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Name of Trip :

Bhutan Bird Watching Tours

Trip Length : 10 Nights 11 Days
Rating : Popular
Destination(s) : Bhutan
Group Size : Any
Best Season :  June – August
Trip Start From : Paro, Bhutan
Trip Ends : Guwahati
Accommodation : Hotels and Resorts
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Bhutan Bird Watching Tours


Bhutan is one of the best bird watching destinations in Asia. With Bhutan Majestic Travel’s Bird Watching Tour to Bhutan, one can accord the time of travel to their individual interest in the different species of birds. It is estimated that Bhutan harbors over 770 species of birds with 464 resident bird species and over 50 migrant birds. 28 species of internationally endangered birds like the Pallas Fish Eagle, White-bellied Heron, Black-necked Crane, Satyr Tragopan, Grey-bellied Tragopan, Ward’s Trogaon, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Rufous throated Wren Babbler, Red-headed Parrotbill, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Ward’s Trogon, Wood Snipe, Dark Rumped Swift, Grey-crowned Prinia and the Beautiful Nuthatch, can also be found here. Other bird species include the Himalayan Griffon, the unique high altitude Wader, the Ibisbill, the spectacular Hornbill, Barbets, Sunbirds, Fulvettas, Yuhinas, Cuckoos, can be found in Bhutan. Bhutan has about 464 resident bird species.
  • Day 01: Paro Valley: (2200 m)
  • Day 02: Paro - Thimpu Valley ( 2300m)
  • Day 03: Thimphu - Punakha ( 1400-1700 m)
  • Day 04: Punakha - Pobjikha Valley (3050m)
  • Day 05: Pobjikha - Trongsa Valley (2200 m)
  • Day 06: Trongsa - Zhemgang-Tingtibi (800-1200 m)
  • Day 07: Zhemgang - Bumthang (2700 m)
  • Day 08: Bumthang – Mongar (Yongkhala) ( 1700m) and Limithang (650 m)
  • Day 09: Mongar – Trashi Gang
  • Day 10: Trashi Gang – Samdrup Jongkhar
  • Day 11: Exit to Guwahati

Destinations :

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Pobjikha, Trongsa, Zhemgang, Bumthang, Mongar, Trashigang and Samdrup Jongkhar

Activities :

Hiking, Visit Farm House , Monastery, Museums, Weekend market (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) Stroll around the City etc.

Tour Highlights :

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries.
  • Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.
  • Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshops, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more...

Bhutan Bird Watching Tours


Day 01

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Paro Valley: (2200 m)

Arrive at Paro international Air port, your Guide from Bhutan Majestic Travel will welcome you and escort to you to Hotel, Paro valley is one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan. The only airport of Bhutan is located here. In the north, Mount Jhomolhari (7329 m) reigns in sacred glory. The streams from its glaciers form the Paro river that nourishes the valley. There are good hotels and tourist facilities. The Rinpung Dzong (Fortress) built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan , today houses the monastic body as well as the offices of the Dzongdag (District Administrator) and the Drangpon(Judge). Behind Ringpung Dzong, on the hillside, is the castle-shaped Ta Dzong, a watch tower initially built to defend the Rinpung Dzong and since 1967 houses the National Museum. Paro also has a number of Buddhist temples, the most famous being the Taktsang ( the Tiger's Nest). It is believed that Guru Rimpoche landed at the place, riding on the back of a tigress over one thousand years ago, and meditated there. Eighteen kilometers to the north, you can visit the ruins of Drugyel Dzong (victorious fortress) from where the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies in the 17th century. Birding at Paro The following birds can be seen: Kalij Pheasant, White-capped River Chat, , Pied Wagtail, Blue Whistling-thrush, Blue-fronted redstarts, Ibisbill, Brown Dipper, White-collared Blackbird, Plumbeous Redstarts, , Crested Goshawk, Eurasian Kestrel, Oriental Turtle-dove, Long-tailed and Grey-backed shrikes, Spotted Laughingthrush, Indian Blue Chats, and more. The Chelila Pass (4200 meters) connects the Paro & Ha Valley's. It offers a chance to ascend above tree line into alpine meadows and dwarf rhododendrons and enables the sighting of several birds such as Blood Pheasants, Himalayan Monal, Kalij Pheasant, Collared Grosbeaks, Himalayan Griffon, Lammergeier, , Spotted Laughingthrush, Rosy Pipit, Blue-fronted Redstart, Rofous-breasted Accentor, White-browed Rosefinches, and more.. On the lower slopes you may encounter mixed flocks of tits, Phylloscopous leaf warblers, Great Parrotbill, and more. You need two full days for birding and a quick cultural tour of the Paro Valley.

