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Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu & Chitwan National Park Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu & Chitwan National Park
12 Days from $2,780 p/p in USD Departures: Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep
 

This safari is an exciting journey to Nepal, encompassing wildlife, nature, culture and history. In Chitwan National Park explore the jungle searching for one horned rhino, tiger, leopard and other wildlife as well as numerous bird species, while Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is captivating with its wealth of birds and natural beauty. Visit the Hindu temple Pashupatinath, world's largest stupa Boudhanath and ancient city of Patan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Janakpur experience the Mithilia culture of Nepal and on the final leg visit ancient Bhaktpaur city which the 2015 earthquake had a big impact on. 

Overview

  • Country:
    Nepal
  • You will visit:
    Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Chitwan National Park, Janakpur, Kosi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Bhaktpaur
  • Tour type:
    small group, large group, independent
  • Safari standard:
    luxury
  • Wildlife:
    Water buffalo, Royal Bengal tiger, one horned rhinoceros, elephant, leopard, black bear, deer, wild boar, gaur, pangolin, gangetic dolphin, crocodile, monitor lizard, python, chital, barking deer, sloth bear, langur, Rhesus monkey, and more; many bird species including cranes, eagles, hawks, ducks, endangered Bengal florican
  • Viewing by:
    Walking tour, village tour, elephant back safari, nature walk, dug-out canoe, jeep, boat
  • Getting around:
    Car/coach (air conditioned)
  • Arrive/Depart:
    Start/end in Kathmandu

Tour Highlights

• Explore an ancient Hindu temple, Buddhist stupa and city of Patan and Bhaktapur 
• Exhilarating drive to Chitwan and Koshi Tappu
• Search for Asiatic rhino and  Bengal tiger in Chitwan National Park
• Mithilia culture of Janakpur
• Various species of exotic birds at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

Birds in Nepal

Nepal is renowned for its rich diversity of birds. A total of 867 species have been recorded, 8% of the world’s known birds. It is  It is amazing for a small country like Nepal to have so many species. In Nepal there are 27 sites that are identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA). Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Koshi Barrage and Chitwan National Park are three of the most important areas for bird habitation and migration. The other two are Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) and Shukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve in the west and far west of Nepal. IBA cover forests, grasslands and freshwater ecosystem. The majority of Nepal’s threatened birds are found in the lowlands: Great Slaty Woodpeckers found in lowland forests, White Throated Bushchat which inhabit lowland grasslands and Brahminy Kite which hunts over the lowlands and lower hills. (Source - BCN)

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

A 12 square mile strip of land along the Koshi River, Koshi Tappu is an area of seasonally inundated grassland with acacia and shisham tress. It's home to a remnant population of wild water buffalo as well as one of the finest birding areas in Nepal - it is one of Nepal's first bird sanctuaries. Indeed, when spring migration is on, this is one of the most spectacular bird sights in South Asia. The wildlife reserve is located on the east and west bank of the Sapta-Koshi River on the plains of eastern Nepal. From here you can see the Eastern Himalayan range in the distance.

Chitwan National Park

Chitwan is one of the few remaining habitats of  the Royal Bengal tiger and great one horned rhinoceros. It has a rich ecosystem that includes mammals, birds, reptiles and water animals of several kinds. Wild elephants are occasionally seen as well as gangetic dolphin, two species of crocodile and about 309 species of birds including waterfowl, both migratory and residential, An important aspect of the national park is the culture of the indigenous Tharu people, who are part of the ecosystem. Chitwan is situated in Rapti valley in the subtropical land of Terai (Plains). The rugged Churia hills, sal forests, grassland, reverine forests, swamps and lakes provide excellent habitats for an unusually rich variety of large mammals. The park has scientific research projects funded by WWF (World Wild Life Fund) to study ecology and behavior to preserve rhino, tiger and deer. There is also a breeding center for the nearly extinct ghariel crocodile.

Optional Tour 

There's an optional tour to Panauti if time permits. Panauti is a small town located 32 km north east of Kathmandu, perched in the north east corner of Kathmandu valley. The town is currently listed on the heritage list of UNESCO. This town was almost forgotten because tourist mostly visit Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. In Panauti we visit Indreshwor Temple Courtyard, Unmatta Bhairav Temple, Tulanarayan Temple and Triveni Ghat. The artistic temples in beautiful wooden craft were built in 1715. Some of the temples have golden roofs and idols carved from wood. All the temples are dedicated to Gods and Goddess as depicted in Hindu mythology. The tour concludes at Triveni Ghat. The Ghat is an important place for rituals and festivals. It is believed that a famous Lichhavi king, Amshuverma, was born nearby Panauti and Khopasi. He was famous for promoting wood carving and wooden craft in those times. We take you to an evening dinner and cultural program.

