Birding Tour in Nepal & Bhutan
Duration : 13 nights & 14 days (October to April)
Destinations Covered : Kathmandu- Delhi-Kathmandu - Paro-Thimphu - Phobjhika- Punakha - Thimpu- Paro -Delhi / Kolkata(Calcutta)
Day - 1 -- » Delhi-Kathmandu
Fly Delhi-Kathmandu in the morning and arrive Kathmandu in the afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day - 02 -- » Kathmandu
Full day birding tour at Phulchowki. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day - 03-- » Kathmandu-Chitwan National Park
Early morning drive to Chitwan National Park (5 hours). Check-in at the wildlife lodge. Afternoon birding with a guide at Royal Chitwan Park. Overnight at a wildlife resort.
Day - 04 -- » Chitwan National Park
Early morning park visit on an elephant / jeep. In the afternoon, set out for bird watching in the canoes. Overnight at a wildlife resort.
Day - 05 -- » Chitwan Natioanl Park
Morning birding in the park. Drive to Kathmandu stopping en route for birding (5-6 hr.).
Day - 06-- » Kathmandu - Paro
Fly to Paro by Druk Air. Look for Ibisbill in Paru chu near the car park. Transfer to the hotel. Go birding at Paro chu again. Overnight in the hotel.
Day - 07 -- » Paro- Thimphu
Morning birding tour along the river Paro chu. After breakfast, visit the Natural History Museum at Ta Dzong. Afternoon drive to the capital city of Thimpu stopping en route to look for Ibisbill and other birds. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day - 08-- » Thimpu- Phobjhika
Leave very early in the morning for Phobjhika (6 hr.) stopping enroute for an hour at Dochula for birding. After lunch visit the Gangtey Gompa (monastery). Evening birding in Phobjhika valley. Overnight stay in a guest house.
Day - 09 -- » Phobjhika- Punakha
Early morning walk to the bogs to see the black-necked cranes. Return to the guest house for breakfast. Drive to Punakha. Overnight at the hotel.
Day - 10 -- » Punakha
A short walk along River Mo Chu and the surrounding forests are very productive for birding. Overnight stay at the hotel at Punakha.
Day - 11 -- » Punakha-Thimpu
Drive to Thimpu (3 ½ hr.) stopping for birding en route. Afternoon proceed to the entrance of Jigmey Dorji National Park for birding till sunset. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day - 12 -- » Thimpu-Paro
Morning visit to the zoo to see Takin and for birding. Drive to Paro (3 hr.). Overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.
Day - 13-14 -- » Paro-Delhi / Calcutta
Connect flight to onward destination.
- Best time to visit is between October to April.
- Bird sightings depend greatly on season, timing, and patience.