Day 02

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Paro - Thimpu Valley ( 2300m)

The capital of Bhutan lies about two hours drive from Paro. The Wangchu (Thimphu river) flows right through the valley. The Tashichho Dzong (the fort of the auspicious religion) which houses the throne room of the king and the monastic body lies in the center of the valley. Five miles south of Tashichho Dzong lies Simtokha Dzong (built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel)), the oldest Dzong in Bhutan. Today it houses the Institute of Language and Cultural Studies. Thimphu town which runs north south along a main street has traditionally decorated shops. Thimphu also has a number of temples, galleries, museums and places of historic interests. Among the places of interest is the Memorial Chorten dedicated to the 3rd king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. A landmark in the landscape with its golden spires, its paintings and statues provide a rare insight into Buddhist Nyingpa philosophy. On the weekend, a market is held and it is an opportunity not to be missed. At the market you will find a motley crowd of rural people selling their vegetables, fruits, crops and rural crafts. Birding in Thimphu The Thimphu valley is surrounded by temperate evergreen forests with lots of blue pines. There is also an aviary for Pheasants and a small zoo where you find the Taikin (the national animal of Bhutan). The following birds can be spotted in the Thimphu valley (between Cheri in the north and Chunzom in the south): Hoopoe, Nepal House Martin, Long-tailed Minivet, Crested Pied Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied woodpeckers, Ibisbill, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Red-billed Chough, Mrs. Gould's Sunbird, White-tailed Nuthatch, Black-capped Sibia, Spotted Nutcracker, Black-browed and Grey-crested tits, Striated and Black-faced laughing thrushes, Chestnut-bellied Rock-thrush, Crested Serpent-eagle, Black eagle, Common Merganzer and more.. You need one day to explore Thimpu, and another day for birding. You could skip birding at Thimpu if you are visiting Punakha Valley and Central Bhutan.

Day 03

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Thimphu - Punakha ( 1400-1700 m)

Reached by a 3-4 hrs drive over the Dochula Pass (3090 m), the lower Punakha Valley was was the ancient capital of Bhutan. From Dochula on a clear day, the northern part of the country can be seen against the imposing background of the Great Himalayan snow ranges. The valley drained by the Pho Chu (Male River) and the Mochu (Female River) is the agricultural bowl of Bhutan. The Pho Chu and Mo Chu meets to form the Puna Tsang Chu and at the confluence, stands the majestic Punakha Dzong (built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel). To the north lies Gasa Dzong and to the south is Wangdue Dzong. Rafting can be done on the Mochu and the Puna Tsang Chu. Birding in Punakha Enroute to Punakha – The Dochula Pass (3090 m): The pristine forests of hemlock, fir, oak, magnolia, and rhododendrons offer a wealth of birds. Birding is along the highway and on a forest trails. A full day enroute to Punakha is required for birding this area. Highlights could include Hill Partridge, Satyr Tragopan, Rufous bellied Bush-Robin, Golden-Naped Finch, Hoary Barwing, Edwards Rosefinch. Golden Bush-Robin, Cutia, Fire-tail Myzornis, and Nutcrackers. Lemon-rumped Leaf-warblers, Blue-bellied Flowerpeckers, Green Shrike-babblers, Olive-backed Pipits, Gold-billed Magpies, Plain –backed Thrush, Red Crossbills, and more. Mo Chu Valley ( 1400m- 1700m): Birding along the Mo Chu Valley, past Punakha to Tashithang in the subtropical forests of the Jigme DoirjjeNational Park, requires 02 days. There are chances of spotting Ibisbill, Bar-headed Geese, Great-headed Gulls, White-bellied Heron - one of Bhutan's most elusive specialties (rare and difficult), Tawny Fish Owl, River Lapwing, Red-headed Trogon, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Striated Bulbul, Little Niltava, all three tesias, Pygmy Blue Flycatcher, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Red-faced Liocichla, Scarlet Finch, Spotted Wren-Babbler, Wedge-tailed Pigeon, Bay Woodpecker, Yellow-vented Warbler, Fire-capped Tit, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, and perhaps three species of forktails, Mrs Gould's, Fire-tailed and Green-tailed sunbirds, Mountain Hawk-eagle, Northern Treecreeper, Slender-billed Scimitar-babbler, Golden Bush-robin, Fire-capped Tit, Little and Slatty-backed forktails, and Gold-napped Finch. You can also see a variety of skulkers including Lesser Shortwing, Spotted and Pygmy Wren-Babblers and all three species of tesias.

