Surcharges if group size is 2 pax and below:: For 1 pax = USD40/day,For 2 pax = USD30/day/person Single room supplement:: = USD 25/Night
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Covering three National Parks (JDNP, JSWNP and RMNP). In the course of birding expedition you will see ore than 250 species of birds. Besides you will also get to see some of the ecotourism initiatives taken by Royal Manas National Park vis a vis Community Based Ecotourism Management at Lower Kheng, in Zhemgang district.

Itineraries

Day 1

Paro Arrival

Arrive Paro International Airport and pick up by our team members and take you to hotel.
Later you will be acclimatizing to Bhutanese weather and prepare for the birding adventure. Your birding trip will be introduced by visiting the Pachhu river where you will be able to spot water birds like Ibisbill, River lapwings, Grey, White wagtails, etc.

Day 2

Paro to Thimphu

Early morning drive to Chelela pass situated at 3780 m, from where you can get a view of mount Jhomolhari and also see flowers such as Asters, Potentilla and orchid species. This area is good for Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant, Bhutan laughing thrush, spotted laughing thrush, Black faced Laughing thrush, etc. later drive towards Thimphu and overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3

Thimphu (Birding + sight seeing)

Drive about 30 minutes to Dodena, to the north of Thimphu which is a birding hotspot in Thimphu. It is also Western boundary of Jigme Dorji National Park. At Dodena we will do bird sightings to see Black-faced Laughing Thrushes, Chestnut-bellied Rock-thrush, Common Merganzer, Crested Serpent-eagle, etc. Towards afternoon drive back to Thimphu to visit some places some places of cultural interests like Folk Heritage Museum,Traditional Arts and Crafts, Royal Takin Preserve (also can do some birding),Tashichhodzong, Buddha point and of course do some leisure walk for shopping. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4

Thimphu to Punakha

Early morning drive towards Punakha making a stoppage at Dochula pass to see the 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten and to witness the 360 degress spectacular view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. The birding expedition will be done in and around Dochula to see variety of woodpecker species, cuckoos, owls, warblers, Yuhinia, minivets, Fire-tailed Myzornis, the rare Ward’s Trogon, Hoary-throated Barwing, etc. Later visit the Royal Botanical Park at Lampelri to see Hill Patridges, Fantails, Satyr Tragopan, White-tailed Nuthatch. There is Information Center of the park as well as Rhododendron garden. After lunch as we further drive down you can also see the sudden drop down of altitude which makes areas favourable for green leafbirds, barbets, Asian-barred owlets, Wall-creepers, etc to sight. Overnight at Tented camp in Goenshari (Jigme Dorji National Park).

Day 5

Punakha to Trongsa

Enroute visit Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes' winter habitat. These cranes are very rare and endangered and highly protected by the Government and use Phobjikha as their winter residence. The black necked crane numbering around 600 cranes could be seen from November until March.
Post lunch while driving to Trongsa, will pass across Pele La pass situated at an altitude of 3,150 meters, a wonderful opportunity for photographs. En-route we will stop and have lookout for Scarlet Finch, White-throat-ed Laughing Thrush, Eurasian Jay, Verditer Flycatcher and a variety of exoctic pigeon species. Arrive Trongsa, the seat of Trongsa Poenlop, the post assumed by Prince before accession to the Golden Throne. Built in 17th century during the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the Dzong played significant role in bringing Eastern Bhutan under the Zhabdrung's regime. Overnight at hotel in Trongsa

Day 6

Trongsa to Zhemgang

The drive from Trongsa to Zhemgang takes from temperate broadleaved forest to conifer forest and then to temperate broad leaved forest again. En-route we will try to catch hold of endangered Beautiful Nuthatch and Yellow-Rumped Honey guide amongst others. We will be entering into the land of the Khengpas with unique dialect. Overnight at Tented camp in Zhemgang.