Day by Day

Day 01:  Arrive Kathmandu | Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Our representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the Hotel. He will brief you about the program and provide assistance throughout your stay in Nepal. Later in the afternoon we take a leisurely walking tour through Asan to Kathmandu Durbar Square. You go through medieval wonders that have given Kathmandu much of its mystery and atmosphere. As you walk through narrow lanes you come across the daily lives of the local people. Depending upon the season you may see various cultural activities. This heritage walk also takes you to the Temple of Living Goddess. In the evening you may explore the streets of Thamel, Kathmandu's tourist hub.

Day 02:  Sightseeing in Kathmandu | Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

A full day sightseeing tour of Pasupatinath, Baudhanath and Patan. In the morning we visit Pasupatinath temple and Baudhanath stupa. After lunch we drive to Patan and take a walking tour of the city with its labyrinth of streets and markets, crowded with exotic products and a bewildering mix of people.

Pasupatinath temple is dedicated to Shiva who is known as a fierce and benevolent God in Hindu mythology. In the vicinity of the temple you will come across Sadhus – Hindu holy men who are on pilgrimage from India and local people offering prayers. It is also an important place for cremation for Hindus and non Hindus alike. As you go around you will find many shrines and temples spread in and around the heritage sites. As you wander along these sites your tour guide will explain the intricacies of Nepal’s distinct blend of Hinduism and Buddhism.

Baudhanath is known as 'Little Tibet', an important place for Tibetan pilgrims and Buddhist monks. It is one of the largest Buddhist stupa in the world and the center of Buddhist pilgrimage. The site was listed as a UNESCO Heritage Monument in 1979. Here you can see Tibetan women in their stripped aprons and Buddhists doing their pilgrimage round the stupa.

Patan was and still is known as Lalitpur. This ancient city adjacent to Kathmandu is located across Bagmati River. Sightseeing places include Durbar Square, Hiranya Varna Mahavira, Mahaboudha, very close to the old palace which is believed to have been built in 299 AD. There are many beautifully carved windows, doors and balconies for which it is famous. Mahaboudha is made of terracotta bricks and pagoda style structure of Mahavira dedicated to Lord Buddha and built in the 13th century. At the Tibetan Handicraft Center in Jawalekhel you can see carpet weaving by Tibetans.

Day 03:  Drive to Chitwan National Park (260 km/6 hr) | Wildlife Lodge, Full Board

It's an interesting drive to the southern plains, along Trishuli and later Narayan River, making your way through the lush green valley passing rivers before arriving at the plains. Upon arrival at the camp you are welcomed by the camp staff who will give you short briefing about the camp and their planned activities. After lunch we take a village tour to a nearby Tharu village where you will learn about the lifestyle of the Tharus. They are well known for their resistance to malaria when the whole Terai region were forbidden to outsiders due to the insects. Before dinner normally there is a slide presentation about wildlife in the park, an ntroduction to the history and wildlife found in the National Park. Dinner is served in a central dining hall.

Day 04:  Chitwan National Park | Wildlife Lodge, Full Board & Activities

On the second day you are woken up early in the morning at 5am to go on a jungle walk. Early morning is an excellent time to watch birds. After an hour's walk return back to camp for breakfast which is served at 7am. After breakfast you are taken on a canoe ride on the Rapti River. You get to see varieties of bird and rare species of crocodiles basking in the early morning sun. The crocodiles are marsh mugger and the fish eating gharial. Return back to camp for a rest and lunch at 1pm. 

After lunch, you experience a safari on elephant back. The elephant is driven by a mahout (driver) and you are seated in a box called howdah, so all riders can get a good view of the surroundings. As you enter deeper into the jungle you may see four different kinds of deer, antelopes, rhinoceros, wild boar and monkeys. If you are lucky a sighting of a Royal Bengal tiger is possible. There are leopard, black bear, sloth bear and wild elephant. It is possible to see many species of birds and other smaller mammals. Return back to the camp by 5pm. After a short rest you are invited to attend a Tharu cultural dance program at 7pm. Dinner is served at 8pm.

Day 05:  Chitwan National Park | Wildlife Lodge, Full Board & Activities

After breakfast you are taken to an Elephant Breeding Centre run by the national park. The park officials will explain about this mighty animal; its history, breeding and life. You may participate in bathing an elephant in a nearby river which is a really fun experience. Return back to camp for lunch which is served at 1pm. Afterwards take a long jeep drive to some of the lakes inside the park. The best and well known is Twenty Thousand Lake, famous for migrating birds. Return back to camp by 5 pm. Take a short rest and attend dinner at 7 pm.

Day 06:  Drive to Janakpur (175 km/3 hr 30 min) | Hotel, Full Board

After breakfast we leave Chitwan Safari Camp and travel onwards on the national highway to Janakpur. The city is the capital of Mithila culture which includes the northern part of Bihar (India). It is an ancient and rich culture. After lunch you will visit Mithila villages, meet people and see their art and crafts made in their houses. Visit the famous Janaki Temple of Janakpur. This is also a mythological city. Hindu mythology that has stories of God and Goddess are very much part of the culture of Janakpur. The cultural link with part of Bihar and Utter Pradesh in India are very deep and strong. On the occasion of Ram-Sita marriage ceremony, in November, a big festival depicting the marriage of Ram and Sita is organized; it's a special spectacle to witness. Return back to the hotel. After some good rest attend a vegetarian dinner.

