Birds of Bhutan

Birds of Bhutan

Bhutan, one of the world’s best biodiversity hot spots, boasts a tremendous diversity of plants, birds and animals flourishing in a range of ecosystems from subtropical jungle barely above sea level to snowbound mountains above 7500m. The country’s various habitats are believed to contain close to 200 species of mammals and over 650 species of birds.

On this epic birdwatching journey through the mountain Kingdom, you’ll be led by some of Bhutan’s best birdwatching guides and naturalists to the best birdwatching spots across the land. We expect to spot 300-350 bird species, among which are the vulnerable black-necked crane and the endangered white-bellied heron, listed as one of the 50 rarest birds in the world. We also expect to spot 12-15 mammal species.

15 DAYS
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Day 1: Arrival in Paro - Thimpu

This morning, your flight into Paro offers breath-taking views of the majestic Himalayas, including some of the world’s highest peaks. Your Bhutanese hosts will warmly welcome you.

From the airport, we will embark on a scenic drive along the Pa Chu river. Birding opportunities begin almost immidiately as we look out for the camouflaged Himalayan riverine species, such as the Ibisbill. The area is also known for various bird species, including the Wallcreeper (winter visitor), Black-tailed Crake, Eurasian Cuckoo, Grey-backed Shrike, Russet Sparrow, Blue Whistling Thrush, Black Bulbul and more.

In Thimpu, we visit the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park to see the impressive Buddha Dordenma statue.

Today’s driving time: 1-1.5 hours

Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Dochu La - Lampelri Park - Punakha

Today, we will witness the awe-inspiring Himalayan sunrise at Dochu La Pass (3150m) before continuing to Lampelri Park for birdwatching. Expect to see Grey Nightjar, Hill Partridge, Kalij Pheasant, Large Hawk-cuckoo, Eurasian Jay, Pygmy Cupwing, Spotted Laughingthrush, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Green-backed Tit, among others in the evergreen and broad-leafed forests.

In Punakha, we’ll visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, also known as the “Palace of Great Happiness.”

Later, we’ll bird along the Puna Tshang Chu River valley, where you might spot Osprey, Pallas’s Fish-eagle (Endangered), Ruddy Shelduck, Eurasian Widgeon, Common and Green Sandpipers, Scaly-breasted Munia, Slender-billed Oriole and Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler.

Today’s driving time: 3 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03: Punakha - Phobjikha

Today’s scenic journey will take us through oak and rhododendron forests towards Lawa La Pass (3350m) and  Phobjikha Valley.

Here, we’ll have the opportunity to observe the rare Black-necked Cranes (Nov-early March only), Ward’s Trogon (top target), Long-billed Thrush, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Red-tailed Minla, Black-eared Shrike Babbler, Oriental Skylark, Himalayan Vulture (Near Threatened), and more.

Today’s driving time: 3 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Phobjikha - Bumthang

We’ll birdwatch at Pele La Pass in the morning, searching for Satyr Tragopan, Bearded Vulture (Near Threatened), Solitary Snipe, Yuhinas, Rosefinches, Red-headed Bullfinch, Hoary-throated Barwing, Black-faced Laughingthrush, amongst other fascinating species.

Along the Yotongla pass we will look for birds such as Bhutan Laughingthrush, Brown Parrotbill, White-capped Redstart, Russet Bush Warbler, Blyth’s Leaf Warbler, Altai Accentor, Green-tailed Sunbirds.

Today’s driving time: 8 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Bumthang - Yongkola

Today’s journey offers breathtaking views as we ascend to Selthang La Pass (3600m) and Thrumshing La Pass (3780m). The region is rich in birdlife, and we’ll look for Himalayan Monal (top target), Goldcrest, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Greenish Warbler, Alpine Accentor, Satyr Tragopan (one of the top birds), Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Hume’s Bush Warbler, Rufous-vented Tit, White-winged Grosbeak, Collared Owlet, Blood Pheasant (top bird), Red-billed Chough and more.