Day 04

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Punakha - Pobjikha Valley (3050m)

This is a glacial valley on the Western slopes og the Black Mountain Range. Driving along the Central Highway 47 Kms from Wangdue, a 13 kms dirt track links the Probjikha Valley over the Gangtey la, 3140 m. The village of Gangtey is a fabulous spot is situated at the head of the Phobjika Valley, It is the winter home of a sizable population of Black-necked Cranes. The magnificent Gompa (monastery) dominates the valley. The drive to Gangtey is a very scenic section of the road as it leads through bamboo and rhododendron conifer forests, meadows and river valleys. On this stretch you are likely to spot the Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, White-winged Grosbeak, Spotted Laughingthrush, Yellowish-bellied Bush Warbler, Rusty -flanked Treecreeper, and the prized Ward's Trogon. It is best to break journey at Gangtey, to get chance for early morning birding and a look at the Gompa.

Day 05

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Pobjikha - Trongsa Valley (2200 m)

Trongsa is known for its spectacular Dzong, which is located on a precipice dominating the entrance to three valleys. The Dzong is a labyrinth of temples, corridors and offices holding court over local community. Above the Dzong, a watchtower, a Ta Dzong, used to administer its defence. The Royal Family's ancestral home is at Trongsa. To get to Tsronga you can drive directly from Wangdue or from Gangtey, after driving back over the Gangtey La to the Central Highway. On the way to Trongsa valley, you travel through exquisite, mixed broad-leafed forests, evergreen forests of mixed conifers, rhododendrons and magnolias till you reach the Pelela Pass (3400m. Descending Pelela Pass, you enter the temeperate alpine forests and medows. The avifauna you encounter include the following: Kalij Pheasants, Blood Pheasants, Satyr Tragopan, Spotted Forktail, Black-throated and Brown Parrotbills, Gold-napped finch, Fire-tailed Myzornis, White-capped Water Redstarts, Yellow –billed Blue Magpie, Crested Kingfisher, Brown Dippers and more. You need a full days birding on the Pelela section of the highway. A visit to the Dzong is a must.

Day 06

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Trongsa - Zhemgang-Tingtibi (800-1200 m)

From Tsonga it is fruitfull to take a side trip to Zhembang and the Tingtibi Valley if the area is open to tourists. A three hours drive from Trongsa to Zhemgang takes you along the valley of Mangdi Chu. En-route you can see the Kuenga Rabten Palace, which used to be the ancestral royal palace. Leaving the Mangdi Chu, you ascend to Zhemgang on a hillock. The quaint small town has a Dzong and spectacular views of mountains and valleys. The Tingtibi valley is reached by a descent to the Mangdi Chu. South of Zhembang. The avifauna in this region includes Barred Cuckoo-Dove, nine species of cuckoos, Chestnut-breasted Partridges, Pin-tailed Green Pigeons, , Red-headed Trogon, Rufous-neked Hornbill, White-browed Piculet, Bay Woodpeker, Lesser Shortwing, Blyth's Kingfisher, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, White-tailed Robin, fulvettas and yuhinas, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Rufous-faced Warbler, Pygmy Blue Flycatcher, Sultan Tit, several scimitar-babblers, Black-faced laughingthrush and other thrushes. You may be also lucky to spot the Beautiful Nuthatch, White-bellied Heron, Collared Treepie and Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill. You need two days to make this trip with overnight camping. Mangdi Chu Valley (1800 m) If it is not permitted to go to the Tingtibi Valley, a morning drive Lower down the valley of the Mangdi Chu towards Zhemgang can be productive. Species you are likely to spot are:: Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Barred Cuckoo-Dove, Himalayan Swiftlet,Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Fork-tailed Swifts, Crimson-breasted and Darjeeling Woodpeckers, Red-billed Leiothrix, Long-tailed Minivets, Little Pied Flycatchers, Striated Bulbul, Spotted Bush-Warbler,, Scaly Thrushes, Little and Spotted Forktails, Pin-tailed Green Pigeons,Blue-bearded Bee-eaters, Purple Cochoa, Spot-winged Starling, Great Hornbills, and more.

