We arrived two days late due to the devastating earthquake in Nepal, however, the itinerary had been faultlessly reorganized and operated perfectly during our visit. We wanted to see the birds, the plants and experience some of the cultures of Bhutan. We were fortunate to have Tshering as our guide and Yeshey as our driver, both were exceptional. Tshering had amazing eyesight and hearing and was able to spot birds that we would easily have missed, many from their song before they became visible. He ensured we could see and identify each bird, making sure we agreed with his identification. He had a wide knowledge of the plants we saw and any thing he was unsure of he researched overnight coming up with identification in the morning. We could not have wished for more. With Tshering as our guide we visited Dzongs at Punakha, Trongsa, and Paro, they were wonderful.
Our highlights? There were many but the top four are:
• Seeing the White Bellied Heron flying through the forest near Punakha
• Sandra spotting a Pallas’s Fish Eagle in Jigme Dorji National Park
• Visiting Kila Gompa Nunnery, stunning.
• The rhododendrons in Phobjikha Valley, they were beautiful.
Due to the cancellation of our flights through Kathmandu airport, we were forced to extend our stay in Bhutan and return home via Delhi. Norbu and Tshering organized this without a problem.
Thank you all for our great trip but thank you especially Tshering and Yeshey