April 2019 | 8N/9D | INR 72,190/-*
April 2019 |12 Days |Rs. 72,190/-*
A great opportunity to observe, learn about and photograph the Himalayan birds with a very trusted and experienced guide at hand. With a huge group birding is never fun, but with our tour which restricts only to 4 people in total, you will be able to easily move around and position yourself to get a better shot. A lot of interactions on the field and off it regarding compositions and post-processing will help you to up your photography skills many notches.
A country which has a small population of fewer than 1 million inhabitants and roughly the size of Switzerland, the opportunities for peace and solitude in a striking mountain setting is unrivaled. Bhutan covers an area of 38,000 Sq Km. Lying in the eastern Himalayas, the topography is almost completely mountainous.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small, landlocked nation nestled in the southern slopes of the Eastern Himalaya. To its north lies the Tibet Autonomous Region of China and to the west, south, and east lies the Indian states of Sikkim, Bengal, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh.
The terrain is some of the most rugged in the world, characterized by huge variations in altitude. Within the 150 miles between the southern and northern borders, Bhutan’s elevation rises from 150 to more than 7,500 meters. This great geographical diversity combined with equally diverse climate conditions contributes to Bhutan’s outstanding range of biodiversity and ecosystems.
The Kingdom of Bhutan’s birding habitat can be roughly divided into forest, scrub, wetlands, alpine habitats, agricultural land & land around human habitation. Our tour covers the entire length and breadth of the habitat. Unlike other countries, Bhutan has still retained much of its wilderness which is much appreciated by tourists. Bhutan has a diverse avifauna. 616 species have been recorded so far & many more are likely to be found as more people visit the country to see its birds. Around 464 species are resident although some of these are augmented by winter visitors that breed further north. On this tour, our target is to get 250 birds, 300 species is quite probable. Write to us if you need more specific details.
Day 1 – April 19th (Fri)
On the arrival at the Paro international airport, you will be transferred to hotel.
Your evening birding starts here, exploring Paro river bank specifically looking for Ibisbill, Brown Dipper and Wallcreeper. While looking for above mentioned targeted species, you will also have a good catch of other commoner species. To mention few, River Lapwing, Olive-backed Pipit, White-capped, and Plumbeous Water Redstart, White Wagtail, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Green and Common Sandpiper and others. This will be a good acclimatization day for you.
Day 2 – April 20th (Sat)
Early morning drive to Chelela, (1hr20min drive approx. 4000 masl) highest motor road entering the birding sites. This day’s target species will be Pheasants and other high altitude birds. While starting from the base, you will be amazed by the frequent sighting of Kalij Pheasants. Later at mid-way point to the pass, you will be entering into the Satyr Tragopan’s habitat and finally, you will get to see/photograph Blood Pheasant and Himalayan Monals within the vicinity of the pass.
Other species on the way and around the pass includes Spotted, Black-faced and Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrushes, Varieties of Tits, Collared and White-winged Grosbeak, Spotted Nutcracker, Green-tailed and Mrs. Gould’s Sunbirds, Red-headed Bullfinch, White-browed, Dark-rumped and Dark-breasted Rosefinch, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Hodgson’s Treecreeper, Magpie, Fulvettas, Yuhinas, and other alpine specialist species.
After birding at the pass, you will head towards the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. Our final stop for the day will be next to Thimphu city, sewage pond area for Solitary Snipe and Black-tailed Crake, Ibisbill and Wallcreeper in case if you missed at Paro.
Day 3 – April 21st (Sun)
Early morning birding at Nubding and head on to Chumey by road looking for Ward’s Trogon. We will drive to Pele la looking for Satyr Tragopan and other birds around.
Day 4 – April 22nd (Mon)
Early morning we will head to Tharpaling Monastery for Himalayan Monal which comes to feed as the Monks feed them. We will head to Yongkala via Bumthang and Thrumshingla pass as we drive we will be birding along.
Day 5 – April 23rd (Tue)
Spend the morning hours birding along the old road especially for Satyr Trogopan and other high altitude species like Spotted Laughingthrush, Himalayan Griffon, Great and Brown Parrotbill, Plain Mountain Finch, White-winged and collared Grosbeak, Spotted Nutcracker, Slaty-blue, Verditer and Dark-sided Flycatcher, Grey-sided Bush Warbler and varieties of Tits, Some of the key birds we’ll be looking here include Himalayan Monal, Dark-rumped Rosefinch, Scarlet Finch and Gold-naped Finch.
While driving to Bumthang, we’ll also be looking for the species like Speckled Wood Pigeon, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Golden-breasted and White-browed, and Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Streak-breasted and Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler. Black-winged Cuckoo Shrike, Nepal House Martin, Blyth’s Swift and White-throated Needletail, Black Eagle and many more birds as our target.
Day 6 – April 24th (Wed)
We will start our day early for a drive from Yongkala going over Thrumshingla. Thrumshingla is the prime habitat for Blood Pheasants and also hold other high altitude species like, Snow Pigeons, Orange-flanked Bush Robin, Golden and White-browed Bush Robin, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Spotted Nutcracker, Red-billed Chough, Fire-tailed Sunbirds, Greats Parrotbills, Stripe-throated, and Rufous-vented Yuhinas, Grey-crested, coals, Rufous-vented Tits, White-browed Fulvata, Dark-rumped Rosefinch, Plain-backed Thrush, White-collared and Grey-winged Blackbird, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, Buff-barred and Ashy-throated Warbler. Later we will be birding around Sengor looking for Satyr Tragopan. Sengor is known as the hotspot for Satyr Tragopan. Other birds we’ll be looking out here include Bar-winged and Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Gold-naped Finch, Hoary-throated Barwing, Bar-throated, and Red-tailed Minlas, Whistler’s and Grey-hooded Warbler and Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler.
Day 7 – April 24th (Wed)
We will start our day early for a drive from Chumey to Wangdue Phodrang via Yotongla Pass. We will be birding all along the drive and also spend some time birding at Tharpaling Monastery.
Overnight: Wangue Phodrang
Day 8 – April 26th (Fri)
Dochu La- Thimpu – Paro
We will be visiting Royal Botanical Park in the morning and around Dochu La. Our target will be Fire-tailed Myzorins and post our morning birding, we will head to Thimpu for a short birding at the outskirts of the city. We will end our day at Paro.
Day 9 – April 27th (Sat)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for departure to respective locations.
CAMERA & LENS
Comfortable & Dull colored clothes
20° to 31°
Bring your own toiletries
A pullover or sweater
Passport or Voter ID must.
Note: The date of written communication ( email ) stating the intent to cancel will be considered as the date for applying the cancellation policy.
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