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Exploring Birds of Bhutan

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AD Tours & Travels is a well registered entity with the Tourism Council of Bhutan since 2015

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Exploring Birds of Bhutan

Though the area of Bhutan is one of the tiniest countries on the planet-roughly 300 km wide and 150 km across as the crow flies. Yet this tiny landlocked parcel of land has a diversity of flora and fauna far greater than that of North America. This includes 700 species of birds some of which are exceedingly rare and on the verge of extinction. That is why Bhutan is increasingly being described as the birding capital of the Himalayas.

DAY 1

Arrive Paro international airport

A representative of AD Bhutan tours will be there to receive you at the Paro airport and drive you to your hotel. In the afternoon you will visit Rinpung Dzong (fortress on heap of jewels) built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the founder of Bhutan, and Ta Dzong. Once a watchtower for the defense of the Paro Rinpung Dzong the Ta Dzong today is museum of natural history. Evening, stroll along the Paro River and spot some river birds.... Read more

Paro, 2 Nights
DAY 2

Birding around chelela pass

After breakfast drive to Chele la, the highest road mountain pass in the country, and later to Drugyel Dzong to the north of Paro valley. The species found in these areas are Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Ibisbill, Common Sandpiper, Crested Kingfisher, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Hoopoe, Nepal House Martin, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Spotted Nutcracker, Yellow-browed Tit, Grey-crested Tit, Rufous-fronted Tit, Black-throated Tit, Plumbeous Water Redstart,Brown Dipper, White-capped Water Redstart, Crested Serpent Eagle, Black Eagle, Himalayan Buzzard, etc. Diner and overnight stay at the hotel in paro. Read more

Paro, 2 Nights
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DAY 3

Paro - Punakha - Approx 125Km

Today you drive to Punakha, Bhutan’s old capital, passing through some of the kingdom’s most fertile river valleys. The first stop is at Dochu La (pass) at 3,050 meters. The snow-capped eastern Himalayan range can be seen from here on a clear day. You could also circumambulate the 108 stupas of the Druk Wangyal Chorten. The birds found in Punakha and Wangduephodrang valleys are Himalayan Cutia, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Collared Grosbeak, Red Crossbill, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, White-browed Fulvetta, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Plain Mountain Finch, Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, Black-throated Parrotbill, Himalayan Bluetail, White-browed Bush Robin, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Brown Bullfinch, Red-headed Bullfinch, Chestnut-tailed Minla (Bar-throated Siva), Dark-breasted Rosefinch, Little Bunting, White-bellied Heron, Common Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Crested Kingfisher, Grey Treepie, Spotted Nutcracker, Speckled Wood Pigeon, Slaty-backed Forktail, Spotted Forktail, Eurasian Jay, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Streaked-breasted Scimitar Babbler, etc. Read more

Punakha, 3 Nights
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DAY 4

Birding in Punakha to Gasa

In this Punakha to Gasa stretch you will sight Jungle Owlet, Asian-barred Owlet, Osprey, White-bellied Heron, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Lesser Fish Eagle, Great Cormorant, Black-throated Sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, Black-throated Yuhina, Striped-throated Yuhina, Whiskered Yuhina, Straited Yuhina, Scarlet Minivet, Long-tailed Minivet, Grey-chinned Minivet, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Bay Woodpecker, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Grey-bellied Tesia, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Small Niltava, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Great Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, Golden-throated Barbet, Asian Koel, Grey-hooded Warbler, Golden-spectacled Warbler, Tickell’s Leaf Warbler, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Buff-barred Warbler, Yellow-bellied Fantail, White-throated Fantail, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Hoary-throated Barwing, Blue-fronted Robin, Lesser Shortwing, Himalayan Cutia, Green Shrike-babbler, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Black-eared Shrike-babbler, Spotted Wren Babbler, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Speckled Piculet, Orange-bellied Leafbird, White-tailed Nuthatch, Maroon Oriole, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon. Dinner and overnight stay in the Hotel. Read more

