Bhutan Birding Tour

Bhutan Birding Tour

Highlights of the Tour:

Bhutan Karte

Perfect Birding Spots

Phobijkha Valley

This glacial valley is home to the endangered black necked crane and a variety of other bird species, including the Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant and the Red-necked Hornbill.

Royal Manas National park

Located in southern part of Bhutan the national park is home to more than 400 bird species, including the endangered White-bellied Heron and the Bengal Florican.

Jigme Dorij National Park

Located in the centre of Bhutan, this national park is the largest protected area in the country and is home of various species of birds. Among them for example the Himalayan Griffon, Golden Eagle and the rare Wards Trogon.

Punakha Valley

The Punakha Valley is home to the White Winged Duck, as well as a variety of other bird species, including the White Browed Bush Robin and the Blue Fronted Redstart.

Paro Valley

The natural environment, especially the low lands fields and bushes, make the Paro area an ideal starting point for a bird watching tour to see some of the rarest birds in the country.

Bumthang valley

The Bumthang Valley is also known for its various bird species. This valley is home to the Himalayan Cowbird, Rusty-Flanked Treecreeper and other bird species, making it a perfect place for bird watching.

Why travelling to Bhutan for a birding trip?

Bhutan is a true paradise for bird lovers. Over 774 species of birds can be found in the country. The country’s pristine forests and diverse ecosystems are home to a variety of unique birds, including some rare and endangered species. There are several famous birding destinations in Bhutan. Over 7% of the world’s bird population is found in Bhutan. In addition, around 26 endangered bird species can be seen in Bhutan.

Bhutan offers a variety of bird species, some of which are unique and rare. Several famous birding destinations can be found in the country Over 7% of the worlds birds’ population can be found in Bhutan. Also, around 26 endangered species of birds can be spotted in the country. Bhutan offers various species of birds, some of them are unique and rare.

Top five birds in Bhutan

1. The Raven

The raven is revered in Bhutan as the country’s national bird. It is depicted on the king’s crown. Historically, the raven led the founder of Bhutan to victory during the invasion from Tibet in the seventeenth century.

2. The Himalayan Monal

This very colourful bird occurs in the alpine meadows of Bhutan at altitudes between. 2100 up to 4500m. The Himalayan Monal belongs to the genus of pheasants, characteristic are the different coloured upper sides, which contrast with the black underside of the bird. Like most pheasants, this bird can fly, but most of the time it is found on the ground.

3. The Satyr Tragopan

Satyr Tragopan

The tragopan belongs to the pheasant genus and is known for its flamboyant and striking features. This bird species is found in the dense rhododendron forests of Bhutan

4. The White Bellied Heron

This bird is the rarest heron in the world. It is found in the mountainous regions of Bhutan, north-east India and Myanmar. With its white and grey colour, the White-bellied Heron blends in perfectly with the great slate cliffs of the Himalayas. This bird is also threatened with extinction and the global population has dwindled to less than 300 individuals.

5. The Black Necked Crane

From November to March, the black-necked crane descends from its breeding grounds on the Tibetan plateaus to the lower-lying lakes and flooded fields, making this an ideal time to observe this rare bird. In Bhutan, the black-necked crane is revered through Buddhist traditions. It is strictly protected throughout the country. Bhutanese believe that they are blessed when the cranes circle over their valleys. A festival in honour of the black-necked crane is held every year in November to mark the bird’s arrival.

More species of birds to spot in Bhutan

Bhutan offers many more bird species, other famous birds in Bhutan are:

Bhutan Birding Tour Itinary

We are happy to customise your birding trip according to your own wishes and preferences. As Bhutan offers many birding sites and even more bird species, each trip is planned according to your own preferences.


Bhutan has implemented special entry regulations to regulate the amount of tourism.

– Travelling into Bhutan is only possible with a visa. This is then only valid for the duration of the booked trip. Your passport must be valid for at least six months.

-Every tourist has to pay a Sustainable Development Fee which is 200 USD per person and night. Special discounts for longer stays are available. Detailed information will be provided during the planning of the trip.

-When planning a trekking trip, a guide is mandataroy.

-In Bhutan you are not allowed to drive a car on your own, you always need a driver.

The climate in Bhutan is divided in three climate zones, so there is no general answer for the best travel time to Bhutan. As a basic rule it can be said that spring and autumn are the best travel times to Bhutan.

-For north Bhutan the best travel time is from March to May and from September to October

-For central Bhutan the best travel time is from April to the end of October

-For south Bhutan the best travel time is from November to March

All guides speak English. German speaking guides are sometimes avaiable on request.

Bhutan is a fascinating country with a rich cultural heritage. Therefore the country offers several famous attractions. Most known attractions are the city of Paro and the capital of Bhutan Thimphu. One of the most known religious sites of Bhutan is the Taktsang Monastery or also called the Tiger’s Nest.

Furthermore Bhutan offers many Monasteries, Dzongs and other religious sites. Bhutan also offers beautiful nature and landscape.

The  most common way for European travelers how travel to Bhutan is via airplane. Bhutans only international airport is located in Paro. The national air carrier of Bhutan is called Drukair and operates flights from several cities in Asia, including Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Singapore and Dhaka.

Travel by road from India is possible but so far not very common for European tourists.

When planning a trekking tour to Bhutan it is important to know, that a guide is mandatory. And trekking through Bhutan without a Guide is not allowed.

Guest reviews

Heike R.Red Lion Bhutan-Nepal Tour 2023
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“The trip was perfectly organized. Both in Nepal and in Bhutan, our guides were very helpful and friendly and always there for us. We felt we were in good hands with them. For us it was a very nice and impressive journey with many impressions and nice encounters.”​
Arne T.Red Lion Bhutan Tour 2019
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“The entire process of the Bhutan trip went like clockwork, from flights to accommodation to all activities. …”​
A. D.Red Lion Bhutan Tour 2018
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“Our Bhutan trip was excellently planned in conjunction with the Bhutanese tour operator Red Lion. Several very individual wishes were taken into account in the itinerary and we had an excellent guide on site. Instead of staying in hotels, we mainly chose homestays with Bhutanese families and thus repeatedly made impressive contacts with the locals. So the time in Bhutan was one of the most impressive trips we have experienced. Free educational opportunities, free health services and a way of life in harmony with the environment and nature - we can learn a lot from the people of Bhutan.”
Horst & Anke K. Red Lion Bhutan Tour 2018
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“Our guide Pema spoke German very well and had a high level of general knowledge. This enabled us to learn a lot about the country and people of Bhutan. At this point we would like to say a special thank you to Bhutan Red Lion Travel, Mr. Gasy Lhendup, for the perfect organization on site. The farewell evening in Paro with the traditional farewell gift will not be forgotten. With our guide Pema and our chauffeur Tashi, we had two experienced, prudent and courteous people at our side.”