Day 07

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Zhengang - Bumthang (2700 m)

Bumthang consists of four valleys – Chume, Choekhor, Tang and Ura- separated from each other by mountains. It is a land graced by many temples and monasteries built along the centuries by famous religious saints such as Longchen Rabjampa, Dorji Lingpa, Pema Lingpa and Guru Rinpoche. It has fields and meadows surrounded by thick dark forests and mysterious streams. The Jakar Dzong (the white Bird fortress) looks over the Choekhor valley. The Kurje Lhakhang is an important religious temple in Choekhor. There are a number of temples in Chume and Choekhor valley. You can also buy Yatha (locally woven woolen clothes) here. The picture post card village of Ura is a must see. The scenic drive crosses over the 3425 m high Yotung la, and is studded with Gompas and villages. The habitat at Yotungla Pass consists of Hemlock and Blue Pines with dense impenetrable dwarf bamboo thickets. Large flocks of Black-throated and Red-throated Thrushes, White-winged Grosbeaks are usually seen on the west side. On the east side Blood Pheasants, White-throated Redstarts have been recorded along with Chestnut-vented, Coral and Gray-bellied Tits and nut crackers. You can also see White-browed and Rufous-breasted Bush Robins, Beautiful Rosefinch and Fulvous Parrotbill. On the higher slopes descending from Yotula pass, you can see Khalij Pheasant, Wallcreeper, Great Parrotbill and Broad-billed Parrotbill, Fire-tailed sunbird, Mrs Gould's sunbird and Green-tailed sunbirds, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Grey-hooded Warbler, Ashy-throated Warbler, Whited-throated Laughingthrush, and Black-faced Laughingthrush. In the Bumthang Valley you can also see the Ibisbill. You will need 02 days for the Bumthang area. Thrumsingla (3750m) and Sengor ( 3000m) On the way from Bumthang to Thrumsingla Pass at 3750m, you pass the villages of Tangsbi and Ura. The drive is gradual ascent and takes you through spectacular scenes of rolling mountains and virgin forests and meadows. You can view the end of the treeline and the start of grasslands on the barren Wangkala. Moss draped trees stand still as you pass by. From Thrumsingla Pass you descend to Sengor and may camp there for a night halt. However it is feasible to bird at various altitudes and finish the day at Lemithang. Some of the birds you may encounter are: Mrs. Gould's and Green-tailed sunbirds, Blood Pheasant, White-browed and Rufous-winged Fulvettas, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Green Shrike-babbler, Orange-barred, Grey-throated, Lemon-rumped, Grey-hooded and Blyth's leaf-warblers, Satyr Tragopan, Orange-flanked , White-browed Bush-Robins, Blue-fronted Redstart, Orange-gorgeted and Slaty-Blue Flycatchers, Eurasian, Rusty-flanked and Brown-throated treecreepers, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Bar-winged Wren-babblers, Grey-sided Bush Warbler, Black-faced and chestnut-crowned laughingthrush, Red Crossbill, Red-headed Bullfinch, White-winged and Collared Grosbeaks, Gold-naped Finch, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Slender-billed Scimitar-Babbler, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Mountain Hawk-eagle, Chestnut-bellied Rock-thrush, Plain-backed and Long-billed (rare and elusive) thrushes and more.

