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Nepal Birding Safari Nepal Birding Safari
15 Days from $1,650 p/p in USD Departures: Year Round
 

A fabulous guided birding safari that takes in the prime national parks, Chitwan and Bardia, as well as Kathmandu valley and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the last surviving wild buffalo and a remarkable birding area - it's possible to see a minimum of 100 species in a day! Highlights are vultures in the Dang and Nawalparasi areas as well as beautiful bird action on the banks of Rapti River. Chitwan and Bardia are home to not only amazing birdlife but also widlife including deer, leopard, sloth bear, elephant, rhino and tiger. Time is also spent exploring some of Kathmandu's fascinating historial forts, palaces and temples. An incredible wildlife and cultural adventure!

 

 

Overview

  • Country:
    Nepal
  • You will visit:
    Chitwan & Bardia National Parks, Kathmandu valley, Phulchowki, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  • Tour type:
    small group
  • Safari standard:
    mid-range
  • Wildlife:
    Many resident and migrant birds, wild buffalo, deer, wild boar, blue bull, leopard, sloth bear, rhino, tiger, Gangetic dolphin
  • Viewing by:
    Walking, boat, vehicle
  • Getting around:
    Transfer vehicle
  • Arrive/Depart:
    Start/end in Kathmandu International Airport

Day by Day

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu

Meet and greet upon arrival at the International Airport and transfer to hotel. Traditional Tika ceremony upon arrival, tour briefing followed by a welcome drink. In the evening enjoy dinner in a Nepalese restaurant with local dancing. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals: No meals

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

After breakfast leave for a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley covering Kathmandu Durbar square, also known as Hanuman Dhoka. In this area you will visit Kumari Temple (Temple of the Living Goddess), Kasthmandap (wooden temple built in a single tree), palaces, forts, other temples & many more historical sites. Swayambhunath Stupa, which is almost 2000 years old, is situated on a hillock with breathtaking views of the whole Kathmandu valley and eastern Himalayan ranges. Lunch will be in a restaurant after which you proceed to Patan Durbar Square - the city of art and architecture where you can see Durbar square, stone temple, Buddhist monasteries etc. Return to the hotel for a refresh and proceed to dinner at a specialty restaurant. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast only

Day 03: Kathmandu Sightseeing

After breakfast leave on your UNESCO world Heritage sightseeing tour to Pashupatinath temple - the oldest and most sacred Hindu temple of the world, situated on the banks of the Holy Bagmati River where all the deceased of the valley are cremated, a ceremony you are likely to witness along with old temples, many Hindu priests etc. Continue to Bouddhanath Stupa - one of the biggest stupa in the world. The surrounding area is known as Little Tibet because it is one of the largest Tibetan refugee camps in the valley. Lunch will be served in a specialty restaurant near the Bouddhanath area. The rest of the day is free to explore the Thamel tourist hub. A late evening dinner will be arranged at a restaurant in this area. Return to hotel and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast only

Day 04: Drive to Phulchowki

After breakfast you head to Phulchowki, situated about 20 km Southeast of Kathmandu. This mountain, with an altitude of 2759 m, is considered one of the best places for hiking through Rhododendron forest , home to different varieties of flowers from white to dark red. This is also the most popular bird watching spot in the valley with 265 species of birds recorded here including flycatchers, yuhinas, sunbirds, flowerpeckers, rosefinches, babblers, warblers, tits, thrushes, minivets, woodpeckers, eagles and many migrant birds. Godavari, at the foot of Phulchowki, where the Royal Botanical Garden is situated records over 100 species of birds including lesser racket tailed drongo, Tibetan siskin and the spotted forktail. Return to Kathmandu & overnight.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 05: Kathmandu - Biratnagar - Koshi Tappu

After breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (approx 10/11 hrs, or optional flight). Koshi Tappu is then half an hour drive from Biratnagar. Arrive at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve which lies on the floodplains of the Sapta Koshi in Saptari and Sunsari districts of Eastern Nepal. Established in 1976, the Reserve covers 175 sq km. The vegetation is mainly tall Khar-pater grassland with a few patches of Khairsissoo, scrub forest and deciduous mixed reverie forest. The Reserve offers important habitat for a variety of wildlife, including the last surviving population (about 100) of wild buffalo. Other mammals living here are hog deer, wild boar, spotted deer and blue bull. A total of 423 species of birds are recorded here, including 20 ducks, two ibises, many storks, egrets, herons as well as the endangered swamp partridges and Bengal Floricans. Visitors can see a minimum of 100 species of birds in a day. Overnight at a jungle resort/lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Bird Watching at Koshi Tappu

