Kathmandu- Koshi Tappu ,Chitwan, Royal Bardia National Park Birdwatching tour

Kathmandu- Koshi Tappu ,Chitwan, Royal Bardia National Park Birdwatching tour

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21 nights – 22 days

Nepal is a paradise for bird lovers with over 900 bird species (almost 10% of the world’s entire species). And among them almost 5 hundred species are found in the Kathmandu Valley alone. The most popular bird watching spots in Kathmandu are Phulchoki, Godavari, Nagarjun, Bagmati River, Taudaha and so on. Get your binoculars and look forward to a rewarding experience.

The wetlands and open fields inside the valley make up a diverse habitat for many species of birds. Besides this, lots of birds but in different species found in Nepal depending on the vegetation and altitude of Nepal. Nepal is home of some endangered birds like Impeyan Pheasant, Nepal’s national bird and Spiny Babler, found only in Nepal. This program takes one, to explore the birds as well as wildlife in some of the very famous wetlands and National parks of Nepal.

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Day 01:  Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to hotel

Day 02:  Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Patan, back to Kathmandu, welcome dinner in the evening overnight hotel

Day 03:  Drive to Fulchowki (15km southeast of Kathmandu and the most popular bird watching spot in the valley with 265 recorded bird species) and hike to Godawari at the foot of  Fulchowki (Royal Botanical Garden, Godawari records over 100 species of birds including lesser Rackettailed drongo, Tibetan siskin and the spotted forktail. Overnight at resort.

Phulchowki (2760 m) is the highest of the mountains encircling the Kathmandu valley. This broad-leafed-sub tropical forest is the richest for birds and wildlife in the valley and remains the most convenient place to see some of the birds that are rare or local to Nepal . Phulchowki lies 18 km south east of Kathmandu above Godawari village (1525 m). The drive to Godawari is about half an hour and it is another half an hour drive to the top of the Phulchowki by four wheel drive. Phulchowki and Godawari forest are internationally famous for the species richness of their flora and fauna, especially butterflies and birds. They are one of the few remaining examples of this type of sub-tropical forest in Nepal. Mammals include Spotted Leopard, Yellow-throated Marten and Orange-bellied Squirrel.
Forest types: Rhododendron-Oaks- and Fir and thickets of cane bamboo.

Recommended length of birding is a day for lower a slopes (including Godawari Botanical Garden) and a day for the upper slopes.

Specialties: Resident (regular) : Besra, Black Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Kalij Pheasant, Common Hill Partridge, Ashy Wood Pigeon, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Mountain Scops Owl, Collared Owlet, Golden Throated Barbet, Speckled Piculet, Crimson Breasted Pied and Rufous bellied Pied Woodpeckers, Grey Chinned Minivet, Striated Bulbul, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Spotted Forktail, Chestnut Headed and Grey bellied Tesias, Chestnut Crowned and Black-faced Warblers, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Lesser Scaly-breasted Wren-Babbler, Streaked-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Grey throated and Spiny babblers, White-crested, Striated, Rufous Chinned and Grey-sided Laughing Thrushes, Red-billed Leiothrix, Cutia, White-browed Green and Black-eared Shrike Babblers, Hoary Barwing, Blue-winged Minla, Nepal Fulvetta, Yellow-browed Tit, Brown-throated Tree Creeper, Black-throated Sunbird, Maroon Oriole, Eurasian and Lanceolated Jays, Red Billed Blue Magpie, and Brown Bull Finch.

Winter (rare) : Rufous-throated Hill Partridge, Barred Cuckoo-dove, Bay Woodpecker, Blue-naped Pitta, Grey Cheeked Warbler, Large Niltava, Pygmy Blue Flycatcher, Black Throated Parrotbill, Blue winged Laughing thrush and Red-tailed Minla, Speckled Wood-Pigeon, Golden Bush-Robin, Hodgson's Redstart, Plain-backed and Long-tailed Mountain Thrushes, Long-billed Thrush, White-collared and Grey-winged Blackbirds, Chestnut Thrush,  and Fires-tailed Sunbirds, Slaty backed Flycatcher, Greater Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, Mrs. Gould's and Fire-tailed Sunbirds, Pink-browed Rosefinch, Crimson browed, Scarlet, and Gold naped Finches, Red-headed Bullfinch and Spot-winged Grosbeak.

Summer (rare): Crested Serpent Eagle, Lesser Cuckoo, White-throated Needletail, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, White-tailed Robin, Blue-capped Rock-thrush, Orange headed and Tickell's Thrushes, Small Niltava, Asian Sooty, Ultramarine, Little Pied, and Snowy-browed Flycatchers and Bronzed and Lesser Raquet-tailed Drongo.  

Godavari is located approximately ten kilometers from both Patan and Kathmandu and many outdoor enthusiasts flock here to enjoy the breathtaking views and beautiful landscapes. It is known as one of the popular hiking and paragliding destinations in Nepal for its rich wildlife and natural splendor. The garden is an extravaganza of plants, trees, ferns, flowers and orchids. Godavari is also famous for its breathtaking butterflies, which can be seen gliding peacefully amongst the beauty and splendor of the garden. Godavari is one of the most picturesque and diverse destinations in Nepal and has much to offer visitors from fascinating sights, breathtaking natural beauty and paragliding, just waiting to be discovered.

