Fishing Tour in Royal Manas National Park
Bhutan is one of the rich watersheds of four main rivers namely Toorsa, Raidak, Sunkosh and Manas flowing from high Himalayan glacier of the North to the Indian plains in the South.
river catchments practically cover the whole of Bhutan. The Royal Government of
Bhutan has rehabilitated most of the rivers and lakes in the higher altitude
with Brown Trout, which were imported from western Himalayas so that fresh
water bodies can be kept potable for all times to come.
one of the least explored fishing destinations in the world. Studies have
reported a total of 91 freshwater native fish species in Bhutan. However, the
actual biodiversity of aquatic life in Bhutan is yet to be studied. For example
in 2014 the researchers from CNR discovered a new species of torrent catfish
from Khalingchhu in the eastern part of Bhutan. It is the first endemic fish
species to Bhutan, found nowhere else in the world. The fish was named
Parachiloglanis bhutanensis in honor of the country in which it is endemic to.
spots range from large rivers to crystal clear spring-fed streams. Altitudes
range from 1200 m. to 3000m. The most common varieties are the snow trout (Schizothraichthys progastus) and the
brown trout (Salmo trutta), the barbs
(Garra gotyla gotyla) and the barbs (Garra gotyla gotyla).
to the Forest and Nature Conservation Act of 1995, Golden Mahseer (Tor putitora) is an endangered species
of fish worldwide. It is enlisted as a Totally Protected species. The National
Centre for Riverine and Lake Fisheries has recently initiated a comprehensive
scientific study of fish diversity in the country’s major water bodies.
it has been observed that most of the rivers and lakes between the elevations
of 5,000 to 16,000 feet above the sea level are well populated with the brown
trout. The Government has started culling of excess population by issuing
fishing licenses as a luxurious sport based on social, cultural and scientific
plans approved by the Government.
Seasons for Fishing in Bhutan
the breeding season (December, January and February), fishing permit can be
obtained for the tourist throughout the year on ‘CATCH AND RELEASE’ basis. But
the best time of the year for fishing is March, April and May. During this time
of the year fishes are generally small. September, October and November is also
a great time for fishing with bigger fishes. Fishing in the lakes is possible
throughout the year.
additional to above the 8th, 15th and 30th day of the Bhutanese calendar and
the 10th day of the fifth month, 4th day of the sixth month and 22nd day of the
ninth month are also closed for the sales, slaughtering and fishing in Bhutan.
Also being a Buddhist country on religious ground, most of the lakes and rivers
are closed for fishing.
came into effect in 2001 with the enactment of Bhutan Livestock Act, to
decrease the animal slaughter during the auspicious Bhutanese months.
Following are fishing rules and some facts about fishing in Bhutan:
4th Bhutanese months, are considered holy months which falls in Jan/Feb and may respectively.
prohibited within a kilometer of a Monastery, a Lhakhang, a Dzong or any
religious center, including bridges and including important government
institutions. Fishing season is ‘closed’ for the months of October to December
banned on auspicious days of 8th, 15th and 30th day of every Bhutanese month,
and on the 4th day of the 6th month. Sale of meat would also be banned on the
descending day of Lord Buddha.
banned in the breeding season covering the month of October to December.
allowed only with rod and reel (spinning and fly).
caught below the size of 8 inches in length should be released back to the
water. The usual size so far caught in the local water is of 1 lb. Weight. The
maximum size caught is of 10 lbs.
not developed and published as revenue earning and economic venture but it is
scientifically developed conservative plan.
Day 1. Arrive at Paro (altitude: 2300m)
Met and received by our GET INTO BHUTAN TOURS crew at International Airport of Bhutan. Depending on the flight timings sightseeing can be arranged accordingly by your guide.
Day2. Paro sightseeing
Tigers nest monastery hike or angling on the Paro river which meanders gradually through the villages of Paro.
Day3. Paro and Thimphu river angling.
Thimphu and Paro are two different valleys and each have a river that meet at Chunzom or confluence, drive further south towards Damchu about 30 minutes from Paro and you have some great spots for fishing. You can spend the day fishing on these spots. You have 20-30km fishing spots. Later drive to Thimphu for the overnight.
Day 4. Thimphu to Gelegphug, south Bhutan. 300km appx 7hrs.
Today you have a scenic drive throughout crossing the districts of Tsirang which is in central Bhutan, and for about 60 km you drive adjacent to the mighty Punatsangchu River.The elevation changes dramatically from alpine to semi tropical to tropical forests all in about 7 hrs.
Day 5. Gelegphug to Panbang/Manas 180km. appx. 6hrs through national park. o/n Tented camps.
Can do sightseeing enroute as the drive is through the national park, there are quaint villages, great views throughout this drive.
Day 6. Fishing at Manas.
Day 7. Fishing at Manas
with the possibility to do some rafting, sightseeing.
Day 8. Fishing
with possibility to do elephant safari in the park.
Day 9.Panbang to Trongsa, 170km appx. 6hrs.
Visit the Trongsa Dzong and muesuem.
Day 10. Trongsa to Punakha. 124km. appx 4hrs.
Drive from Trongsa to Punakha via the Phobjikha valley. On reaching Punakha can do some sightseeing, visit the Punakha Dzong/fort.
Day 11. Punakha fishing and sightseeing.
Punakha has two mighty rivers, the pho chu and mo chu (chu – river). You guide will take you angling on pho Chu or mo Chu.
Day 12. Punakha to Thimphu 76 km appx 1.3hrs.
Your last day in Bhutan, explore the capital city, visit sights of cultural interest. Complete sightseeing in Punakha and Thimphu. o/n Thimphu.
Day 13. Departure.
Appx. 1 hr transfer to the airport for your onward flight home.