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glimpse of bhutanA Bhutanese Wedding
A Bhutanese Wedding is much more than a simple exchange of vows and rings. It includes a number of relegious rites performed by Buddhist monks and lamas. This represents the importance of the bond between a husband and wife.

Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport.
During the journey, the traveler will experience from the left side of the plane a spectacular view of Mt. Everest, and other famous Himalayan Mountains including the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be received by your Bhutanese friend from Makalu Adventure.
Lunch at the Hotel. Discuss the Tour Programme with the Tour Guide. The Paro Valley is relatively dry. Blue pines grow on the slopes, but most of the valley flodor is cultivated with rice paddies, which are utilized for wheat during wintertime. Many finches feed on wheat grains. The main attraction is the Pachu riverbed north of the town. You will spot some Ibisbills, Common Kingfisher, Crested Kingfisher and some accentors among the rocks and bushes. Then visit the forests near the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong.
Over night: Hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro sightseeing in the morning and drive to Thimphu in the late afternoon.
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The trail is along the pine forests and you will come across some birds on the watch to the monastery. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. In the afternoon you will drive to Thimphu. In the evening you can explore Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and absorb the lifestyle of the people. You can also visit some interesting handicraft shops.
Over night: Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu sightseeing.
Very few birds are seen in Thimphu, and the interesting birding sites are found around Begana and Cheri villages. You will walk up to Tango Monastery (2700 meters). The vegetation around here includes upper and lower temperate broadleaf evergreen; coniferous forests, riversides, subalpine and shrubberies. Spotted Laughingthrush could be seen here mainly in spring. Tango is good for general birding, and Mountain Eagles and Snow Pigeons are common here. Several wallcreepers will be seen enroute between Begana and Thimphu.
Evening will be spent in visiting the Babesa Sewerage Pond. Since the construction of the sewerage pond, the site has become the sanctuary for the birds. You will see some species of ducks feeding in the pond.
Over night: Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4: Punakha.
After breakfast you will drive to Punakha, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the Docula Pass walk along the traditional route down to the Laborer’s camp. You might spot Rufous bellied Bush-Robin, Golden-naped Finch, Hoary Barwing, Edwards Rosefinch. Continue driving to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, and visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1637.
Over night: Hotel in Punakha.

Day 5: Thimphu.
Full day birding in Punakha region. The best area for birding is between 1300 and 1600 meters along the Mochu River in Jigme Dorji Wangchuk Wildlife Sanctuary. The forest is relatively undisturbed, but people collect firewood and cattles can be seen along the road. Further downstream it is possible to view the rocky riverbeds from a hanging bridge, in order to check for the near extinct White-bellied Heron. Mr Inskipp saw the heron in 1994 along this river. A few common birds, which will be seen between the riversides and farmlands from Lobesa to Tashithang includes White-tailed Eagle, Crested Serpent-Eagle, Golden Eagle, Mountain Eagle, Striated Laughingthrush, Golden Bush-Robin, and Tibet Serin.
Over night: Hotel in Punakha.

Day 6 & 7: Thimphu wedding or vow renewal ceremony.
This is a very scenic section of the road as it leads through bamboo and rhododendron conifer forests, meadows and river valleys. You will visit Wangdi enroute, which is at 1400 meters, and you would probably Red-billed Leiothrix together with a flock of Black-eared Shrike-babblers. On arrival at Gangtey, which is at 2400 meters you might see Hill Partridge, Dark-breasted Rosefinches in the bamboo thickets. Check into the hotel.
Over night: Hotel in Gangtey.

Day 8:Paro - Optional hike up to Taktsang monastery.
Early morning see the Black Necked Cranes and also the trail and the roosting areas. Also visit the RSPN (Royal Society of Protection of Nature) Education Center. After lunch drive to Trongsa across Pelela Pass (3300 meters). The highlights of the routes can be a White-browed Bush Robin, Brown Parrotbills, , Streaked Laughingthrushes, Stripe-throated Scimitar-babblers. You will also see birds on the roadside to Trongsa. On arrival check into the hotel.
Over night: Hotel in Trongsa.

Day 9:Depart by Druk Air.
Trongsa is a warm and sunny valley has been cultivated for a long time, and it is worthwhile to visit some of the cultural sites, such as Tongsa Dzong, rather than going birding all day. However in the morning, it is possible to watch a pair of the Yellow-rumped Honeyguide at nest near the second baileys bridge at 1800 meters 18 km south of Tongsa. You will also see Peregrine Falcon hunting domestic rock doves near the dzong and on other roof tops. After lunch drive to Langthel birding along the way.
Over night: Camping.

This itinerary is a sample itinerary intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. We have designed this itinerary including the best cultural and natural aspects of this country. We can further customize the itinerary to suit your specific interest and needs to our valued customers.

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