Thimphu | Punakha | Phobjikha | Paro
Thimphu | Punakha | Phobjikha | Paro
Surya is an engineer from the south-Indian city of Chennai who later pursued his passion into the wild. His jungle journey commenced in the forests of Satpura at Forsyth Lodge, where he started as an intern and then later turned into a full-time naturalist. His interests vary to all types of life forms, especially the lesser fauna of the region and their microhabitats. His vehement enthusiasm led to pioneering Central India’s first walking safari, canoeing, wilderness camping, and night drives at Satpura. Satpura, having been a less tiger-centric park, gave him the chance to explore other activities other than just Jeep safaris. His love for wildlife, and eagerness to learn led him to explore India’s special and rare mammals, birds, reptiles and butterflies. Surya enjoys the idea of guiding and explaining the little secrets of the jungle to people rather than just seeing it for himself.
What better way to enjoy a prized birding expedition than with the opportunity to use one of the world’s most sought-after pairs of binoculars? Enjoy the use of a pair of SWAROVSKI OPTIK binoculars, which will allow you to view the most intricate of details.
You will have the opportunity to choose your favourite SWAROVSKI OPTIK product, which will be sent to your home prior to departure, so that you can familiarise yourself with the equipment beforehand, trial it for the duration of your journey and have the option to purchase it on your return if you would like to keep it.
Groundbreaking optical performance – packed into the smallest possible package: the NL Pure 32 accompanies you wherever you may go for unprecedented viewing experiences.
Keep the overview. The 8x magnification in combination with the enormous field of view lets you completely immerse yourself in nature – even during the late hours of the night.
You’ll never miss out with the new CL Companion. These elegant binoculars with impressive optics fit perfectly in your hand. They are always with you to ensure you make the most of every sighting.
The ultimate birding event; an exclusive foray into the spellbinding Himalaya, in search of Bhutan’s incredible birdlife. This privately guided, 10-day birding adventure is perfect for first-time or serious birders as well as cultural fanatics. Gain expert insight into the extraordinary diversity of Himalayan birds in the lush valleys of Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjikha and Paro.
The last remaining great Himalayan Kingdom, Bhutan boasts magnificent mountain scenery, incredible architecture and colourful culture. A diverse natural Shangri-La, the country features a staggering variety of landscapes, as well as an incredible array of flora and fauna.
Bhutan is the world’s first carbon neutral country with an impressive 60% of the country forested, and over 50% protected.
Discover Thimphu, a stronghold of traditional Bhutanese art, architecture and culture and the country’s capital. Punakha is inextricably linked with momentous occasions in Bhutanese history. Two of Bhutan’s important rivers converge in Punakha. At their confluence is the majestic Punakha Dzong, one of the country’s finest buildings. These rivers are also home to one of the last surviving populations of the critically endangered white-bellied herons.
Explore the Phobjikha Valley, one of the most beautiful destinations in Bhutan and the winter home to a group of globally endangered black-necked cranes that arrive every year from the Tibetan Plateau.
Your journey culminates in the historical town of Paro, gathered at the centre of a valley rich in sacred sites and ancient buildings. This pretty destination is covered with terraced paddy fields and quaint farmhouses, scattered throughout the valley, in the lower areas. In the upper reaches, coniferous forests look down onto the beautiful Paro Chhu River, which snakes its way below. Among the many temples in the area, Paro is most famous for the iconic Takhtsang Lakhang (also known as the Tiger’s Nest).
Bhutan is famed for its high mountain peaks and range of trekking opportunities. Avian highlights to tick-off your list whilst on these treks include: great and brown parrotbills, golden breasted fulvetta, endangered black-necked cranes, blue fronted redstart, pin-tailed snipe, wallcreeper and red-billed chough, blood pheasants and satyr tragopans, white throated laughingthrush, AND so much more (see below day-by-day highlights).
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