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Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan, known as the land of Dragon, rises from the Jungle-covered foothills, which overlook the Brahmaputra River, to the alpine southern slopes of Himalayas. Heights range from 6500-24500ft . The country is 18000sq miles and is nestled between Tibet and India. It is one of the world’s most unspoiled areas. Here one will enjoy the Buddhist culture, which is integrated into every aspect of people’s daily life. Bhutan has 20 peaks over 23,000 feet. It is a great place to enjoy beautiful Himalayan mountain scenery amongst un-logged forests and picturesque valleys with terraced fields, while also seeing spectacular birds.
Over 600 birds include some of the most exotic and rare species in the eastern Himalayas. Ten species of birds that are in danger of extinction are found in Bhutan, including the Black-necked Crane, which traditionally winters in the valleys of Phobjikha and Bomdeling. The diversity of bird life in Bhutan is accentuated by the migrations of hundreds of species between breeding grounds across a vast expanse of central Asia and wintering areas on the subcontinent of India between November and March.In addition to having an astonishing diversity of birds Bhutan is home to at least 165 species of mammals, including Golden Langur, Leopard, Rhinoceros and Elephant in the lowlands, Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bear and Musk Deer in the middle-elevation forests, and Takin grazing on grasses in alpine meadows along mountainsides. Tigers might be found anywhere from the bases of the foothills to above tree line. All the mammals are very elusive and encountering them is difficult. We will see the beautiful Golden Langur, which is a rare primate found only in Bhutan.
Bhutan’s flora is no less impressive. More than 600 orchid species (including at least 50 that are endemic), 46 species of rhododendrons (4 endemic), and more than 300 species of medicinal plants are found within its borders.

Nearest Airport: Paro; Connected to Kolkata and New Delhi.

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