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A classic Nature History India and Nepal

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A classic Nature History

A classic Nature History India and Nepal

India, it is often said, is not a country but a continent. From north to south and east to west , the people are different, the languages are different, the customs are different, the country is different. There are few countries on earth with the enormous variety that India offers. It’s a place that some how gets into your blood. This country has always been a favorite country ...See more

A classic Nature History India and Nepal

India, it is often said, is not a country but a continent. From north to south and east to west , the people are different, the languages are different, the customs are different, the country is different. There are few countries on earth with the enormous variety that India offers. It’s a place that some how gets into your blood. This country has always been a favorite country for travelers. India enjoys the most extra ordinary history and cultures where man and nature are so closely linked, co-existing in a way that seems impossible.

In Nepal, this trip begins in the relatively high altitude forests of the Himalaya. Nepal has a wealth of birds and other wildlife. On a world scale the country is recognized as forming the major part of an area of specially high biological diversity known as the North & East Himalayan ‘hotspot’ together with Bhutan & Sikkim. Over 875 bird species have been recorded in Nepal so far and many more species are likely to occur. The region is species-rich partly because of its moist climate and the wide altitudinal range in the country from 65m at the southern border to the Himalayan peaks in the north with an altitude of over 8,000m.

India & Nepal offer some of the finest birding in the world with unforgettable scenery. Not only is the local birdlife extremely rich and sheer in number but also you can easily approach birds that you encounters. This classic journey is enhanced still further by visiting one of the wonders of the world-the ‘Taj Mahal’ and some of the India’s rich architectural heritage. This tour is also designed to make an exception for the One Hormed Rhinocerous & Tiger, surely one of the most evocative creatures on Earth. To see Asian Rinos & Tiger there is no finer and more reliable reserve than Chitwon National Park in southern belt of Nepal, protects a vast tract of largely deciduous forest which still holds many Rhinos & Tigers.

Though birding is the aim of the tour, we will take time throughout to tour some of the more outstanding Buddhist monasteries and monuments both in Nepal & India. The combination of two countries exotic cultures harmoniously integrated with the natural landscapes-unscarred by modernization make bird watching simply unbeatable.
This journey not only provides some of the wonderful birding and the opportunity to see some exciting mammals, but as well will show us something of the real India and an age-old way of Indian life.

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit the best of nature and culture during journey to India and Nepal
  • At Bharatpur, we go out birding in the fields looking for some owls,pipts and larks, lapwings etc.
  • Visit Taj Mahal at Agra
  • Birdwatching and wildlife habitats exploration at Chambhal
  • Kathmandu sightseeing and bird watching at Phulchowki hill
  • Immerse in the paradise of Pokhara
  • Hike towards Sarangkot for great Himalayan Views and adventurous activities
  • Abundance of wildlife activities at Chitwan National Park

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Delhi/Bharatpur. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Bharatpur. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Agara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Drive to Chambhal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Sightseeing in Chambhal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Drive to Delhi fly Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Sightseeing in Godhabari. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Fly or drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Day hike to Sarangko. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Drive to Chitwan National Park. Overnight a hotel.

Day 12: Jungle activity. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Fly or drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Sadly, we send you off to the airport for your flight back home.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Delhi/Bharatpur,

We arrive Delhi in the morning. Upon arrival we will be picked up by Travel-to-nature Asia representative and drive for Keoladeo Ghana National Park at Bharatpur, which is approx. 185 kms & takes about 3.5 hours. We will stay for next two nights. Afternoon, we will go out birding in the fields looking for some owls,pipts and larks, lapwings etc. and time permits we exploration local village and lifestyle.

Day 2: In Bharatpur

Keoladeo Ghana National Park, usually known simply a ‘Bharatpur’, needs little introduction, for it is undoubtedly one of the finest birdsantuary in the world. Formerly a shooting preserve of the Rajput Maharajas of Bharatpur. It is just 29 sq.km, but holds a remarkable diversity of habitats. The wetland-marshes and flooded ‘Jheels’-are contained within acacia-lined ‘bunds’, or embankments, and irrigated by a system of canals and sluices. Around them lies semi-arid grass and scrubland and some excellent broad-leave Kandam woodland. Over 350 species of birds have been recorded in the park. Amongst these will be and unequalled array of wetland species, a great variety of Vultures, Eagles, Falconsand Owls, plus numerous small land birds. Pride of place goes to the rarest Siberian Crane. The interest for birdwatchers is enhanced still further by the large number of winter visitors from northern Asia, many are only rare vagrants in Europe. As well as birds, the park has excellent variety of wild animals. Nilgai (blue bull), Sambar and Spotted deers, Blackbuck, Jungle Cat, Wild Boar, Asiatic Jackal and Mongoose are all common, and this is one of the few places in India where the rare Fishing Cat may be seen. We have three days to enjoy this exceptional feast of wildlife, and the superb photographic opportunities that presents.

