Day 01: Arrival Paro
Your incoming flight to Bhutan offers an incredible view of the dramatic scenery – on a clear day you can gaze over some of the Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kangchenjunga, Mt. Jomolhari and other surrounding mountain peaks. On your arrival at the most remarkable Paro valley (1,800m – 5,400m), you will be welcome by your tour representative who will accompany you and your group throughout your stay in Bhutan. At your arrival drive to visit Paro Dzong lies roughly in the center of the valley – Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel built this awesome and impressive dzong in 1645. After the dzong visit the National Museum, built as a watchtower and later converted into a national museum in 1968. Returning back make a short stop at Dumtse Lhakhang that lies out of the town, across the river and en-route to the National Museum. It is one of the ancient temple built in the shape of a Chorten and was constructed in 1421 by Lama Thongtong Gyelpo. Lunch will be in Paro town and after lunch drive to your hotel. In the afternoon hour walk around the river bank of Paro Chhu to spot some of the bird species found along the river side including Ibis bill, black faced laughing thrush, Aberrant Bush Warbler, brown Dipper, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Spotted laughing thrush, Himalayan Whistling Thrush, Fire capped tit, Common Teal , Grey headed Flycatcher Warbler, Green backed Tit, and Hodgson’s Redstart. At late evening return to hotel and rest day at leisure.
DAY 02: Paro (Chelela Birding Excursion)
Today at your early breakfast in the hotel drive to Chelela Pass, which is, consider the highest motor pass in the country. The pass lies at a cool crisp of 12,200ft/3720m and the drive takes you through some of the spectacularly lovely forest of pines, oak and rhododendrons that are ablaze during the months of April and May. It takes 40km from the hotel and can be negotiated within 45 minutes. The surrounding pass offers species like Himalayan Monal, Blood and Kalij Pheasants, Satyr Tragopan, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Himalayan White-browed Rose-finch, bright Redheaded Bullfinch, Collared and White-winged Grosbeaks, high-flying Plain Mountain Finch, the warbler-like Goldcrest, retiring Rufous-breasted Accentor, Long-tailed Thrush, Spotted Laughingthrush, Eurasian Woodcock. In the evening return to your hotel
Day 03: Paro – Bumthang
This remarkable journey to central Bhutan is characterized by drive through mountains and beautiful valleys of Wangdue and Trongsa. However, in the first hour of the day break, drive to Dochula passes to catch the morning sunrise and enjoy the sunrise coffee break at cafeteria in the vicinity. From the mountain pass, drive all the way through broad mix forested valleys until arrival at lower regional Wangdue. Drop for a short photography at the check point follow by visit to Fort sited on the gentle hill top at the convergence of Punatshangchu and Dangchu River. The beautiful Shar region extends its boarder till Chendibji, where settlements in between Pelela pass and Chendibji rare herds of mountain cattle, the Yaks and seasonal migration is very much in practice still today. This rare opportunity to see mountain yak herds and sheep are the highlights of these places. Lunch will be at cafeteria in Chendibji after your short stop at nearby stupa on the bank of river stream. After the sightseeing completion at Trongsa Museum, straight drive to Bumthang en route the highest mountain pass between Trongsa and Bumthang, the Yotongla elevating 3500 meters from the sea level. En-route you will have a chance to spot some of the species like Ibisbill, Brown Parrotbill, Little Bunting and Pintail Snipe. Reaching Bumthang, check in to your hotel and rest day at leisure.