Day 7

Zhemgang to Tingtibi

Early morning do bird watching to observe some birds such as Rufous-necked Hornbill, Great Hornbill, etc. You will get to interact with the people of kheng and also taste the local wine popularly called as Ara. Cultural dance program can be arranged during night. Overnight at camps in Berti.

Day 8

Tingtibi to Gomphu

Early morning we will try to catch hold of the White-bellied heron by the Berti chu river and after which we will head towards Gomphu, the lower Kheng. We will be basically traversing through the lower kheng from here onwards and do birding all along to spot Rufous-Necked Hornbill, Blue Throated bee- eater, Collared Falconet etc. Overnight at camps in Gonphu.

Day 9

Gomphu to Panbang

Basically we will be driving and getting out to do birding and take pictures whenever deemed necessary. We will be almost seeing the similar birds such as Rufous-Necked Hornbill, Blue Throated bee- eater, Collared Falconet. We will stop at Pantang ecolodge for lunch and get to interact with some of the members. Continue driving through the sub-tropical forest and will also pass through the famous twin water fall. There are chances of sighting animals as we approach the lower valley and especailly when we reach as the grasslands.
River rafting can be arranged from the Chengnarzam till Panbang conducted by the River Guides Association of Panbang, a community based organization that employ local youths who are trained professionally. Halt at Eco-camps in Panbang.

Day 10

Visit Royal Manas National Park and back to Pangbang

We have to cross the river in a boat to get into the Royal Manas National Park office by crossing the Manas River (a largest river in Bhutan). We will also experience elephant safari to spot Gaur, Asiatic Water Buffola, Asiatic Elephants, Sambar deer, Pygmy hog, etc. We can also pay a visit to the Royal Cottage being used by Kings of Bhutan while visiting the RMNP. Towards evening drive back to Panbang and have born fire. Halt at Eco-camps in Panbang.

Day 11

Pangbang to Gelephug

Drive to Gelephu, the central gateway to Bhutan. Gelephu adjoins with the State of Assam and has got a domestic ariport. Halt at hotel in Gelephug.

Day 12

Gelephu to Darachu, Tsirang

We will driving through the tropical forest, sub-tropical forest and then reach warm broad making several halts to watch Rufous-necked Hornbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, Collard Falconetn, Bay Woodpecker, Rufous Woodpecker, Blue-throated Barbet, Golden-throated Barbet, Great Barbet, Blue-throated Flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Rufous-bellied Niltava, White-browed Bush Robin, White-tailed Robin, White-throated Laughingthrush, Bhutan Laughingthrush (Streaked Laughingthrush), Striated Laughingthrush, etc. Halt at camps in Darachu, Tsirang

Day 13

Tsirang to Paro

After Breakfast start our journey to Paro. En-route visit Burichhu to see the White Bellied Heron Conservation. This is one of the critically endangered bird species of the world under Internationa Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is also one of the 50 rarest birds in the world. Out of global population of 60 individuals, Bhutan has 25 individuals. It is found in localised area of Punatshangchu, Mangdechu and Drangmechu basin. Other birds that we will be looking for include Golden throatedbarbet, Striated Prinia, Crested Serpent Eagle, Common Kestrel, etc. Arrive Paro towards late afternoon and take a leisure walk in the town and have some souvenirs for yourself. Halt at hotel in Paro.

Day 14

Departure

After breakfast, our team will drop you to the airport for your onward journey.

  • Twin share/double in Bhutanese 3-star hotel accommodation (4/5 star entails extra charge).
  • All meals, tea, snacks and bottled water.
  • A licensed professional tour guide.
  • All internal transport (excluding internal flights).
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • All entrance fees and visa fees (USD40/-).
  • A Sustainable Development Fee (SDF of USD 65 per person per night included within the costs except for Eastern Bhutan).
  • On the day of departure, the local agents shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on usage basis.
  • International flights, stopover accommodation or domestic.
  • Items of a personal nature, phone calls, laundry, hard drinks, etc.
  • Tipping for guide & driver.
  • Wire transfer fee for transferring tour payment from your bank to Bhutan.
  • Travel Insurance.

