The Ecological Jewels

The Ecological Jewels

Eco-tourism is synonymous with Bhutan, for the country is a museum of ecology and its inhabitants.  Trekking routes have been opened recently into communities, turning these into ecological landmarks. Two of the most important are:

  1. Nabji – Korphu Community Trek

Opened in 2006, this trail is an ideal post-harvest/winter trek. It is set in the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, a park with an ecological rich environment, in central Bhutan and                       houses animals like the Golden Langur ( Trachypithecus geei ), birds like Rufous-necked Hornbill ( Aceros nepalensis ) and others.

         Highlights of this product

  • It is a superb place for birding.
  • Historical significance – Houses the pillar of peace in the temple of Nabji; underlining the negotiation between the two kings (King Nauche from India and King Sindhu from Bhutan) intermediated by Guru Rimpoche in the eight century.
  • Insight into the lives of Bhutan’s ethnic group the Monpas, believed to be the first settlers in Bhutan.
  • Farm house stay
  1. The Manas voyage

Manas region is Bhutan’s oldest wildlife sanctuary, which was declared as a park in 1966. It is one of the World’s biological hotspots.

Highlights

  • Home to endangered flora and fauna, 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 and species endemic to the Eastern Himalayan foothills, such as golden langur, capped langur, pygmy hog and hispid hare.
  • Has the highest species of birds amongst all protected areas with a massive 530 different birds. The birds consist of globally endangered species such as the Rufous-necked hornbill, Pallas fish eagle and chestnut-breasted partridge.
  • Has recorded more than 900 species of vascular plants.
  • Boating, river rafting, elephant rides and wildlife watching are special to this area.
  1. Black-necked Crane Tour 

Bhutan is the winter roosting ground for the Black Necked Cranes, which fly from Tibet, China and even Siberia to the valley of Phobjikha. They are a delight to watch.

Highlights

  • Dances of the Cranes
  • Farm house stay
  • Visit to historical places
  • Interaction with people.