Bird Watching Tour in Nepal is the famous recreational activities where we can enjoy bird watching in some of the famous spots like Phulchowki and surrounding area of Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara and Koshi Tappu.
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN THE CITY OF ARTS & ARCHITECTURE- KATHMANDU [1400m] | Welcoming the guests is our passion | 29.9oC/3.2oC*|
Embarking on our journey begins from Kathmandu, the city with the remarkable architecture dated back to 16th Century. Our team representative will welcome you at the Tribhuwan International Airport and escort you to your designated hotel. Our representative will help you to check in to the hotel. You will be welcomed, facilitated and served with a beautiful hotel room. The first arrival day is entirely a break day. In the evening, you can walk around nearby touristic hubs like Thamel and Basantapur Durbar square.
Hotel Park Village (L/D).
Day 2: PHULCHOKI – THE KINGDON OF FLORA AND INVERTEBRATES [About 5 km] | Embarking on an exciting Journey of Birds |27.1oC/1.2oC*|
We will explore Pulchowki hills for birding tour where the high total of 300 species has been recorded so far. Birds like Spiny Bablers, Nepal Cutia & Fulvetta, Hoary-throated Barwing, Black and Mountain Hawk eagles, Tesias, Robins, Warblers, and many other hilly birds are commonly seen in this region. This region is also internationally famous for the richness of its flora and invertebrates like butterflies. Also the Kathmandu outskirts which consist of rice fields with hamlet settlement and small forest patches provides ideal bird habitat. This region has better sighting of an incredible vareity of birds like Hill Partridge, Long Tail Shrikes, Bronzed Drongos, Mynas, Red-vented Bulbul, Grey-sided Laughingthrush, Besras & Khalij Pheasant etc. Landcruisers (4WD) will be used and lunch boxes will be served for mid-day meal.
Breakfast & Dinner at Godawari Village Resort.
Day 3: BOTANICAL GARDEN AND VALLEY SIGHTSEEING [About 5 km back to KTM] |28.9oC/2.2oC*|
After having a breakfast at the Resort we will head to the Botanical Garden (nearly 1KM) which is a blend of exotic and beautiful plants surrounded by spectacular view of natural vegetation, streams and ponds. More than 40 species of birds have been ever recorded in this garden alone. For instance, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Grey-hooded Warbler, Black-lored Tit, Speckled Piculet, Woodpeckers etc. can be easily binocular-able.
After capturing the view of the Botanical Garden in our mind and instrument we will head again to Kathmandu UNSCEO Sightseeing. Ancient city Patan will be our first visit as soon as we leave the garden. Then we visit medieval city Bhaktapur known as a living museum. After that the most popular holy temple and cremation site known as Pashupatinath Temple and Asia’s biggest stupa Bouddhanath temple will be our second last and last important site of the day respectively.
Dinner at Park Village.
Day 4: DRIVE FROM KATHMANDU TO THE CITY OF MOUNTAINS, POKHARA VALLEY [900m] |About 200 km drive|31.8oC/7.8oC*|
After having a breakfast we will drive to Pokhara along with the great view of Trisuli and Marshyangdi rivers. We will stay in a luxurious hotel at the lake side. In the evening we will walk along the shore of Phewa Lake for bird watching which is equally the most interesting experience we will ever have. Boat ride birds binocular-ing at Lakeside, Pokhara along with the spectacular view of Mount Fishtail is one of the most fascinating activities of this tour where 52.19 % of total bird species found in this region alone. The popular birds spotted in this area are Slayti-backed, Blue Whistling, Thrush Crested and Pied Kingfishers, Blue-throated, Red-billed, Blue Magpie, common green Magpie and many more. We also cross the Fewa lake using traditional rowing boat stopping at Barahi Temple which is located as an island in beween Fewa Lake.
Dinner at Temple Tree.
Day 5: HIKE TO SARANGKOT [1592m] | Watching a bird flying in the mountains is just a more than experiencing heaven |30.2oC/6.2oC*|
Instead of driving we will take a pleasure walk to Sarangkot, which is a popular short excursion in Pokhara. The hike offers captivating view of rural village and massive Annapurna Mountain where numerous species of Himalayan birds can be observed. We expect to see in huge amount of Spiny Babler, Black-Winged Cuckoo Shrike, White Checked, Long Tail and Scarlet Minivets, Black Bulbul and Red Vented, Verditer and Grey-headed Canary Fly Cathers, Grey-hooded Warbler, Common Tailor Bird, Oriental Magpie Robin, Greybushchat etc. We also grasp the opportunity to observe rare and endangered vulture and eagle species. On the same day we will visit Annapurna Conservation Natural History Museum at Pokhara University Campus, Tibetan Refugee Camp and Davis Falls as well.
Note: Unfortunately due to the paragliding sports in Sarangkot lots of species have been found migrated to Hemja and other regions around Pokhara. However, Sarangkot alone provides more than 100 species until now.
Breakfast & Dinner at Temple Tree.
