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A Winter Wildlife Tour of Bhutan

Discover the rich flora and fauna of Bhutan on this winter wildlife extravaganza.

Cultural Tour
A Winter Wildlife Tour of Bhutan

Duration: 15 Days

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Days 1-2 Fly to Kathmandu in Nepal. Stay at the Shangri La, Dwarika's or the Hyatt for a night before flying on to Bhutan.
Day 3 Arriving in Paro in Bhutan, you will meet your expert wildlife guide. From Paro you travel to Thimphu, the small capital of the kingdom, where you spend the next two nights.
Day 4 You have a full day in Thimphu for sightseeing. A must see for wildlife enthusiasts is the Takin Preserve where you will find Bhutan's very odd looking national beast.
Day 5 Today you drive up to the Dochu La pass then descend to the small town of Wandgiphrodang. This road is renowned for its birdwatching opportunities, especcially in the winter months when the birds leave their higher altitude habitats. Drive on to Punakha.
Day 6 Before leaving Punakha, you should visit its riverside dzong - one of the most beautiful in the country. You then head further east to Gangtey, in the central heartlands of Bhutan.
Day 7 Gangtey is the winter home to large numbers of Black-necked cranes who over-winter here from Tibet. They are revered in Bhutan and there's even a festival dedicated to their annual arrival - you could coincide your holiday to attend. Your guide will take you to the feeding grounds for the cranes as well as to the fascinating information centre.
Day 8 You may want to make an early start so that you can see the Black-necked cranes again before leaving for Zhemang in the south of Bhutan. This small town near the Indian border is the gateway to Bhutan's oldest national park - Royal Manas.
Days 9-10 You have two full days with your expert guide to enjoy the wild delights of Royal Manas National Park. Home to hundreds of rare and exotic species of birds, it also provides a haven for endangered tigers, rhinos and many other animals.
Days 11-12 Over the course of the next two days you make the long drive back to Paro, via an overnight stop at Gangtey. More cranes anyone!
Day 13 No visit to Bhutan is complete without climbing the path to Taktsang Monastery, the famous Tiger's Nest. There should also be time to take in some of the other sights of the Paro Valley.
Days 14-15 You leave Bhutan and fly back to Kathmandu for a final night, before leaving for home.

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