Today’s driving time: 7 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Thrumshing La National Park
Thrumshing La National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers, offering unique species such as Chestnut-breasted Partridge (Vulnerable), Rufous-necked Hornbill (top target), and Long-billed Wren-babbler (rare), Rufous-throated Wren Babbler (Near Threatened), the strange Himalayan Wedge-billed Babbler (rare), Lesser Yellownape, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Common Green Magpie,  Laughingthrushes, Beautiful Nuthatch (top target), Spotted Elachura (top target), Little Pied Flycatcher, Hodgson’s Frogmouth, Brown Wood Owl, Black and Rufous-bellied Eagles, Speckled Piculet, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Red-faced Liocichla, Himalayan Prinia, Yellow-cheeked Tit and more. During a night safari, we may also encounter the rare Bhutan Giant Flying Squirrel.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Yongkola - Bumthang

We’ll continue birdwatching at Yongkola before returning to Bumthang. The journey will include stops at Namling, Sengor, and Thrumshing La where we hope to see birds such as Bar-winged Wren Babbler (rare), Black-throated Parrotbill, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Whiskered Yuhina, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Himalayan Cutia, Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, Grey-bellied Tesia and more.

Today’s driving time: 7 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Tharpaling Monastery - Trongsa

In the morning, we’ll visit Tharpaling Monastery to spot the exquisite Himalayan Monal. Other regular species in the area include Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch, Blue-fronted Redstart, Alpine Thrush, Black-throated Thrush, White-bellied Redstart, Golden Bush Robin, Grey-sided Bush Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Himalayan Owl, and Snow Pigeon.

En-route to Trongsa, we’ll make additional birdwatching stops, and once there, we’ll explore the historic Trongsa Dzong.

Today’s driving time: 3 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Trongsa - Tingtibi

Today’s journey will take us through a wide range of altitudes, starting from 2,170m and descending to 600m as we reach Tingtibi. As we drive, we will be treated to magnificent views of the Himalayan landscape. In the morning, our focus will be on spotting various bird species, including the White-tailed Robin, Crested Kingfisher, Oriental Turtle-dove, Barred Cuckoo-dove, Asian Barred Owlet and more.

Following a satisfying breakfast around Kuenga Rubten, we will continue our journey towards Tingtibi, making additional birding stops whenever time permits. Some of the species we can expect to encounter in the area include the Peregrine Falcon, Oriental Hobby, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo (summer visitor), Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Mountain Hawk-eagle, Green-billed Malkoha, Great Hornbill (Vulnerable).

Today’s driving time: 7 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Royal Manas National Park

Our exploration of the rarely visited Royal Manas National Park in Tingtibi will introduce us to one of the most biodiverse areas in Bhutan, where we can witness an incredible variety of rare and special birds. Throughout the day, our target species will include the White-bellied Heron (Critically Endangered), Pale-billed Parrotbill (a resident species and rarity), White-browed Scimitar Babbler, White-hooded Babbler (a local bamboo specialist and rarity), Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Plaintive, Banded Bay, Drongo, and Grey-bellied Cuckoos, White-browed Piculet, Pale-headed Woodpecker (a bamboo specialist and rarity), Blyth’s Paradise Flycatcher,  Blue-naped Pitta (rare), White-throated Kingfisher and others.

In addition to the avian wonders, Tingtibi valley presents us with the best chance to observe one of Bhutan’s rare primates, the Golden Langur, as they forage along the roadside.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Tingtibi - Gelephu

We will start the day by birding around our hotel in Tingtibi, enjoying the morning chorus before embarking on our journey towards Tama La at 1,661m. As we descend from the pass, we will traverse mixed temperate forests, eventually reaching the charming village of Surey. Along the way, we will make a special stop near Tama La at a sheer cliff face, where we’ll search for the rare Yellow-rumped Honeyguide (a species classified as near-threatened).

