Nepal Birding Tour
Duration: 13 nights & 14 days
Place Coverd :Phulchowki-KoshiTappu-Chitwan NP-Bardia NP
Best Season: October to March
Day 01: Delhi-Kathmandu
Fly Delhi-Kathmandu in the afternoon. You will be met and transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Hotel Royal Singhi or similar.
Day 02: Drive to Phulchowki.
Phulchowki is situated about 15 km Southeast of Kathmandu, this mountain is 2759m high. It is a good spor for hiking. Rhododendron of different varieties and colours from pure white to dark red are found here. This is also the most popular bird watching spot in the valley. 265 species of birds are recorded here till date. The birds seen here include flycatchers, yuhinas, sunbirds, flowerpeckers, rosefinches, babblers, warblers, tits, thrushes, minivets, woodpeckers, eagles and many migrant birds. Godavari, at the foot of Phulchowki hill where Royal Botanical Garden is situated, records over 100 species of birds including lesser Racket tailed drongo, Tibetan siskin and the spotted forktail.
Day 03: Flight to Biratnagar. Drive to KoshiTappu
KoshiTappu is easily accessible from Biratnagar after half & an hour drive. Biratnagar is well connected by road (519 km) & several flights with Kathmandu. KoshiTappu Wildlife Reserve lies on the flood plains of the SaptaKoshi in Saptari&Sunsari districts of Eastern Nepal. The Reserve covers 175 sq. km & established in 1976. The vegetation is mainly tall Khar-pater grassland with a few patches of Khairsissoo, scrub forest & deciduous mixed riverine forest. The Reserve offers important habitat for a variety of wildlife. The last surviving population (about 100 individuals) of Wild Buffalo are found here. Other mammals occurring here are hog deer, wild boar, spotted deer & blue bull. A total of 423 species of birds are recorded here, including 20 of ducks, two of ibises, many storks, egrets, herons and the endangered swamp partridges and Bengal Floricans. 183 species of different birds are recorded a day here. Visitors can see minimum 100 types of birds in a day.
Day 04: KoshiTappu
Full day Bird Exploring activities on foot and in boats. KoshiTappu is one of the Asia finest wetlands and fabulous bird watching area. Almost all of Nepal’s long list of wildfowl, waders, storks, ibises, hereons, egrets, tems and gulls occur here plus a great variety of land-birds that include such specialties as Swamp Franclolin, Red-necked Falcon and Striated Marsh Wabler.
Day 05: Drive KoshiTappu-Royal Chitwan National Park.
Drive to Chitwan for 9-10 hours through the beautiful landscapes. There are ample chances to see White-rumpedNeedtail Swifts and Ibisbillsen-route. Upon arrival in Jungle Lodge, welcome & get information by the naturalist. Chitwan National Park is the most famous national park in Nepal, which offers 450 species of birds including four species of deer, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar & many other wildlife species. This park is well known for one horned Rhinoceros & it is a shelter for few royal Bengal Tigers. Besides these species, Chitwan also supports a great variety of flora and fauna.
Day 06: Chitwan
Whole day Jungle activities including Jungle walk, elephant ride, canoe ride, village visit and explore the jungle on foot and jeeps for birds viewing. In the evening enjoy a cultural dance performed by local villagers.
Day 07 & 08: Chitwan
Full day jungle activities like jungle walk, canoe ride, bird watching, nature walk etc.
Day 09: Chitwan – Royal Bardia National Park
Drive to the Bardia National Park. Royal Bardia National Park is the largest lowland sanctuary & most undisturbed wilderness area in Terai. Thickly covered with the trees and carpeted with grass & savannah, the park has the second largest tiger population after Chitwan National Park. Other wild animal roam here are the one horned rhino, wild elephant, swamp deer, black buck antelope, crocodile, and Gangetic Dolphin etc. Endangered birds include the Bengal florican, lesser florican, silver-eared mesia and Sarus crane.
Day 10: Bardia
Jungle activities: elephant-back safari, nature walks, jungle drive, bird watching, trekking in the Churia Hills to observe more birds. Overnight in the tented camp.
Day 11 & 12: Bardia.
Jungle activities: Cultural visits to Tharu village, Gangetic Dolphin viewing, rafting in the Karnali River. In the evening Tharu (ethnic tribe) cultural performance.
Day 13: Bardia-Nepalgunj/flight to Kathmandu.
Drive to Nepalgunj about 2 hours then fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel.
Day 14: Kathmandu-Delhi
Fly back to Delhi.