Bhutan Birding Tour

15 Days


Bhutan is a home for numerous types of birds attributable to the nation’s compasses of forest cover and the nation’s policy of keeping up nature protection, for example, Natural Parks, Nature reserves, and Wildlife havens that give propensities to various types of well-evolved mammals, plants and birds and certain laws against hurting those species. Because of formative exercises and blooming industries like Hydropower plants, the living spaces of birds are regularly upset yet you will never neglect to see birds during the various season in backwoods, scrub, wetlands, alpine, agricultural land, and land around human habitation. This experiential bird-watching tour in Bhutan offers a chance to examine and mirror the excellence of nature through the magnificent scenery of birds.
Along this tour one will be exploring unique experiences such as walking in the beautiful landscape, hiking to monasteries clinging to the cliff face, exploring the pristine forests looking for rare and endangered birds and mammals, visiting dzong, and being amazed at how such buildings still stand without mortar or nails, understand a little of the history of Bhutan in the Ta Dzongs and museums and witness the heritage of this magical kingdom.

Birding can be enjoyed year-round in Bhutan, and each season offers its own unique bird species and experiences. The specific timing and locations for birding excursions can be tailored based on your interests and preferences. If you’re interested in exploring beyond this program and wish to venture into different areas, you may want to consider checking out >>>>

Trip Highlights

  • A paradise for birdwatchers where you will have the opportunity to spot elusive and sought-after species such as the majestic Black-necked Crane, colorful Himalayan Monal, and endangered White-bellied Heron.
  • Immerse yourself in Bhutan's tranquil natural surroundings, allowing the sounds of nature to transport you to a world of serenity and beauty.
  • Be part of responsible and sustainable partner of Bhutans rich biodiversity and the preservation of its avian treasures by participating in this journey
  • Possible to walk with Bhutanese bird professional (with prior information required) beside our professional birding guides.


The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in the entire Himalayas. The journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Bhutan’s first gift, as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative and transfer to the capital city of Bhutan. Today no site visit is planned and can be doing sightseeing after discussion with a guide.

Today drive crosses the Dochula, a pass at 3050m, from where you can see much of the Himalayas on clear days, and where 108 stupas grace the hill. Today you are looking for birds in cold deciduous forest and mixed coniferous forest. In this area, you have a chance to see Satyr Tragopan, Spotted Nutcracker, Large Hawk-Cuckoo, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Yellow-Billed Magpie, Chest Tailed Minla, Collard Blackbird, Ultramarine Flycatcher, and Brown Bullfinch.

The next drive takes you to the warm deciduous forest of Tashitang. Here you may see the Great Barbet, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Magpie Robin, Green Magpie, Palla's Fish Eagle, Osprey, River Lapwing, Ruddy Shelduck, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Merganser, Pied Kingfisher, Red-vented Bulbul, and many others. Evening drive back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

After breakfast head north of Punakha and Hunt for endangering bird of White-billed heron at the bank of the Phochu river. Later in the afternoon head to Gangtey through warmer and colder deciduous forests. Here you have a chance to see Scarlet Finch, Black Drongo, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Slaty Backed Forktail, Gorgeted Flycatcher, White-throated Laughingthrush, Eurasian Jay, Wedge Tailed Green Pigeon, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, and Verditer Flycatcher. Gangtey also resting place for migratory birds, black-necked crane (Late Oct-first week of April)

Morning visits crane center and learn the behavior of crane and later drive to Trongsa where you will make stops to look for birds. The bamboo forests here are home to the Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, Blood Pheasant, and Parrotbill. Also, you may see the Mountain Bulbul, Striated Bulbul, Common Kestrel, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Whiskered Yuhina, Wall Creeper, and Himalayan Swiftlet. Today's route crosses the pass Pele La (3400m). In clear weather, the Jomolhari (7326m) is visible. The tree line in Bhutan is exceptionally high, at around 4000 meters. Therefore, even at a great height, a great diversity of species can be observed.

upon discussion with a guide, you can visit the Dzong and the watchtower. The watchtower now houses a museum. visiting the impressive structures of Trongsa you will be taken to Bumthang valley, a drive of about 3 hours to era valley. You will camp in the Ura Valley for the next few days. On your way here you will make bird stops in the bamboo forest and coniferous forest. This area includes the Great Parrotbill, Fulvous Parrotbill, Black-billed Magpie, Red-billed Chough, Eurasian Hobby, and White-winged Grosbeak. overnight in Farmhouse or camp.

You start the day with a visit to the village temple of Ura. Then you will look for birds in the coniferous forest, from the road. Here you may observe the Himalayan Monal Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Snow Pigeon, Crossbills, Fire-tailed Sunbird, and Plain Mountain Finch. You spend the night in the camp again

You are on your way to the next bird hotspot: Yongkola. You will look for birds in the bamboo forests along your route along the way. Here, the Beautiful Rosefinch, Gold-naped Finch, little Forktail, White-capped Redstart, Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrust, Coal Tit, Green-tailed Sunbird, and Long-tailed Minivet are regularly observed. Moreover, a special animal lives in these forests: the red panda! You may be lucky enough to see him.

Your guide will take you out birding in the cooler deciduous forests, near Namling. Here are the best-undiscovered forests of Bhutan. Here you may see Ward's Trogon, Satyr Tragopan, Gray Chinned Minivet, Chestnut Breasted Partridge, Striated Laughingthrush, and Rufous-necked Hornbill. If you see a crane, goose, swan, duck, or pheasant flying over, or you hear their call, it is considered a favorable sign; a blessing from the Buddha. By the end of this journey, you are bound to be a blessed person!