Day 07:  Drive to Kosi Tappu Wildlife Reserve (175 km/3 hr 30 min) | Wildlife Camp, Full Board

Arrive at the Wildlife Camp located just outside Kosi Tappu Wildlife Reserve where you are welcomed by the camp staff. They give you a short briefing about the camp and their planned activities for you and you are shown your room. After lunch we take a short walk to a nearby bank of Koshi River to watch birds. Return back to camp at 5 pm. After a short rest you are served dinner at 7 pm in the central dining hall.

Day 08:  Kosi Tappu Forest Reserve | Wildlife Camp, Full Board & Activities

After breakfast we take you to the upper section of Koshi river by boat to view some of the water birds, water buffalo, dolphin and various water inhabitants. We will have picnic lunch by the bank of the river. After a short break we drive to Koshi Bridge where there are good chances to sight fresh water dolphin and various migrating birds. We return to camp by dusk, evening dinner is usually at 7pm.

Day 09:  Kosi Tappu Forest Reserve | Wildlife Camp, Full Board & Activities

Full day of incredible bird watching including a jeep ride to another location to catch sight of birds.

Day 10:  Drive to Biratnagar (60 km/ 1hrs 30 min) | Fly to Kathmandu (45 min) | Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Early morning is the best time to watch birds so you are woken up at 5.30 am and after hot tea a camp naturalist will take you on an hour's walk to places nearby where sightings of birds are good. Return back to camp and after breakfast drive to Biratnagar and fly to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel.

Day 11:  Sightseeing in Kathmandu | Hotel on Bed & Breakfast

Full day sightseeing tour of Changunarayan and Bhaktapur. On the way to Bhaktapur visit Changunarayan Temple, about 20 minutes drive up the hill from Bhaktapur. The temple was built on the edge of the ridge at the elevation of 125 m above the valley floor around 323 AD. It is believed to be the oldest Pagoda-style temple in the valley richly decorated with sculptures and woodcarving. On the struts of the two-tiered Changu Narayan temple there are images of ten incarnations of Narayan. This sixth-century stone statue shows the cosmic form of Vishnu. The life-sized statue of Garuda, half man and half bird, well known as the vehicle (steed) of Vishnu kneels before the temple. This temple is considered as the first of the original temples that were established around Kathmandu valley.

After lunch visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur was a medieval city, known as Bhadgaon. The walking tour includes Durbar Square, Nyatapola Temple and Dattaraya Temple. Bhaktapur is 16 km from Kathmandu, one of the three main cities in Kathmandu valley, lying on the old trade route to Tibet. The city is famous for its Museum of Medieval Arts and Architecture with many fine examples of sculptures and woodcarving. Pottery, mask making and weaving are its major traditional industries. Bhaktapur Durbar Square has many temples built in pagoda style. Most impressive is a five storied Nyatapola temple built in 1702 AD and Dattatrya temple built in 1427 AD. The intricately carved peacock wooden window and numerous fountains inside the palace are other attractions as well as its architecture from Malla dynasty. In the old city many old people cannot speak Nepali; they continue to use their Newari tongue. In the evening attend a group dinner. In festive season the city square is live with traditional music and cultural performances.

Day 12:  Depart Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. 

The above schedule and itinerary is subject to change due to conditions beyond our control and logistics and technical reasons.

Rates

RATES - PER PERSON USD

Prices are for a private trip

2 people        USD 2,780 per person
3-5 people     USD 2,565 per person
6-9 peope      USD 2,290 per person
10-15 people  USD 2,160 per person

Single supplement USD 440 per person (subject to availability)


Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on bed & breakfast basis (deluxe 4 star or equivalent) 
  • Accommodation in Koshi Tappu on full board basis in tented camp or lodge
  • Accommodation in Chitwan on full board basis in safari lodge
  • Accommodation on full board basis in Janakpur (3 star or best available)
  • All activities in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve and Chitwan National Park as per program
  • All ground transportations – car or coaster, standard bus or jeep from Biratnagar to Koshi Tappu and car or coaster from Koshi Tappu to Janakpur, Chitwan and to Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing as per program with English speaking tour guide
  • All park and sightseeing entrance fees and government taxes


Excludes

  • International and domestic flights
  • Personal clothing, sleeping bag (rental US$50) etc.
  • Personal accident and health insurance
  • Emergency evacuation and medical-box
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry and tips
  • Any services that are not specifically mentioned

 


Disclaimer

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  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • 'Kailash Himalaya Treks' reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Departures

DEPARTURE MONTHS

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