Notes on price

  1. The price quoted is for twin/double share in 3 star hotel and for single room supplement it is USD 25/night
  2. The price quoted is for minimum of 3 pax and above. If the pax is 2 and below surcharges is applicable as; for 2 pax = USD30/day/person and for 1 pax =USD40/day
  3. There are various discounts for children, students and depending upon the number of days ((refer to FAQs No.6).
  4. There are group discounts as well if you come in a group (refer to FAQs No.6).
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Bhutan (Druk - a dragon Kingdom) with approximate size of Switzerland is a Buddhist Kingdom located between China and India, and is known for its peace loving people. It has been increasingly seen as tourist hotspots due its Dzongs (fortress), snow capped mountains, valleys, rivers, good forest cover and many historical and natural heritage sites that were preserved as Bhutan remained in self imposed isolation until 1960s.

Our Government regulation mandates that all tourists have to arrange the visit through the registered tour operator of Bhutan. All International tourists visiting to Bhutan (except Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian who need to obtain permit at entry port) must obtain a visa clearance. Visas are processed online by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator, upon receiving full tour costs.

According to the suitability of season there are two seasons with different rates to visit Bhutan. The rate is inclusive of Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) of $65 per person per day, accommodation, food, English speaking guide services and land transportation within Bhutan.

i. Peak or high season months are March, April, May, September, October and November = USD250/person/day
ii. Low season months are December, January, February, June, July and August = USD200/person/day

There are two ways
1. You can use your Master and Visa Card to directly send the tour costs. Online card payment will charge you 3.5% on the total payment, (2% will charge by the Card Company, 1% by your bank, 0.5% by the bank in Bhutan).

2. You can directly wire the money using the banks in your corresponding countries (the list will be provided based on your country). After remitting the payment to Bhutan in our account, we have to request our bank in Bhutan to transfer it to the Tourism Council of Bhutan Account. The transfer fee vary according to the bank which you have to bear it.

- SDF is Sustainable Development Fee and amounts to USD65/day/person that is deducted from the daily rate (say USD 250/- during peak and USD 200/- during low season). SDF is paid directly to government and are used for providing free health care, education and infrastructure development.

- The daily rate is the amount inclusive of SDF.

Yes, there are discount as listed below; Individual and Group discount.

Individual discount
- Children between 0-5 years old, no charge
- Children between 6-12 years old, no SDF charge and 50% discount on daily remaining rate
- Full time student under 25 years old with valid student card gets 25% discount on daily rate
- 50% discount on SDF after the 8th nights
- 100% discount on SDF after 14th nights

Group Discount
- 50% discount on daily rate is given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people.
- 100% discount on daily rate is given to one member in a group exceeding 16 people.

Surcharge apply if the group size is 2 pax and below
- Single (individual) – US$ 40 per night
– Group of 2 person – US$ 30/person/night
Surcharges are determined by Government and is directly deducted from the tour costs.

Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum and has same value as the Indian currency of Rupee. As such Indian currency note is also used widely in Bhutan. But the international tourists must make payment in the dollar.

ATMs are located through out the country and you can easily withdraw the amount in Bhutanese currency.

Bhutan has been gaining popularity as a peace loving nation and is everyone’s dream to visit Bhutan. The slogan of Tourism Council of Bhutan is "Bhutan-a happiness is a place?"

No, there won't be any language barrier as lmost all the Bhutanese can speak English. Moreover English is used as a medium of learning and is also used for communication purpose.

No, there are SDF (Sustainable Development Fee of USD65/day/person) waiver if you visit Eastern parts of Bhutan comprising of Samdrupjongkhar, Trashigang, Pemagatshel, Trashiyangtse, Mongar and Lhuntse). That waiver is until December 2020 only.

We will be glad to provide answers on any front to enable you to enjoy your visit to Bhutan,