Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu

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  • Duration 8 Days
  • Trip Grade Easy

Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks offers this unique bird watching package into the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.  Many visitors to Nepal have never heard of this place, though it is rich in biodiversity and has gorgeous scenery.  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. 

Before we visit Koshi Tappu, we visit another bird watching hotspot: Phulchowki.  Phulchowki is not only the most popular place in the Kathmandu valley for bird watching, it is also a beautiful place to take a day hike. Rhododendrons of different varieties and colors from pure white to dark red are found here. Around 265 species of birds are recorded here to date. The birds seen here include flycatchers, yuhinas, sunbirds, flowerpeckers, rosefinches, babblers, warblers, tits, thrushes, minivets, woodpeckers, eagles and many migrant birds. Godavari, at the foot of Phulchowki hill where Royal Botanical Garden is situated, records over 100 species of birds including lesser Rackettailed drongo, Tibetan siskin and the spotted forktail.

Itinerary
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Upon arrival at the airport, welcome by our representative and transfer to the Hotel. At the hotel briefing about the program by our representative. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. 

    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.

      Phulchowki (2759m) is situated about 15km southeast of Kathmandu.  It is a famous spot for birdwatching, with about 265 species here to date.  We spend the day here, hiking, watching, and enjoying the fresh air.  In the evening, we drive back to Kathmandu.  Overnight at hotel.

        After breakfast, we take a morning flight to Biratnagar.  From there, Koshi Tappu is easily accessible, only about an hour and a half drive. Biratnagar is also well connected by road (519 km) to Kathmandu if you prefer to drive. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve lies on the flood plains of the Sapta Koshi in Saptari and Sunsari districts of Eastern Nepal. Visitors can see minimum 100 types of birds in a day. Overnight in Koshi Tappu.

          We have a full day of bird watching on foot and in boats. Koshi Tappu is one of the Asia’s finest wetland and a renowned bird watching area. Nearly all of Nepal’s long list of wildfowl, waders, storks, ibises, herons, egrets, tems and gulls are found here, in addition to a great variety of land-birds that include the special Swamp Francolin, Red-necked Falcon and Straited Marsh Wabler. Overnight in Koshi Tappu.

            Today we will hit all the spots that we missed the day before.  More exploring by foot and in boat, enjoying the biodiversity of the reserve.  Overnight in Koshi Tappu.

              After breakfast, we enjoy the relaxing drive back to Biratnagar.  Upon arrival, we board a flight to Kathmandu. 
               You can spend the rest of the day in Kathmandu as you please.  We welcome you to a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. 

                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
                  • Arrival and departure transfers private vehicle
                  • 4 nights accomodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast.
                  • 3 nights accomodation in Koshitappu with all meal (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
                  • Kathmandu - Biratnagar - Kathmandu airfare
                  • Experienced  Guide for bird watching
                  • Insurance for Guide and driver
                  • All transportation by private vehicle
                  • Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve entrance fee
                  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
                  Excludes
                  • International Airfare.
                  • Nepal visa fee – available upon arrival at Kathmandu airport or border
                  • Beverage and expenses of personal nature.
                  • Entrance/monument fees during sightseeing tour
                  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
                  • Tips to guide, drivers etc.
                  • Personal Insurance.
                  Dates and Prices
                  Date PriceAvailability 
                  Start DateStarts: ThursdayMay 30, 2024End DateEnds: ThursdayJun 06, 2024PricePriceUS$1075StatusStatusAvailable

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