Day 04: After breakfast, drive to Dakshinkali and hike to Chovar through Pharping enjoying the nature and many a historical and culture sites including Chobhar Buddhist Monastery, Sculpture Garden,  Chobhar, Gorge created by Goddess Manjushree, Taudaha Lake which harbours- 120 varieties bird species and Shesh Narayan -  beautiful shrine richly endowed with history and art, overnight at Chovar resort.

Day 05:  Early morning excursion of the inns of Chovar, breakfast and drive to Kakani ( two hours north-west of Kathmandu and you arrive at the scenic spot of Kakani (2073m) with views of Ganesh Himal, the Annapurnas and the Dhaulagiri range. Stop over for light snacks, tea and some refreshment and commence the most pleasurable hike to Shivapuri Eco village through the Kathmandu valley rim and Shivapuri National Park, overnight at Shivapuri Eco village (Patiswara, Nepal (15 miles [24 kilometers] north of Kathmandu) which was select

Day 06 -07: Full day bird watching activities plus daily dose of yoga / meditation session and nature / culture hikes in and around this amazingly tranquil eco- tour destination.

Day 08:  After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu and fly to Biratnagar and drive to Koshi Tappu (Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is Nepal's only Ramsar Site and must surely be one of the best wetlands in Asia for birds. Over 460 species have been recorded, including 16 globally threatened species. Visitors can expect to see minimum 100 types of birds in a day. Rest and relax for some time and set out for bird, butterfly & dolphin watching in the evening, overnight at luxury tent.

Day 09- 10: Full day bird, butterfly & dolphin exploring activities on foot and in boats in Koshi Tappu, visit the Koshi Barage (for viewing numerous waterbirds including Grey-headed Lapwing) in the late afternoon, back to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, overnight at luxury tent overnight luxury tent.

Day 11:  After breakfast drive to Chitwan (justifiably a popular destination for visiting birdwatchers. Its wide range of forest, wetland and grassland habitats, hills and lowlands support a greater variety of bird species than is found in the rest of Nepal's protected areas. Around 530 species have been recorded to date here. The park has a mix of forest, grassland and wetland habitats. Highlights included Slender-billed Babbler (Chitwan is the only Nepal site for this species) and Grey-crowned Prinia and Pale-footed Bush Warbler which are rare in Nepal outside Chitwan. Overnight at hotel / resort

Day 12- 13: Full fledged jungle activities: Bird watching, Elephant Safari (especially good for sighting grassland birds),  Jungle Walk / Nature walk with Boat ride, / Elephant Safari / Jungle walk, Crocodile walk, Canoe ride (a really pleasant  ride for sighting waterbirds including Brown Crake and Cinnamon Bittern),  A 45 minutes walk through grassland and forest upstream of the Narayani River. Boat Excursion to Amattari Ghat followed by a full day Nature Trek to the Churia Hills (rewarding hike for hill birds, such as Red-headed Trogon) and the bicycle tour to Bish Hazar (20 thousand) lakes lying within the jungle of Royal Chitwan National Park. The lake is very attractive for the bird lovers and serves as an important bird watching centre,

Day 14:  Final and free day at Chitwan and you are absolutely free to do the things or undertaking activities of your choice. We shall only catch up with you during the post dinner Tharu Culture Program

Day 15: After breakfast drive to Royal Bardia National Park (Royal Bardia National Park preserves the magnificent flora and fauna of the subtropical woodlands of the Indian subcontinent that have been so tragically depleted by human population pressures. Royal Bardia is the lesser known treasure beckoning to those who don't mind a longer excursion if it means they'll have a better chance of actually seeing a tiger. But you'll return with an appreciation for the parks' sheer sub-tropical richness -- the sounds of the forest birds and insects, the powerful girth of the hardwood trees, the rampant vines.  Overnight at hotel / resort or luxury tent.

Day 16 – 17:  Full day Jungle activities, highlights includes:  Bengal Florican which can easily be seen in the park's grasslands, a flock of six Great Slaty Woodpeckers (a species which is fairly common), and Sulphur-bellied and Western Crowned Warblers and Blyth's Pipit that are passage migrants as well as two exciting elephant rides that could prove very productive for grassland birds. Species included White-tailed Stonechat and Tawny-bellied Babbler. Raft trips on the river are rewarding for waterbirds in winter. Other Jungle activities include: elephant-back safari, nature walks, jungle drive,  trekking in the Churia Hills to observe more birds, Cultural visits to Tharu village, Gangetic Dolphin viewing, rafting in the Karnali River and Tharu (ethnic tribe) cultural performance in the evening.

Day 18:  After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu, rest and relax, overnight at hotel.

Day 19:  Half day sightseeing of Bhaktapur and then drive to Nagarkot for overnight, hotel / resort.

Day 20:  Early morning sunrise view / Himalayan panorama, breakfast and then drive to Kathmandu, half day touring of the Narayanhity Palace Museum -the seat of the former Royal family of Nepal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 21:  Early morning Mt. Flight, back to hotel, free day, farewell dinner in the evening with typical Nepalese culture show, overnight hotel.

Day 22:  Final departure.

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