Nature Walk

Besides doing the cultural tour in Bhutan, we also have many nature walks in different valleys in Bhutan. The Day walks or hikes will take about one hour and half walks to three hours. Some of the hikes can be combined with your cultural tour in Bhutan

Bird Watching in Bhutan

Bhutan is a paradise for the Bird watchers. On the world scale, the country is recognized as forming the major part of an area of especially high biological diversity known as the Eastern Himalayan ' Hot spot'. Over 580 bird species have been recorded in Bhutan so far and many more species are likely to occur. 

This is a large number for the size of the country. Bhutan may also be internationally important for 114 species, which may have significant breeding population in the country. These birds have breeding ranges, which are restricted to an area encompassing the Himalayas, northeast India, northern south East Asia and southwest china. There are ten bird species in Bhutan, which have been identified as globally threatened by Bird life International. These include the Black-necked Crane, one of the World's rarest and least known cranes, which traditionally winters in Bhutan, the Rufus-necked Hornbill, Blyth's Tragopan, Blyth's King fisher, Ward's Trogon, chestnut breasted Partridge, white bellied Heron, Wood snipe and Pallas's Fish Eagle. In addition, Bhutan is also home to winter visitors which breed farther north, such as migrant thrushes and for many breeding summer migrants including cuckoos and flycatchers. 

Most of Bhutan's resident birds are Altitudinal migrants, which move up and down the mountains depending on the season and weather conditions. Though birding is the aim of the tour, we will take time throughout to tour some of the more outstanding monasteries and monuments. 

The combination of Bhutan’s exotic culture harmoniously integrated with the natural landscapes-unscarred by modernization makes bird watching in Bhutan, simply unbeatable. Villages and towns are almost always small, surrounded by intact old growth forests. The sites we have designated for birding are connected by roads that see almost no traffic, thus affording easy access to bird habitats.

Biking Tour ~ 8 days

Day 01: Arrive Paro 
 Meeting & assistance on arrival and transfer to Thimphu. Briefing and Introduction Welcome Dinner.
 Overnight in Paro 

 Day 02: Paro Valley Excursion 
 We spend the whole day sightseeing Visit the Kyichu Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan Bike to Drugyel Dzong built in 1647-49 to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders Stop for refreshments along the way Visit the National Museum and the Rigpung Dzong Evening Drive to Thimphu.
 Overnight Thimphu.

  Day 03: Thimphu Valley Exploration 
Bike to Tangu and Cheri, stopping on the way to visit the High Courts, Tashicho Dzong, which houses the offices of the king and the Jey-Kenpo (Chief Abbot). Also visit Dechencholing Palace on the way back. Stop along the way for refreshments After lunch visit the Memorial Chorten, which was built in the memory of late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Bike to the painting school and National Library. Evening Cultural Program and folk music. 
 Overnight Thimphu. 

 Day 04: Thimphu ~ Punakha Valley 
 Drive or bike to Dochula, 22km from Thimphu, then on to the Punakha Valley. Pack Lunch and Refreshments will be provided on the way.
 Overnight Camp on the banks of the Punakha River. 

 Day 05: Punakha Valley ~ Phobjikha Valley 
Head off along the dirt track to Wangdi. Stop for lunch at the Wangdi. If time allows we will bike as far as Garzikha Zam then drive to Nobding and bike uphill to the ridge and then have a screamer of a downhill through the beautiful glacial Phobjikha Valley. Refreshments and Pack Lunch will be provided on the way. Visit the Gangtey Monastery, the largest Nyingmapa Monastery in Bhutan. 
 Overnight in Tented camps or Lodge at Phobjikha Valley. 

 Day 06: Gangtey / Phobjikha – Wangdiphodrang - Thimphu 
After breakfast explore the fascinating valley of Phobjikha. Bike to Wangdiphodrang. Refreshments and Pack Lunch will be provided on the way. Drive to Thimphu. Overnight Thimphu. 

 Day 07: Thimphu – Paro 
We have a lovely 65km bike ride ahead of us today on pothole free tarmac roads. Refreshments and Lunch will be provided on the way. Evening Farewell Dinner. 
 Overnight Hotel. 

 Day 08: Paro Departure 
After breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Rafting and Kayaking

 Sl. No. Name of the River   Location  River Section  KM  Grade  Recommendation
 01 Paro Chhu   Paro  Mitsi Zam  10  III & IV  Kayaking
 02 Paro Chhu   Paro  Lower Paro Chu  7  III with I class IV  Kayaking

Fishing in Rivers of Bhutan

Rules to be adhered by the tourist while fishing in the rivers of Bhutan

1) Trout fishing is banned in the breeding season covering the month of October to December.
2) Fishing is restricted in the 1- km vicinity of the Government offices, Dzongs, Monastery, bridges and important government installation and public places.
3) Fishing is allowed only with rod and reel (spinning and fly).
4) Any fish caught below the size of 8 inches in length should be released back to the water. The usual size so far caught in the local water is of 1 lb. Weight. The maximum size caught is of 10 lbs.
5) Fishing is not developed and published as revenue earning and economic venture but it is scientifically developed conservative plan.
6) Most of the rivers are accessible by motorable roads where as the lakes are NOT. The rivers usually flood during the monsoon season starting from June to August and all the lakes are inaccessible during the winter months (November, December, January and February) due to heavy snowfalls.

Fishing Itinerary 
Day 01:  Arrival at Paro, transfer to Hotel. 
Day 02:  Morning Sightseeing in Paro and after noon fishing in the Paro river.
Day 03: Morning continue fishing and afternoon drive to Damchu and fishing in Damchu River. 
Overnight in Camp.
 Day 04: Morning fishing and afternoon shift the camp to Khasadrapchu for fishing in Khasadrapchu River. 
Overnight in Camp. 
Day 05: Morning Thimphu sightseeing and afternoon fishing in Thimphu River (Evening sale fish in Thimphu market) 
Day 06: Morning continue fish in Thimphu River, afternoon drive back to Paro. 
Day 07: Departure.