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    Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary cover

    What differentiates a traveler from any other human being is the zeal to explore a new place, a new species or a new food dish every day. Nobody can deny the fact that visiting a wildlife sanctuary is an interesting experience; whether it’s enjoying nature’s bounty in the forests, exotic animals or just sitting by the pristine lakes. And you can find some of these awesome wildlife sanctuaries in Bhutan itself, which are known for the rare flora and fauna of the region.

    Top Wildlife Sanctuaries Of Bhutan

    Read about the 10 best wildlife sanctuaries in this beautiful country and decide which one to visit during your time here.

    1. Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary

     eastern blue pine

    It is located in the Trashigang District, and hence, is known for housing the easternmost ecosystems and landscapes of Bhutan. It is one of the most popular options for both tourists and locals for many reasons! One of these is the eastern blue pine, a typical coniferous evergreen which is a rare find and grows only in mountain valleys such as the Himalayas. Blue poppy is the national flower of Bhutan and it looks stunning during the spring season. Talking about the fauna, the Black-rumped magpie, known as one of the smartest birds also thrives in this ecosystem! According to rumors, there are many unique creatures such as yeti, the abominable snowman.

    Best time to visit: March to August
    Distance from Thimphu: 340 km
    How to reach: It can be easily reached from Sakteng village in eastern Bhutan

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    2. Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary

     covering a huge expanse spanning

    Of all the wildlife sanctuaries of Bhutan, Bumdeling is a popular one and is situated in North-Western Bhutan and covering a huge expanse spanning more than 1500 sq km and 420 sq km of a buffer area. This quiet sanctuary shares borders with Tibet in China as well as the north-eastern regions of India. You will be faced with too many security checks when you enter the sanctuary because of the many endangered species that it houses such as the red panda which is seen as a very calm and sluggish creature that spends 14 to 18 hours on trees and eat twigs at all times of the day.

    Best time to visit: March to October
    Distance from Trashigang: 140 km
    How to reach:
    By Air: Paro Airport (581 km away)
    By road: Cab or self-drive

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    3. Jomotsangkha Wildlife Sanctuary

     smallest protected reserve

    The most popular national park in the South-eastern region of Bhutan, this place was earlier known as Khaling Neoli and shared boundaries with Assam. It is the smallest protected reserve in the country in terms of area and is spread over an area of 335 square kilometres. Of the many reasons that one may find to visit this place, one of the most popular highlights is the rare Pygmy Hog, which in fact, lures thousands of visitors from around the world to visit this park. We are sure you are already wondering how many national parks are there in Bhutan!

    Best time to visit: March to May and late-August to November

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    4. Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary

    Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary cover

    What was originally established to preserve the natural sal forests of the country has now become one of the most popular tourist attractions here. Located in the southern part of Bhutan with a shared border with Assam in India, Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan is home to numerous animals such as Golden Langurs, Gaur, Asian Elephants etc. The most special aspect about this park is spotting the Chital Deer (Spotted Deers). Apart from animals, one will also come across many birds such as the hornbill.

    Best time to visit: March to June and September to November
    Distance from Sarpang: 150 km
    How to reach:
    Nearest Airport: Paro Airport (54 km away)
    By road: Cab or self-drive

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    5. Royal Manas National Park

    Manas Tiger Reserve

    Also referred to as Bhutan’s Crown Jewel and the oldest protected area in the country, this park was upgraded to the status of a national park in 1993. This national park spreads over such a huge area that it reaches India’s Manas Tiger Reserve which is a very important place to spot biodiversity in the nation. This is the best wildlife sanctuary in Bhutan if you want to spot the endangered Royal Bengal tiger, one of the most popular subspecies of tigers. You would be able to spot other animals such as the Asian elephant, one-horned rhinoceros, Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard, pangolin, and the Ganges dolphin if you’re lucky!

    Best time to visit: August to November, April to May
    Distance from Gelephu: 80 km
    How to reach:
    Nearest Airport: Paro
    By road: Cab or self-drive

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    6. The Jigme Dorji National Park

     the snow leopard can be found

    This is known for being the largest national park in Bhutan and for being named after the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The park is so huge that it covers 5 Bhutanese districts of Thimpu, Paro, Wangdue Phodrang, Punakha, and Gasa. In fact, to imagine the expanse of the park; one can look at the difference in the altitude from the highest point to the lowers which is more than 5000 meters. The differences in climate and altitude account for a striking variance in the species found here. For instance, the snow leopard can be found in the glacier peaks like Mount Jomolhari along with other animals such as tigers, Red Panda, and Himalayan Blue Sheep.

    Best time to visit: February to May, August to November
    How to reach:
    Nearest Airport: Paro Airport
    By road: Cab or self-drive

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    7. Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park

     the second largest national park

    Also known as Bhutan National Park, this is the second largest national park in terms of area after Jigme Dorji National Park. However, it is relatively more isolated with fewer households in the area. The wildlife found in both these parks in Nepal is more or less similar though such as the golden langur, the red panda, and the Royal Bengal tiger.

    Best time to visit: March to August
    How to reach:
    Nearest Airport: Paro Airport (59 km)
    By road: Cab or self-drive

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    There are many more national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Bhutan apart from the ones mentioned in the list above. Plan a trip to Bhutan, one of the happiest countries in the world, and get a chance to visit some of the most popular wildlife hotspots here!


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