bird watching tour in bhutan

Tour duration  15 days/ 14 nights.

Tour destination  Paro, Thimphu, Gangtey, and Trongsa,

With a forest cover of more than 72 percent and 51 percent of its land-mass as protected areas, Bhutan is a nature lovers paradise and ornithologists. While its location and wide geographical and climatic variations have bestowed Bhutan with a rich and diverse ecosystem, the Buddhist value of respecting the natural environment has ensured its pristine state. Bhutan plans to keep it that way and its Constitution mandates that a 60 percent forest cover must be maintained for all times to come. Birds in Bhutan can be found from the glacial alpine regions of the north to the sweltering tropics of the south. The geography and altitude is also the most diverse of bird habitats ever found in a single country. With more than 800 species you could spend many months in Bhutan trying to spot them.

Day 01: Thimphu.

The flight to Bhutan provides the most spectacular view of The Himalayas. As the plane approaches to the airport, you will see the beautiful snow peaks of Himalayas range. The first gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. Our representative will meet you and drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan at 2320m, also the only capital in the world that does not use traffic lights. You can stop on the way to take in the magnificent Tachogang Lhakhang, the temple of the hill of the excellent horse.

On arrival in Thimphu, check-in the hotel. After a brief rest, we will drive up to Motithang, a north-western suburb of Thimphu to have Wangditse Gomeba hike. On the way, we will visit the Motithang Takin Reserve to see the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin that has the body of a cow and the head of a goat. The legend says that attribute the creation of these animals in Bhutan by a 15th-century saint name Drukpa Kunley, popularly known as the Divine Madman. This hike gives you the opportunity to view the entire City as well the giant Buddha at distance besides exploring the few species of birds on your hike, for instance, white-throated laughing thrush and great.

In the late afternoon, we take a stroll around to explore Thimphu town and soak in the atmosphere of this charming capital with crowded shops, bazaars, and hospitality local in national dress.

Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu to Gangtey.
  •  Altitude in Gangtey: 2900m
  •  Distance: 130km
  •  Estimated time: 5hrs

Today we will drive to Gangtey. As you will witness the beautiful changes in the landscape, vegetation, and scenery that are a breathtaking view throughout your journey until you get to Gangtey. It takes roughly half an hour to get the Pass situated at 3000 meters above sea level where you should be able to view the optimal visibility of the Himalayas. Even if you do not get to see the Majestic Himalayas, the Pass itself is so beautiful surrounded by many religious monuments comprising 108 Chorten (stupas). Besides stretching your legs, it is always good to accumulate some good Karmas by circumambulating around the Stupas. Then you carry on your journey of seeing a few species of birds including Steaked Crimpson woodpecker until you have a break for a lunch at the Royal Botanical Garden Park in Lamprey. The garden filled with a variety of flowers and more than 280 different species of birds including Wards Trogon which is believed to be extinct in other parts of the world. After spending few hours in the car, finally, you would get into the Gangtey valley serving as a home of White Black-necked cranes since immemorial time.

Day 03: Gangtey to Trongsa
  • Altitude in Trongsa: 2316m
  • Distance: 75km

Before leaving the valley of Cranes, it is always good to be blessed by getting into the Monastery built in the 15th century. On the way, you may sport Brown Parrotbill, Great Parrotbill, Green-tailed, Crimson Sunbird, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Speckled Wood Pigeon, Bar-winged wren Babbler, Scaly-breasted wren babbler, Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler, Grey-sided Bush Warbler, Russet Busset Bush Warbler, White-browed Rosefinch, and so on.

Overnight at a hotel in Gangtey

Day 04: Trongsa to Nabji Village
  • Distance: 120km

Our journey today would basically follow the beautiful river flowing through the Trongsa valley until we get into the Kuenga Rabten Palace were used to be the winter residential palace of the second king of Bhutan. Basically, we take a deliberate driving to our Campsite. After the palace, your journey may spot bird-like Pygmy-blue flycatcher, Collard Scops Owl, White-throated needle tail, Grey-headed parrotbill, Black-faced laughing thrush, White-browed Scimitar Babbler, White-tailed Robin, Bay Woodpecker, Speckled Piculet,

Overnight at a hotel at Nabji

Day 05: Hike from Nabji to Korphu
  • Estimated time: 2.5hrs

The hike from Nabji to Korphu is very interesting because of the untouched tropical jungles. People are preserving the virginity of its beauty which is being filled by many different species of birds. The feeling of enjoying lunch at the farmhouse and immersing in the local culture would be a wonderful lifetime experience before you get back to the campsite. On your hike, you may see many kinds of birds: Greater Necklaced Laughing Thrush, Lesser-necklaced Laughing Thrush, Greater Ruffous-headed Parrobill, Pygmy-blue Flycatcher, and so on.

