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Western Bhutan Bird Quest
Birding Tour,Western Bhutan bird quest.
Day one: Welcome to Paro.
Day two: Easy day of acclimatization, explore Paro at leisure
Day three: Day at Paro, early morning drive to the highest pass.
Day Four: Drive to the capital city, explore down town Thimphu
Day Five: Visit Cherri monastery in the morning and spot some birds along the trail.
Day six: Drive to Puankha and bird along the way.
Day seven: Rest in Punakha.
Day eight: Drive back to Thimphu.
Day nine: Drive back to Paro
Day Ten: Farewell to Bhutan
Western Bhutan bird quest. (Detailed itinerary)
Welcome to Paro from Bangkok/Delhi. The Changshe team will receive
you from the airport and usher you to Rinchenling Lodge. After a hearty lunch we will visit the National museum, one of the best natural history museums in the region. In the evening we can all relax around a bonfire and try out the local moonshine (Ara, a popular local drink).
Easy day of acclimatization. In the morning we will walk along the Paro river to spot some river lapwings, Ibisbill, brown dipper, the local specialty the rufous fronted tits and other local birds. After a sumptuous lunch at the lodge visit the Dumtseg monastery built by the Tibetan saint Thangtong Gyalpo who is known for his iron bridges in Tibet and Bhutan. Explore Paro town and on the way back visit the Kitchu monastery, one of the oldest monuments in Bhutan built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gonpo in the 7th century.
Today we will have to get up very early to go up to one of the highest motorable pass about 4000m above sea level. The distant calls of the color full Himalayan monal will be be a sign that we have neared the pass. Flocks of blood pheasant, kalij pheasant, grosbreaks, bullfinches, Cutias and more can be observed to our delight. This can be continued as we enjoy our packed breakfasts. After we’ve watched birds to our hearts content we can head back to Paro and have a relaxed lunch at the lodge. The afternoon will be free for stretching your legs or taking a walk around the lodge.
We will drive to the capital city and check into Hotel Pedling. This will present the perfect opportunity to explore down town Thimphu for authentic Bhutanese souvenirs and gifts. We can spend the rest of the day visiting the most interesting sites in Thimphu such as the Changangkha Lhakang which gives an excellent view of Thimphu city, the folk heritage museum which will take you back to the medieval times of Bhutan, the handicrafts emporium which has an assortment of authentic Bhutanese souvenirs, the Trashicho Dzong the fortress of the glorious religion which is the house for the temporal and the secular state of Bhutan, the Textile Museum, a haven for traditional and modern textiles of Bhutan and the Takin Preserve, a bullpen for the national animal of Bhutan.
We will visit the spectacular Cherri monastery in the morning and spot some birds like spotted laughing thrush, fire capped tit, golden breasted fulvetta , yellow backed flower pecker, maroon backed accentor along the trail. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. The rest of the day can be spent for exploring Thimphu city or just relaxing.
Drive out of Thimphu to Lobesa. As we ascend to the Dochula pass (one of best landmarks of the journey) we enter the pristine forests of hemlock, fir, spruce, oak, magnolias, rhododendron etc. and spot the hill partridge, Satyr tragopan, rufous breasted robin, slender billed scimitar babbler and the gold naped finch. On a clear day we can get a glimpse of the breathtaking eastern Himalayan range. We check into Hotel YT in the evening.
After an early breakfast we will drive along the Mochu bank which hosts birds such as the Yellow-vented Warbler, Fire-capped Tit and White-gorgeted Flycatcher. We’ll also look out for a variety of skulkers including Lesser Shortwing, Spotted and Pygmy Wren-Babblers and two of the three species of tesias. We can stretch our legs after the long session of birding with a nice picnic lunch. After lunch we will visit the historical Punakha Dzong which boasts the finest architecture of Bhutan.
The task of the day would be to spot the most exotic white bellied heron along the Phochu (male river). Picnic lunch will be served followed by a short hike to the Khamsum yueley chorten built in honour of the fifth king of Bhutan.
We will drive back to Paro after stopping by for lunch in Thimphu.
Farewell to Bhutan