Punakha, 3 Nights
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DAY 5

Punakha to Gangtey/Phubjikha - 78Km

From Punakha you will drive eastward toward Phobjikha through the black mountain region. The Phobjikha valley is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country and it serves as the nesting grounds for the endangered Black-necked Crane in winter. The bird species found in this valley are Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Blue-capped Rock Thrush,Fire-tailed Myzornis, Great Parrotbill, Alpine Accentor, Green-tailed Sunbird, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Rufous-vented Yuhina, Whiskered Yuhina, Scaly Thrush, Tickell’s Thrush, Fire-capped Tit, Amur falcon, Ward’s Trogon, Blue Rock Thrush, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Spotted Laughingthrush, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Red-headed Bullfinch, Scarlet Finch, White-tailed Nuthatch, etc. Read more

Punakha, 3 Nights
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DAY 6

Punakha to Thimphu

Before driving back to Thimphu, you visit the crane observation and information centre. Drive to Pelela at 3,300m to spot the Himalayan Monal, Spotted Laughingthrush, Himalayan Griffon, Brown Parrotbill, Great Parrotbill. Stop at Dochula for lunch. Continue drive to Thimphu. Evening stroll around Thimphu Dinner and Overnight stay in the Hotel. Read more

Thimphu, 1 Night
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DAY 7

Depature

After an Early breakfast you will drive to Paro Airport for your onward journey, the team at AD Bhutan tours will help you with the exist formalities and bid you farewell.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Paro
Day 3
Location Punakha
Hotel Hotel Pema karpo
Day 6
Location Thimphu
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Paro
Day 3
Location Punakha
Hotel Zhingkham Resort
Day 6
Location Thimphu

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Bhutan Government Royalty of US$ 65/person/night
  • FIT surcharges of US$40/person/night for a single traveler and US$30/person/night for a pair
  • All entrance fees to museums and monuments
  • All Meal at 3 star hotels/tourist standard restaurants
  • All transportation and excursions by private vehicles
  • Internal taxes and fees
  • All Accommodation in economy and comfort Properties - Optional
  • All Sightseeing as per Itinerary
  • All Immigration Formalities
  • Birding Permits
  • Mineral Water through-out your tour
  • Experienced Guide
  • Tourist Sim-Card

Package excludes

  • Airfares (optional)
  • Travel insurance ( We do not provide any travel insurance to the travelers, the traveler have to do themselves)
  • 5 star/luxury accommodations and meals (on request only)
  • Other personal expenses like overseas calls, drinks, laundry, etc
  • NOTE: The package is exclusive of flight tickets, but we can make all the arrangement according to the requirements of the travelers.

More information

  • There are flights to destination (Paro) from Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati & Singapore, so the travelers needs to to be at the above mentioned airport a day before your flight to Paro Bhutan.
  • The actual minimum daily package for tourists travelling to Bhutan in a group of 3 persons or more as per the tariff fixed by the tourism councils of Bhutan is as follows:
  • USD $200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December.
  • USD $250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November.
  • NOTE: The package quote provided to you are net after providing all the consideration and is kept flat for all the season.

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There are so many good points to talk about;a picnic lunch in a scenic paddy field, the trek to Tiger nest and the hot stone bath afterwards, the rafting and thevisits to the monasteries. It would be wrong if I said that I wasn't a bit hesitant to handover my money to someone I had never met. I am wary of tour agents who promise the world because they never deliver. But this was a very different experience. They delivered all that they promised and more. Our guide Mr MukeshBiswa catered to all our demands ( some very unreasonable) From the time he picked us up at the airport with a placard saying ' Saptrishi' to the time he took a detour for some last minute shopping , he made it all possible. We called him a genie...a name he truly deserved. I strongly recommend Ad Tours and Travels for their professionalism and passion. We were a group of seven middle aged women meeting for a reunion so you can understand how difficult a task they had at hand. But they achieved the impossible.. Read more

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Robert , Canada

Everyone at AD Tours and Travels was very responsive, knowledgeable and friendly. Our trip was fabulous and exactly as I had hoped and pictured. AD Tours and Travels provided the right mix of a planned tour without being on a tour! Our accommodations were fabulous, restaurant recommendations were good, and the itinerary info was perfect. Thanks so much Read more

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