If you have less time and budget, 6 days in Bhutan Birding Tour is enough to add some more bird species for your Bird Quest. This tour’s highlight will be to see the endangered White-bellied Herons which can be spotted along the shores of Pho-Chu & Mo-Chu. Pho-Chu and Mo-Chu are home to large number of migratory water fowls. Birding in this area is remarkable during the cool seasons.
Day 01. BKK/KTM/CCU –PBH-Paro
AM: Arrive at Paro and receive by the representative of Authentic Bhutan Tours at the Paro International airport, only airport in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. From directly we will visit National museum of Bhutan, if it is not closed.
Lunch in Paro.
PM: we will visit Paro dzong (fortress) and then stroll around the Paro town.
Welcome dinner & drinks (Bhutanese local drink Ara) at Paro.
Day 02. Paro – Thimphu
AM: Very early in the morning we will drive to Chelela pass with your pack breakfast. The pass is the highest pass, where the car can go in Bhutan. On the way we may see the following birds:Colorful Himalayan MonalFlocks of Blood Pheasants.Kalij Pheasants.GrosbeaksBullfinchesCutia
Besides see this birds we can also see the Mountain Jhomolhari & Jichu Drakye beautifully on clear days from the pass. There are lots of prayer flags here at the pass.
We will have our breakfast here, near the pass. After enjoying the sight of birds, prayer flags and mountains on clear days, then we will drive back to Paro, to our hotel. We will take rest in the hotel for about 1hour and then we will hike to Taktshang, Tiger’s Nest till the view point. We will have lunch here at the view point, Taktshang cafeteria.
PM: Walk back to the car point and then we will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take about 1hour 30minutes from the road point.
Evening stroll around the Thimphu town and explore handicraft shops for Authentic Bhutanese Souvenirs and gifts for your friends and loved ones.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.
Day 03. Thimphu Halt.
AM: We will hike to Cheri Monastery and during the hike we may spot the following birds:Spotted Laughing TrushFire Capped TitGolden Breasted Fulvetta.Yellow Backed Flower PackerMaroon Backed Accentor
Lunch pack lunch.
PM:Drive back to Thimphu and doing some sightseeing in Thimphu, like visit to Memorial Chhorten, Weaving center, Bhutanese paper factory and post office to buy the Famous Bhutanese Stamps. We have bird stamps also-which are very beautiful and can be good souvenirs for your bird lover friends and for your own collections too.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel, Thimphu.
Day 04: Thimphu – Punakha
AM:Drive to Punakha over dochula pass (3150m). stop for a while at the pass for a breath taking of eastern Himalayan Mountain Ranges on a clear days and also to see the 108 small chhortens (stupas). The following birds species can be found on our way to Punakha.Gold-naped Finch.Rufous-breasted Bush RobinSatyr TragopanSlender-billed Scimitar BabblerTree Creepers.
Lunch will be at Lobesa.
PM: Hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, which is located at a hill top. This temple is also known as ‘the temple of fertility’. The hike will take about 25minutes from the road end through the farm fields. Then we will drive to Punakha and visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong.
Dinner and overnight stay at Punakha, Hotel.
Day 05: Punakha – Hlat
AM: We will see the bird along the Mo chu valley side. The following birds can be found here:White-bellied HeronWhite-gorgeted FlycatcherYellow-vented Warbler and many more water birds which are mostly migratory birds.
Day 06: Punakha – Paro
AM: drive to Paro via Thimphu. On reaching Thimphu, we will do some more shopping in Thimphu capital town. Lunch at Thimphu.
PM: Continue our journey to Prao.
Evening stroll around the Paro town for your last shopping in Bhutan.
Dinner and overnight stay at Paro. Dinner can be arranged at farmhouse, if our guests are interested.