Day 6: DRIVE FROM POKHARA TO CHITWAN [5-6hrs] | We paddle down to the Rapti River |
The beautiful journey to Chitwan is approximately 6 hours of driving through Nepal mid-hill Terai and finally to the Chitwan National Park. En-route we take some stops to view Wall Creeper and Barun dipper in Trishuali River. In the search of water birds we paddle down to the Rapti River in the evening. The noticeable birds are Wooll- necked Sork, Asian Open-billed Stork, Great Cormorant as well as many other water birds like Gadwall, Shelduck, Little Ringed and Kentish Plovers Andred-wattled Lapwing. National park consists 1000 sq. km of Sal forest including riverine jungle with fantastic environment with great variety of wildlife than any other region of Nepal. In this National Park 480 species of birds have been recorded so far and one third of this is what we possibly observe in Chitwan National Park. Furthermore it is equally famous for varieties of mammals and reptiles including endangered One-horned Rhino, Sambar, Hog Deer, Hanuman Monkeys and possibly Marsh Muggers and fish eating Garahial Crocodile, Tiger, Leopard and Sloth Beers are quite common in this region.
Dinner at Tigerland Safari Resort.
Day 7: CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK |100m| The house of One-horned Rhino |36.4oC/9.7oC*|
The day we spend with the observation of wildlife activities and cannoying at Rapti River. We walk in search for spotting Tiger, One-horned Rhino and other rare animals. We will go for bird watching by foot into the forest along with experts. The grassy land and Sal forest has dominated this park and it is the habitats for variety of bird species including Oriental Honey Buzzard, Crested Serpent Eagle, White Eye Buzzard, Shirke, Crested Hawk Eagle, Indian Peafowl, Jungle Fowl, Spotted Doves, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Plum-headed Parakeet, Delightful Indian Scops Owl, Jungle Owlet, Green Bee-eater Indian roller Gient Hornbill etc. Varieties of Woodpeckers can be found and possibly we get a chance to watch Grey-capped, Grater Yellow Napes and Great Flame Back as well.
Breakfast & Dinner at Tigerland Safari Resort.
Day 8: ELEPHANT RIDE | A creature helps to binocular another | CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
We enjoy elephant back safari and undertake an interesting early morning walk. On the same day we float down the river. There are different species of birds can be observed like rare Benga, Florican, Black Partridge, Yellow Bellied, Cist Cola, Ashy, Jungle Prinias, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Yellow Eyed, Black Partridge, Jungle and Striated Bablers, WhiteTtailed and Common Stonechat, Pied Bush Chat, the beautiful Red Avadavat, White-Rumped with some Weaber species. Birding and observing wildlife along with elephant safari is the most exciting experience that one can ever have.
Breakfast & Dinner at Tigerland Safari Resort.
Day 9: DRIVE FROM CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK TO BARDIYA [7-8hrs] | An exciting journey to the south east Nepal |
Through the east west highway the journey goes to the Terai across the plains of south East Nepal. The road passes through Popular Green city Hetauda where we take a short stop and explore riverbeds of Rapti River for the observation of bizarre looking Ibisbill. The Koshi barrage was constructed in 1958 to 1962 across the Koshi River in order to prevent the flood and for irrigation purpose to the plains of north India and south. The barrage has covered vast area of open water and the Marshes, Lagoons, sand bank mud flats and arable land that lie around it to offer remarkable wetland habitats.
Dinner at Bardia Eco Lodge.
Day 10: KOSHI TAPPU WILD LIFE RESERVE [250m] | Being in the paradise of birds cannot be experienced unless one doesn’t get there |37.1.oC/10.2oC*|
Right after breakfast we head towards the Wild Life Reserve. Koshi Tappu provides numerous species of birds both resident and migratory birds that come from Siberia. The typical local species of birds like Waders, Wind Fowl, Storks, Ibises and Gulls can be easily seen in this region. Moreover, the area consists variety of land birds especially Warblers known as birds of prey. One can easily observe around 100 species of birds each day. One can also finds an opportunity to encounter with some of the endangered species of gigantic river dolphins that they live here. Visiting local homes, interacting with local communities and enjoying locally produced foods with live cultural program is another most interesting activities that our guests can enjoy and these are all the essence of typical Nepalese life.
Breakfast & Dinner at Bardia Eco Lodge.
Day 11: FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU AND TRANSFER TO THE HOTEL
After having a breakfast you will be dropped by our vehicle to the nearby airport – Nepalgunj. And we take a flight back to Kathmandu which is about 55 minutes of duration. The flight offers a great view of Mt. Everest, Mount Makalu and Mount Kanchenjunga which are the highest peaks in Nepal over 8000m.Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to the hotel. In the evening we will have a grand farewell with cultural dinner.
Dinner at Park Village Kathmandu.
Day 12: FINAL DEPARTURE | To know how satisfied our guests are measured not only by how tight the goodbye hugs are but by staying in touch with us forever |
This is the last day of your visit. You can enjoy shopping and buying souvenir to friends and relatives. We will drop you to the airport 3 hrs prior to the departure time. The memories that you have shared with us matter a lot. Waving hands and goodbye hugs are just not enough, we tell our beloved guests to stay in touch with us. This is the way how we feel satisfied by our services.
Note: Depending upon the weather and current situation at the time of your visit, the schedule may be changed in Chitwan National Park and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve but we assure you that you will get a complete satisfaction from the activities of the unplanned package.
*Note: The figures shown above are the maximum and minimum temperatures in summer and winter respectively | Source: Department of Hydrology & Metrology, Nepal.