Overnight at a hotel at Nabji

Day 06: Nabji to Berti (Tingtibi under Zshemgang district)
  • Distance: 40km

Today, a beautiful hike to Berti village will give you an opportunity to witness the ancient trail built by our forefather including the royal families of Bhutan. Taking the chance to watch many kinds of birds such as Yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Striated Prinia, Striated Laughingthrush, White-throated Laughingthrush, White-crested Laughingthrush, Beautiful Nuthatch, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler, Verditer Flycatcher, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Hume’s Warbler, Tickell’s Leaf Warbler, Crested Bunting, House Swift, Common Kestrel, Chestnut-bellied Thrush, Blue Rock Thrush, Ashy Bulbul, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Blyth’s Leaf Warbler, Pacific Swift, Greater Spotted Eagle, Black Drongo, Ashy Bulbul, Mountain Bulbul, Striated Bulbul, Black-crested Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Great Barbet, and so on.

Overnight camp at Tingtibi

Day 07: Tangtibi to Manas National Park of Bhutan
  • Distance: 130km

On our deliberate drive through the tropical jungle, we would be able to witness Babbler, Bhutan Laughingthrush, Scaly Laughingthrush, Rusty-checked Scimitar Babbler, White-crested Laughingthrush, Sultan Tit, Hume’s Warbler, Mountain Tailorbird, Hill Prinia, Striated Prinia, Black Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Yellow-checked Tit, Sultan Tit, Crested Bunting, Grey Bushchat, Great Hornbill, BeautifulNuthatch, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Ward’s Trogon, and so on.

Overnight at camp in National Park in Manas

Day 08: Explore Royal Manas National Park.

50 percent area of Bhutan is being protected such as National parks, Wildlife sanctuaries, and nature serving as a home for the endangered species seeking shelter keeping far away from urbanization and modernization. The Royal Manas National Park (RMNB) is one of the biggest park covering 1057 sqkm, serving as a home for a number of animals including Bengal Tigers, Golden Langur, and Great Hornbill, is home to about 900 species of vascular plants including 348 big trees, 206 shrubs, 90 climbers and 192 herbs. More than 426 bird species are said to be found in RMNP like Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis), Rufous-necked Hornbill (Aceros nipalensis), Grey Peacock Pheasant (Polyplectron bicalcaratum), and the Black Francolin (Francolinus francolins). Blyth’s Kingfisher, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Siberian Rubyhroat, White-hooded Babbler, Green Imperial Pigeon, White-rumped Shama, Green Billed Malkoha, Greater Coucal, Lesser Coucal, Ashy Woodswallow, Emaerald Dove, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Dollarbird, Green Bee-eater, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Eurasierin Wryneck, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Rufous Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker,Greater Goldenback, Himalayan Goldenback, Silver-eared-eared Broadbill, Long-tailed Broadbill, Large Woodshrike, Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Large Cuckooshrike, Black-winged Cuckooshrike, Common Lora, Spangled Drongo, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Greater Racker Racket-tailed Drongo, Maroon Oriole, Slender-billed Oriole, Black-hooded Oriole, Common Green Magpie, Black-crested Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Mountain Bulbul, Striated Prinia, Common Tailorbird, Mountain Tailorbird, Black-faced Warbler, Rufous-faced warbler, Whistler’s Warbler, Grey-cheeked warmer, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Abbott’sBabbler, Puff-throated Babbler, Pygmy wren Babbler, Scaly WrenBabbler, Eye-browed Wren-babbler, Long-billed Wren-Babbler, Pin-striped Tit Babbler, Grey-throated Babbler, White-crested laughing thrush, Golden Babbler, Jungle Babbler and many species of other Woodpeckers.

Overnight at Manas camp

Day 09: Manas to Gelephu
  • Estimated time: 5hrs

The journey will take you back to the hub of the city where links all trades between Bhutan and India.

Overnight at the hotel in Gelephu

Day 10: Sarpang to Punakha.
  • Distance: 180km
  •  Estimated time: 5hrs

A combination of a few different ethnical groups also gives you an opportunity to explore Tsirang [Province dominated by southern Bhutanese] at a glimpse and a break for the picnic lunch. Birds are from Punakha and Wangdi: Streaked-breasted Scimitar, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Eurasian Jay, Spotted Forktail, Slaty-backed Forktail, Speckled Wood Pigeon, Spotted Nutcracker, Grey Treepie, Crested Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, White-Bellied Heron, Little Bunting, Dark-breasted Rosefinch, Chestnut-tailed Minla (Bar-throated), Red-headed Bullfinch, Brown Bullfinch, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Rufous-gorgeted flycatcher. Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, White-broew Bush Robin, Himalayan Bluetail, Black-thick-throated Parrotbill, Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird, Plain Mountain Finch, Fire-tailed Myzonrnis, White-browed Fulvetta, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Red Crossbill, Collared Grosbeak, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie.

