Bird watching tour in Nepal is always considered as a recreational activity that helps you to monitor different species of birds through our naked eyes or by using different equipment’s like binoculars, telescope, etc. Nepal is one of the best places for bird watching as in Nepal the diverse range of ecosystem from lowland subtropical forests right through to the high altitude environment of Himalayas takes you to explore over 850 species of birds. Nepal is not only known for marvelous scenery and cultural contrasts but also it is famous due to the paradise for a birdwatcher.
It is naturally blessed with a vast array of exceptionally rich bird life. Because of the extraordinary range of habitats discovered, over 850 species of birds had been recorded, more than in any other region of comparable size in Asia. Nepal is the house for about 10% of the world’s population of birds. The sight of rare bird producing tremendous exhilaration, the beauty of nature and birds are the famous symbols of Nepal.
The bird watching tour in Nepal takes you through lowland jungle of Terai, Wildlife Reserves, and many other conversational areas and Parks. Birds of 500 species are found in the capital city Kathmandu alone. The popular places for bird watching in Kathmandu are Phulchowki, Godavari, Nagarjun, Bagmati River, and Taudaha and so on. Likewise, Chitwan and Bardia harbor also have the wide variety of birds. Koshi Tappu, another sighting of an incredible variety of both resident and migratory birds that come from far away from Siberia.
The opportunity to see different kinds of birds will make your trip memorable. You will be mesmerized by the enjoyable view of many species of birds along with the panoramic mountainous view, glimpses of wild animals and exposure to the local people’s culture and traditions. Nepal is famous for the home of some endangered birds like Impeyan Pheasant, Nepal’s national bird Danfe and the Spiny Babbler. The birds watching program takes you to explore the birds as well as you will be exploring diverse wildlife in some famous wetlands and National Parks of Nepal.
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The Kathmandu Valley:
Kathmandu Valley has more species of birds compared to other places in Nepal. Almost 500 species of birds are found here. The Wetlands and open field inside the valley make it possible for diverse habitat for many species of birds. There are four major bird watching areas in the Valley. One can launch the bird watching in the banks of Bagmati and Manohara rivers. The birds sighted along these rivers are the Egrets, Herons, Kingfishers, Ibisbill, Wood Sandpipers and Plovers. The Chovar Gorge is particularly recommended as an area for birds as its isolation from human habitation has encouraged their presence. Harboring 40 species of birds mostly dependent on wetlands, Taudaha, a lake on the way to Dakshinkali, attracts flocks of migrant birds.
Phulchowki at 2760m is the highest of the mountains situated 20 km South East of Kathmandu encircling the valley and provides an ideal introduction to the birds of Nepal. Phulchowki has a great density of bird species —around 300 species. The hillside trails and roads are covered with forest featuring outstanding flora as well as diverse birds. Bird watchers in Phulchowki might encounter birds such as the endemic spring babbler, as well as the Curia, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Rufous Bellied Pied Woodpeckers and the Black-throated Parrotbill, to name a few. The Blue-Napped Pitta and a Redheaded Trojan are rare birds found in the area.
The Godavari, at the foot of Phulchowki hill where the Royal Botanical Garden is situated, records over 100 species of birds including the lesser racket-tailed Drongo, Tibetan siskin, and the spotted forktail. The garden is a plantation containing exotic and local flora and is a ‘Garden of Dreams’ for birds and bird watchers alike.
Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve and Nagarjun Dada:
Another place for Bird watching in Nepal is Shivapuri Watershed Reserve, 12 km north of the city and Nagarjun in the North West.
Shivapuri National Park is one of the richest forested areas. This houses about 318 species of birds. The forest holds a significant population of three restricted-range bird species i.e. the spiny babbler which is also Nepal’s endemic bird, the Hoary-throated Barwing, and the White-throated Tit. This diversity is reflected in the avifauna of the area, including the Hill Partridge, Great Barbet, Wedge-Tailed Green Pigeon, Eurasian Jay, Kalij Pheasant, Nepal Fulvetta, Asian Paradise-Flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Mountain Scops Owl and Grey-winged Blackbird. Two globally threatened birds, the White-rumped Vulture, and Hodgson’s Bush chat can also be seen. Shivapuri is a delight to the bird watchers who have an eye for exploration.