Days 3: Bharatpur/Agra

After a final morning in Bharatpur we will drive to Agra which is approx. 65 kms and takes about one and half hour. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri – the deserted city of Mughal Emperor “The Akbar” built in 16th century. We will arrive Agra in mid-afternoon. Time permits, we shall pay an evening visit to the famous Taj Mahal, viewing it in the soft pink light of a north Indian sunset-perhaps the best light of all. The other best option to visit Taj Mahal is early in the morning for Sunrise.
Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Friday

Day 4: Agra Chambhal

After making our way to the incomparable Tajmahal, a mausoleum of ethereal beauty built by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, really does live up to it reputation and more. As we arrive there the magnificent Taj changes in every light. In the crisp air of early morning it is a different building; its compelling atmosphere is hard to leave, especially as its gardens, and the Yamuna River just beyond, offer so much ornithological excitement as well! Afternoon leave Agra and drive to Chambhal Safari Lodge for Bird watching. Overnight at the Resort.

Day 5: Chambhal

Today we will visit the National Chambal Sanctuary on the border between Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh states. We will take a boat ride in the Chambal River, the last unpolluted major river in northern India, flows between low erosion cliffs as it approaches its junction with the Ganges. The sanctuary, which also includes part of the state of Rajasthan further upstream, was set up to protect the healthy population of crocodiles that survives here, and also a population of the highly endangered Gangetic River Dolphin. We should be able to closely approach the crocodiles as they sun themselves on the sandbars, both the long-snouted Gharial and the more conventionally-shaped Mugger. We also have an excellent chance of seeing the blind Gangetic River Dolphin and we may even be lucky enough to watch them jumping exuberantly, although sometimes they show little more than their backs.
The most notable bird species of the Chambal is the localized Indian Skimmer and we should be able to watch these bizarre creatures living up to their name as they flap across the river, intermittently dipping their ‘broken’ bills into the water, or gather on small islets. Other attractions include the beautiful Small Pratincole, the hulking Great Thick-knee, River Tern and the increasingly uncommon Black-bellied Tern. Many other water birds will be present, including the elegant Bar-headed Goose, Indian Spot-billed Duck, Northern Shoveler, Goosander (or Common Merganser), Kentish Plover, River Lapwing, Common and Spotted Redshanks, Common Greenshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Ruff, Little Stint and Pallas’s (or Great Black-backed) Gull. Other species present in the area include Osprey, Black Kite (of the resident form govinda, perhaps a candidate for a split, or else lumping with Black-eared), Black-eared Kite, Long-legged Buzzard, Steppe Eagle, Rock Dove (here of the genuine wild population), Eurasian Collared Dove, Asian Koel, Brown Boobook (or Brown Hawk-Owl), Sand, Greater Short-toed and Crested Larks, Grey-throated Sand Martin (split from Brown-throated), Masked and Himalayan Wagtail, Desert Wheatear, Plain Prinia, Lesser Whitethroat, Common and Large Grey Babblers, Bank Myna and House Crow.

We return to the lodge for Lunch and after lunch we drive to Agra railway station to catch evening train to Delhi.

Day 6: Delhi-Kathmandu

Afternoon transfer to the airport to take flight to Kathmandu.
Arrive Kathmandu. Meet at the airport and transfer to Godavari Village Resort /Holiday Inn, Kathmandu. Dinner and overnight.

Day 7: In Godhabari

A full day exploration of the upper section of Phulchowki Hill for birds. Transfers by Land Cruiser/Land Rover & lunch boxes for mid-day meal. Dinner & overnight at Godavari Village Resort. Birds like Black Eagle, Bablers, Yuhinas, Bulbuls, Robins Thrushes and many other hill birds commonly seen. Also,the outskirts of Katmandu is dotted with ricefields & tiny villages and small forest patches. Therefore, you are likely see many birldlife such as Black Kite, Cattle Egret, White-Breasted Kingfisher, Spotter Dove, Red-rumped Swallows, Black, Ashy and Bronzed Drongos,Long-tailed Shrike, Common and jugle Mynas, Grey Treepie, Red-vented Bulbul, etc.

