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Bird watching tour in Nepal

Nepal is a paradise for bird watching lovers with over 848 species (almost 8% of the world total) of birds. Kathmandu and Phulchoki is the popular place for bird watching spots. The places are Bagmati River, Nagarjun, Godavari, Taudaha and so on. These trips also provide superb mountain views, glimpses of wild animals and introduction to the local people’s culture and traditions. The birds are: eight ...See more

Nepal is a paradise for bird watching lovers with over 848 species (almost 8% of the world total) of birds. Kathmandu and Phulchoki is the popular place for bird watching spots. The places are Bagmati River, Nagarjun, Godavari, Taudaha and so on. These trips also provide superb mountain views, glimpses of wild animals and introduction to the local people’s culture and traditions. The birds are: eight species of stork, egret, wood pecker, and Black-headed shrike, six species of pheasant, 17 species of cuckoo, and 3 species of crow. The best time for bird watching Trip is March and December.

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Trip Highlights

  • View numerous bird’s species around Phulchowki hill at Godawari nearby Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing around UNESCO world heritage sites
  • View birds at shore of Phewa lake in Pokhara, boat ride and lakeside fun
  • Sarangkot Hiking for captivating glimpse of rural life and the magnificent view of Annapurna Himalayan range
  • View hundreds of rare species of birds and wildlife habitats around Chitwan National Park
  • Jungle fun activities and further spot birds at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  • Explore birds at Koshi Tappu, relax at resort for fine views
  • Sightseeing around ancient medieval town of Bhaktapur

Trip Itinerary

Bird watching tour in Nepal itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1350 meters. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu-Patan-Bird watching in Godavari botanical garden. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Godavari-Phulchoki Hill-Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Birding in Nagarjun forest and Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Kathmandu drive to Chitwan. Jungle activity. Overnight at resort.

Day 07: Birding trip at Chitwan national Park. Overnight a resort.

Day 08: Chitwan drive to Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve. Overnight at resort.

Day 09: In Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve. Overnight at resort.

Day 10: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Eco Trip Nepal representative will drop to onward destination.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1334m,

Eco Trip Nepal airport representative will transfer to hotel. Bird Watching Tour briefing with officially arrangements. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

Today, you will visit the medieval palaces, temples, Buddhist Stupas, monasteries and courtyards, all with intricate wood, metal and stone works. The places of interest are Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu-Patan-Bird watching in Godavari botanical garden

Drive to Patan where you will visit the Durbar Square, Krishna temple and Golden temple. From here you will continue to Godavari. Check in hotel and after refreshment, bird watching trip in Godavari botanical garden. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Godavari-Phulchoki Hill-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 Kathmandu is dotted with rice fields & 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. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Birding at Nagarjun and Shivapuri

Birding in Nagarjun forest and Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. Return to hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Kathmandu-Chitwan ( 160km, 4 hrs by drive)

After breakfast, drive to Chitwan National Park and check in the resort. It is a beautiful journey on the Kathmandu-Chitwan highway, through Nepal's middle hill & Tarai, to the Royal Chitwon National Park. En-route, 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! We shall be staying in comfortable Wildlife Lodge.

Day 07: Birding trip at Chitwan national Park

After breakfast, 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 Jungle fowl, 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 at Wildlife Lodge.

Day 08: Chitwan-Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve

After breakfast, drive to Koshi Tappu (8 to 9 hours). It is a beautiful journey today on the east-west highway, through Nepal's Tarai and across the plains of south east Nepal, to the great Kosi river. Enroute we will explore riverbeds of Rapti river near Hedtauda to look for the bizarre looking Ibis Bill. The barrage across the river was built between 1958 and 1964 to control and prevent flooding in the plains of northern India to the south. The vast expanse of open water created by the barrage, and the marshes, lagoons, sandbanks mud flats and arable land that lie around it offer and an outstanding wetland habitat. Almost all Nepalese species of wildfowl, waders, storks, ibises, egrets, terns and gulls accur here, plus a great variety of land birds, especially warblers, and birds of prey. Well in excess of 100 species should be seen each day at the Kosi Barrage, and the sharp-eyed may be lucky enough to see some of the endangered Gangetic river dolphins that live here. We shall overnight at Kosi Tented Camp and spend the afternoon visiting the local tribal village (THARU TRIBES) to know their cultural and bird-watching on one of the finest wetlands in Asia. Overnight at Koshi Tappu tented camp.

