Exploring Bhutan birds (7 days)

Details Itinerary

[spoiler title=’Day 1 : Arrive Paro (2300m)’]

After being received by our tour guide you will be accompanied by the guide from the airport to the hotel.
Afternoon you will visit Paro Dzong and Ta- Dzong built in 1646. Ta-Dzong was once a watchtower for the defense of the Paro Rinpung Dzong. It was turned into a museum of natural history in 1967. Evening walk along the Paro river for birding.
Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.


[spoiler title=’Day2: Paro-Chelela 2hrs 30mins.drive. (3890m) ‘]

Today after breakfast you will drive to Chelela (3890m) for birding and evening drive towards the north of Paro town. The species found in this area are Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant,
Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Ibisbill, Common Sandpiper, Crested Kingfisher, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Hoopoe, Nepal House Martin, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Spotted Nutcracker, Yellow-browed Tit, Grey-crested Tit, Rufous-fronted Tit, Black-throated Tit, Plumbeous Water Redstart, Brown Dipper, White-capped Water Redstart, Crested Serpent Eagle, Black Eagle, Himalayan Buzzard, etc.
Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.


[spoiler title=’Day 3: Paro – Punakha 4hrs drive (1300m)’]

You will drive to Punakha 1300 meters, Bhutan’s old capital; you will take through some of the kingdom’s fertile agricultural land and most scenic river valleys. The first stop will be at Dochu La (pass) at 3,050 meters. The snow-capped eastern Himalayan range can be seen on a clear day. You could also circumambulate the 108 stupas at the pass.
The birds found in Punakha and Wangduephodrang valleys are Himalayan Cutia, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Collared Grosbeak, Red Crossbill, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, White-browed Fulvetta, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Plain Mountain Finch, Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird,
Black-throated Parrotbill, Himalayan Bluetail, White-browed Bush Robin,Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Brown Bullfinch, Red-headed Bullfinch, Chestnut-tailed Minla (Bar-throated Siva),Dark-breasted Rosefinch,Little Bunting,
White-bellied Heron, Common Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Crested Kingfisher, Grey Tree pie, Spotted Nutcracker, Speckled Wood Pigeon, Slaty-backed Fork tail,
Spotted Fork tail, Eurasian Jay, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler,
Streaked-breasted Scimitar Babbler, etc.
Overnight stay at hotel, Punakha.


[spoiler title=’Day4: Birding in Punakha – Jigme Dorji National Park area (Gasa).’]

Today, we will be spending most of our time in the southern part of Jigme Dorji National Park. Along the Punakha- Gasa, stretch you will sight Jungle Owlet, Asian-barred Owlet, Osprey, White-bellied Heron, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Lesser Fish Eagle, Great Cormorant, Black-throated Sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, Black-throated Yuhina, Striped-throated Yuhina, Whiskered Yuhina, Straited Yuhina, Scarlet Minivet, Long-tailed Minivet, Grey-chinned Minivet, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Bay Woodpecker, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Grey-bellied Tesia, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Small Niltava, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Great Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, Golden-throated Barbet, Asian Koel, Grey-hooded Warbler, Golden-spectacled Warbler, Tickell’s Leaf Warbler, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Buff-barred Warbler, Yellow-bellied Fantail, White-throated Fantail, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Hoary-throated Barwing, Blue-fronted Robin, Lesser Shortwing, Himalayan Cutia, Green Shrike-babbler, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Black-eared Shrike-babbler, Spotted Wren Babbler, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Speckled Piculet, Orange-bellied Leafbird, White-tailed Nuthatch, Maroon Oriole, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon.
Overnight stay at hotel, Punakha.


[spoiler title=’Day5:Punakha–Gangtey/Phobjikha,4hrs.drive.(2900m)’]

From Punakha you will drive eastward toward Phobjikha 4hrs. Through the black mountain region. The Phobjikha valley is one of the most important wetland of international importance in the country and it serves as the nesting grounds for the endangered Black-necked Crane in winter. The bird species found in this valley are Yellow-rumped Honey guide, Blue-capped Rock Thrush,Fire-tailed Myzornis, Great Parrotbill, Alpine Accentor, Green-tailed Sunbird, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Rufous-vented Yuhina, Whiskered Yuhina, Scaly Thrush, Tickell’s Thrush, Fire-capped Tit, Amur falcon, Ward’s Trogon, Blue Rock Thrush, Black-faced Laughing thrush, Spotted Laughing thrush, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Red-headed Bullfinch, Scarlet Finch, White-tailed Nuthatch, etc.
Overnight stay at hotel, Phobjikha.


[spoiler title=’Day6:Phobjikha–Thimphu(5hrs30mins.drive)(2300m).’]

Before driving back to Thimphu visit the crane observation and information centre. Drive to Pelela at 3,300m to spot the Himalayan Monal, Spotted Laughing thrush, Himalayan Griffon, Brown Parrotbill, Great Parrotbill,. Stop at Dochula for lunch. Continue drive to Thimphu. Evening you can stroll freely in Thimphu capital city.
Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.


[spoiler title=’Day 7: Departure’]

After breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.


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