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Birds of Bhutan

Paro, Thimpu, Punakha and Phobjikha
6 nights & 7 days
Best time: October-April

Note: Should you choose to opt for your own dates, let us know and we will check the availability of the guide and services
Tour Code: BBHU

ITINERARY
Day 01: Delhi to Paro
Day 02: Paro to Thimpu to Punakha
Day 03: Punakha
Day 04: Punakha to Phobjikha
Day 05: Phobjikhato Thimpu
Day 06: Thimpu to Paro
Day 07: Paro to Delhi

Highlights

Pristine Himalayas
Excellent Birding
Amazing architecture
Interesting road journeys
Great Tibetan food
Sightseeing

ITINERARY

Day 01: Delhi -Paro
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Arrival in Paro from Delhior Kathmandu. You will be met upon arrival. Drive to Hotel Joryangz. In the afternoon, bird along the Paro river valley looking for ibisbill, brown dipper etc.

Day 02: Paro to Thimpu to Punakha via Dochula.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Bird along the river valleys of Paro & Thimpu Rivers. Entering the pristine forest of hemlock, fir, oak and blossoming magnolias and rhododendrons one should see a wealth of birds in species rich feeding flocks. Entering the pristine mixed forests of hemlock, fir, oak, magnolias, and rhododendron one would see a wealth of birds including some species rich feeding flocks. Nutcrackers are common and other highlights may include a hill partridge, golden bush robin, cutia, brown parrotbill or even fire-tailed myzornis. Highlight of the day might be satyr tragopan, fire-tailed myzornis. Halt at Meripuensum Resort.

Day 03: Punakhas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Spending this night at a traditionally decorated hotel near Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan,the birders will have ample time to explore the braided channels of Mo Chu Riverand the bird-rich subtropical forests it contains. The route will take you past the Punakha Dozing. You may see an impressive array of species including the white-bellied heron, one of Bhutan'sspecialties. We are sure to encounter several parties of brightly coloredminivets, noisy striated laughing thrushesand may also see more red -headed trogon, and wedge-tailed pigeon, wait to be discovered. Fire-capped titbreeds here, as does white-gorgeted flycatcher and rare yellow -vented warbler. We will also search for variety of skulkers including white-browed shortwing, spotted and pygmy wren-babblers and all three species of tesia. The night will be spent near Punakha in Meri Puensum Resort

04: Punakha-Gangtey Gompa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Continuing east, past Wangdue Dzong (a monastery and fortress combined), the birders will make a series of brief stops to scan the braided river channel. One can lo ok for Pallas' Gull and Pallas' Fish Eagle here. You also check forest edges and explore some of the small patches of cultivation. You will enter productive forest near the end of our journey and will stop here to look for species such as blood pheasant, s atyr tragopan or majestic Himalayan monal. Spotted laughing thrush , yellowish-bellied bush warbler, rusty-flanked tree creeper, and white-winged grosbeak also occur here. We will also make a proper search for ward's trogon, perhaps Bhutan's premier avian prize, before heading on to our superbly situated, guesthouse next to Gangtey Gompa.

Day 05: Gangtey Gompa to Thimpu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today after leisurely birding in this area, we will proceed to Thimpu and bird outside Jigmey Dorji National Park. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 06: Thimpu to Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Morning birding along the way to Paro. Rest of the day free for birding or sightseeing in and around Paro. Overnight stay.

Day 07: Paro-Delhi / Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast
Today you depart on Druk Airlines flight to Delhi or Kathmandu.

Note: Bhutan is a Himalayan destination, the flight schedule and weather conditions may sometimes force us to change the itinerary. Please do not take this as a standard or final itinerary as we can customize it depending on your travel date and flight timings.

Note: if the flight schedule changes and one has to stay additional night, the tour cost will increase on pro rata basis

Services included:
-Accommodation on twin sharing basis
-Meals as per the itinerary
-Guided birding
-Any permits within Bhutan
-All surface transfers by a private vehicle

Services not included:
-Optional tours/excursions, personal & incidental expenses.
-Tips, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, camera fee etc.
-International and domestic air fare, visa, insurance.

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