After breakfast around Tama La, we will descend to explore the temperate forests surrounding Surey valley. This section offers opportunities to spot an array of bird species, including the Changeable Hawk Eagle, Hodgson’s Hawk-cuckoo, Mountain Imperial-pigeon, Wreathed Hornbill (Vulnerable), Greater Yellownape, Black Drongo, Himalayan Swiftlet, Rufous-throated Partridge, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Eurasian Wryneck, White-naped Yuhina, Black-throated Sunbird, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Rufous-backed Sibia, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Maroon Oriole, and Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler.

Upon our arrival in Gelephu, we will take some time to scan the town area and visit the water treatment plant, where we should find Indian Peafowl, Red-wattled Lapwing, Common Greenshank, Citrine Wagtail, Lesser Whistling-duck, Indian Pond-heron, Intermediate Egret, Little Cormorant, Rose-ringed Parakeet (introduced species), Jacobin and Spotted Owlet.

Today’s driving time: 4 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Gelephu - Tsirang

We will dedicate a significant part of the morning to birding along the Sarpang road. During this excursion, we may encounter a variety of species, including the Steppe Eagle, Jerdon’s Baza, Red Junglefowl, Orange-breasted, and Thick-billed Green Pigeons, Eurasian Collared-dove, Alexandrine Parakeet (Near Threatened), Large-tailed Nightjar, Black Stork, Striated Heron, to name a few.

After a satisfying breakfast, we will continue our birding adventure in the sub-tropical forests above Sarpang. We will enjoy lunch in the scenic surroundings of Dara Chu. In this area, we will find White-crested Laughingthrush, Nepal Fulvetta, Whiskered Yuhina, Red-rumped Swallow, Long-tailed Broadbill, Red-headed Trogon, Red-billed Leiothrix, and Collared Treepie (another rare species).

Today’s driving time: 7 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13: Tsirang - Paro

This morning, we will embark on a birding journey as we make our way down to the picturesque Sunkosh valley. Our primary focus will be to spot one of the rarest birds in the world, the White-bellied Heron, and our third chance on the trip. Along the way, we can also expect to encounter other fascinating bird species such as the Greater Goldenback, Barn Swallow, Blue-throated Barbet, Rufous Woodpecker, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Dusky Warbler, Slaty-backed Forktail, Blue-throated Flycatcher, Spot-winged Starling (a rare find), and Long-tailed Minivet.

Upon reaching Wangdue, we will continue our journey to Paro, making additional birding stops whenever time allows. Species we should find include, Crested Serpent-eagle, Crested Goshawk, Alpine Swift, Great Barbet, Grey Treepie, Large-billed Crow, Fire-capped Tit, Eurasian Crag Martin, Ashy-throated Warbler, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Striated Prinia, Black-crested Bulbul, Grey-hooded Warbler, Indian White-eye, and Grey Wagtail.

Today’s driving time: 8 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14: Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery with birding en-route

The highlight of the day is the hike up to the renowned Tiger’s Nest, also known as Taktsang Goemba.

The hike to the monastery takes about 1½-2 hours through wooded areas, involving an ascent of 340m. Along the way, we will have opportunities for birdwatching, seeking out species such as Hume’s Leaf Warbler, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Coal Tit, White-tailed Nuthatch, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Spotted Nutcracker, and Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush.

As we reach the tea house, a welcome spot for refreshments and one of the best viewpoints of the monastery, we continue the ascent for another half-hour to reach a viewpoint directly across from the monastery. The final stretch involves a steep descent into the gorge separating us from the monastery, followed by a climb back up to reach it.

Upon exploring the rocky ledges near the monastery, we’ll keep our eyes open for flocks of Altai Accentors. The nearby waterfall often presents opportunities to observe Little Forktail and Plumbeous Redstart.

