Wildlife sanctuaries are often mistaken for the place where just animals and plants are preserved but actually, their job is two-fold. They also aim to educate people about endangered animals, their conservation and more. But most of all, its aim is to make its visitors appreciate natural life and look at it more closely. There are a lot of wildlife sanctuaries in Bhutan but some like the Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary stand out for various reasons. This lush sanctuary is a gift for nature lovers who want to experience the flora and fauna of awe-inspiring diversity. It is situated right in the northeastern part of Bhutan and covers a very large area of about 1,520 kilometers. If you are visiting the country then it should definitely be on your trip itinerary.
The Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary also contains the previous Kulong Chu Wildlife Sanctuary. It covers a huge area and rises to elevations between 4,900 feet and 20,000 feet. The sanctuary covers up most of Trashiyangtse District.
Bhutan has a varied climate. The best time to visit depends upon which part of the country you currently are. As you go towards the North, you will find that temperatures get really cold during the winters and it begins snowing. Temperatures in the East, where the sanctuary is located, are warmer. As you move south, the temperature becomes more tropical. The best time to visit the Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary is from March to October. The months of June till August should be avoided if you plan on trekking as it’s the monsoon season.
Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan is a great trip destination for all and there’s much one can do here.
Trekking is one of the best things one can do at the Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary because there are multiple routes through the Phuningla, Singye Dzong, Risum Gompa as well as Aja Valley. Also, it’s not just boring old towns which you will be encountering on your way, there are monuments like the Risum Gompa to see amongst others. It is one of the holiest structures in this part of the country. The Dong La Pass will award you with amazing views of the Himalayas. You can also book tours to visit traditional weaving techniques which have been passed down from one generation to the other. Actually, if you pass through the Singye Dzong, then you can pick up some of the handicraft souvenirs.
Make sure you extend your visit here and stay for a night at least so that you can make camp overnight and experience the sanctuary at night before waking up to the sounds of nature in the morning. Book a tour so that you can see and experience all the attractions. Camping is definitely one of the best things to do in this paradise.
There are more than a whopping 300 bird species at the Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary and bird admirers will definitely have the time of their lives in here spotting Gould’s shortwing, cranes and other birds. Also be on the lookout for animals like red pandas, snow leopards and more. If bird and animal watching is your plan then make sure that you don’t leave your camera behind while trip. There will be lots of photographing opportunities.
Speaking of photography, Bhutan has some of the most amazing scenic topography anyone will have ever come across and at the Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, one can get a small glimpse of that. There are tonnes of picture-perfect places which just begs to be captured on a camera. All of these will surely serve as fond memories when you head home.
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