Day 8: In Kathmandu

A full day exploration of the upper section of Phulchowki Hill for birds. Transfers by Land Cruiser/Land Rover & lunch boxes for mid-day meal. Dinner & overnight at Godavari Village Resort. Birds like Black Eagle, Bablers, Yuhinas, Bulbuls, Robins Thrushes and many other hill birds commonly seen. Also,the outskirts of Katmandu is dotted with ricefields & tiny villages and small forest patches. Therefore, you are likely see many birldlife such as Black Kite, Cattle Egret, White-Breasted Kingfisher, Spotter Dove, Red-rumped Swallows, Black, Ashy and Bronzed Drongos,Long-tailed Shrike, Common and jugle Mynas, Grey Treepie, Red-vented Bulbul, etc.

Day 09: In Pokhara

Morning we fly to Pokhara, centre of the Western Development Region and traditional trading centre in the shadow of the Annapurna Massif. During our half an hour flight the view of the mightly Himalayan range, including the Annapurna, Ganesh, Mt. Nilgiri, Manasulu etc will be a life time experience. Upon arrival our local representative will transfer us to our hotel. Afternoon we walk along the shores of the Phewa lake allowing us to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Pokhara valley and birding at the shore of the lake is equally rewarding. Here we will look for specialities of this area such as Spotted, Slayty-backed, Black-backed and Little Fortails, Plumbeous Water Redstart, Blue Whistling Thrush, Crested and Pied Kingfishers, Great, Blue-throated and Coppersmith Barbets, Red-billed Blue Magpie, and Common Green Magpie & many more. We also take a traditional rowing boat across the lake, stopping off en-route to see the Bharai temple on a small island, and then, time permitting, walk across the hills through woods and traditional Gurung village. Time permits, we will make a special effort to find Nepal’s only endemic, the elusive Spiny Babler, in its favoured habitat of dense scrubby hillsides.

Day 10: Day Hike to Sarangkot (1592m)

We take a very pleasant hike or trek to Sarangkot, at an elevation of 1592m, and most popular short excursion from Pokhara. This day hike will offer us a captivating glimpes of rural life and the magnificent view of Annapurna range and the Pokhara valley itself. This hike will provide you a fine introduction to our Himalayan Birding. We expected to see Black-winged Cukooshrike, Long-tailed & Scarlet minivets, White-checked, Red-vented and Black Bulbuls, Verditer and Gray-headed Canary Flycathers, Common Tailor Bird, Grey-hooded Warbler, Oriental Magpie Robin, Grey Bushchat, Black-lored Tits, Oriental Whiteeye and many more. Nevertheless, we have also fine opportunity to observe some of the rare and endangered vulture and Eagle species – Himalayan, Red-headed, White-rumped and Egyption Vultures including Lammergeier. Booted eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Crested Serpant Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Bonelli Eagle and Black Eagle. On our return from Sarankot we visit Annapurna Conservation natural history museum Pokhara University campus, Tibetan self help refugee camp and the Davi’s waterfall. Overnight Hotel.

Day 11: Chitwan National Park (350m)

It is a beautiful journey on the Pokhara -Katmandu highway, through Nepal’s middle hill & Tarai, to the Royal Chitwon National Park. By making an early start we shall aim to reach the Gaida Wildlife Lodge or Chitwon Jungle Lodge for a late lunch. Enroute, we will make few stops to look for Wallcreeper & Braun Dipper in Trisuli River and its rocky walls.This evening we shall paddle down the Rapti River in search of waterbirds. The most notable bird species are Small Pratincole (winter visitor), Great Thick-knee, River Tern, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Black Stork, Wolly-necked Sork, Asian Open-billed Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Great Cormorant and many other waterbirds will be present, including Ruddy Shelduck, Gadwall, Little Ringed and Kentish Plovers, Riber & Red-wattled Lapwing. Other species present in this area includes Ospray & Brown Fishowl.The Park comprises 1000 sq.km of sal and riverine jungle and magnificent environment with a great variety of wildlife than any other area of Nepal. Over 480 species of birds have been recorded here and we can expect to see nearly one third of these, as well as many mammals and reptiles. These are likely to include the endangered Great One Horned Rhinoceros, wild boar, sambar, muntjc, spotted and hog deers, rhesus and hanuman monkeys, and possibly marsh muggar and fish eating gharial crocodiles. Tiger, leopard, sloth bears, and gaur (wild bison) are all common and regularly seen by the lucky ones! For the first two nights in Chitwon we shall be staying in comfortable Wildlife Lodge.