Day 08

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Bumthang – Mongar (Yongkhala) ( 1700m) and Limithang (650 m)

The spectacular drive continues to Limithang. Sheer drops of thousands of meters, huge cascading waterfalls, endless turns and frequent fog from a rise of temperature make for unnerving but exhilarating travel. The road drops 3200 m in a distance of 84 Kms. The habitat changes from conifers to subtropical forest. The broadleaf evergreen forest commences at 2600 meters, as you watch the change of flora and fauna. From dwarf rhododendrons and firs in the higher altitudes to citrus groves and warm broad leaved forests at Limithang – the change is indeed dramatic. The Limethang forests are indeed nature gift to birders. Many of Bhutan's most sought-after birds can be found here You are likely to see: Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Blue-naped Pitta, Ward's Trogon, Red-headed Trogon Blue-fronted Robin and Rufous-throated, Wedge-billed, Long-billed and Bar-winged Wren-Babblers. Also recorded are Satyr Tragopan, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Lesser Yellow-naped Woodpeckers Long-billed Thrush, Blue-winged Laughing thush, Golden-breasted and Yellow throated Fulvetta, Red-headed Parrotbill and Crimson Fin Rufous-bellied and Chestnut Serpent-Eagles, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Speckled Wood-Pigeon, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Golden-throated and Blue-throated barbets, Collared Owlet, Himalayan Treepie, Oriental hawk-cuckoos, Short-billed and Long-tailed minivets, Yellow and White-bellied fantails, Brown Dipper, White-browed Shortwing, Verditer Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Hodgson's Redstart, Plumbeous Redstart, White-caped Redstart, Slaty-backed Forktail, Brown-flanked Treecreeper, Red-headed, Rufous-fronted, Yellow-browed and Yellow-cheeked tits, Mountain and Ashy Bulbuls, Chestnut-headed, Slaty-bellied and Grey-bellied tesias, Grey-sided and Brown Bush-warblers, a variety of leaf-warblers, Black-browed, Grey-headed, White-speckled, Chestnut-crowned, Broad-billed, Rufous-faced and Black-faced Flycatcher Warblers, Blue-winged laughingthrush, Slender-billed scimitar-babblers, Rufous-throated wren-babblers, Rufous-capped and Golden babblers, Red-billed Leiothrix, Cutia, Rufous-bellied, White-browed and Black-eared Shrike-Babblers, Chestnut-tailed and Red-tailed Minlas, White-naped Whiskered, and Black-chinned Yuhinas, Golden-breasted and Yellow-throated fulvettas, Greater and Rufous-headed Parrotbill, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Crimson-browed Finch, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Scarlet Finch, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, and more.You need 02 days for birdwatching here.

Day 09

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Mongar – Trashi Gang

The first section is from Mongar to Trashigang ( 90 Kms in 03 hrs) is the road goes past Mongar ( 1500 m) and crosses over a ridge through the Kori La pass (2450 m). Astride the pass there are temperate broadleaf forests where birders may spend some time. Otherwise this region has is highly cultivated and densly populated with resultant deforestation. Trashigang is a pleasant place with cultural interest but there are no productive birding areas around. It is advisable to continue the journey overnight Hotel in Trashi gang

Day 10

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Trashi Gang – Samdrup Jongkhar

Driving from Trashi Gang to the border town of Samdrup Jongkhar , Thec 180 Kms drive from Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar takes over 06 hours. It crosses several ridges ( 2002 m -2510 m) to get to the foothills. 101 Kms from Trashigang (03 hrs), the Narphung la ridge (1698m -1920m) followed by the 55 Kms stretch to Deothang (850 m) has warm broad leaved and tropical forests. Camping around the village of Narphung or at Deothang is advisable to enable birding next morning. From Deothang (850m) to the border at Samdrup Jongkhar ( 250 m) is an interesting area with much remaining habitats. Semitropical forests full of Long-tailed Macaques are found not far from the road, and the rivers have otters. Flocks of Wreathed Hornbills are likely to be seen flying across the road in the mornings and late afternoon. At 300 meters elevation just 400 meters from the Samdrup Jhonkar bridge dirt road leads to a power house and continues east along the river for 2 km. After having crossed a small stream and a fruit plantation it is possible to penetrate into an old growth forest on a trail. Be carefull as herds of Elephants forage in this area. The species likely to be observed are the rare Pied Falconet , Red-faced Liocichla ,Gray-breasted Tesia, White-spectacled Warbler, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Scaly Thrush and Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Pale Blue Flycatcher, Pygmy Blue Flycatcher, Pale-chinned (Brooks) Flycatcher, Blue-eared Barbet, Wards Trogan, Violet Cuckoo, various species of forktail (in the river), Dark- rumped swift, Rufous –belied Eagle, Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill, and many others. The best time for birding in Bhutan is mid March to end April. The second best season is October – Nov. The duration of your tour can be as long as you like. You will find our suggestions of days required for each birding hot spot. We have some itineraries, for ready reference. These can be tailored to your requirements.

