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Manas & Royal Manas Wildlife

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Guwahati airport you will be met by our local tour representative from Indian. After short introduction you will be led for your wildlife destination – Manas National Park in the state of Assam.  The park is located within the foothills of Himalaya in the northern bank of the Brahmaputra River. The park also shares its border with Royal Manas National Park of Bhutan. The park is one of the few national parks in India which has been given the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites. It is definitely one of the best sites for viewing wildlife in India.

This morning at your early start you will be led to the Elephant boarding point for your first jungle ride through the Manas National Park. Elephant riding is possible only in the morning and in the late afternoon for an hour. The ride takes you to explore the wildlife sanctuary and view incredible wildlife from a very close site. Return back to your lodge for fresh-up and breakfast. After the breakfast you will be led on jeep safari for two and half hours through the park to explore the most stunning and pristine wildlife habitat. After a quick lunch you will again led to move on our wildlife jungle safari to explore the sites of Bharmaputra valley with its semi-evergreen forest.

Today at your early hotel check-out drive to Gelephu. Gelephu in the south-central Bhutan is the only easiest entry point to Royal Manas National Park. It is only 120km from your hotel in Manas National Park.

Today you will travel from Gelephu to Tingtibe under Zhemgang district. Climatic condition in the region varies with warm and humid conditions in the south and cold and moderate temperature in the north.  About 86% of the total area of Zhemgang is under forest cover, because of which the district is blessed with a rich biodiversity. Birding en-route you will find bird species like Hill Partridge, Red Junglefowl, Kalij Pheasant, White-browed Piculet, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Yellow-rumped Honey Guide, Golden-throated Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, Great Barbet, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Common Hoopoe, Ward’s Trogon, Blue-brearded Bee-eater, Crested Kingfisher and White-throated Kingfisher etc.

This morning you will descent through broadleaf forest and thick undergrowths. The drive takes you through Pangtang located on the right bank of Manas River with views of Manas River and glimpses of settlements which is typical of lower Kheng. Continue your drive to Pangbang your final destination for wildlife viewing.  En-route you will encounter several bird species including thrushes, drongos, hornbills, partridges, pheasants, bulbuls, tree pies, barbets, eagles and many more.

This morning you will start your day a little early and move to Elephant boarding point for your first jungle ride through Royal Manas National Park. The park is one of the most environmentally conscious parks in the country. This protection has allowed birds and wildlife to continue to flourish and it is renowned amongst many birdwatchers and wildlife photographers worldwide. With easy trails, comfortable climate and easy access to great birding and wildlife habitats makes Royal Manas National Park a very special place to explore the wildlife in abundance.  The park provides a safe heaven for about 59 species of mammals. If you are lucky you can sight goral, capped langur etc. Chances of spotting the royal Bengal Tiger, Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare and Pygmy Hog are rare.

Today you will retrace your drive back following same road to Zhemgang and then to Trongsa. Birding along the road, you will come across Yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Striated Prinia, Striated Laughingthrush, White-throated Laughingthrush, White-crested Laughingthrush, Beautiful Nuthatch, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler, Verditer Flycatcher, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Hume’s Warbler, Tickell’s Leaf Warbler, Crested Bunting, House Swift, Common Kestrel and Spotted Dove etc. At your early arrival in Trongsa, visit the Trongsa Dzong. It is the largest dzong in Bhutan and was built in 1647 and houses the local administration and the monastic body.

Drive to Punakha through warm and cold broad-leaved forest. You will be crossing the Black Mountain range and the high pass Pelela. From this lofty pass its downhill to Punakha and the descent is mainly through virgin forest and scattered settlements. Spotting wildlife is very rare, however you will be looking out for birds like Scarlet Finch, White-throated Laughingthrush, Eurasian Jay, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Slaty-backed Forktail, Black Drongo, Wedge Tailed Green Pigeon, Mountain Imperial Pigeon and Verditer Flycatcher etc. Along the way, if you are early, take an excursion to Phobjikha valley famed for the migratory black-necked cranes that make it their winter home. The endangered species arrives towards the end of October and return back to Tibet towards early March.

In the morning drive further north of Punakha to visit Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Temple. This fascinating temple was consecrated in 1999 after a mammoth eight year construction period. The best of the spiritual art was painted on the inner walls and is the best temple to study the symbolic meaning from frescoes and sculptures.  Trace your way back and visit historical Punakha Dzong that cuts a striking picture with its imposing walls rising up from the tumbling clear water of the river and framed against startling blue skies. After lunch drive to Thimphu en-route make a short 30-40 minutes hike to the popular Chemi Lhakhang. After the temple drive straight to Thimphu crossing Dochula Pass (10150ft/3100m).

Today before you depart to Paro explore the sights and sounds of the bustling capital city. In the morning drive further north of Thimphu and hike to the historical Tango and Cheri Goemba. Inside Thimphu your sightseeing includes the most visited National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 followed by Kuenselphodrang to view the giant golden Buddha statue. The top also provide an impressive view of the capital city. Visit the National Institute of Painting School which offers a six years course on Bhutan’s traditional crafts for those who are artistically inclined.  Along the way, of you have time make a short visit to Simtokha Dzong. This was the first of many dzongs constructed by Zhabdrung in 1629. After the dzong drive straight to Paro.

We suggest you making an early start since the hike to Taktsang Monastery is quite an uphill task and takes around 3-4 hours walk at an average speed. Perched cliff side, this is the meditation site of Guru Padmasambhava. It is an important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the entire Himalayas, with its stunning vistas and spectacular architecture against a backdrop of sheer granite cliff faces. According to the legend Guru Padmasambhava visited the site flying from the east of the country on the back of the tigress (a form that one of his consorts is believed to have taken). He meditated in the cave for three months and then donning his terrifying form of Dorji Droloe subjugating the evil spirit.

After your leisurely breakfast in the hotel drive to Paro airport and depart to your onward destination. Here you bid adieu to your helpful Bhutanese tourist guide and driver and proceed to your onward destination.

The Above Price includes following services

  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits – Museum Fees
  • Standard Room in 3 Star Hotels – Upgrade to 4 & 5 Star can be arranged on Additional Cost.
  • Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner with Evening Tea
  • Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) Licensed Professional Driver
  • SUV for FIT & Toyota Van from 3 – 8 Pax & Toyota Coaster Coach from 8 – 20 Pax
  • Decade old TCB Licensed Tour Guide
  • All Sightseeing with Walks and Hikes
  • Bottled Mineral Water

Tour Cost

Bhutan Government uphold a strategy of “High Value-Low Impact” tourism policy, which serves as the purpose of creating an image of exclusive and high-yield destination among travelers.  Therefore, Baeyul Excursions has initiated its tourism policy – to maintain its environment, ecological friendly, preservation of social-cultural and economically viable, prevent from overrun mass tourism and while at the same time to ensure visitors get the most out of their trips. The minimum cost outlined by Baeyul Excursions offers the charm of the isolated Himalayan kingdom, which was founded on the principle of sustainability.

  • Single Individual: USD 2,930/-
  • Group of 02 Members: USD 2,830/-
  • Group of 03 Members and Above: USD  2,630/-
  • Transfer Charges: USD 45/-

Not included:

  • Round Trip Air Tickets
  • International Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Entertainment Cost – Pub & Nightclubs
  • Tips for Tour Guide, Driver and Hotel Staffs
  • Donations to Monasteries and Temples
  • Payment Wiring Fee of USD 50
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