As the day comes to an end, we will come together for a delightful farewell dinner. This enchanting evening will provide us with an opportunity to reflect on our journey, share our stories and laughter, and celebrate the remarkable experiences we have had in Bhutan.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15: Departure
After breakfast, we will take a short 15-minute drive to Paro Airport and catch our flight out of Bhutan.
Breakfast
Day 1: Arrival in Paro - Thimpu

This morning, your flight into Paro offers breath-taking views of the majestic Himalayas, including some of the world’s highest peaks. Your Bhutanese hosts will warmly welcome you.

From the airport, we will embark on a scenic drive along the Pa Chu river. Birding opportunities begin almost immidiately as we look out for the camouflaged Himalayan riverine species, such as the Ibisbill. The area is also known for various bird species, including the Wallcreeper (winter visitor), Black-tailed Crake, Eurasian Cuckoo, Grey-backed Shrike, Russet Sparrow, Blue Whistling Thrush, Black Bulbul and more.

In Thimpu, we visit the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park to see the impressive Buddha Dordenma statue.

Today’s driving time: 1-1.5 hours

Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Dochu La - Lampelri Park - Punakha

Today, we will witness the awe-inspiring Himalayan sunrise at Dochu La Pass (3150m) before continuing to Lampelri Park for birdwatching. Expect to see Grey Nightjar, Hill Partridge, Kalij Pheasant, Large Hawk-cuckoo, Eurasian Jay, Pygmy Cupwing, Spotted Laughingthrush, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Green-backed Tit, among others in the evergreen and broad-leafed forests.

In Punakha, we’ll visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, also known as the “Palace of Great Happiness.”

Later, we’ll bird along the Puna Tshang Chu River valley, where you might spot Osprey, Pallas’s Fish-eagle (Endangered), Ruddy Shelduck, Eurasian Widgeon, Common and Green Sandpipers, Scaly-breasted Munia, Slender-billed Oriole and Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler.

Today’s driving time: 3 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03: Punakha - Phobjikha

Today’s scenic journey will take us through oak and rhododendron forests towards Lawa La Pass (3350m) and  Phobjikha Valley.

Here, we’ll have the opportunity to observe the rare Black-necked Cranes (Nov-early March only), Ward’s Trogon (top target), Long-billed Thrush, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Red-tailed Minla, Black-eared Shrike Babbler, Oriental Skylark, Himalayan Vulture (Near Threatened), and more.

Today’s driving time: 3 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Phobjikha - Bumthang

We’ll birdwatch at Pele La Pass in the morning, searching for Satyr Tragopan, Bearded Vulture (Near Threatened), Solitary Snipe, Yuhinas, Rosefinches, Red-headed Bullfinch, Hoary-throated Barwing, Black-faced Laughingthrush, amongst other fascinating species.

Along the Yotongla pass we will look for birds such as Bhutan Laughingthrush, Brown Parrotbill, White-capped Redstart, Russet Bush Warbler, Blyth’s Leaf Warbler, Altai Accentor, Green-tailed Sunbirds.

Today’s driving time: 8 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Bumthang - Yongkola

Today’s journey offers breathtaking views as we ascend to Selthang La Pass (3600m) and Thrumshing La Pass (3780m). The region is rich in birdlife, and we’ll look for Himalayan Monal (top target), Goldcrest, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Greenish Warbler, Alpine Accentor, Satyr Tragopan (one of the top birds), Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Hume’s Bush Warbler, Rufous-vented Tit, White-winged Grosbeak, Collared Owlet, Blood Pheasant (top bird), Red-billed Chough and more.

Today’s driving time: 7 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Thrumshing La National Park
Thrumshing La National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers, offering unique species such as Chestnut-breasted Partridge (Vulnerable), Rufous-necked Hornbill (top target), and Long-billed Wren-babbler (rare), Rufous-throated Wren Babbler (Near Threatened), the strange Himalayan Wedge-billed Babbler (rare), Lesser Yellownape, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Common Green Magpie,  Laughingthrushes, Beautiful Nuthatch (top target), Spotted Elachura (top target), Little Pied Flycatcher, Hodgson’s Frogmouth, Brown Wood Owl, Black and Rufous-bellied Eagles, Speckled Piculet, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Red-faced Liocichla, Himalayan Prinia, Yellow-cheeked Tit and more. During a night safari, we may also encounter the rare Bhutan Giant Flying Squirrel.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Yongkola - Bumthang

We’ll continue birdwatching at Yongkola before returning to Bumthang. The journey will include stops at Namling, Sengor, and Thrumshing La where we hope to see birds such as Bar-winged Wren Babbler (rare), Black-throated Parrotbill, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Whiskered Yuhina, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Himalayan Cutia, Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, Grey-bellied Tesia and more.

