If you have ever longed to go back in time to see forests unspoiled by development and a human culture untainted by technology, then Bhutan is a destination you must experience! Nestled between India and China, the Kingdom of Bhutan has a tradition of respect for the environment, with a quarter of the country preserved in national parks and sanctuaries. ICF Co-Founder Dr. George Archibald will lead a group tour of Bhutan from November 2–17 in 2015. This magical journey will take you through deep valleys and towering mountain passes, and provide opportunities to observe more than 100 species of birds including the most endangered of herons, the White-bellied Heron, as well as hornbills and gorgeous pheasants. A highlight will be the Crane Festival at the beautiful temple monastery in the Phobjikha Valley. The festival celebrates with music and costumed dance the return of the Black-necked Cranes to their winter home. Throughout the excursion you will be delighted by the timeless culture, and the matchless hospitality of the Bhutanese people.
White-naped Cranes on the steppes of Mongolia. Photo by the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia