Flights of Bhutan

Bhutan is home to more than 500 species of birds ranging from a small and tiny to a large black necked crane. Due to the geographical location of Bhutan and it's natural preserved forests it has become one of the assembly ground for all sorts of birds. You can see migratory birds along with Bhutan's own birds that are unique and some are even rare & declared extinct.
Bhutan Travel Buddies have expert birding professionals who knows everything that needs to be known about the birds from their brooding time to their day to day activities which will make your experience a great one. Birding is in one way a fun, & educational pursuit and also, understanding of the ways of another species co-existing with us in this world. We are sure you can witness many many more species of birds that you have never seen before and cherish them in your memories and photo journals.


Day 1 : Thimphu

  • DescriptiThe thrill of visiting Bhutan starts mid air when you witness the spectacular view of the grand Himalayas and its snow capped mountain ranges filling up the horizon. The thrill grows more as you near the Paro international airport as the aircraft is manoeuvred between the curves and gorges in-between mountains by our experienced Bhutanese pilots leading to the picturesque Paro valley with its almost square paddy fields, traditional houses built on hill tops making the landing most thrilling and a memorable one. Bhutan Travel Buddies welcomes you to Bhutan and you will be received at the airport. After a short stop for a refreshing tea/coffee/juice, proceed towards Thimphu which is a 1.5 hours drive 60 kilometres (KM) at 2320 masl (metres above sea level). Check in at hotel and freshen up. Your travel guide will give you a small familiarisation talk on the ways of Bhutan and the Bhutanese people so as to make you more aware and feel more at home, though away from home. A brief sight seeing in Thimphu and a relaxed evening followed by a sumptuous Bhutanese dinner. Good night rest for an exciting tomorrow.on

Day 2 : Thimphu

  • Birding in and around Thimphu after breakfast. A relaxing evening and night at hotel in Thimphu

Day 3 : Punakha

  • Drive to Punakha after breakfast and on the way stop at Dochula pass for birding. Reach Punakha and sight seeing in and around Punakha.

Day 4 : Punakha

  • Birding in Punakha during the day. Peaceful night at Punakha

Day 5 : Camp

  • After breakfast drive to Chendebji and birding in Chendebji. Night halt.

Day 6 : Trongsa

  • Move to Trongsa after breakfast and checkin at hotel. Birding in Trongsa.

Day 7 : Phobjikha

  • Drive to Phobjika after breakfast and birding in Phobjikha

Day 8 : Paro

  • Drive to Paro after breakfast. Birding in Paro. Nice evening and peaceful night at Paro

Day 9 : Paro

  • Hike to Taktshang in the morning after breakfast. Spend the noon in sight seeing. Peaceful night at Paro

Day 10 : Seeoff

  • Awaken Bhutan Tours & Treks will see you off at the airport and give you a warm farewell wishing you a safe journey to your next destination.

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  • * All night stay at 3 star hotel
    * All transportation throughout the tour
    * All meals (B/L/D) throughout the tour
    * All entry fees to dzongs, monuments and museums
    * Complimentary mineral water bottle
    * Well experienced guide service
    * Airport pick & drop
    * Government royalty
    * Doctor consultancy only

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  • * Airfare cost
    * Upgrade to 4 & 5 star hotels
    * Upgrade to luxury vehicles
    * Upgrade to specific language guide
    * Personal purchases & expenses
    * Extra cost due to natural calamities
    * Extra cost due to delays
    * Travel insurance
    * Bellboy services

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  • * Warm clothing
    * Basic medical kit
    * Raincoat during May, June, July
    * Sunglasses
    * Skincare ointment
    * Photography equipments


Memorial Chorten

Built in 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty the 3rd King of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972), it is one of the most prominent landmark of Thimphu. People from everywhere come here to do the Chorten Kora (going round the chorten). It looks magnificent a great place to visit and pray

Buddha Dordenma

Buddha Point is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue completed construction on September 25th 2015 celebrating 60th birth anniversary of fourth king His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck. It houses 100,000 8-inch-tall and 25,000 12-inch-tall gilded Buddhas respectively, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself, will be made of bronze and gilded in gold. it will be one of the largest Buddha rupas (Form of the Awakened One) in the world, at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters). Big ground in front makes it a nice place to stroll around and enjoy the scenic beauty of Thimphu

Changangkha Lhakhang

Lam Phajo Drugom Zhipo built it in 12th century, one of the oldest lhakhangs in the country. Lam Phajo Drugom Zhipo chose the site and the monastery houses Chenrizig (Avolokitesawara), an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation as the central statue. New born are brought here for naming them

Zorig Chusum

In 1680, Ngawang Namgyal, the Zhabdrung Rinpoche, ordered the establishment of the school for instruction in the thirteen traditional arts. Although the skills existed much earlier, it is believed that the zorig chusum was first formally categorised during the rule of Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye (1680-1694), the 4th Druk Desi (secular ruler). You get to witness artisans & craftsman in action in these 13 different crafts & arts which is rare view in today's machine manufacturing era. It trains the Bhutanese students on all the 13 crafts and is leading the race to preserve the culture of Bhutan

Tashichho Dzong

Traditionally been the seat of the Druk Desi (or "Dharma Raja"), the head of Bhutan's civil government, an office which has been combined with the kingship since the creation of the monarchy in 1907, and summer capital of the country. The original Thimphu dzong (the Do-Ngön Dzong, or Blue Stone Dzong) was built in 1216 by Lama Gyalwa Lhanapa (1164-1224). In 1641 Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal took over that Dzong from the Lhapa Kagyu, reconsecrated, and renamed it Tashichö-dzong. Tashichö Dzong has been the seat of Bhutan's government since 1968. It presently houses the throne room and offices of the king, the cabinet secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance. Lowering of the national flag in the evening around 5 pm is an event not to be missed and the lights during the night makes it a visual treat.

