Bhutan 2018: Birding the Buddhist Kingdom with Assam Big Game Extension

Satyr Tragopan Bhutan by Markus Lilje
March 13 - April 05, 2018
Tour Length: 20 days Est. Spaces Left: 4

Beginning in the east, our fabulous Bhutan birding tours traverse the breadth of this remarkable country, passing through lush broad-leaved forests dripping with orchids, blazes of rhododendrons and magnolias, seemingly endless coniferous forests, and arguably the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. (In association with Rockjumper Tours)

Our short extension to Assam is a birding and wildlife tour that showcases Kaziranga National Park, arguably India’s most famous reserve, and Nameri National Park, one of the last areas where the highly endangered White-winged Duck can be observed. The vast swathe of swamps, grasslands and forests in Kaziranga support masses of large mammals, unrivaled anywhere else in Eurasia. The prehistoric Indian Rhinoceros is abundant and large numbers of wild Water Buffalo, Asian Elephant and numerous deer including the rare Swamp Deer can be seen. Predators include Tiger, Leopard and Dhole. The birding is equally superb and targets will include the striking Bengal Florican, endangered Greater Adjutant, Blue-naped Pitta and a variety of other exciting Asian specialties.

Photo: Satyr Tragopan  by Markus Lilje

TOUR OVERVIEW

Extensions:
No Tour Extensions Listed.
Future Departures:
March 12, 2019
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
12 (+12 leaders)
Focus:
Birds; Mammals; Photography;
Pace:
Easy to Moderate ; undemanding walks, some long drives.
Double Accommodation:
$ Main: 7750; Assam ext: 1462
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ Main: 500 Assam 225
Deposit:
$600 [per person]
Beginning in the east, our fabulous Bhutan birding tours traverse the breadth of this remarkable country, passing through lush broad-leaved forests dripping with orchids, blazes of rhododendrons and magnolias, seemingly endless coniferous forests, and arguably the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. The Bhutanese birds are no less extravagant with a brilliant array of colors and seldom-seen rarities including species that are unlikely to be encountered outside of this pristine Kingdom. Targets include Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, White-bellied Heron, Ibisbill, Ward’s Trogon, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, Wedge-billed Wren-Babbler and Fire-tailed Myzornis. Our Bhutan birding tour includes comfortable camping, often at spectacular sites, where our needs are catered for by a team of helpful camp assistants. The pace is easy and most of our Bhutan birding is done whilst walking the most productive sections of the breath-taking road that winds its way across the Kingdom. Join us on this adventure through a paradise of culture, birds and scenic vistas as we explore the heavenly riches of Bhutan.
Our short extension to Assam is a birding and wildlife tour that showcases Kaziranga National Park, arguably India’s most famous reserve, and Nameri National Park, one of the last areas where the highly endangered White-winged Duck can be observed. The vast swathe of swamps, grasslands and forests in Kaziranga support masses of large mammals, unrivaled anywhere else in Eurasia. The prehistoric Indian Rhinoceros is abundant and large numbers of wild Water Buffalo, Asian Elephant and numerous deer including the rare Swamp Deer can be seen. Predators include Tiger, Leopard and Dhole. The birding is equally superb and targets will include the striking Bengal Florican, endangered Greater Adjutant, Blue-naped Pitta and a variety of other exciting Asian specialties.
Photo: Satyr Tragopan  by Markus Lilje

MORE TRIP INFORMATION

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  • Meeting Location

    Samdrup Jongkhar

    Accomodations

    Simple lodges & comfortable camping.

    Included

    Excluded

  • Top Birds

    Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, Blood Pheasant, White-bellied Heron, Ibisbill, Ward’s Trogon, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, Wedge-billed and Long-billed Wren-Babbler, Slender-billed and Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Black-headed Shrike-Babbler, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Himalayan Cutia, Spotted Laughingthrush and a host of Parrotbills

    Top Mammals

    Golden Langur, Capped Langur, Common Goral, Golden Langur, Capped Langur, Common Goral, Nepal Grey Langur, Yellow-throated Marten, Hodgson’s Giant Flying Squirrel, Black Giant Squirrel and Large-eared Pika

    Habitats Covered

    Low to high elevation forests (including bamboo, coniferous & mixed broad-leafed), pastures, wetlands, rocky slopes, rivers

    Expected Climate

    Warm and tropical to temperate and cold, some rain expected

  • Other Attractions

    Buddhist culture, dzongs (temple-fortresses), incredible mountain scenery and magnificent forests, a land little touched by time. Excellent photographic opportunities.

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