Enjoy a full day of bird exploring activities on foot and in boats. Koshi Tappu is one of Asia’s finest wetlands and a truly fabulous bird watching area. Almost all of Nepal’s long list of wildfowl, waders, storks, ibises, herons, egrets, terms and gulls occur here plus a great variety of land birds which include specialties as swamp francolin, red-necked falcon and striated marsh wabler. Return to resort and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Drive Koshi Tappu to Royal Chitwan National Park

Drive to Chitwan for 9-10 hrs through the beautiful landscapes. There are ample chances to see white-rumped need tail wwifts and ibis bills en-route. Upon arrival at a Jungle Lodge, enjoy the welcome and meet the naturalist who give you lots of information. Chitwan National Park is the most famous national park in Nepal supporting a great variety of flora and fauna. It's home to 450 species of birds, four species of deer, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar and other wildlife. It's also well known for its one-horned rhinoceros and is a shelter for a few Royal Bengal tigers. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Birding and Jungle Activities in Chitwan National Park

Spend the day experiencing jungle activities including a jungle walk, elephant ride, canoe ride, village visit and bird watching on foot and by jeep. In the evening enjoy a cultural dance performed by local villagers. Return to lodge/resort and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: Birding and Jungle Activities in Chitwan National Park

Full day of jungle activities including a jungle walk, canoe ride, bird watching, nature walk etc. Return to lodge/resort and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Drive to Bardia National Park

Drive to the Bardia National Park, the largest lowland sanctuary and most undisturbed wilderness area in Terai. Thickly covered with the trees and carpeted with grass and savannah, the park has the second largest tiger population after Chitwan National Park. Other wild animals here include the one-horned rhino, wild elephant, swamp deer, black buck antelope, crocodile and Gangetic dolphin. Endangered birds include the Bengal florican, lesser florican, silver-eared mesia and sarus crane. Overnight at a lodge/resort.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Birding and Jungle Activities in Bardia National Park

Jungle activities: elephant-back safari, nature walks, jungle drive, bird watching, trekking in the Churia Hills to observe more birds. Overnight at lodge/resort.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Birding and Jungle Activities in Bardia National Park

Jungle activities: Cultural visits to Tharu village, Gangetic Dolphin viewing, rafting in the Karnali River. In the evening Tharu (ethnic tribe) cultural performance. Overnight at lodge/resort.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Bardia-Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

Drive from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu (or optional flight). Upon arrival in Kathmandu, enjoy free time to explore, shop or relax. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Meals: Breakfast only

Day 14: Free day in Kathmandu

Today you are free to explore your own. Enjoy an evening farewell dinner at a Nepali restaurant with cultural dance show. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Meals: Breakfast only

Day 15: Final departure transfer

Today you are free until your transfer to the International Airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast only

Rates

RATES - PER PERSON USD


From USD 1,650 per person


Includes

  • Airport-Hotel-Airport (Dom & Intl) transfers in private vehicle
  • Five nights Kathmandu hotel accommodations (Bed & Breakfast Basis)
  • One night Phulchowki hotel accommodations (MAP Basis)
  • Two nights/three days Koshi Tappu package (Includes: All meals: B/L/D, tour guide, permits, hotel accommodation etc. as per the itinerary)
  • Three nights/four days Chitwan package (Includes: All meals: B/L/D, tour guide, permits, hotel accommodation etc. as per the itinerary)
  • Three nights/four days Bardia package (Includes: All meals: B/L/D, tour guide, permits, hotel accommodation etc. as per the itinerary)
  • Nepal Government Certified English speaking tour guide(s)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing permits
  • All land transfers in private vehicles in Kathmandu
  • Private transportation Kathmandu - Phulchowki - Kathmandu - Koshi Tappu - Chitwan - Bardia - Nepalgunj
  • Flight Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
  • All necessary assistance
  • First aid and medical kits
  • Wages, meals, accommodation, transportations, insurance and other facilities for the tour staff during the journey
  • Welcome & Farewell dinner at Nepali cultural restaurant
  • All types of rescue arrangements
  • All kind of local and government tax


Excludes

  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner) in Kathmandu
  • Insurance that covers Trekking/Travel/Accident/Medical/Emergency evacuations
  • International airfares
  • Tips for the trekking staff and driver
  • Alcoholic & soft drinks
  • Personal expenses: shopping, laundry, trekking/tour equipment, SIM Card etc
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Cost raised by unpredictable cancellation, natural calamities, political situation, illness etc
  • Others expenses which are not mentioned in the inclusions above 

 


Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by 'Fishtail Tours & Travel'
  • All prices are 'From' and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • 'Fishtail Tours & Travel' reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Departures

This tour runs throughout the year, although Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are considered the prime months for this trip. 

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