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Bhutan Birding Tour

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  • Bhutan Birds
  • Max People : 16
  • Wifi Available
  • Daily Tour
  • Min Age : N/A
  • Pickup: Paro International Airport

Immerse yourself in the melodic symphony of Himalayan birds, from vibrant sunbirds to majestic eagles. Led by expert guides, traverse lush valleys and dense forests, spotting rare species in their natural habitats. Capture the elusive Black-necked Crane in the Phobjikha Valley and witness the spectacular colours of the Himalayan Monal. Our Bhutan Birding Tour offers a unique blend of nature exploration and birdwatching, ensuring an unforgettable adventure for both novice and seasoned bird enthusiasts. Book your journey to witness the enchanting winged residents of the Land of the Thunder Dragon! You can also combine Bhutan with Sikkim, Bhutan, Sikkim and Ladakh and Bhutan and Ladakh Tour.

Bhutan Bird Species

Around 700 Bird species are found in Bhutan

Endangered birds found in Bhutan

4 hours prior to the flight and 3 hours for Train Journey.

Bhutan Birding Tour Route

Thimphu-Punakha-Phobjikha-Paro

Hotel Used for Bhutan Birding Tour

All Accommodation in 3 star Hotel

Transportation for Tour

1 to 2 Pax SUV Car | 2 to 8 Pax: Toyota Hiace Bus | 8 to 16 pax: Toyota Coaster Bus.

Luxury Tour Guide

Local Tibetan English Speaking Guide expert in Local tradition and Culture.

Meals

First-day L/D and last day only breakfast before Departure. All meals during Tour/Trekking or driving Trip. Please reconfirm with us.

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • Ride Guide - The services of 1 experienced rider as your personal guide during the entire trip.
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary
  • Visa Processing Fees
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary

Price Excludes

  • International flight to and out of Home Country
  • International Travel Insurance
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Tips for Guide/Driver/Cook
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
What Birds are found in Bhutan?
  • Nestled in the heart of the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan boasts a remarkable diversity of avian life, making it a paradise for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. Despite its relatively small size, Bhutan's varied terrain, ranging from subtropical forests to alpine meadows, provides habitat for over 700 bird species. Here's a glimpse into the colorful world of birds found in this enchanting kingdom. One of Bhutan's iconic birds is the Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impejanus), known for its iridescent plumage and majestic appearance. Found in the higher reaches of Bhutan's forests, this species is revered for its beauty and holds cultural significance in Bhutanese folklore. In the lush subtropical forests of southern Bhutan, the Rufous-necked Hornbill (Aceros nipalensis) can be spotted with its distinctive orange neck and large casque. These impressive birds play a crucial role in forest ecosystems as seed dispersers, contributing to the regeneration of the forest. Venturing into the montane forests, birdwatchers may encounter the vibrant Fire-tailed Myzornis (Myzornis pyrrhoura), sporting a fiery red tail and greenish-yellow plumage. These tiny gems flit among the rhododendron blooms, adding a splash of color to the forest canopy. Bhutan's rivers and wetlands provide vital habitat for waterfowl and waders, including the graceful Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis), revered as a symbol of longevity and prosperity in Bhutanese culture. During the winter months, these majestic birds migrate to the Phobjikha Valley, where they are welcomed with joyous celebrations.
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Bhutan Birding Tour Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Paro International Airport

  • Arrive at Paro International Airport, where you will be greeted by your guide. Paro is very popular for the Spring festival.
  • Transfer to your hotel and settle in.
  • Visit the National Museum of Bhutan to learn about the country’s cultural and natural history, including its birdlife.
  • Explore Paro town and its surroundings for initial birdwatching opportunities.
  • Overnight stay in Paro.

Day 2Paro to Thimphu Birding

Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, offers a diverse range of habitats, including forests, riversides, and urban parks, making it a suitable environment for various bird species. While the city itself may not have as extensive birdwatching opportunities as rural areas, there are still several species that can be observed in and around Thimphu. You can also attend the popular autumn festival in Thimphu. Here are some birds commonly found in Thimphu.

  • Yellow-rumped Honeyguide ·
  • Rufous-bellied Woodpecker ·
  • Darjeeling Woodpecker ·
  • Long-tailed Minivet ·
  • Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher ·
  • Ashy-throated Warbler

Day 3Thimphu to Punakha

Punakha, located in the subtropical valleys of Bhutan, offers a rich habitat for a diverse range of bird species. From riverside habitats to lush forests, Punakha provides ample opportunities for birdwatching enthusiasts. Here are some birds commonly found in Punakha.

  • Red Collared-Dove,
  • Streptopelia tranquebarica
  • Spotted Dove, Spilopelia chinensis
  • Barred Cuckoo-Dove
  • Macropygia unchall
  • Asian Emerald Dove

 

Day 04Punakha to Gangtey

Gangtey, situated in the Phobjikha Valley of Bhutan, is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and as a designated conservation area for the endangered Black-necked Cranes during their winter migration. The valley offers a diverse range of habitats, including marshlands, forests, and farmland, making it an excellent destination for birdwatching. Here are some of the birds commonly found in Gangtey.

Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis): The Black-necked Crane is the most iconic bird species associated with Gangtey. During the winter months, these majestic cranes migrate to the Phobjikha Valley, where they can be observed feeding in the marshlands and flying overhead in their distinctive V-shaped formations.

Day 05Gangtey Black Necked Crane

Observe Black Necked Crane

Day 06Phobjikha to Thimphu to Tango Cherry Monastery

Tango and Cherry monastery is 8 Km away from Thimphu. Birds found in the place is Ashy-throated Warbler.

Day 07Paro to Kathmandu/Bangkok

Time to say good-bye! We fly out of Bhutan and back to Home Country.

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FAQ

What makes Bhutan a prime destination for birdwatching?

Bhutan’s diverse ecosystems, ranging from subtropical forests to alpine meadows, support a wide variety of bird species, including many rare and endemic ones. The country’s commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism also enhances the birding experience.

When is the best time to go on a birding tour in Bhutan?

The best time for birdwatching in Bhutan is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when bird activity is high, and weather conditions are favourable. Migratory birds can also be observed during the winter months.

What bird species can I expect to see in Bhutan?

Bhutan is home to over 700 bird species, including iconic species like the Black-necked Crane, Himalayan Monal, Rufous-necked Hornbill, and many others. Depending on the region and season, birdwatchers can encounter a diverse range of species from various habitats.

Do I need to be an experienced birder to join a tour?

No, Bhutan birding tours cater to birdwatchers of all levels, from beginners to experienced enthusiasts. Knowledgeable guides lead the tours and assist in bird identification and interpretation of bird behaviours.

Are birdwatching tours environmentally sustainable?

Yes, reputable birdwatching tour operators in Bhutan prioritize environmental sustainability and responsible tourism practices. They work closely with local communities and conservation organizations to minimize the ecological impact of tours and support conservation efforts.

What should I bring on a Bhutan birding tour?

Essential items to bring include binoculars, a field guide to birds of Bhutan or the region, comfortable walking shoes, lightweight clothing suitable for layering, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a reusable water bottle. It’s also advisable to carry a camera for capturing memorable bird sightings.

How do I book a Bhutan birding tour?

Booking a birding tour in Bhutan typically involves contacting a reputable tour operator specializing in birdwatching excursions. They can provide information about available tour packages, itineraries, costs, and booking procedures. It’s advisable to book well in advance, especially during peak birdwatching seasons.

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