April 2019 | 10N/11D | INR 94,800/-*
April 2019 |11 Days |Rs. 94,800/-*
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 17th (Wed)
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 18th (Thu)
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.
Break for the day. You can walk around the city to try on local cuisine.
Day 3 – April 19th (Fri)
Early morning drive towards Punakha (2 hr 30 min drive), en route Dochula (3150 masl). Around the Dochula Pass, we will look for Fire-tailed Myzornis, Finches, Yuhinas, Eurasian Jay and other alpine birds. Later while descending, we will explore Royal Botanical Park. This park has an amazing broadleaf forest composition providing good habitat for wildlife. Here you may see elusive Red Panda if we are lucky. Apart from the common birds, you will explore nature trail inside the Park for Ward’s Trogon, Brown and Black-throated Parrotbill, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Slender-billed, and Streaked-breasted Scimitar-Babbler, Grey-sided Laughing Thrush.
Continue our drive to Punakha valley, along with the drive we’ll look for the species like Scarlet and Long-tailed Minivet, Great and Golden-throated Barbet and other residential birds.
Evening drive along Po Chhu River for critically endangered White-bellied Heron and vulnerable Pallas’s Fish Eagle. other species include here are migratory water birds, sometimes there is a sighting of vagrant Mandarin Duck, Ibisbill, Red-wattled and Lapwing, Common and Crested Kingfisher and few raptors.
Day 4 – April 20th (Sat)
Early morning drive to Phobjikha Valley (4hrs) along the warm and cool broadleaf forest. You will make several stops on the way as you are inside the different vegetation. Here you will be rewarded with a sighting of Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Himalayan Cutia, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Ward’s Trogon, Hoary-throated Barwing, Blyth’s Shrike-babbler, Bhutan and Rufous-chinned laughingthrush, Himalayan Bluetail, Grey-bellied Tesia, Rufous-capped and Golden Babbler, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker and others.
Before reaching Pelela pass we’ll take the road to Phobjekha valley, crossing Lawala pass the vegetation changes into dwarf bamboo, here you’ll search for the species like Spotted, Chestnut-crowned and Black-faced Laughingthrushes, Spotted Nutcracker, Great and Brown Parrotbills, Oriental Skylark, White-browed Shortwing, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Red-billed Chough, Large-billed and Whistler’s Warbler, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler and Oriental Skylark.
Day 5 – 6 – April 21st (Sun) – 22nd(Mon)
After early breakfast, we’ll drive to the Pelela pass and 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.
Morning drive to Tharpaling monastery road, before monastery while driving along pristine blue pine forests, we may see Satyr Tragopan. Later at the monastery, we can see cooperative Himalayan Monal feeding nearby, Beautiful Rosefinch, Snow Pigeon, Eurasian Magpie, and other commoners.
Overnight: Bumthang (2 nights)
Day 7 – April 23rd (Tue)
We will start our day early for a drive from Bumthang to 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 8 – 9 – April 24th (Wed) – April 25th (Thu)
Among the entire birding site, the Yonkala is considered as top birding site (Birding Paradise) in Bhutan. We will spend the two days birding in the upper and lower Limithang road. Some of the species of our target here include flocks of busy Greater Rufous-headed and Black-throated Parrotbills, Golden-breasted and Yellow-throated Fulvettas; Rufous-throated, Long-billed, Pygmy and Sikkim Wedge-billed Wren Babbler, Grey-bellied, Slaty-bellied and Chestnut-headed Tesia, Red-headed and Ward’s Trogon, Hoary-throated Barwing, Great and Golden-throated Barbet, Himalayan Cutia, Black-faced, Whistler’s and Grey-cheeked Warblers, White-tailed and Beautiful Nuthatch, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Grey-chinned Minivet, Babblers and Tit, Coral-billed, Slender-billed and Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Varieties of laugher species, Birds of Prey, Flycatchers, Robins, Tits, Leafbirds, woodpecker and many more species
Day 10 – April 26th (Fri)
Today you will be traveling through Conifer Forest to explore for Slender-billed Oriole and other species. Later after crossing Mongar valley, you will be birding at Korila pass looking for Thrushes, Gold-napped Finch, Laughingthrushes, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Gold-napped Finch and many more.
Visit logging road for Ward’s Trogon, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Grey-sided Laughingthrush and other laughers and many more.
Continue drive to Tashigang making several stops if necessary.
Day 11 – April 27th (Sat)
Finding additional species would be difficult along this road but you will still enjoy your journey watching close up Yellow-rumped Honeyguide and to mention few highlights like Thrushes, Nuthatches, Drongos, Scimitar Babblers, Minivets, Hornbills and again Ward’s Trogon in Warong and Reserbu area. This will be our last opportunity to make some images if we had missed it before.
Your stop at Morong will reward you with Beautiful Nuthatch, Sultan Tits, Blyth’s Shrike Babbler, Silver-eared Mesia, Coral-billed Scimitar-babbler.
We will be closing our tour at Samdrup Jongkhar. A cab will take us to Guwahati.
Note: Transportation charges from Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati is not included in this package..
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