Day 04: Bumthang – Sengor (Camp)
This journey is a bit long but the route is quite scenic. In the morning hour your drive ascend to Thrumshing La (12,000ft/3656m) National Park through semi-tropical forest were you will search for birds like great Parrotbill, Fulvious Parrotbill, red-billed Chough, Russet Sparrow, Mountain Finch, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Firetailed Myzornis, Grey-crested and Rufous-vented Tits, Himalayan Blue-tail, White-browed Bush Robin, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, White-collared Blackbird, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Eurasian Wren, Dark-rumped, Common Rosefinches, Olive-backed Pipit, Snow Pigeon etc. are some of the species found in the surrounding region. Your drive from the pass to Sengor (9700ft/2957m) is only 20km. Overnight in Camp
Day 05, 06, 07: Sengor, Lingmithang & Yongkhola
These three days you will travel through Sengor, Lingmithang and Yongkhola. Spend one night camp in Sengor enjoying the fine selection of birds in the surrounding areas and one will encounter birds species like Black-faced, Chestnut-crowned and Spotted Laughingthrushes, the secretive, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, shy and reticent Plain-backed Thrush, Tibetan Serin that flock in large groups, the widespread but bizarre-billed Red Crossbill, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, which skulks through the dense undergrowth, Green Shrike-Babbler, noisy Spotted Nutcracker, striking Golden-naped Finch, skulking Scaly-breasted Wren-Babbler and White-browed Shortwing, tiny Chestnut-headed Tesia and the delightful Bar-winged Wren-Babbler, Satyr Tragopan. The plateau of Sengor stretches through sheer mountains sides and several waterfalls. The road through Lingmethang is rightfully known as the birding spots. The regions borad-leaved forest and coniferous forest that span across vast altitude is home to many bird species and other animals.
Day 08: Lingmithang – Trashi Yangtse
Located in the eastern boulevard, the booming Mongar was once home to the legendary figures of the past. Besides, the production of finest textiles in the country is known to exist here still today. Culturally, the place houses the ruin of Zhongar fort built in the seventeenth century, Mongar Dzong in 1930s and prominent Aja pilgrimage, the invention of thousand letters “Aa” by Guru Rinpochhe in the eighth century. In the morning hour accessibility to the forts and Yagang temple will be acquired followed by lunch break in the hotel. Drive to Tashiyangtse, the winter homeland of the migratory birds from Tibet, the black neck crane. The bird species that you will encounter en-route through the shrubby hillsides which is native for chir pine forest are known for bird species like - Himalayan Bulbul, Striated Prinia, Blue-capped Rock Thrush, Hodgson’s Redstart, White-crested Laughingthrush, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, dazzling Green-tailed Sunbird, migrant Blue Rock Thrush, Grey-winged Blackbird, striking Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Slaty-blue Flycatcher, Black-faced Warbler, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Rufous-breasted Accentor, flame-throated Red-billed Leiothrix Blackheaded Shrike-Babbler, Crimson-browed Finch and Yellow-breasted Greenfinch. Reaching Trashi Yangtse check in to your hotel and if time permit stroll around the tiny town and even make a short visit to the well known Chorten Kora temple which lies just below the bottom of town.
Day 09: Birding in the surrounding Bumdeling Wildlife Area
Today you will be offered a full day exploring birds in the fully functional Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary which is located in the north – west of Trashi Yangtse covering an area of 1,545km conserving rich diversity of flora and fauna in an area covering 118,430ha spreading across two districts or dzongkhags of (Trashi Gang and Lhuentse). The natural landscape range from subtropical forest to an alpine meadows with home for more than 100 species of mammals, including globally threatened snow Leopard, Royab Bangal Tiger, red Panda. The sanctuary also includes Bomdeling valley, which is home for more than 150 vulnerable Black-necked Crane spending their winter in Bumdeling wetland. It is also home for many species of butterfly, so far, more than 130 butterflies have been officially recorded and there are yet to discover more than 120 species of butterfly. If you are here in the mid-November – early March you will find the Black-Necked Crane. However, birds like Ibisbill, Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Gould’s Shortwing, Grey-crowned Prinia, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie and Snow Pigeon, are found and there are almost 300 species of birds have been officially recorded. In the evening return to your hotel for night.
Day 10: Trashiyangtse – Trashigang
A leisurely drive takes you to Trashigang which lies at an elevation of 1070m/3510ft. The road distance covers around 52km and is easily negotiable within 1.5 hours. The region of Tashigang is gloriously set over gentle scrolling landscape in accord with pristine nature. The place offers wide range of cultural hikes and sightseeing through its boastful natural beauties and remarkable communities. Unfold your visit to Dongdi Dzong, Chorten Kora and Institute of Zorig Chu Sum above the main town. Evening visit to Gom Kora temple, and then drive to your destination Trashigang that was once the center of busy trade with Tibet and India.
