Bhutan Takin Trails

The ‘Dong Gyem Tsey’ or Takin has been diligently chosen as the National Animal of Bhutan because it is unique, rare and native to Bhutan. It is closely associated to religious history and mythology of the country. It seems like an assembly of assorted animals and perhaps, this is the reason, that a strange story regarding its origins is popular in Bhutan. It is said that Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as the Divine Madman, went to Bhutan in the 15th century to attend a large congregation of devotees that had gathered from all over Bhutan to receive a blessing from another Saint. His unorthodox and outrageous ways soon made him unpopular with the group of the religious-minded people there and they started mocking him and provoking him to show his magical powers or a miracle.

Unperturbed by their reaction, Saint Kuenley demanded a whole cow and a goat for lunch. He relished the meat and devoured the entire animals, leaving only their bones. He then recklessly put the goat’s head with the cow’s bones and snapping fingers, commanded the beast to rise up and go and graze on the slopes of the mountain. The strange best immediately rose up from the dead and followed his instructions, leaving the people astonished and shocked. The animal was called ‘Dyiong-gyem tsi’ or takin.

Day 1 Arrive at Paro (7200ft amsl)

Fight arrives between 9-10am. Check into hotel, rest till lunch.Guide will take guest for lunch.After lunch, sight seeing in paro valley, museum, town etc. Overnight at Paro

Day 2 Paro
after breakfast, drive (30 min) to base of tigers nest –locally called TAKSANG).Hike up hill to Taksang (2.5 hrs).lunch at Taksang cafeteria.After lunch, return to car drive to hotel in Paro or Thimphu, rest. If halt in thimphu, will take 1.3 hrs drive. Overnight at Paro

Day 3 Paro To Thimphu(1.3 hr drive)
drive for 30 mins to base of cheri monastry in north of Thimphu. Hike up to Cheri Monastry (1 hr) Sight Gorals, visit temples.Return to Thimphu for lunch.after lunch visit the Takin (national animal of Bhutan) preserve, local markets, textile museum and the white house of Bhutan. overnight at Thimphu

Day 4 Thimphu To Damji (5 hour drive)
Enroute stop at Dochola (9000ft on clear days breathtaking view of some of the tallest mountains in the world).stop at the Royal Botanical park.Lunch at Punakha (old capital of Bhutan) visit the Dzong. Drive to park HQ enroute sightings of takin and other wildlife possible.Overnight At Damji (in camp)

Day 5 Damji To Gasa Hotspring Camp (3.5 hours)
visit Park HOQ, displays, walk through villages, wildife sighting possible. lunch at hot spring and hike around to sight takins.Visit Hotspring rehabilitation works

Day 6 Hotspring To Damji(4 hr hike)
Early morning hike to sight wildlife.Hike to Gasa Dzong, lunch .visit dzong and return to Damji. Overnight at Camp

Day 7 Damji To Trongsa(7 hr drive)
Start early morning, visit Wangdue Dzong. Visit black necked cranes in Phobjikha valley (if during nov-feb), lunch at Phobjikha. Continue to Trongsa (enroute stops to watch pristine forests, birds and wildlife.visit trongsa dong and museum.Overnight at Hotel.

Day 8 Trongsa To Gonphu(Drive 6 hours)
stops to watch birds, endangered golden langurs. Lunch in Zhemgang. Continue to Gonphu. Overnight at Gonphu Camp.

Day 9 Gonphu To Pangtang(Walk 4 hours)
Pangtang is a small village enroute to Manas, camp, experience remote local culture, chances of
observing wildlife). Pack lunch will be served on the way.Overnight at Pangtang.

Day 10 Pangtang To Chenga zam(6 hr walk)
1. walking through subtropical forests, remote villages. Overnight at Chengazam.

Day 11 Chengazam To Manas(4 hr walk)
Walk through villages and forest.Overnight at Manas (guest house/camps)

Day 12 Manas To Manas(Day trips)
Accompany field biologists to set cameras and run transects. Pack lunches. Evening boat ride/fly fishing. Overnight at Manas

Day 13 Manas To Manas(Day trips)
set more cameras and run transects, pack lunches. camp fire in the evening.Overnight at Manas.

Day 14 Manas To Manas(Day trips)
pick cameras, down load photos. Compile data collected. debrief park staff on results. Overnight at Manas.

Day 15 Manas To Indian Manas(5 minute boat ride)
Indian counterparts (Royal Expeditions receive guest from Mathanguri, India.

Day 16 Indian Manas to Manas

Day 17 Gauhati To Delhi
Fly Back To Delhi.

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