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Trip Overview of Bird watching in Nepal

Bird watching tour in Nepal is always considered a recreational activity. As it gives you to see the different species of birds through our naked eyes. We can use various equipment like binoculars, telescopes, etc. Nepal has a variety of birds to watch and one of the places for bird watching. In Nepal, the diverse range of ecosystems from lowland subtropical forests right. Through the high altitude environment of the Himalayas takes you to explore over 850 species of birds. Nepal is not only known for its marvelous scenery and cultural contrasts but also it is famous due to paradise for a birdwatcher.

It is naturally blessed with a vast array of vibrant birdlife. Nepal has over 850 species of birds had been recorded. Which is 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 beauty of nature and birds are the famous symbols of Nepal.

Koshi Tappu is the best place for bird watching tour in Nepal

The bird watching tour in Nepal takes you through the 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. Kathmandu has lots of nearby places for the best birding day tour. the Phulchwoki,  Godavari, Nagarjun, Bagmati River, and Taudaha, and so on. The Bardia Nationals park and Chitwan have a  wide variety of birds. Koshi Tappu, another sighting of an incredible range 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 has some endangered birds like the Impeyan Pheasant, Nepal’s national bird Danfe and the Spiny Babbler. Our birding itinerary 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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Major places for bird watching tour in Nepal

The Kathmandu Valley:

Kathmandu Valley has a lot of birds to watch if we are comparing to other cities in Nepal.  We can find almost 500 species of birds here. The Wetlands and open fields inside the valley make it possible for a diverse habitat for many species of birds. In Kathmandu, we have mainly the four bird-watching areas in the Valley. One can launch the bird watching on the banks of the Bagmati and Manohara rivers. We can see the birds in the valley are the Egrets, Herons, Kingfishers, Ibisbill, Wood Sandpipers, and Plovers. The Chovar Gorge is the best place as an area for birds as its isolation from human habitation has encouraged their presence. We can watch the flocks and migrant birds at Taudaha near Dakshinkali Temple.  There are 40 species of Harboring 40 which are in the wetlands.


Phulchowki at 2760m is the highest of the mountains lies 20 km southeast of Kathmandu. encircling the valley and provides an ideal introduction to the birds of Nepal. It has more than 300 species of birds and the best sites for bird watching tour in Nepal, The hillside trails and roads are full of forest featuring outstanding flora as well as diverse birds. in Phulchwoki we can 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 we can see in the area.

The Godavari, at the foot of Phulchowki hill, Here is the Botanical Garden. It records more than 100 birds including the lesser racket-tailed Drongo, Tibetan siskin, and the spotted forktail. It has most of the exotic and local flora and is a ‘Garden of Dreams’ for birds and bird watchers alike. this is a great spot for our bird watching tour in Nepal.

Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve and Nagarjun Dada:

Kathmandu, Nepal another best place for ace for Bird watching tour in Nepal is Shivapuri Watershed Reserve. It is 12 km north of the city, and Nagarjun in the North West.

Shivapuri National Park is one of the wealthy forest 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. Thees area reflects 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.

The Nagarjuna Hill has a royal retreat for members of the royal family and therefore was and will remain a protected area. We can find the different birds here, Some of them are the Northern Eagle Owl, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Long-tailed Mountain Thrush, Chestnut-headed Bee-Eater, Maroon Oriole, Large Hawk-Cuckoo, and Eurasian Woodcock.

Bird watching tour in Nepal at Pokhara City:

In Pokhara, the two well-known lakes Phewa Tal and Begnas Tal, and the surrounding areas are highly recommended for bird 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 tours in Nepal. The Himalayan range of Annapurna and Mount Fishtail is an ambiance of peace and magic, and the surrounding of the valley rewards an excellent 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 that are occurring are Gulls, Terns, Ducks, and Falcons, etc.

We can visit also the Begnas lake near Pokhara for the best view of bird watching in Pokhara. Terraced hills and light forests surround the lake. One should spend time on the slopes and wet fields. Therefore, the 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 a tourist town, which caters to all the needs of visitors from cheap lodges to costly star hotels, which makes the city more famous for bird watching.

