BIRDING AND CULTURAL TOUR IN THE HIMALAYAN KINGDOM OF BHUTAN
Bhutan’s culture and heritage is full of mystic, shrouded in the mist of time. This itinerary offers a unique opportunity to glimpse the past and see how it remains entwined in every day life. We will walk in the beautiful landscape, hike to monasteries clinging to the cliff-face, explore the pristine forests looking for rare and endangered birds and mammal, visit dzong’s and be amazed 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 where ‘Gross National Happiness’ is ever present!
Brief Daily Itinerary
Upon arrival in Bangkok transfer to a centrally located hotel in Bangkok. In the evening, meet your rest of the group for a briefing. Dinner is independent. Overnight at hotel. (Hotel Bangkok)
Flight into Paro from Bangkok. Visit Ta Dzong, the national museum.
Paro to Thimphu, (55 km, 1.30 hrs), visit the Memorial Chorten (stupa) and visit the 13 arts school.
Cultural visits in Thimphu to include the Weekend Market and Buddha Point.
Thimphu to Punakha (70kms, 3 hrs), stopping over at Dochu La and Chemmi Lhakhang.
Cultural visits in Punakha.
Punakha to Phobjikha (85kms, 3.5 hrs), stopping along Nobding for wildlife and nature.
Attend the Annual Crane Festival and walk the glaciated valley of Phobjikha.
Phobjikha to Tangsibji (58kms, 2 hrs), visit Tangsibji village.
Tangsibji to Trongsa (23kms 1 hr), visit Tangsibji village in the morning.
Trongsa to Bumthang (69kms, 3 hrs).
Cultural visits in Bumthang.
Flight from Bumthang to Paro (25mins) and cultural visits in Paro.
Hike up to Tigers Nest monastery (5 hrs return hike).
Paro to Chele La excursion for high altitude birding and amazing views across snow-topped Jhomolhari. Returning to Paro for cultural program and farewell dinner.
Flight from Paro to Bangkok for onward connection.
DATES & PRICING
November 4 – 16, 2019
$6,550 per person, standard twin occupancy*
$6,250 per person, standard twin occupancy*
$750 per person
*all flights mentioned are included in the prices.
ACCOMMODATIONS & TRANSPORTATION
Throughout the trip, you will stay in comfortable, 3-4 star tourist lodges with excellent food and service. They are often cozy and located in scenic areas offering great views.
We only work with true local and well experienced national guides who really makes a difference on the trip. You will be amazed how knowledgeable and fun they are to travel with.