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Bhutan Birding Tour 13 Days – US$3180 per person

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Bhutan Birding Tour 12 nights/13 Days.

Overview:

Trip Outline: Nestling in the heart of the Himalayas and protected by a complex geography of high mountains and deep valleys, Bhutan is certainly

one of the most mysterious countries in the world (Dompnier,1999). The intriguing yet profound tale of the transformation of this traditional kingdom, without losing out on its traditional norms

and values while embarking on a modern course of development in the last half a century has been both a story of sustainable and progressive development in harmony with its natural environment.

Small and landlocked, to the north lies the great Tibetan plateau

and to the south, the tropical Indian plains and jungles.

Today, the proportion of land under forest cover is 72.5%, including

shrub forest (2008). The need to live in harmony with rather

than against nature has never been illustrated better. When Global

Warming is now an accepted universal “Inconvenient Truth,”

the need to preserve, conserve and respect the air we breathe. Bhutan is considered a Birding paradise for BIRD Lovers.

 

Day01 Paro Birding Gangtey Goenpa Palace
Day02 Thimphu Birding Hotel Phuntshopelri
Day 03 Thimphu Tango Monastery Birding
Day 04 Punakha,Lamperi Birding Hotel Punatsangchu Cottage
Day 05 Punakha to Gasa,Jungle fowl hunting Camping
Day 06 Gasa Hotspring Camping
Day 07 Gasa to Gangtey-Black necked crane festival Hotel Dewachen or similar
Day 08 Gangtey and Phobjikha valley exploration Hotel Dewachen or similar
Day 09 Gangtey to Trongsa  Hotel Yangkhil Resort
Day 10 Trongsa to Bumthang  Hotel Jakar Village Lodge
Day 11 Bumthnag Valley exploration  Hotel Jakar Village Lodge
Day 12 Bumthang to Thimphu  Hotel Peacefull
Day 13 Thimphu day exploration  Hotel Peacefull
Day 14 Departure from BHUTAN  See Off

Please keep in mind that before you take this trip. Few things to remember are your visa acceptance letter, your air tickets, Passport validity should be 6 months and more. If you have any health condition please make sure your health insurance covers all.

Emergency contacts:
Being a responsible company, we are always available for 24 hours a day, in case if you need any emergency help. It is best to first call your designated travel coordinator or sales person (whose contact numbers are will be listed on your tour agreement), for any reason if you are not able to reach to him/her then please ring us on the below numbers:
Thimphu Head Office: (00975)-331423
Mobile number: (00975)-17140505(Available 24/7)
Note: office working time is 9am – 5pm from Monday to Friday.
Mr.Binod Rasaily (Sales Manager) 00975 17281037 (Available for 24 hours a day)

Appropriate attire: Most Bhutanese are pretty conservative from our western perspective so it is always polite to wear long pants at all times (Man and Women). Women should wear long pants or skirts. Shirts should not be revealing and bras should be worn. Unfortunately, many tourists ignore these cultural norms and can be seen in towns and villages wearing shorts and revealing summer attire; while it may be comfortable, it is not appropriate, especially when visiting monasteries and Dzongs.
Itinerary Disclaimer
Generally we adhere to the original itinerary that we described but sometimes little alterations can be born due to the situations that are beyond our control. On the other hand, in order to make our trip for your personal experiences and flexible, we allowed our clients to make minor changes by discussing with us (office staff) and guide (field staff). The trip detail itinerary is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destination or activities is by no means of guarantee that they will be encountered or carried due to sudden change in time and the local circumstances and climate.

Keeping in touch with your beloved at home
If your family members or colleagues or friends want to talk to you during your Bhutan Tour or Trek, then you can either provide your guide mobile number to reach you during the trip or you can directly give the company phone number. We will make the arrangement to reach you with guide.
Meals
Meals are usually provided in buffet system and most of tourist food are blend and if you need to change the foods varieties we are very open to change and you need to discuss with guide. We have Indian, Chinese and authentic Bhutanese restaurant where you can have very spicy food.

Destination Guide.
Bhutan is a unique travel destination with some special considerations. It is highly recommended that you undertake some background reading before travel to Bhutan. The more you learn about your destination, the more rewarding your travel experience will be.