Takin Preserve

Takin - the national animal of Bhutan is a peculiar animal with head of a goat and body of a cow, is believed to be created by Lama Drukpa Kuenlay - The Divine Madman upon his follower's request to show a miracle. He created it by attaching the skull of a goat and bones of a cow. It is an area of 3.4 hectares (8.4 acres). It is a collaborative effort of the Royal Government of Bhutan and World Wide Fund, WWF (Bhutan), including a traditionally styled entrance gate, a small information center, signage and trash receptacles.

Simtokha Dzong

It is the 1st Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629 in Bhutan. Earlier called Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang (Bhutanese language meaning: "Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras") is a small dzong in size compared to other dzongs in Bhutan. It is believed that the dzong provided protection against a demon which had disappeared into a rock close to the site and hence taken the name 'Simtoka' meaning "simmo" (demoness) and 'do' meaning "stone". The Buddhist school of Linguistics was established as part of the dzong.

Punakha Dzong

Also known as Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong (meaning "the palace of great happiness or bliss"). Built by Ngawang Namgyal, 1st Zhabdrung Rinpoche, in 1637–38 and houses sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, including the Rangjung Kasarpani and the sacred remains of Ngawang Namgyal and the tertön Pema Lingpa. It is the winter capital of Bhutan and 2nd largest dzong. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan's Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion

Chimi Lhakhang

Also know as Chime Lhakhang stands on a round hillock and was built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Choegyel, after the site was blessed by the "Divine Madman" the maverick saint Drukpa Kunley (1455–1529) who built a chorten on the site. Believed to be the Temple of Fertility, pilgrims & women visiting are blessed with wooden phallus (have been intended to drive away the evil eye and malicious gossip) decorated with a silver handle. Lama Drukpa Kuenley is revered for his unorthodox ways of teaching Buddhism by singing, humour and outrageous behaviour, which amounted to being bizarre, shocking and with sexual overtones

Dochula Pass

Built on the pass overlooking Thimphu valley on one side and Wangdue/Punakha on the other, it is on the way to Punakha from Thimphu on a hill top where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. Apart from the chortens there is a monastery called the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple), built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

Built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck for the well being of the kingdom, it's people and all sentient beings took 9 years to complete this magnificent 4 storied Chorten showcasing the expertise and marvel of Bhutanese architecture, art & paintings. Lovely view of Punakha valley awaits you after a hike on 30 to 60 minutes from the suspension bridge.

Trongsa Dzong

Largest dzong of Bhutan, a temple was first established at the location in 1543 by the Drukpa lama, Ngagi Wangchuk son of Ngawang Chhojey. In 1647, his great-grandson Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal constructed the first dzong to replace it, called Chökhor Rabtentse Dzong with a shorter version of Choetse Dzong. It is the seat of the Trongsa Penlop (Wangchuck Dynasty) and all kings of Bhutan first becomes a Trongsa Penlop before being enthroned so this Dzong has a unique and important place in the history of Bhutan.

Ta Dzong (museum)

Originally a watch tower of Trongsa dzong, it has been converted into a museum. It is oval in shape and beautifully constructed. It houses many interesting historical facts which will enlighten you on the significance of Trongsa and the Wangchuck Dynasty in the history of Bhutan. A good source of information to understand Bhutan better.

Gangtey Goenpa

Established in 1613 by the first Peling Gyalsé Rinpoche or Gangteng Tulku, Rigdzin Pema Tinley (1564–1642), who was the grandson of the great Bhutanese "treasure revealer" Terchen Pema Lingpa (1450–1521), it overlooks Phobjika valley, famous for the black necked cranes (rare and extinct). It is an important monastery of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism, the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition.

Black Necked Crane Information Centre

Initiated by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN), the Black-Necked Crane Information Centre provides all information that you need to know about black necked cranes. It has telescopes for you to view the cranes. Journals, books and variety of print, audio-visual resources on the cranes will leave you with an everlasting fondness for this beautiful and rare cranes found only in Bhutan and Tibet.

Rinpung Dzong

Built in 1644 by Ngawang Namgyal, the Zhabdrung Rinpoche, it stands as a majestic symbol of authority and governance. The administrative and religious seat of Paro Dzongkhag (a state of Bhutan). Located just above Paro Chu (river) making it a picturesque delight.

Taa Dzong - National Museum

The national museum of Bhutan - Taa Dzong has artifact from around the country and some of the artefacts ranging back to even 4000 B.C E. and to the present day. Here you get to see the ancient Bhutanese culture and it is a must visit if you are interest to know and understand Bhutan better

Tiger's Nest - Taktsang

Taktshang or the Tiger's Nest got it's name from the myth that in 8th century Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) flew here on a Tigress Back and meditated to in a cave here t0 subdue the demons and provide relief to the local people of Paro. Built on a cliff that stands 10,000 feet/3,048 meter above sea level overlooking Paro valley. It is a visual treat and a holy place for pilgrimage

Kyichu Lhakhang

Also known as Kyerchu Temple or Lho Kyerchu) is an important Himalayan Buddhist temple situated in Lamgong Gewog of Paro District in Bhutan. Built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsän Gampo, the Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was visited by Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century and believed to have concealed many religious relics and treasures. A holy place for pilgrimage

Drukgyal Dzong

Once a fortress constructed in 1649 by Tenzin Drukdra on the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche to commemorate the victory over Tibet invasion, it was in ruins due to a fire in 1950's that engulfed almost everything. It has been restored now to it's full standing and it is a magnificent view surrounded by beautiful scenery around it

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