A Ticket to Bhutan's Golden Mahseer.

9-Day adventure with Misty Dhillon.

Bhutan’s commitment to conservation lends itself to some of the best habitat. While the nation’s head-waters come together offering anglers a host river-fishing possibilities. They are also host to the iconic Golden Mahseer that symbolize “Bhutan’s elite fish”. While honoring some of the last frontiers of these legendary fish. Witnessed with seasoned Golden Mahseer expert Misty Dhillon. This 9-day angling adventure allows access into some of Bhutan’s most special angling waters that drain Bhutan’s Royal National park before entering India. 

What makes this journey special?

  • Access Bhutan’s Golden Mahseer rich waters. 
  • Try fishing for Snow Trout in Punakha. Some of their best habitat and a unique fly fishing specie.  
  • Visiting some of the country’s most significant monasteries. Punakha Tsong and Tongsa.
  • Fish Bhutan’s mightiest confluence – Mangde Chhu and Drangme Chhu confluence. 
  • Journey with seasoned, Golden Mahseer expert Misty Dhillon. 

Paro’s dramatic Himalayan landing into it’s traditional airport terminals is followed by meeting-up with your hosts. A 3-hr journey driving over Bhutan’s Dochula pass (just over 10,000 ft.) to the picturesque Snow Trout rich waters of the Punakha valley that very same day. Dip your feet in the refreshing waters of the Mo Chu before you make your first-cast.at the edge of the Jigme Dorge National Park. Welcome to Bhutan!  

An action-packed fishing itinerary has you hit-the-ground-running. Covering some fo the country’s best Golden Mahseer and Snow Trout waters before ending your journey in India. 

Bhutan’s mighty Drangme Chhu river is one of the best places for Golden Mahseer fishing. While it enriches Bhutan’s prestigious, Royal Manas national park it also un-leashes some of their most exciting white-water. Draining eastern-Bhutan and contributing significantly to the mighty Bharamaputra river. One of India’s mightiest rivers that empties into the Bay of Bengal.

Due to no dams this watershed’s unobstructed migratory paths and unfragmented Golden Mahseer population promises a future of healthy genetic exchange. 

Additionally, this journey expands your vision via the culturally abundant land of the vulnerable Golden Mahseer – an adventure in-itself. 

How do I get there?

  • Fly to Paro, Bhutan (PBH). You are met and chauffeured to Bhutan’s best trout fishing spot, Punakha that can take up to 3-hours. 

Departure Dates?

  • Start Date: Tue. Oct. 20, 2020Fly into Paro. Bhutan (PBH)
  • End Date: Wed. Oct. 28, 2020 | Fly out of Guwahati, India (GUA) 



What does it cost?

  • $ 5,900 (per angler) based on double-occupancy. By Invitation Only. 

Do I need a Visa?

Yes, a Visa is required for Bhutan as well as India. 

  • Bhutan: Upon Arrival | Visa Fee Included. 
  • India: e-Visa (available online) ***this journey ends in Guwahati (GUA), India/ Hence travelers must book their return flight via Guwahati (GUA). 

What does it include?

  • Bhutan Visa fee. 
  • Meet & Greet services upon arrival in Paro, Bhutan. 
  • Accommodation, transfers, most meals as listed as listed in the itinerary. 
  • Angling arrangements including permits are based on catch-and-release fishing in Bhutan. 
  • Alcoholic Beverages. 
  • Escorted transfers and services of local guides. 

Day by Day Itinerary

Day – 1: Fly into Paro, Bhutan. You are met and chauffeured to Punakha (3-star hotel). Spend the evening fishing for snow trout before calling it a day. Welcome to Bhutan!

Day 2: Journey to Tongsa after a morning fishing session in Punakha. Visit the monastery with knowledgeable guide  … (3-star hotel)

Day 3: Depart early in order to get the Golden Mahseer fishing at Timgtibi (lunch time) 

Day 9: Depart for New Delhi via Guwahati. 

Facilities & Service.

Apart from arrival and departure nights at New Delhi most accommodation of the trip is basic. That includes the night spent at the eco-lodges and camps within Bhutan. 

Non fishing partners?

Most Bhutan itineraries are can easily be tailored to fit your set of priorities. Travelers can choose from the following options. 

  • Short Guided Excursions: Bird-watching. Hiking & visiting villages
  • Over-night Guided Excursions: Spending 2-3 nights in a village connecting to Bhutan’s rich way of life and people. 


Fishing Tackle.

  • Rods & Reels: 7,8 and 9 wt rods outfitted with good reels with plenty of backing 
  • Fly Lines: An assortment of fly-lines in sink types 250-350 grain, intermediate and even floating lines tapered to cary distances and heavy flies.
  • Flies: An awesome armory of flies from tube flies, helmet sculpins, gummy minnows and even crease flies are in order the Golden Mahseer.  

Food & Drink.

Meals served are freshly prepared by camp cooks and served by expedition service team with local-guides doubling-up to keep things rolling with everyday fishing schedule (6-8 hrs) flexible in terms of timing as Golden Mahseer fishing is condition dependent. 

Drinking water: Recyclable mineral water jars are used to re-fill water-bottles that we recommend our travelers carry. 

Daily Fishing Schedule.

Anglers usually set out after an early (dawn) following a heavy breakfast. Fishing is done throughout the day. Lunch is often catered on the river-bank itself allowing maximizing fishing-time. It is also possible to return to camp in the afternoon, rest and fish late into the evening or night that can also be  productive time for Golden Mahseer fishing. 

  • Approximate Sunrise Time: 6:30 am (October)
  • Approximate Sunset Time: 5:35 pm (October)

Accommodation.

  • Punakha (1-night): Zhingkham Resort,.
  • Trongsa (1-night) Yangkhil Resort 
  • Golden Mahseer Fishing (6-nights) Tented accommodation. 

Your Host

Misty Dhillon has spent over 20 years fishing for Golden Mahseer. He is a world authority in Golden Mahseer fly-fishing and conservation. Read more …

Domestic weight-allowance?

Not applicable. 

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