Today’s driving time: 7 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Tharpaling Monastery - Trongsa

In the morning, we’ll visit Tharpaling Monastery to spot the exquisite Himalayan Monal. Other regular species in the area include Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch, Blue-fronted Redstart, Alpine Thrush, Black-throated Thrush, White-bellied Redstart, Golden Bush Robin, Grey-sided Bush Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Himalayan Owl, and Snow Pigeon.

En-route to Trongsa, we’ll make additional birdwatching stops, and once there, we’ll explore the historic Trongsa Dzong.

Today’s driving time: 3 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Trongsa - Tingtibi

Today’s journey will take us through a wide range of altitudes, starting from 2,170m and descending to 600m as we reach Tingtibi. As we drive, we will be treated to magnificent views of the Himalayan landscape. In the morning, our focus will be on spotting various bird species, including the White-tailed Robin, Crested Kingfisher, Oriental Turtle-dove, Barred Cuckoo-dove, Asian Barred Owlet and more.

Following a satisfying breakfast around Kuenga Rubten, we will continue our journey towards Tingtibi, making additional birding stops whenever time permits. Some of the species we can expect to encounter in the area include the Peregrine Falcon, Oriental Hobby, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo (summer visitor), Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Mountain Hawk-eagle, Green-billed Malkoha, Great Hornbill (Vulnerable).

Today’s driving time: 7 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Royal Manas National Park

Our exploration of the rarely visited Royal Manas National Park in Tingtibi will introduce us to one of the most biodiverse areas in Bhutan, where we can witness an incredible variety of rare and special birds. Throughout the day, our target species will include the White-bellied Heron (Critically Endangered), Pale-billed Parrotbill (a resident species and rarity), White-browed Scimitar Babbler, White-hooded Babbler (a local bamboo specialist and rarity), Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Plaintive, Banded Bay, Drongo, and Grey-bellied Cuckoos, White-browed Piculet, Pale-headed Woodpecker (a bamboo specialist and rarity), Blyth’s Paradise Flycatcher,  Blue-naped Pitta (rare), White-throated Kingfisher and others.

In addition to the avian wonders, Tingtibi valley presents us with the best chance to observe one of Bhutan’s rare primates, the Golden Langur, as they forage along the roadside.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Tingtibi - Gelephu

We will start the day by birding around our hotel in Tingtibi, enjoying the morning chorus before embarking on our journey towards Tama La at 1,661m. As we descend from the pass, we will traverse mixed temperate forests, eventually reaching the charming village of Surey. Along the way, we will make a special stop near Tama La at a sheer cliff face, where we’ll search for the rare Yellow-rumped Honeyguide (a species classified as near-threatened).

After breakfast around Tama La, we will descend to explore the temperate forests surrounding Surey valley. This section offers opportunities to spot an array of bird species, including the Changeable Hawk Eagle, Hodgson’s Hawk-cuckoo, Mountain Imperial-pigeon, Wreathed Hornbill (Vulnerable), Greater Yellownape, Black Drongo, Himalayan Swiftlet, Rufous-throated Partridge, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Eurasian Wryneck, White-naped Yuhina, Black-throated Sunbird, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Rufous-backed Sibia, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Maroon Oriole, and Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler.