Day 12: In Chitwan

A full day based at the wildlife lodge. We shall explore the rivers by dug-out canoe, search the grasslands – for tigers, rhinos and other animals – on elephant back, and go bird-watching in the forest on foot. The dry Sal forest, Grassland dominate the Park and that hold a wide variety of species including, Red-thighed or Collored Falconet, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Crested Serpent Eagle, Shikra, White-eyed Buzzard, Crested Hawk-Eagle, Red Junglefowl, Indian Peafowl, Oriental Turtle & spotted Doves, Yellow -footed Green Pigion, Alexandrine, Rose.ringed, and Plum-headed Parakeet, the delightful Indian Scops Owl, Jungle Owlet, Crested treeswift, Green Bee-eater, Indian Roller, Grey, Pied and Gaint Hornbills. A good variety of of woodpeckers accurs here and we should find Grey-capped Pigmy, Rufous, Grey-headed, Greater Yelownapes, and Great Flameback. As usual, mixed -specis feeding flocks form such Flycatchers, Thrushes, Bablers, Drongos etc.This should be an outstanding day. Overnight Wildlife Lodge.

Day 13: In Kathmandu

Another early morning walk, or elephant ride, back to the lodge, where the vehicle is waiting to take us to Bharatpur Airport for our short flight to Katmandu. Upon arrival in Katmandu our representative from travel-to-nature will meet and transfer us to our hotel.
We will enjoy our last day in Magical Katmandu with plenty of time for shopping in Thamel the main tourist area of Kathmandu. Thamel is a myriad of banners, signs, music shops, bakeries, internet cafes, restaurants, bars, hotels, shops of all imaginable varieties and eccentrically clad backpackers. In the evening will head out for dinner on one of Katmandu’s excellent restaurants and farewell.

Day 14: Final Departure

Free till departure. Eco Trip Nepal representative will drop to Kathmandu international airport for onward destination.

Services

Included

  • Domestic flight Bharatpur/Kathmandu
  • Train cost Agra / Delhi for travel in A/C Chair Car.
  • Transport services by one Air-conditioned deluxe Van/Bus for all the transfers, sightseeing tours, long journey’s as per the program.This includes all state taxes, Toll Taxes, parking, allowance for Driver, outstation overnight charges for the driver.
  • Services of a local English speaking Guide throughout the tour
  • Entry tickets at monuments/ Forts/ Palaces/National Park/during the sightseeing tours included in the program.
  • 3 Visits to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary + All activities at Chambhal Lodge including river safari as per program mentioned above.
  • Jeep Safari/Elephant Ride/Boating and all jungle Activities in Nepal
  • Porterage of Baggage at all the hotels, train stations, airports.
  • Assistance of our representatives at all main cities in India.
  • In India Daily breakfast & Dinners at the hotels where you shall be staying.
  • Daily breakfast at hotel in Nepal and full- board in Chitwon National Park
  • Twin room sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned below or similar
  • Farewell Dinner on last evening in Katmandu & in Delhi at a Local Restaurant or at the Hotel Restaurant where you shall stay.

Excluded

  • Nepal multiple or double entry visa fee(ca $80) upon arrival in Kathmandu airport
  • International flightInternational flight
  • India multiple entry visa (ca € 65) has to be issued in Indian Consulate in Germany
  • Charges for photography inside the monasteries & monuments
  • Travel insurance
  • Any expenses of personal nature, such as alcohol and soft drinks, monastery donation Tips, Telephone, Medicines, Laundry, meals not mentioned in cities

 

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What makes this trip different?

Eco Trip Nepal has been working hand to hand with nonprofit social organization SWAN Nepal (Social Welfare Association of Nepal) from its initial years. We provide continuous support to SWAN financially as well as by organizing charity and volunteering tours in the remote village of Baglung district. Organizing your holiday through Eco Trip Nepal will not only provide the chance to explore the natural grandeur of Himalayan country Nepal but also you will be playing a vital role in bringing positive changes in the lives of local community.

Financial support to direct beneficiaries:  In all our programs, we strive to ensure that we only use local operators and try to source all provisions from local businesses, so you can be sure that some part of the money paid to us for arranging your holiday goes to the needy people of Nepal. The money you pay for touring and trekking through Eco Trip Nepal directly benefits the local people through SWAN as we provide them certain percentage of our profits from each and every trip on regular basis. Our guests experience true satisfaction together with enjoyment from Nepal holiday.

Local development through tourism: Eco Trip Nepal along with SWAN has been working together in discovering new routes, making plans into action and constantly working on how it can positively impact on local community development through tourism. In this way we have developed the Eco-tourism Project which focuses to flourish local tourism preservation of nature and cultural heritages.

Community Tourism: We help experience the best of Nepal through the eyes of the local Nepalese community. We enhance community based tourism to help our guests discover local habitats and wildlife; celebrate and respect traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. In this way community will be aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will promote community based management of these resources.

For more details, visit SWAN Nepal's website www.swannepal.org