Bhutan Royal Manas National Park
An unmatched Bhutan biological treasure in the Eastern Himalayas, Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) represents the largest example of tropical and sub-tropical ecosystems in Bhutan. With hundreds of wildlife, birds and plant species, several globally endangered, Royal Manas is not only the most diverse protected area in the Kingdom but also one of the world’s biologically outstanding conservation sites. Royal Manas is linked to Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park to the north and India’s Manas Tiger Reserve in the south. The park is also linked to Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary and Thrumshingla National Park through biological corridors. The principal reason for this linkage is to provide a continuous gradation of protected natural habitats from tropical duars all the way to alpine Himalayan high mountains. This initiative by Bhutan is without doubt a unique conservation achievement in the Himalayas.
Flora and Fauna
The park’s location and the largely pristine forest, which covers approximately 92% of the area, make the park very rich in biodiversity. There are five different vegetation types, which contain of tropical monsoon forest, subtropical broadleaved forest, warm broadleaved forest, cool broadleaved forest and evergreen oak forest. These habitats help a wide range of fauna, including many rare and endangered species such as the Royal Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, gaur, wild buffalo, wild dog, common leopard, black panther, marveled cat, golden cat, leopard and Chinese pangolin. Species endemic to the Eastern Himalayan foothills, such as golden langur, capped langur, pygmy hog and hispid hare also occur in the park.
This birding tour starts from Gelephu the southern part of Bhutan boarder to India and your birding end from Paro.
Bhutan Manas Birding Tour Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Gelephu
Day 02: Gelephu – Zhemgang
Day 03: Zhemgang – Tingtibi 130km/4.5hrs
Day 04: Tingtibi – Pangbang 100km/4hrs
Day 05 & 06: Day excursion to Manas for birding
Day 07: Tingtibi – Bumthang
Day 08: Bumthang
Day 09: Bumthang – Phobjikha
Day 10: Phobjikha – Punakha
Day 11: Punakha to Gasa stretch
Day 12: Punakha – Thimphu
Day 13: Thimphu
Day 14: Paro
Day 15: Departure