FAQ About Bhutan Bird Festival
The Bhutan Bird Festival is an annual event that celebrates the diverse birdlife of Bhutan. It brings together bird enthusiasts, researchers, conservationists, and nature lovers to appreciate and learn about the country's rich avian diversity. Moreover, it is also one of the avenues for the local people to showcase and market their unique traditions, local products and indigenous local cuisines.
The Bhutan Bird Festival will be held from 13th to 15th November 2023 in Tingtibi, Zhemgang District, Bhutan. Zhemgang is located 369kms from Paro and 306kms from Thimphu.
Participants can expect a wide range of activities segregated into Pre-festival, Main-festival and post-festival events.
- Photo Framing
- Art and literary competition
- Fly fishing
- White water rafting
- Food stalls displaying unique local cuisines.
- Indigenous games and sports
- Cultural Extravaganza
- Photography Trip
- Trip to Dunmang Tshachu (Hotspring)
- Overnight trip to Buli Tsho (Lake)
Participants are responsible for arranging their accommodations in talks with the assigned focal official under the BBF working committee. Moreover, the updated information regarding the 3rd BBF will be provided via the Dzongkhag Facebook page. For international visitors, we have Berti White Bellied Heron Eco Camp which provides both cabin and open camping sites. We have hotels in Tingtibi and Zhemgang.
You can buy your food from the many food stalls at the event venue.
Attendees are advised to bring their own binoculars, cameras, comfortable walking shoes, and appropriate clothing for outdoor activities. It's also essential to carry personal items such as water bottles, sun-block, and insect repellent.
Yes, the festival welcomes participants of all ages, making it a family-friendly event. It offers a great opportunity for families to connect with nature and learn about Bhutan's diverse birdlife and our unique local tradition and culture together.
There may not be many vendors or stalls offering bird-watching equipment for sale or hire, however, souvenirs related to birds and Bhutan's wildlife during the festival will be made available with the support of relevant organizations and agencies.
Depending on the popularity of the festival and logistics, there may be a limit on the number of participants for specific bird-watching tours. Early registration may be recommended to secure a spot.
- 360 kms away from Paro International Airport
- 300 kms away from Guwahati International Airport
- 413 kms away from Bagdogra International Airport
- 179 kms from Bumthang Domestic Airport.
- 92 kms from Gelephu Domestic Airport
No, Bird Festivals welcome people of all experience levels, from beginners to experienced birdwatchers. They offer activities and programs suitable for all ages and skill levels, so everyone can participate and enjoy the experience. Experience birders will be arranged during the event.
To participate in a Bird Festival, you typically need to register through the festival's website or designated registration platform. Some events may have fees associated with certain activities, while others may be free to attend. Once registered, you can choose the activities you wish to join during the festival.
While bird-watching is a central activity at the Bird Festival, the event will offer a wide range of activities to engage participants. These may include bird photography workshops, educational talks about birds and conservation, bird banding demonstrations, arts and crafts sessions, and more.
Yes, most Bird Festivals have guidelines and ethics for bird-watching to ensure the well-being of birds and their habitats. These guidelines may include staying on marked trails, keeping a safe distance from nesting areas, and refraining from disturbing the birds. Everyone is advised to respect the local beliefs and culture. It's essential to respect these guidelines to protect the birds and their environments.
Many Bird Festivals partner with local conservation organizations, and you can support their efforts through donations, volunteering, or participating in fundraisers. Additionally, by attending the festival, you contribute to the promotion of bird conservation awareness.
To stay informed about the upcoming 3rd Bhutan Bird Festival, you can regularly check the Facebook page of Zhemgang Dzongkhag or directly get in contact with the BBF committee members through the shared contact points