Upon our arrival in Gelephu, we will take some time to scan the town area and visit the water treatment plant, where we should find Indian Peafowl, Red-wattled Lapwing, Common Greenshank, Citrine Wagtail, Lesser Whistling-duck, Indian Pond-heron, Intermediate Egret, Little Cormorant, Rose-ringed Parakeet (introduced species), Jacobin and Spotted Owlet.

Today’s driving time: 4 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Gelephu - Tsirang

We will dedicate a significant part of the morning to birding along the Sarpang road. During this excursion, we may encounter a variety of species, including the Steppe Eagle, Jerdon’s Baza, Red Junglefowl, Orange-breasted, and Thick-billed Green Pigeons, Eurasian Collared-dove, Alexandrine Parakeet (Near Threatened), Large-tailed Nightjar, Black Stork, Striated Heron, to name a few.

After a satisfying breakfast, we will continue our birding adventure in the sub-tropical forests above Sarpang. We will enjoy lunch in the scenic surroundings of Dara Chu. In this area, we will find White-crested Laughingthrush, Nepal Fulvetta, Whiskered Yuhina, Red-rumped Swallow, Long-tailed Broadbill, Red-headed Trogon, Red-billed Leiothrix, and Collared Treepie (another rare species).

Today’s driving time: 7 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13: Tsirang - Paro

This morning, we will embark on a birding journey as we make our way down to the picturesque Sunkosh valley. Our primary focus will be to spot one of the rarest birds in the world, the White-bellied Heron, and our third chance on the trip. Along the way, we can also expect to encounter other fascinating bird species such as the Greater Goldenback, Barn Swallow, Blue-throated Barbet, Rufous Woodpecker, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Dusky Warbler, Slaty-backed Forktail, Blue-throated Flycatcher, Spot-winged Starling (a rare find), and Long-tailed Minivet.

Upon reaching Wangdue, we will continue our journey to Paro, making additional birding stops whenever time allows. Species we should find include, Crested Serpent-eagle, Crested Goshawk, Alpine Swift, Great Barbet, Grey Treepie, Large-billed Crow, Fire-capped Tit, Eurasian Crag Martin, Ashy-throated Warbler, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Striated Prinia, Black-crested Bulbul, Grey-hooded Warbler, Indian White-eye, and Grey Wagtail.

Today’s driving time: 8 hours

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14: Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery with birding en-route

The highlight of the day is the hike up to the renowned Tiger’s Nest, also known as Taktsang Goemba.

The hike to the monastery takes about 1½-2 hours through wooded areas, involving an ascent of 340m. Along the way, we will have opportunities for birdwatching, seeking out species such as Hume’s Leaf Warbler, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Coal Tit, White-tailed Nuthatch, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Spotted Nutcracker, and Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush.

As we reach the tea house, a welcome spot for refreshments and one of the best viewpoints of the monastery, we continue the ascent for another half-hour to reach a viewpoint directly across from the monastery. The final stretch involves a steep descent into the gorge separating us from the monastery, followed by a climb back up to reach it.

Upon exploring the rocky ledges near the monastery, we’ll keep our eyes open for flocks of Altai Accentors. The nearby waterfall often presents opportunities to observe Little Forktail and Plumbeous Redstart.

As the day comes to an end, we will come together for a delightful farewell dinner. This enchanting evening will provide us with an opportunity to reflect on our journey, share our stories and laughter, and celebrate the remarkable experiences we have had in Bhutan.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15: Departure
After breakfast, we will take a short 15-minute drive to Paro Airport and catch our flight out of Bhutan.
Breakfast

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  • Visa, SDF and all other government taxes
  • Experienced, English speaking Tour Guide
  • All activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All accommodation (3* standard hotels approved by Tourism Council)
  • All meals
  • Tea/coffee and snacks
  • Bottled water throughout the trip
  • Ground transportation
  • All necessary camping equipment’s if tour involves camping
  • All entrance fees for national parks
  • Religious Monument Entry Fee

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  • Laundry, phone calls and alcoholic drinks
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Charges incurred as a result of circumstances beyond our control
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Our prices do not include international flights unless explicitly stated.

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