The Nagarjuna Hill has a royal retreat for members of royal family and therefore was and will remain a protected area. This area hosts birds such as the Northern Eagle Owl, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Long-tailed Mountain Thrush, Chestnut-headed Bee-Eater, Maroon Oriole, Large Hawk Cuckoo, and Eurasian Woodcock.
In Pokhara, the two well-known lakes Phewa Tal and Begnas Tal and the surrounding areas are highly recommended for birds watching. Among all, the forest around the south shore of Phewa lake with minimum disturbance, away from human inhabitation is the best for bird watching. The summit of Annapurna’s and Machhapuchhare create an ambiance of peace and magic and the surrounding of the valley rewards an extraordinary habitat for varieties of birds. Watch out in the fields and pools especially in the winter for Egrets, Herons, Pipits, and Buntings etc. other birds are occurring are Gulls, Terns, Ducks, and Falcons etc.
Begnas Lake, 15km away from Pokhara, is another worthy place to visit for bird watching in Pokhara. Terraced hills and light forests surround the lake. One should spend time on the slopes and wet fields. Birds sighted here are Ducks, Pheasant-tailed Jacana; Hopei Grey-bellied Tessie’s, common pintail snipe, bulbuls etc. Species regularly seen in this forest and along the shore of the lake include Besra, Red-thigh Falconet, Pallid and Pied Harriers, Eurasian Griffon, Red-headed and Eurasian Black Vultures, Kalij Pheasant etc. Pokhara lakeside is basically a tourist town, which caters to all the needs of visitors from cheap lodges to very expensive star hotels, that makes the city more famous for bird watching as well as experiencing the natural and artificial heritages.
Koshi Barrage and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve:
Koshi Barrage and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve are in the eastern Terai to the Far East of Nepal. The situation on the Koshi floodplain results on the dramatical reserve variation of the environment according to the seasons. Along with about 26 varieties of Duck alone, Koshi is great for waterfowl and Waders. The birds can be viewed by boat, gliding through waters in the stillness of early morning and evenings. Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve is a combination of scrub grassland and deciduous riverine forest, with over 450 species of birds recorded so far, including 20 species of duck, ibises, storks, swamp partridges (Francolins glairs), herons, egrets, Bengal Florian (Epidotic Bengalensis), Black Ibis, Honey Kites, Ospreys, Black Headed Orioles, Peregrine Falcon, Partridges and many other exotic and migratory waterfowl not found elsewhere in Nepal. The area reputed for bird haven is corroborated by the fact that it is the shelter of 13 Nepal’s nearly threatened bird species out of 22.
The Royal Chitwan National park, established as the country’s first national park in 1973, is the best-known site in Nepal for bird watching. Birds watching can be done safely in a chair, the back of an elephant or in a jeep (by far the last choice). Anyone that prefers to walk, we will be accompanied by a guide or a naturalist or by a preferable ornithologist. The area consists of Sal Forest, Riverine forest, and grasslands, with three rivers forming the boundaries of the park. Over half of Nepal’s total bird species are found in Chitwan, numbering 540 species.
This number includes about two-thirds of the country’s globally threatened bird species. The Grey-crowned Prinia, Slender-billed Babbler and the Lesser Adjutant inhabit the Chitwan grasslands. The park also holds the highest number of Nepal’s near-threatened bird species –15 out of 22. These include Ferruginous Pochard, Great Hornbill, Black-bellied Tern, Grey-headed and Lesser Fish Eagles, White-tailed Eagle, Cinereous and Red-headed Vultures, Pallid Harrier, Lager Falcon, Darter, Painted and Black-necked Storks, Rufous-rumped Grassbird and Yellow-breasted Bunting. Other birds include Sarus Crane, Bengal and Lesser Florian, Indian Skimmer, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Jerdon’s Babbler and curlews. The Bar-headed Goose, a trans-Himalayan migrant, is seen near the Narayani River.
It is best to go around the foothills of the Kingdom as a leisurely Trek for watching birds. The Langtang region, Solukhumbu region, and Annapurna region are the three main Trekking areas in Nepal. These Trekking areas offer a wide variety of species of birds. Among these three regions Annapurna region will be the best choice as it, there are many species of Birds found compare to the other two. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) supports a remarkable but delicate biodiversity, with 441 recorded species of birds. The Kali Gandaki valley is also a major migration pathway in the autumn with 40 species of birds.
