Bhutan Birding Tour

9 Days

Bhutan Birding Tour. The Country has 745 Birds species of 89 families across Bhutan. Some of the unique birds of Bhutan are the necked Crane and white-bellied Heron. The popular Birding sights are Lamperi Royal Park in Thimphu, Bumdeling National Park in Trashi Yangtse and Zhemgang in Central Bhutan.

Nestling in the heart of the Himalayas and protected by a complex geography of high mountains and deep valleys, Bhutan is certainly one of the most mysterious countries in the world (Dompnier,1999). The intriguing yet profound tale of the transformation of this traditional kingdom, without losing out on its traditional norms and values while embarking on a modern course of development in the last half a century has been both a story of sustainable and progressive development in harmony with its natural environment.

Today, the proportion of land under forest cover is 72.5%, including shrub forest (2008). The need to live in harmony with rather than against nature has never been illustrated better. When Global Warming is now an accepted universal “Inconvenient Truth,” the need to preserve, conserve and respect the air we breathe. The Country is considered a Birding paradise for BIRD Lovers. Bhutan is also the place for Adventure tours.

Things to carry for the Birding Tour:

  • Binoculars
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun Cap and Glass
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Notebook to record the Bird species.

Things to remember for the Bhutan Birding:

  • Be quiet always. Birds have extremely acute hearing. Talk softly and as little as possible. Watch your step. Don’t tread on dry branches and do not wear squeaky clothes or clanking equipment.
  • Move carefully and regularly. Do not make a sudden move or point at the birds.
  • Try to approach the bird casually as though you are not interested in it.
  • Wear sombre clothing so that you merge into the background as much as possible.
  • Your birdwatching will be most successful on warm, sunny, still days. In general, birds do not like windy, wet, or very hot weather.

Bhutan Birding Tour offers numerous advantages to individuals who engage in this fascinating hobby.

Bhutan Birding Tour Packages

Classic Birding Tour (10 Days)

  • Paro: Explore the lush valleys and spot species like the Himalayan Monal and Blood Pheasant.
  • Thimphu: Visit parks and forests to see the Rufous-necked Hornbill and Satyr Tragopan.
  • Punakha: Enjoy birding along the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers, home to the White-bellied Heron.
  • Phobjikha Valley: Witness the majestic Black-necked Cranes in their winter habitat.
  • Bumthang: Spot high-altitude species like the Fire-tailed Myzornis and Beautiful Nuthatch.

Short Birding Adventure (5 Days)

  • Thimphu: Explore nearby forests and parks for a variety of bird species.
  • Punakha: Birding along rivers and lush valleys.
  • Phobjikha Valley: Observe Black-necked Cranes and other high-altitude birds.

Eastern Bhutan Birding Expedition (15 Days)


  • Trashigang and Mongar: Discover the eastern birding hotspots for species like the Ward’s Trogon and Rufous-necked Hornbill.
  • Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary: Home to diverse bird species, including the Satyr Tragopan and Blood Pheasant.
  • Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary: Spot the elusive White-bellied Heron and other rare birds.

Customizable Birding Tour

  • Tailor your itinerary to visit specific birding hotspots of your choice.
  • Focus on rare and endemic species based on your interests.
  • Option to combine birding with cultural tours for a comprehensive experience.

Best time for Birding in Bhutan

The best time for birding in Bhutan is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons.

Spring (March to May):

  • Flora in Bloom: The landscape comes alive with blooming rhododendrons and other flowers, attracting numerous bird species.
  • Migratory Birds: Many migratory birds can be spotted during this season, enhancing the variety of species you can observe.
  • Mild Weather: The weather is mild and pleasant, making it ideal for outdoor activities.

Autumn (September to November):

  • Clear Skies: Crisp, clear skies provide excellent visibility for bird watching and photography.
  • Migratory Birds: Another wave of migratory birds passes through Bhutan, offering a rich birding experience.
  • Stable Weather: The weather is stable with cooler temperatures, perfect for spending long hours in the field.

These periods offer the best combination of favourable weather, diverse bird species, and beautiful natural landscapes for an enriching birding experience in Bhutan.

Birding Tour Itinerary Cost

  • Solo Traveller Cost USD 2840 Per Person
  • 2 Pax Birding tour cost would be USD 2440 Per Person
  • 3 Pax and above tour cost would be US$ 2200 Per Person

Detail Birding Itinerary

Can you see the bird in Paro? Here are some of the rare birds found in Paro Bhutan. Ruddy Shelduck, Greater White-fronted Goose, Ferruginous Duck, Gadwall and many more.

What Bird is found in Thimphu? After breakfast drive to Dodena to see the Birds. Drive to Dodena north of Thimphu valley, where you may see Laughing Thrust, Brown Dipper, Spotted Laughing Thrush, Fire capped Tit, Chestnut-crowned Laughing Thrushes, White-throated Laughing Thrushes, Rufous-bellied Woodpeckers, and White-collared Blackbirds.

