BIRDING AND CULTURAL TOUR IN THE HIMALAYAN KINGDOM OF BHUTAN

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TRIP SUMMARY

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

Day 01.

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)

Day 02:

Flight into Paro from Bangkok. Visit Ta Dzong, the national museum.

Day 03:

Paro to Thimphu, (55 km, 1.30 hrs), visit the Memorial Chorten (stupa) and visit the 13 arts school.

Day 04:

Cultural visits in Thimphu to include the Weekend Market and Buddha Point.

Day 05:

Thimphu to Punakha (70kms, 3 hrs), stopping over at Dochu La and Chemmi Lhakhang.

Day 06:

Cultural visits in Punakha.

Day 07:

Punakha to Phobjikha (85kms, 3.5 hrs), stopping along Nobding for wildlife and nature.

Day 08:

Attend the Annual Crane Festival and walk the glaciated valley of Phobjikha.

Day 09:

Phobjikha to Tangsibji (58kms, 2 hrs), visit Tangsibji village.

Day 10:

Tangsibji to Trongsa (23kms 1 hr), visit Tangsibji village in the morning.

Day 11:

Trongsa to Bumthang (69kms, 3 hrs).

Day 12:

Cultural visits in Bumthang.

Day 13:

Flight from Bumthang to Paro (25mins) and cultural visits in Paro.

Day 14:

Hike up to Tigers Nest monastery (5 hrs return hike).

Day 15:

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.

Day 16:

Flight from Paro to Bangkok for onward connection.

DATES & PRICING

Trip Date:

November 4 – 16, 2019

Prices:
6-9 travelers:

 $6,550 per person, standard twin occupancy*

 10-15 travelers:

$6,250 per person, standard twin occupancy*

Single supplement:

$750 per person

*all flights mentioned are included in the prices.

ACCOMMODATIONS & TRANSPORTATION

Hotel

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.

Guides

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.