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Bhutan Birding Tour

Day 1: Paro (Arrive)
Day 2: Paro – Chelela Excurions
Day 3: Paro – Punakha
Day 4: Punakha Sightseeing
Day 5: Punakha – Thimphu
Day 6: Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 7: Thimphu – Paro (Departure)
Day 1: Paro Arrive
You will be welcomed and received in airport by the representatives of Excursion to Himalayas. Drive to hotel for breakfast and relax for your bird sightseeing tours. Paro is at an altitude of 2,300m and a great place to watch birds that frequent the farmland. Follow the Pachhu River to watch Ibisbill, a rare endangered bird in the Himalayas. Most of the time, it is best to watch for birds along the riverside and the farms. Towards evening, drive towards the ruins of Drugyal Dzong which is 20km away from the main town, to watch for birdlife from the dirt road and by the riverside. At evening walk through the farmland to watch the birds around the farm valleys.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Paro – Haa Excursions
The highlight is to look for the Himalayan Monal and Tragopans (most commonly seen in spring and early summer). Be ready on the road by 5:00 AM early morning and drive to Chelela pass (3,800m). The drive will take an hour. Enjoy walking on the ridges to scan for the pheasants in Chelela. Spend around two to three hours on the mountain slopes to watch the birds and then take an hour’s drive to Haa valley. After lunch, drive towards Paro through the Chuuzom highway. Stop and walk on the road now and then. Try to reach Paro before sundown to look for Wall creepers and Lesser Cormorants around Yeesuna village, which is around 8km before reaching the Paro town.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 3: Paro- Punakha
Be on the road by 5am and try reaching Dochula pass (3,050m) by 6.30am. Early morning you will have great time watching pheasant species. This pass offers great views of the Himalayas on clear days. It is also a good place to have breakfast at the cafeteria and then drive on towards Punakha. The areas to stop en route are Lampelri Botanical Garden, Menchhu-nang and then around Lometsawa. Stop at any areas with good forests and also close to farms. The watching till lunch is all from the road. After lunch take the 45 minute drive towards Shegana valley. Drive on the farm road by the Phochhu River all the way till Samdingkha. Spend the afternoon watching for river birds with the highlight being the white-bellied Heron.

Day 4: Punakha Sightseeing
After breakfast, drive towards north of Punakha for about 45km. Have a short walk on the halfway and enjoy roadside bird watching at a place called Botokha. Cover aournd 3km on the road and then drive another 4km to reach a place called Rimchhu. You are now in the Jigme Dorji wildlife sanctuary and the forests become thicker. Spend the reminder of the day driving and stopping to do roadside bird watching. This area is also a great area to see orchids and wildlife.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 5: Punakha – Thimphu
Early morning after breakfast drive towards Thimphu and at Menchhu-nang, walk 3km along the farm road that goes towards upper Toebi-sa. Have picnic lunch there and then continue the roadside bird watching all the way to Dochula. Stop on Dochula and spend around few times watching birds along the roadside.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 6: Thimphu Sightseeing
Early morning after breakfast, take a picnic lunch and drive 20km to Cheri. The road ends at Cheri Bridge where Jigme Dorji Wildlife Sanctuary starts. The trail to Cheri is mixed deciduous vegetation which will offer good bird watching opportunities.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 7: Drive to Paro (Departure).
After breakfast, drive to Paro airport and farewell.