Trip report from Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park

During my 4 day visit to Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park to explore tiger habitats in Nabji Kurphu. I have seen amazing numbers of golden Langurs along the roadside feeding on new shoots as spring approaches in Himalayas.

I have sighted 5 species of Mammals and many bird species including Crested Serpent Eagle, Red Jungle Fowl, Great Hornbill, and Rufous-necked Hornbill en route and inside the protected area. Grey Langurs were found outside the protected area at Nobding in western Bhutan on way back to Thimphu.

List of Mammals:

  • Barking Deer
  • Golden Langur
  • Grey Langur
  • Himalayan Striped Squirrel
  • Malayan Giant Squirrel

Nabji is a historical place and also home for big cats, the second Buddha (Guru Rinpochoe) was invited from Nepal by one of the local King from central Bhutan in 8th Century and he made his journey through Nabji and also there was a Monk meditating in the pristine forest near Nabji Kurphu, often found him riding on Tiger. The meditation house can still be seen as a ruin today.

The people from Central Bhutan (Bumtangpas or Bumtaps) are still practicing the old traditional cattle migration culture, they follow the trail which was found by second Buddha. The Tigers follow their cattle while they migrate down to lower elevations in winters.

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