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Golden Mahseer Fishing in Bhutan's Royal Manas National Park

Fish two of Bhutan’s best Golden Mahseer rivers. Formally known as the Drangme Chhu and the Mangde Chhu that come together on the edge of Bhutan’s Royal Manas National park. 

Featured in the BBC documentary, Lost Land of the TigerThese river systems are probably the last safe heavens for the mighty and illusive Golden Mahseer. All of the fishing is using single barbless hooks and catch and release that is mandatory in Bhutan.


In addition, this multi country fishing adventure, starts in Bhutan and ends in India. Hence, participants must also have an eVisa for India. Visa for Bhutan will be issued upon your arrival. Documentation for which will be provided a month before departure. 
  • Prime Season: April & May. 
  • Airport: Paro International Airport (PBH). 
  • Duration: 10-Days / 9-nights in India. 
  • Price: From $9,800 pp, double sharing.  
  • Activity Level: Moderately Challenging. 
  • Capacity: 12 Guests 

9 Nights, 10 Days


Day 1: Paro’s dramatic Himalayan landing, traditional airport terminals are followed by meeting-up with your hosts and a 4-hr journey driving over Bhutan’s Dochula pass (just over 10,000 ft.) before descending into the picturesque Punakha valley that very same day. 

End the day with a visit the Punakha Dzong at the edge of the Jigme Dorji National Park. Welcome to Bhutan!

  • Day 2: Journey to Tongsa after a morning fishing session in Punakha. Visit the monastery with your knowledgeable hosts before returning to your hotel for a good night’s rest.

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

Bhutan’s mighty Drangme Chhu river is one of the best places for Golden Mahseer fishing. Moreover, it enriches Bhutan’s prestigious, Royal Manas national park draining eastern-Bhutan as it is met by a host of Golden Mahseer migration rivers. 

The lakh of dams so far, follows unobstructed migration and un-fragmented Golden Mahseer populations. Hence, promising a future of healthy genetic exchange. In addition, the ancient land of Bhutan is a fascinating place to inspire yourself with new possibilities through the lens of Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage.  

Finally, end your fishing adventure in north-eastern India before flying back home.

Drive (6-7hrs) to via Gelephu (Bhutan India Border & Immigration Check Point) ***anglers MUST have an eVisa/Visa to enter India before driving toward Guwahati India to board your flight back home. 

Package Inclusions

  • Arrival meet & greet at Paro International Airport (PBH). 
  • Escorted transfers, meals & accommodation as listed. 
  • No hassles with all logistics planned, special activities, guided fly fishing, reservations, and excursions as listed in your itinerary. 
  • Detailed packing checklist. 
  • Maps of destination. 
  • Quick access Google shared folder for your convenience, anywhere, anytime. 
  • Guidance on travel policies, do’s and don’ts. 
  • A consciously-designed itinerary intentionally made to manifest your greatest desires for your journey.
  • Our Process that includes:
    • Pre journey interview (1-hr). 
    • During journey practices & support. 
    • Post journey reflection (1-hr). 
  • Complimentary Travel with H.E.A.R.T. gift packages before departure (includes over $50 worth of travel goodies and printed essentials for your journey!)
  • Applicable taxes & credit card processing fee are included. 

The Place

Power of the River

Here’s a trailer from a recent documentary that also gives you a glimpse of these Golden Mahseer rivers. 

***Please note that this featured adventure itinerary is not a float trip. It is hosted by pioneering Golden Mahseer guide, Misty Dhillon. 


  • An action-packed fishing itinerary has you hit the ground running. Covering some fo the country’s best Golden Mahseer fly fishing waters before ending your journey in northeastern India.
  • Access to Bhutan’s un-pressured, Golden Mahseer rich waters.
  • Try your luck fishing for common Snow Trout in Punakha (overnight). Some of their best habitat and a unique fly-fishing specie.
  • Visiting some of the country’s most significant monasteries. Punakha Tsong and Tongsa during your travels.
  • Fish Bhutan’s mightiest confluence – Mangde Chhu and Drangme Chhu located on the edge of the Royal Manas national park.
  • Journey with seasoned, Golden Mahseer expert Misty Dhillon.


Please note that all booking are subject to availably during the time of deposit. 

Peak Season

$ 9,800
Per Angler
  • Double Occupancy

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The Species

Golden Mahseer

Golden Mahseer are the iconic Himalayan bio-indicator specie that are some of the hardest fighting freshwater fish. 

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