Day 11: Trashigang – Morong (Camp)
Today your drive takes you pass by Yongphu La (8200ft/2500m) through forest covered with rhododendrons forest. Your today’s stop is in Morang, which lies at 4650ft/1418m. You will be stopping en-route for birding and some of the notable birds that you will encounter are Ward’s Trogon, Golden-napped Finch, White-spectacled Warbler, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, exquisite Green-tailed Sunbird, Yellow-cheeked and Yellow-browed Tits, White-tailed Nuthatch and Fire-breasted Flower-pecker, Himalayan Vulture, White-throated Laughing thrush, Migratory White-throated Needletail, and Yellow-rumped Honeyguide.
Day 12: Morong Halt
Today you will spend full day birding near lush green forest of Morang region. The sub-tropical forest here offers variety of bird species including Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Little Bunting, Blue-fronted Redstart, Russet Sparrow, Blue Whistling Thrushes, Green-backed Tits, Whiskered Yuhinas, Rusty-fronted Bar-wings, colourful Chestnut-tailed Minlas, White-naped Yuhina, Streaked Spiderhunter, striking Orange-bellied Leafbird, secretive Blue-winged and Greysided Laughing-thrushes, Hume’s Tree-creeper, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, brilliant Scarlet Finch, gorgeous Black-eared Shrike-Babbler and Yellow-throated Fulvetta. Brown-flanked Bush Warblers, Black Eagle and Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagle. In the late evening, return to your campsite for night.
Day 13: Morang – Samdrup Jongkhar
Today your drive to Samdrup Jonkhar, which is one of the land entry and exit, points to Bhutan. The region lies between an elevations of 200m – 4200m. As you venture downhill the regions vegetation is tropical with a surfeit of teak, tall bamboos and swaying ferns and soon you will start shedding layers as it grows increasingly hot and steamy. You will stop for birding en-route and some of the species you will encounter through these foothills are Beautiful Nuthatch, Black-faced Warbler, Greyheaded Canary-Flycatcher, Black-throated Bushtit, Striated Laughingthrush, Long-tailed Sibia, Silver-eared Leiothrix, Wreathed and Great Hornbills, Mountain HawkEagle, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, tiny Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Common Iora, Rufescent Prinia, bright blue Black-naped Monarch, red-and-black Scarlet Minivet, Black-crested, Ashy and Black Bulbuls, Pin-striped Tit-Babbler, Golden-fronted Leafbird, bamboo-dwelling Yellow-bellied Warbler, White-rumped Shama, Sultan Tit, brilliant Asian Fairy-bluebird, Long-tailed Broadbill, Black-backed Forktail, Slaty-backed Forktail, White-capped and Plumbeous Water Redstarts, Grey Wagtail, Brown Dipper and Crested Kingfisher, Dark-rumped Swift and Pied Falconet, hornbills, barbets and colorful species of green pigeon and Rufous-necked Hornbill can be seen as you drive down to Samdrup Jongkhar.
Day 14: Samdrup Jongkha (Birding)
Today you will be spending whole day in Samdrup Jongkhar and consider it is your last day and final break of your long days adventure. A leisurely walk around the town area and the wetland of the region also offers some of the lowland bird species. You can watch this lowland species at your own pace and to name some of the species found here includes gaudy Blue-throated, Coppersmith and Lineated Barbets, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Indian Pond Heron, Ashy Woodswallow, Cinereous Tit, Chestnuttailed Starling and Pied and Great Mynas. In the evening return to your hotel.
Day 15: Samdrup Jongkhar (Exit)
Today after your breakfast drive to your exit point where you will complete your exit formalities and register your entry permit to India on the other side of the border. Bid adieu to your helpful Bhutanese tour guide and driver.