Birding in Thimphu, Bhutan
When: October 2016 Weather: Cool 15C
Leica M240/35mm summlux, Nikon P900
I had to take a flight via Kathmandu to get to Bhutan and I would say that the 50min flight from Kathmandu to Paro airport is arguably one of the most spectacular ones anywhere in the world. Shortly after taking off from Kathmandu, you start seeing the beautiful snow capped Himalayan peaks…indeed it flies past 7 of the highest peaks in the world! And shortly after the Himalaya have passed from sight, you start flying into verdant valleys with ricefields everywhere….the valleys of Bhutan..
Staying at the Druk Hotel, I wandered out towards the Thimphu Chu river and heading to the bridge, I descended the bridge just before it crossed the river and made my way along the river bank and a little road called Chhogyal Lam leading to a small park….
The next morning, I took a long walk crossing the bridge over the river and followed the road by the foot of the mountain till another big bridge appeared crossing back over to the town centre….
Thimphu itself is pleasant enough but these two easy walks were pretty good for for appreciating the beauty of the Thimphu valley..the birding was a nice bonus.