Visit Begana for the Birding tour by visiting Takin Center. Hike the Tango Monastery for the beautiful views. Our Guide will take you to the place where you can see the Bird. The bird found in the forest of northern Thimphu is the beautiful Oriental Turtle Dove.

Royal Botanical Park is one of the best birding sites in Bhutan. The park host about 230 species with possibility of recording more in future. Species like the endangered wards Trogon, fire tailed myozenin, satyr Tragopan and many more beautifully species add charm to the bird diversity.

Mo Chu river flows from Glacial lake in the north of Bhutan. Today we will go birding to the warm forests along the banks of the Mo Chu river, where we will be looking to find; White Bellied Herons, Great Barbet, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Osprey, River Lapwing Ruddy Shelduck, the European Wigeon, Kingfisher, Bulbuls etc. Over Night at Hotel.

Visit Pho chu riverside for Bird Watching. In Pho Chu valley if we are lucky we shall try to spot White-bellied Heron. This is one of the most endangered bird species in the world, with only 60 birds remaining. We can also spot Pallas Fish Eagle, White-throated and Crested Kingfisher, Ibisbill, River Lapwing, and a few species of Ducks. Over Night at Hotel.

Visit Paro. Paro is a fertile valley and only Country’s International airport. Visit Drugyel Dzong (victory Dzong) 16 Km from Paro city towards North. Visit the popular places like Kichu Temple and in the evening city walk. Over Night at Hotel Trashi Namgay Resort.

Which Bird do you see while hiking the Tiger nest Temple? Nature lovers can now rejoice! With support from the World Wildlife Fund, the Bhutan Ecological Society has installed signages of five species of plants and 33 species of birds on the Taktsang trail. Out of the 33 species of birds, 10 are residential while the others are migratory.

9 Days Bhutan Birding Tour ends here. Our team from Tour Bhutan will assist you to the airport and see you off.

Inclusion / Exclusion


  • All Meals
  • All entrance fees for musuems
  • Airport Pick and Drop
  • Transportation within the Country.
  • Proffessional Birding Guide
  • Government Approved Hotel


  • International Flight Tickets
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Service not mentioned in the Itinerary.


What are the hotels included in the Tour?

What types of bird can i expect to see in Bhutan?

Bhutan is home to over 700 species of birds, including both resident and migratory species. Some notable birds you can expect to see during a birding tour in Bhutan are the Satyr Tragopan, Ward’s Trogon, Himalayan Monal, Black-necked Crane, Rufous-necked Hornbill, and Beautiful Nuthatch. The country’s varied ecosystems, ranging from subtropical forests to alpine meadows, provide habitat for diverse bird species.

When is the best time for a Birding tour in Bhutan?

The best time for a birding tour in Bhutan is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these periods, the weather is pleasant, and bird activity is high. Migratory birds arrive in Bhutan during spring, while autumn is known for excellent birdwatching opportunities due to clear skies and the breeding season for many species.

Are there specialized birding guides available for tours in Bhutan?

Yes, there are specialized birding guides available for birding tours in Bhutan. These guides are experienced and knowledgeable about the bird species found in Bhutan. They can identify various bird calls, habitats, and behaviour, enhancing your birding experience. They also have access to prime birding locations and can help you spot rare and elusive species.

Are there specific birding spots or national parks to visit in Bhutan?

Bhutan has several national parks and protected areas that are excellent for birdwatching. Some popular birding spots include Jigme Dorji National Park, Phobjikha Valley, Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, Tingtibi-Dorokha area, and Zhemgang. These areas offer diverse ecosystems and are home to a wide range of bird species.

Do I need any special equipment for a birding tour in Bhutan?

It is recommended to bring your own birding equipment for a tour in Bhutan. Essential items include binoculars, a spotting scope, a field guidebook specific to the birds of Bhutan, comfortable walking shoes, appropriate clothing for different weather conditions, and a camera with a telephoto lens for capturing bird sightings.

How do I book a birding tour in Bhutan?

Birding tours in Bhutan are usually organized through authorized tour operators like us specialising in nature and birding experiences. You can contact us directly or through travel agencies. We can customize your tour itinerary, provide transportation, arrange accommodation, and provide experienced birding guides to ensure a fulfilling birding experience.

Are there any conservation efforts for birds in Bhutan?

Bhutan places great importance on conservation efforts. The country has established a network of protected areas to safeguard its rich biodiversity, including bird species. The Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN) and other organizations work towards bird conservation and habitat preservation. By participating in a birding tour, you contribute indirectly to these conservation efforts through sustainable tourism practices.

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Bhutan Birding Tour
From $2,440
/ Adult

Trip Info

  • 3-star Hotel approved by DOT
  • Proffessional Birding Guide
  • Paro
  • Paro
  • Bhutan is considered all year round destination for Birding