Overnight at a hotel in Punakha

Day 11-Besides its richness, the

Punakha valley is popular about the White-bellied heron.

Today, you will drive towards the Jigmi Dorji Wangchuk National Park for bird watching. In the morning, you will stop to visit Punakha Dzong and continue to drive towards National Park. You will camp at Tashi Thang where you can watch several kinds of birds: Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Maroon Oriole, White-tailed Nuthatch, Orange-bellied Leaf Bird, Speckled Piculet, Pygmy Wedge Babbler, Spotted Wren Babbler, Shrike-babbler, Black-eared, Yellow-throated, Rufous-winged, Green Shrike-babbler, Lesser Shortwing, Blue-fronted Robin, Hoary-throated, Rusty-fronted Barwing, White-throated Fantail, Yellow-bellied Fantail, Buff-barred Warbler, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Tickell’sLeaf Warbler, Golden-spectacled Warbler, Grey-hooded Warbler, etc.

Overnight at camping at Tashi Thang

Day 12: Punakha to Paro

After breakfast, we drive back to Paro. On the way, we will stop at Dochu La Pass. After lunch, you can go into the forest, start climbing through Hemlock forest (3530m). The trails go through different vegetation zone and finally see Lungchutshe Monastery, an old temple built in the 14th century. On this trail you can see fir, rhododendron, oak, and bamboo forests prime, also view Satyr Tragopan, Rufous-breast Bush Robin, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, fire-tailed my or is, etc

Overnight at a hotel in Paro

Day 13: Birding in Paro

After driving for almost an hour you would get to Jana Monastery [Paradise on earth] and possibly see the care feeding the Himalayan Monal Pheasant. That should be a lifetime experience. Should you wish to continue hiking, you could be able to see a few different species of birds including Blood Phesant, Alpine Accentor, Satyr Tragopan, Kalii Pheasant, Himalayan Bluetail, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-bellied Blue Magpie, Spotted Nutcracker, White-capped Water Redstart, Himalayan Buzzard, Fire-tailed Myzonrnis, etc.

Overnight at a hotel in Paro

Day 14: Hike to Tiger’ nest

In the morning we take a hike to the Taktsang Monastery as good acclimatization for the trek. Taktsang Monastery is also known as Tiger’s Nest. It is one of the holiest sites in Bhutan, clings to a cliff more than 3000 meters above sea level and 900 meters above The Paro valley floor. The legend says that Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) arrived here on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Subsequently, he meditated here for three months. You will have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery. On this hike, we may see bird species such as Coal and White-throated, Spotted Laughingthrushes, Chestnut-crowned, Black-faced, Spotted Nutcracker, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, White-tailed Nuthatch, Green-backed and Grey-crested act.

Up at the monastery by the rocky ledges, we will scan for flocks of Snow Pigeon and Alpine accentor while the waterfall, next to the monastery often gives us the opportunity to see Little Forktail and White-capped and Plumbeous water redstarts.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 15: Departure from Paro airport

After early breakfast at the hotel, your guide will accompany you to the airport for a flight to your onward destination. Tashi Delek (goodbye and good luck) and hope to see you again



March,  April,  May,  September,
October,   and  November
  • Single traveler: US$ 6,310 per person
  • Group of 2 people: US$ 5,960 per person
  • Group of 3 people: US$ 5,470 per person


January,  February,  June,  July,
August,   and  December
  • Single traveler: US$ 5,610 per person
  • Group of 2 people: US$ 5,260 per person
  • Group of 3 people: US$ 4,770 per person

If you are planning to travel Bhutan with a group of 4 people and more, please feel free to contact us to get the cost for your group.

Bhutan visa fee. Laundry/beverages/ telephone calls and any personal expenses.
3 star categories hotel/resort twin sharing room. Travel insurance.
Accommodation in the best 3 star hotels/resorts in Bhutan. Airfares.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in day. Airport taxes if any.
Bottled water on the trip. Excess baggage charge.
A sustainable development fee. Tips to guides and drivers.
Museum fees and other special entry fees. Services not mentioned.
Internal transportation with experienced driver throughout the trip.
Sightseeing as per itinerary with English speaking guide.

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