The subtropical forest is discussed today, with the associated birds: Blue Throated Bee-eater, Maroon Oriole, Racket Tailed Drongo, Red-Headed Trogon, Gray Treepie, Gray Nightjar, Hill Prinia, and Asian Emerald Cuckoo. In the evening you can enjoy a delicious meal full of fresh organic ingredients, which your chef will put on the table. The population has traditionally read the changing seasons from the comings and goings of certain birds. If a certain bird appears, it is, for example, time to plant the rice. The birds also warn of upcoming weather conditions, and several times it was a bird that chose the place where a dzong had to be built. Your guide can provide you with factual information about the bird species found in Bhutan, also tell about the many myths and legends in which birds play a leading role. Fun for the campfire

You descend to the lowest point at 650 meters, where you arrive at the river Kuru Chhu and the bridge over it. Here you can look for birds that like to stay by the river in the tropical part of the country. You will search for birds in and near the ruins of the Shongar Dzong. This dzong was abandoned and the function was taken over by Mongar's dzong. Enjoy camping one last time under the starry sky of the Himalayas.

Today you return to the Bumthang valley. It's about a 4-hour drive if you were to drive through all at once, but since the route is 'spiced up' with bird stops, it will probably take you 7 to 8 hours. You spend the night in a pleasant lodge run by a friendly family in Jakar

A long day of travel is planned for today, back to Punakha. Along the way, you can make stops in places that were successful on the 'outward journey', or in other places. You can discuss this with the guide on the spot. You will spend the night again in the hotel you already know in the hills above Punakha, with a view over the valley and the river. Note: If you dread the long way back, we can also arrange a flight from Bumthang to Paro at an additional cost. These flights are operated daily by Druk Air, saving you many kilometers. It is advisable not to place this flight on the last day, but to allow a few days clearance.

On the way back from Punakha to Paro, you can continue looking for birds that you have not seen on the way there. Talk to your guide about what you would like to see and he can then find the best places. Of course, it is also possible to drive to Paro without too many stops, so that you have time here in the afternoon to visit the Rinpung Dzong, the monastery fortress of Paro. The museum in the watchtower is also worth a visit. Note: Would you like to visit the icon of Bhutan, the Tigers Nest (the sanctuary that lies high against a mountain wall above the Paro valley), then we can add an extra day here in the program.

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Paro Airport for your departure.

Cost Includes

  • Bhutan sustainable development fees
  • Accommodations 3 star category (Twin or DBL Sharing)
  • All meals, evening tea/coffee with snacks
  • All land transfers and transportation
  • Specialised birding tour guide
  • Daily Tourist Fees & Taxes
  • Bhutan Visa and all applicable permits
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees to all monuments
  • Bottled water in the vehicle

Cost Excludes

  • Flights into and out of Bhutan
  • Optional Travel/Medical
  • Insurance Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone,laundry, trips, and others


When is best time to come to Bhutan for Birding?

Bhutan truly is a bird lover’s paradise, offering year-round opportunities for birding enthusiasts. However, for the best experience, we recommend visiting between September and May. This period allows you to enjoy the abundance of resident birds and also witness the captivating sight of migratory birds that visit the region during these months.

Is it viable to go birding in Bhutan during the monsoon season?

Well, Bhutan’s monsoon typically lasts from mid-June to September, with the southern plains and foothills experiencing heavier rainfall than the northern regions. To maximize your experience, it’s advisable to plan your birding trip on the northern side during this rainy season.

Where are the major birding place in Bhutan?

Bhutan’s abundant biodiversity creates ideal habitats for a variety of bird species. Recognizing this, the Bhutan Ornithologists have identified several hotspots, including:

  1. Dochula area, Tashithang, and Phobjikha in western Bhutan.
  2. Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary and Thrumshing National Park in eastern Bhutan.
  3. Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park and Royal Manas Park in the central and southern parts of Bhutan.

What things to pack during birding tours in Bhutan?

When embarking on a birding tour in Bhutan, it’s essential to pack wisely to ensure a comfortable and rewarding experience. Here are some items you should consider including in your packing list:

  1. Binoculars: A good pair of binoculars is essential for spotting and observing birds from a distance.
  2. Camera and Telephoto Lens: If you’re into photography, bring a camera with a telephoto lens to capture those stunning bird moments.
  3. Field Guide or Bird Identification App: Carry a field guide or use a bird identification app on your phone to help you identify the bird species you encounter.
  4. Suitable Clothing: Bhutan’s weather can vary, so pack clothing for both warm and cool conditions. Lightweight, breathable clothing is recommended for the daytime, along with a warm jacket or layers for cooler evenings and higher altitudes.
  5. Rain Gear: As Bhutan experiences monsoon rains, pack a waterproof jacket or poncho and quick-drying pants to stay dry during wet weather.
  6. Comfortable Footwear: Opt for sturdy, comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, especially if you plan on exploring nature trails or hiking to birding spots.
  7. Sun Protection: Bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to shield yourself from the strong sun at higher altitudes.
  8. Insect Repellent: Bhutan’s lush landscapes may also harbor insects, so pack insect repellent to avoid bites.
  9. Water Bottle: Stay hydrated during your birding adventures by carrying a refillable water bottle.
  10. Snacks: Pack energy-boosting snacks like nuts, granola bars, and dried fruits to keep you fueled during long birding sessions.
  11. First Aid Kit: Have a basic first aid kit handy, including items like band-aids, antiseptic ointment, pain relievers, and any personal medications you might need.
  12. Backpack or Daypack: Carry your essentials comfortably in a backpack or daypack while birdwatching.
  13. Travel Adapter and Charger: Bring a travel adapter to charge your electronic devices.
  14. Personal Items: Don’t forget your passport, travel documents, travel insurance, and any other personal items you may require.

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Bhutan Birding Tour
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