Day 09: In Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve

We rise early this morning to visit the Kosi Tappu reserve, just to the north east of the barrage. This is an area of seasonally inundated riverside grassland, together with some shisam and accacia woodland. Not only is this the last retreat, in Nepal , of the wild water buffalo, but it harbours many other mammals (including blue bulls, spotted deer and jungle cats) and an excellent  avifauna. If elephants are available we shall rout the park on their backs! We shall hope to see some of the buffaloes, other mammals, and many of the grassland and water birds. – Parties, munias, larks, shrikes, and bablers. The notable species are Swamp Patridge, Black & White Ibis, Spotted  &  Barred Owlet,  the endangered Black-necked Stork breeds in Kosi Tappu. During the afternoon we shall return to the barrage for a second afternoon's bird-watching there. The open wetlands and river inside the reserve usually hold variety of wintering waterfowls, waders and large water bids,  and we should find the rare Spot-billed Pelican, Ruddy Shelduck, Spot-billed Duck, Purple Swamhen, Greater Painted Snipe, Painted Stork, Great Egret, Purple & Night Heron, Cinnamon Bitten, Lesser & Greatrer Adjutant Stork, Greater & Lesser Coucal, Large-tailed 6 Indian Nightjars, Pheasant-tailed and Bronze-winged Jacana, Black -shouldered  Kite, Osprey, Grey-headed Fish Eagle,  White-tailed Eagle, Pied Harier, Darter, Citrine,Yellow, White-browed & White Wagtails,  Crested Bunting. etc.  Overnight at Koshi Tappu tented camp.

Day 10: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu

Another early morning walk or elephant ride, back to the camp, where the vehicle is waiting to take us to Biratnager airport – another lovely flight back to Katmandu. If weather permits Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt Kanchunjunga the three highest mountains in the word can seen! Upon arrival in Kathmandu, day at free for own activity. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

Day 11: Departure

Eco Trip Nepal representative will drop to onward destination.

Services

Included

  • Airport transfers
  • 6 night’s comfort hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 2 night’s standard hotel in Chitwan with full board basis
  • 2 night’s standard hotel in Koshi Tappu with full board basis
  • Service of tour guide
  • Accident and evacuation insurance for tour guide
  • Transportation by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees, necessary permits
  • Local guide and representative throughout the tour
  • Cell phone during tour/trek with free calls to emergency hot line
  • All meals marked as included in the itinerary

Excluded

  • Nepal Visa fee $ 35 (upon arrival – bring exact USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Domestic airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Emergency evacuation and oxygen cost, and medical-box
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips
  • Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies
  • Extra night in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, (due to any unforeseen reason)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from Mountain)
  • Travel and rescue insurance

 

Testimonials

Nepal Himalaya Birding Tour on 07 Dec to 14 Dec 2014

Communication is perfect – over email & by phone fast & accurate. Itinerary well arranged. Birding guide Prakash Neupane is Knowledgeable- friendly & helpful Very happy with service Prompt, friendly, deliver what was asked for..Koshi Tappu resort is great location & very good service

Zubin Farrokh Chichgar (Singapore)


Birding tour India & Nepal on 21 Nov. to 29 Nov. 2013

Birding guide Som GC Excellent! Knows the locations very well. As well as the birds!!! Also many stories about the country and people- great knowledge at all! Very kind and patient person.

Tobias Epple (Germany)

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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