Day 01. Arrive Paro : Your Guide from Excursion to Himalayas will receive you at the airport and brief you about the program.

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing: The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). We drive to Simtokha Dzong; the oldest Dzong of Bhutan built by Shabdrung in 1627 and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Over night in Hotel.

Day 03: Thimphu Birdwatching:

The forests above Dodina (2575m) below Cheri Lhakhang on

the trail towards Shodu, Thimphu Valley (Jigme Dorji Wangchuck

National Park) A 45-minute taxi ride from Thimphu and you have Oak forests

where Spotted Laughing thrush, Fire-capped Tit, and Yellow-bellied

Flower picker thrive.

Day 04 Thimphu – Punakha: (72 Kms, 3 hours drive). After breakfast, Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. On the way, visit Chime Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. He subdued the demons with his “ Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”. Lunch at Punakha.

Mo Chhu Valley and Rimchu to the Jigme Dorji National Park:

Here warm broad leaf forests are the habitat of the rare Whitebellied

Heron, White-gorgoted Flycatcher and the Yellow-vented

Warbler. Best times are November to early May.

 

Day 05: Wangdiphodrang:

Mo Chhu Valley to Wangduephodrang (1300m):

The river just north of Wangduephodrang is an excellent area for

water fowl and migratory birds like the Bar-headed Goose, Eurasian

Wigeon, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, and the rare White Bellied

Heron.

Common Kingfisher

Day 06: Wangdi to Damji:

Damji to Gasa (1700m / 2430m – 1-day trek):

A drive through warm broad leaf forests, home to the Black

tailed Crake and the Grey-sided Laughing Thrush.

Day 07. Punakha – Gangtey – Trongsa:

Phobjikha Valley (3050m)

Home to the endangered Black Necked Crane. The ideal time for

viewing is mid to late November during the Thrung Thrung Karm

festival which honours the revered birds.

Forested Road over the Pele La Pass (3390m)

Habitat Fir, Rhododendron and Bamboo forests come full bloom

in April to May where Brown and Green Parrotbills, Marron-backed

Accentor reside visibly.

 

Day 10. Trongsa – Bumthang :

Bumthang Valley (2600m)

Isisbills and migrant birds flock home to the broad-fields and river areas

during March – May and October – November.

 

Day 11. Bumthang – Thimphu: After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. After lunch, Excursion to Tango Monastery. Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Day 12. Thimphu –Paro Taktsang Hike:

Enough of Bird watching and now we want our guest to go for a little adventure to the famous Tiger nest temple.

A very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.

After Lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. In the evening, drive to Thimphu. Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Early Morning, drive to Chelela highest Roadpoint in Bhutan.

Day 13: Haa to Paro and see off:

 

What to Bring for Bird watching in Bhutan?

You should, however, have the proper gear and observe a few basic rules.

  • Binoculars, preferably light-strong ones (e.g. 10 x 50 = Optics x Diameter). Fellow bird watchers will not mind to let you have a look through their binoculars, if necessary.
  • A bird classification book, which contains names, characteristics and information on the seasons or areas preferred by the birds. It will also state plenty of additional facts about the world of birds. You can find in library the book called “Birds of Bhutan”.

 

  • Solitude and patience. Birds are sensitive and cautious creatures. Noise such as loud chatter, and gesticulations, will keep them away. They will soon come into view if you sit quietly for a while and wait for them in an unobtrusive manner and if you are more or less out of sight.
  • Sturdy shoes, a windbreaker, and depending on the length of your excursion some provisions and drinking water.

 

  • Before you leave for another area, take a short look around the place to make sure you left none of your belongings and gear behind.

 

Cost Information
Tier Pricing cost based on the total sign-ups.
Starting from USD $ 3180 Per person for 1 person and $3060 on twin sharing and 2740 for groups of 2pax and above.

Whats Included

  • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
  • Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
  • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • Royalty & Govt. Taxes
  • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
  • Visa Fee.
  • Airport tax
  • Tourism Development fund
  • Guide
  • Sightseeing

Whats NOT Included

  • Airfare.
  • Insurance Premiums,
  • Payments for service provided on a personal basis
  • Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”
  • Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  • Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services
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