa, Hotel.
Day 9: Trongsa-Bumthang. Drive to Bumthang. The drive will take about 2hours. Today we will find the following birds: Great Parrotbill, Yellow-billed Bush Warbler, Maroon-backed Accentor, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Ibisbill, Blacked –billed Magpie, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Red-headed Bullfinch.
Day 10: Bumthang – Sengor. We will drive to Sengor and camp there. We will take pack lunch. Lunch we will have hot pack lunch or at our camp. We continue with our birding tour in Sengor area. Dinner and over night at Sengor, Camp. We will be able to see the following birds in this area: Yellow-billed Magpie, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Jungle Fowl, Satyr Tragopan, Nutcrackers, Warbblers, Robins and many more.
Day 11: Sengor – Yonkala. This morning we are in the broad leaved forest and it is the best birding place towards the eastern Bhutan. Our camping crew will move towards our next camp after our breakfast. Then we will drive to Yongkala stopping at different place. Lunch will be served at the camp. Birding tour continues. Today we may find the following birds: Satyr Tragopan, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Bar-winged Wren Babbler, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Yellow –throated Fulvetta, Blue-fronted Robin, Broad-billed Warbler, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Collared Treepie, Coral-billed Scimita Babbler, Grater Rufus-headed Parrotbill, Rufus-breasted Bush Robin, Rufus-necked Hornbill, Rufus-throated Wren Babbler, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, White-naped Yuhina and many more.
Day 12: Yongkala – Korila. We will drive to Korila via Mongar. Lunch will be served at Mongar. Dinner and over night at Korila, camp. Today we will find the following birds: Yello-vented Warbler, Rufus-bellied hawk Eagle, Collared Treepie, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Grey-winged Blackbird, White-collared Blackbird, Dark-sided Flycatcher, Shikra, Kalij Pheasant, Peregrine falcon and many more.
Day 13: Korila – Tasrhigang. Drive to Trashigang. Lunch will serve at Trashigang. Drive to Rangjung. Dinner and overnight stay at Trashigang. We will find the following birds on the way: Blue-fronted Redstart, Brown shrike, Rustry-Cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Black kite and many more.
Day 14: Trashigang - Samdrupjongkhar. Morning drive to samdrupjongkhar. The drive will take about 6hours. Lunch will be served as hot pack lunch. Continue our journey to samdrupjongkhar. Dinner and overnight stay at Samdrupjongkhar, Hotel. You will see of with your Bhutanese guide and driver here during the dinner time, as they will leave to Phuentsholing next early in the morning. The following bird can be spotted on our way: Great Barbet, Striated Laughingthrush, Spangled Drongo, Blue Whistling Thrush, Beautiful Nuthatch, Yellow –throated fulvetta, Grey-sided laughingthrush, Gold-napped Finch, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Drak-rumped Swift, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Pied Falconet, Red-faced Liocichila, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Violet Cuckoo and many more.
Day 15: Samdrupjongkhar - Guwahati. After breakfast, you will drive to Guwahati aiport (India) by Indian Car. The drive will take about 3hours. We wish you a very safe and comfortable journey nack to your country. I love to see you again in Bhutan some day. Thank you very much for visiting Bhutan with our company Authentic Bhutan Tours – For Your Bhutan experience!
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