Bhutan birdwatching tour

Birding in Bhutan:A Journey into the nature

A quest to uncover hidden gems

As a birding tour guide in Bhutan, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing some of the most breathtaking birdwatching experiences on the planet. Bhutan, nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, is a treasure trove of biodiversity, having over 700 recorded bird species, making it truly a paradise for any birder.

Today, I want to take you on a journey through my recent birding tour, where we embarked on a quest to spot some of Bhutan’s most iconic feathered residents.

Jigme Dorji National Park: A Symphony of Calls

Our adventure began in the heart of Jigme Dorji National Park, the largest protected area in Bhutan. As we entered the park, the air vibrated with a symphony of bird calls. The majestic Himalayan Cutia, with its emerald green pattern and piercing song, was one of the first to welcome us.

Further along the trail, we encountered a flash of crimson, ,the majestic Himalayan Monal, the national bird of Nepal. Its feathers bathed in the sunlight as it strutted through the rhododendron bushes.

The day unfolded like a nature documentary, with each turn revealing a new feathered wonder.

Chele La Pass: Soaring Above the Clouds

 We embarked on a thrilling climb to Chele La Pass, one of the highest motorable pass in Bhutan. At an altitude of 13,083 feet, the air was thin and crisp, but the views were simply breathtaking. As we stood at the pass, a panorama of snow-capped peaks and verdant valleys revealed itself before us.

 Phobjikha Valley: A Haven for Migratory Birds

Our journey continued to Phobjikha Valley, a glacial valley renowned for its wintering migratory birds. As we arrived, the valley was alive with the calls of finches and many other miniature birds.We spent hours exploring the valley, spotting the graceful black necked crane.

And then, we saw them—a pair of majestic Black-necked Cranes, their graceful forms gliding effortlessly against the clear blue sky. These endangered birds are a symbol of Bhutan’s pristine environment, and the mesmerizing charisma that it hold is unbelievable.

Beyond the Birds: A Cultural Immersion

Bhutan is a land steeped in tradition and spirituality.While birding was the focus of our tour, Bhutan offered much more than just stunning avifauna. Bhutan is a land steeped in tradition and spirituality.We visited ancient dzongs (fortresses), marveled at the intricate architecture of Buddhist monasteries, and experienced the warmth and hospitality of the Bhutanese people.

A Journey to Remember

As our birding tour came to an end, we left with hearts full of wonder and memories that will last a lifetime. Bhutan is more than just a birding destination; it’s an experience that touches the soul. If you’re an avid birder or simply seeking an adventure in a breathtakingly beautiful land, then Bhutan should be at the top of your travel list.

My feelings were written about in half of this article; there were uncountable encounters, but I am leaving it to you guys to experience those that you haven’t heard of.

So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your Bhutan birding adventure today!

Explore Bhutan birdwatching tour: 7-Day Itinerary with Langur Eco Travels

Welcome to Bhutan, a haven for birdwatching enthusiasts! If you’re passionate about avian wonders and breathtaking natural landscapes, Langur Eco Travels has crafted the perfect 7-day itinerary to immerse you in the beauty of Bhutan’s diverse bird species. Join us on this adventure as we explore the kingdom’s stunning birding spots, and prepare to be captivated by the feathered treasures that call Bhutan home.

Day 1: Arrival in Paro

Your journey begins with a warm welcome in Paro, Bhutan’s picturesque gateway. After settling into your accommodation, our expert guides will provide an overview of the upcoming birdwatching adventure. Keep your eyes peeled for the first glimpse of Bhutan’s avian residents.

Day 2: Paro – Chele La Pass

We kick off our birdwatching expedition by heading to Chele La Pass, one of Bhutan’s highest motorable points. At an altitude of 3,988 meters (13,083 feet), this pass offers a prime vantage point to spot Himalayan monal pheasants, blood pheasants, and other high-altitude species. Capture the beauty of these vibrant birds against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks.

Day 3: Thimphu

Our next destination is Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city. Here, we’ll explore the city’s urban parks and forests, home to blue-fronted redstarts, white-collared blackbirds, and other urban avian delights. Langur Eco Travels ensures you have plenty of time to observe and photograph these magnificent creatures.

Day 4: Punakha

Journeying to Punakha, we’ll encounter different bird species in the lush subtropical forests. Keep an eye out for the rufous-necked hornbill, chestnut-breasted partridge, and the iconic white-bellied heron near the Punakha Dzong. Our guides will provide fascinating insights into the bird behavior and ecosystems.

Day 5: Phobjikha Valley

Phobjikha Valley is a birder’s paradise, and today we venture there. This glacial valley hosts the endangered black-necked crane during the winter months. Witness the breathtaking sight of these majestic birds in their natural habitat, surrounded by pristine landscapes.

Day 6: Bumthang

We’ll explore Bumthang, known for its diverse birdlife. Marvel at the sight of Himalayan cutia, fire-tailed myzornis, and other elusive species amidst the beautiful valleys and monasteries. Bhutan’s spiritual and natural treasures converge in this region.

Day 7: Return to Paro

As we return to Paro, take this opportunity to revisit any spots you found particularly enchanting or simply relax and reflect on the incredible birdwatching experiences you’ve had throughout the week. In the evening, we’ll celebrate with a farewell dinner.


Langur Eco Travels‘ 7-day Bhutan birdwatching tour offers an unforgettable experience for both novice and experienced birdwatchers. Our expert guides, knowledge of the local birding spots, and dedication to sustainable tourism ensure that you make the most of your Bhutanese adventure.

Join us on this remarkable journey, and let Bhutan’s avian wonders leave you spellbound. Discover the magic of Langur Eco Travels as we explore the kingdom’s rich birdlife, one feathered friend at a time.

Book your Bhutan birdwatching tour with Langur Eco Travels today and embark on a truly extraordinary adventure!

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