The Bhutan Bird Festival is all set to return after a gap of 3-years and will be held from November 13 to 15, 2023 in Tingtibi, Zhemgang.
The festival will feature a host of events such as bird-watching hikes, local cuisines, fly-fishing and river rafting. The three-day bird festival is a fascinating event, and aimed at promoting birding and upscale eco-tourism in the region. The festival will also give a lift to the local economy of the place. .
The festival in the past has faced budgetary limitations and restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic. This year’s festival will be the third edition and the Zhemgang dzongkhag administration has done all necessary measures to make the festival successful. According to the authorities, all the preparations related to the festival shall be complete by November 11.
Bhutan is a naturally and culturally rich country. It boasts of about 300 species of medicinal plants and about 46 species of rhododendrons. Meanwhile, has about 415 resident bird species. These inhabitant birds are altitudinal refugees, moving up and down the mountains depending upon the seasons and weather conditions.
Bhutan is also home to about 16 bird species that are endangered worldwide. These include the White bellied heron, Pallas Fish eagle, Blyth’s King fisher to name a few. Phobjikha valley in Wangdue Phodrang and Bumdeling in Trashiyangtse are also two important places in Bhutan that is visited by the vulnerable Black-necked Crane.