Tour Duration: 11 days arrival to Departure
Climate during the tour:
September to Nov: Autumn very pleasant and clear weather, the mountain views are the best. (Maximum 30 Degree Minimum 2 Degree)
March to May (warmest months) the temperatures are mildly warm ((Maximum 33 Degree Minimum 10 Degree)
December to Mid February (Winter) the weather is cold and the sky is clear (Maximum 19 Degree Minimum -2 Degree)
June to August: Summer/ Rainy Season (July/August has more rain) (Maximum 34 Degree Minimum 19 Degree)
Tour Visiting Places: Godavari, Phulchowki, Shivapuri, Chitwan, Koshi Tappu
Transportation: Good Condition Private Car/Van depends on group size for a tour with good driver, for long drive Tourist Bus/Flights are available.
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. During this visit we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits, special permits etc. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 02: - Start bird watching from Godavari
You can start a bird Watching from Godavari Botanical Garden. After having a short city tour for birds watching through the rivers of Bagmati and Manohara, set in the evening for bird watching trip in Godavari Botanical Garden. Stay overnight in hotel at Godavari.
Day 03: - Godavari-Phulchowki Hill-Kathmandu
After having your breakfast, leave with a lunch pack and hike up to the Phulchowki hill. The hillside trail is covered with forest featuring outstanding flora as well as diverse birds. Phulchowki has a great density of bird species- about 90 species have been recorded in this area including the endemic spring babbler as well as the Curia, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Rufous Bellied Pied Woodpeckers, the Black-throated Parrot bill etc. In the evening return back to Kathmandu.
Day 04: - Birding in Nagarjun Forest and Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve
Shivapuri can be reached two ways either from Sundarijal or from Budhanilkantha. The park is home to around 318 species of bird some are as Laughing Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle, little Pied Fly Catchers, Rupy-throats and Babblers. And in Nagarjun area birds such as the Northern Eagle Owl, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Long-tailed Mountain Thrush, Chestnut-headed Bee-Eater, Maroon Oriole, Large Hawk Cuckoo, and Eurasian Woodcock etc.can be seen closely. Return to Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 05: - Kathmandu to Chitwan
About 4hr drive to Chitwan National Park and check in the hotel. In the evening have a leisurely stroll in the village or can visit the elephant breeding center. Spend a beautiful night in the resort.
Day 06: - Birding at Chitwan
After tea or coffee, natures walk on foot to encounter with environment and the morning birds. Have full day birding trip in different vegetations of the park, from wetlands to grasslands to Sal forest. We can have a jungle safari or Jeep safari to view some varieties of birds in the deep forest. We can found more than 500 species including Blue Indian Roller, Stork-billed Kingfishers, Bengal Florican, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Bee-eaters, and Cormorants.
Day 07 - Chitwan to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
After drive from Chitwan, we will have a full day birding trip in the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. Koshi Tappu wild life reserve is a combination of scrub grassland and deciduous riverine forest, with over 450 species of birds recorded so far. Black Ibis, Honey Kites, Ospreys, Black Headed Orioles, Peregrine Falcon, Partridges, Storks etc are the some that you will encounter throughout the day.
Day 08 - Full day Bird watching in Koshi Tappu
Today we have an exciting opportunity of sighting some 400 species of birds as you explore the marshes on foot, inaccessible sandbanks and islands of the mighty Koshi River,including several migratory species such as the sarus crane from Siberia. In all, a total of 280 different species of birds have been recorded and these include many varieties of ducks, ibis, storks, egrets and herons, as well as the endangered swamp partridges and Bengal floricans.
Koshi Tappu is also home to the last surviving population of wild water buffalo and its other inhabitants include blue cows, various species of deer, Gangetic dolphins and gharial crocodiles.
Day 09 - Drive or Flight back to Kathmandu
You can have a flight or drive in vehicle to Kathmandu valley. After return, you can have a relax walk over the streets and view the normal living of Nepalese. Also you can buy some memories and gifts for back to your home. Full day leisure can be accompanied by some entertainment and sound time in hotel. At evening you can prepare to pack our baggage with mentality to leave Nepal.
Day 10: - Free day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.
Day 11: - Final Departure
If you are leaving Nepal and not continuing your holiday here in Nepal, we will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home. We will wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of Nepal and hope to see you again.
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