Bird Watching in Chitwan and Koshi Tappu - 10 Days

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  • Duration 8 Days
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 2-10
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November,

Nepal is a paradise for bird watching lovers with over 848 species (almost 8% of the world total) of birds. Chitwan National Park and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve are two hotspots for bird watching. Chitwan is renowned for its array of birds with over 255 species recorded. There are many species of parakeets. Other birds include Blue-Throat (thrush), Long-tailed Nightjar, Indian Peafowl, Great Barbet, red-billed blue magpie and Tickell & red breasted blue flycatcher. After Visiting Chitwan, Our trip lead towards Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve which is also renowned for being one of the best locations for bird watching.. It is on the Sapta Koshi floodplain means that the environment of this reserve varies dramatically according to the seasons. During the Monsoon (May to September) the rain becomes torrential and covers most of the floodplain, while during the dry seasons, many flat, sandy islands are exposed. The habitat is a combination of scrub grassland and deciduous riverine forest with over 280 species of birds recorded so far including 20 species of duck, ibises, storks, swamp partridges (Francolinus gularis), herons, egrets, Bengal floricans (Eupodotis Bengalensis) and many other exotic and migratory waterfowl not found elsewhere in Nepal.

The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, established in 1976, covers 175 sqkm. The vegetation is mainly tall Khar-pater grassland with a few patches of Khair-sissoo, scrub forest and deciduous mixed riverine forest. The Reserve offers important habitat for a variety of wildlife. The last surviving population (about 100 individuals) of Wild Buffalo are found here. Other mammals occurring here are hog deer, wild boar, spotted deer and blue bull.  The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve houses over 400 species of birds, including two species that are not found elsewhere in Nepal - the spotted wren babbler and the olive ground warbler. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve offers 280 species of land birds, including 20 species of ducks, 2 species of ibises, many storks, egrets, herons and the endangered swamp partridge and Bengal florican. 

Itinerary
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Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the Adventure Himalayan representatives will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. After refreshment, you will be briefed in short about your tour by our guide or tour leader.  If you have any questions or doubts about your trip then they should be asked and clarified at this time. Overnight stay at hotel.

    Kathmandu Valley includes several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Pashupatinath (famous Hindu temple and cremation ground) Boudhanath (massive Buddhist stupa). We can also visit Swyambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple, which was built roughly 2000 years ago.  Finally, we can visit Patan, city of fine arts. In the afternoon, you will be meeting with your trekking guide and will check all the necessary things. Overnight stay at the hotel.
     

      After breakfast, we head out for a 5-6 hour drive to Chitwan, enjoying the scenery along the way.  Upon your arrival, you will have lunch at the hotel. In the evening, we have a village tour and Tharu cultural show. Overnight in Chitwan.

        We spend today checking out the various bird species in the the Chitwan area.  We break for lunch and keep going until the evening. We have dinner and overnight in hotel.

          We take an early breakfast and head out to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, a most amazing bird watching location in Nepal.  The area is virtually unknown to tourists, meaning that we'll have most of the place to ourselves to freely enjoying our bird watching experience. After the long drive, we relax in anticipation for a full day excursion tomorrow. Overnight in Koshi Tappu.

            After breakfast, we head out on a full day of bird watching.  The area is home to well over 400 species of birds.  You will be amazing at their unique colors and mere presence.  We have a packed lunch and continue on through the day.  Overnight in Koshi Tappu.

              We have a long day of driving ahead of us (about 9-10 hours).  However, the various landscapes and villages along the way make the time go by much faster.  We will host a farewell dinner for you in the evening. Overnight in hotel.

                We will transport you to the airport.  Thanks for trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks.  We look forward to seeing you again!

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                  What's Included
                  Includes
                  • All arrival and departure transfers by private vehicle
                  • 3 nights accomodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast.
                  • 2 nights accomodation in Chitwan with all meal (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
                  • 2 nights accomodation in Koshi Tappu with all meal (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
                  • Experienced  Guide for bird watching
                  • Insurance for Guide and driver
                  • All transportation by private vehicle
                  • Chitwan National Park & Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve entry fees
                  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
                  Excludes
                  • Airfare to/from Nepal.
                  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
                  • Monument fees during sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
                  • Nepal visa fee – available upon arrival at Kathmandu airport or border
                  • Beverage and expenses of personal nature.
                  • Tips to guide, drivers etc.
                  • Personal Insurance.
                  Dates and Prices
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                  Start DateStarts: ThursdayMay 30, 2024End DateEnds: ThursdayJun 06, 2024PricePriceUS$1025StatusStatusAvailable

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