Day 11

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Exit to guwahati

Bhutan Bird Watching Tours


Cost Includes:

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Walks and Hikes

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Donations to Monasteries
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Tips for Guide, Driver & Hotel Staff
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • International Telephone Calls
  • Round Trip Air fare
  • Inbound Airfare

Accommodations and facilities:

There are limited choices of accommodations in Bhutan. With a few exceptions of highly over priced international chain properties, hotels in Bhutan are small with 15 to 20 rooms. The hotels have been categorized by local authorities as Star 1, 2 and 3, with 3 Star being on the top level 1Star at the bottom and naturally we have pick the 3 Star category hotels and resorts which are local architecture with Bhutanese décor, well maintained and staffed with the friendly locals. There is disparity in the rooms in most of the hotels and travelers of the same group may end up in two different types of rooms although you have paid the same amount. You will have private bathroom with 24 hour running cold and hot water. They provide some fundamental toiletry supplies but hair dryers, iron and ironing board etc may not be available. Hotels in Paro and Thimphu do have internet access in office or reception areas. There are some new deluxe properties and international chain resorts which are above the traditional classification criteria and in the higher side in terms of price and can be booked with supplemental cost. Hotel listed on the itinerary are suggestions only and during peak season and tours timed with festival, we may not get the same hotels and in that case, we will book you in the similar property or upgrade you to the higher level.

Guide and Escorts

Our Tour Guides are local individuals with college degree, government certification, experienced and with knowledge on the destination, history, culture and religion and most importantly they are easy going, detailed oriented, patient and high level of customer service skills. They will uncover the wonders of the destinations for you which you would never find on your own. They ensure that everything goes well with your tour without a hitch.

Vehicle:

We use good condition Toyota SUV and Toyota Coaches for all transfers and tours. Driver and guide is not the same person. Driver may speak little or no English but they know the road and are skillful to fix the problem in case of mechanical breakdowns. Depending on group size, we will use Japanese made Sedan cars, SUVs or minivan for entire transfers and tours.

International and Internal Flights:

All internal flights are part of travel plan and are locally booked by us. You will be emailed e-ticket receipts once the reservation is booked and tickets issued. But you have liberty to book your international airfare on your own. We can certainly help you book international flight if that originates from the city that you live in. Once you receive itinerary, it's your responsibility to verify the itinerary and reconfirm the schedules.

Visa and Permits:

Passport should be valid for 6 months or more at the time of travel. We will take care of Bhutan Visa and permits. Bhutan Visa Fees of USD 20 which will be collected with the Tour Payment in advance. You will need to provide a copy of your passport which should be sent to us by email for Bhutan Visa Processing. Bhutan visa is preprocessed by us and we will provide you a copy the Visa Approval Letter before your trip which you will need to present at Druk Air counter at the time you check in for flight to Bhutan. You will get actual visa seal on your passport upon arrival at Paro airport.

Trip Activity Level:

This trip is basically motor vehicle based sightseeing with some short hikes and village visits and suitable for all travelers with regular health conditions. When we are driving from one city to another, we will be driving from 3-6 hours with occasional stops for photography and for refreshments. Roads are narrow and some portions may be rough and damaged. The itinerary allows enough acclimatization for you and it's advisable that you should keep physically fit and start mild exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling or practice some aerobics about 2-3 months ahead of the trip. It's your responsibility to determine that you are fit for this trip and if you have any health conditions, please consult with your physician before you sign up for this trip.

Note on Itinerary:

We do our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a generic guideline in terms of what you expect to do or see during the tour and may differ in the practical ground from exact sequence or order of the sights to the overnight places depending on the local conditions.

Booking:

When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking so that we can confirm you in preferred hotels and flights. A 100% of both the Tour and Airfare is requested along with a completed trip application form plus copy of the photo page of your passport.

Cancellation:

  • 100% Refund if tour canceled within 60 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 50% Refund if tour canceled within 45 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 25% Refund if tour canceled within 30 Days from the start of the tour.
  • No Refund if tour canceled less than 30 Days from the start of the tour.

Final Trip Dossier:

A final trip dossier with local contacts, hotel lists, check lists, travel notes and relevant information will be sent about a month ahead of the trip.

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