Koshi Barrage and Koshi Tappu  is the best place for birdwatching tour in Nepal

Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve lies in the East of Nepal and famous for our bird watching tour in Nepal. The situation on the Koshi floodplain results in the dramatic reserve variation of the environment according to the seasons. Along with about 26 varieties of Duck alone, Koshi is also excellent for waterfowl and Waders. We can view the birds 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. There are more than 20 species of duck, ibises, storks, swamp partridges (Francolins glairs).  We can also see the 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 Koshi Barrage is the bird’s heaven. That it is the shelter of 13 of Nepal’s nearly threatened bird species out of 22.

Birdwatching tour in Nepal at Chitwan National Park:

The Chitwan National park is the best place for our Bird watching tour in Nepal, established as the country’s first national park in 1973, is the best-known site in Nepal for bird watching.  One can do Birds watching 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. furthermore, There are lots os of Sal Forest, Riverine forest, and grasslands, with three rivers forming the boundaries of the park. Most of Nepal’s total bird species are in Chitwan, numbering 540 species.

This number includes about two-thirds of the country’s globally threatened bird species. Enjoy the seeing of  Grey-crowned Prinia, Slender-billed Babbler, and the Lesser Adjutant inhabit the Chitwan grasslands. Chitwan National park has the highest number of Nepal’s near-threatened bird species –15 out of 22. These include Ferruginous Pochard, Great Hornbill, Black-bellied Tern. Some of the other birds are  Grey-headed and Lesser Fish Eagles.

During our bird watching tour in Nepal at Chitwan, we will also watch a White-tailed Eagle. Also the Cinereous, and Red-headed Vultures. Pallid Harrier, Lager Falcon, Darter, Painted, and Black-necked Storks. Rufous-rumped Grassbird and Yellow-breasted Bunting. Most of the other commonly seen birds are  Sarus Crane, Bengal, and Lesser Florian, Indian Skimmer, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Jerdon’s Babbler, and also curlews. We can see The Bar-headed Goose, a trans-Himalayan migrant, in the Narayani River.

Bird watching in trekking regions:

We can see the birds on different trekking routes in Nepal. The Langtang region, the Solukhumbu region, and also the Annapurna region are the three main trekking areas for bird watching tour in Nepal. These Trekking areas offer a wide variety of species of birds. Among these three regions, the Annapurna region will be the best choice. Furthermore, many species of Birds can find the other two. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) supports 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.r

Birdwatching tour in Nepal equipment/packing list

Going on a bird watching tour in Nepal, here is the small checklist for what to bring and planning your trip.
You will not need to take everything on the list, but this is a good place to star, Of course,  You can watch birds with the naked eye, but being prepared with the proper equipment can greatly enhance your experience. Here is a basic bird-watching equipment checklist to help you prepare for your next Bird watching tour in Nepal.

  • Binoculars.
  • Field guide
  • Journal and pen
  • Spotting scope
  • Camera
  • Light-colored and casual clothing that will blend with nature
  • Bird checklists
  • Tennis shoes
  • Hiking boots
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Long pants
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts/swimsuit
  • Rain jacket/rain pants
  • Jacket
  • Sweater
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Ziplock bags
  • flashlight/ Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Deet/insect repellent
  • Umbrella
  • Pocket knife
  • Snacks/cookies/trail mix
  • Recharger for all electronics
  • Electrical outlet adapter
  • extra batteries

Other Items for Bird watching tour in Nepal

  •  Water bottles
  •  Sunscreen/Lip balm: (at least SPF 30+) and also protective lip balm.
  •  Toiletries: Toothbrush and toothpaste shampoo/shower gel.
  •  Personal medication: Please be sure to bring any personal medication you might require.

Carry-on bag

This is also a good idea to pack the below things if in case your checked luggage is delayed

  • Passport
  • Money
  •  Airline boarding pass
  •  Toothbrush and toothpaste
  •  sunglass
  •  Hairbrush
  •  Extra clothes
  •  Medication
  •  Cell phone and also the charger

(Note: if you are traveling in the winter, Dec-February, get a warm enough jacket, sweater, coat, trousers, thermal wear, warm socks. woolen hat, light gloves, and also buff or scarf)

 bird watching tour in Nepal best time

The best time for bird watching tours in Nepal is between October and March. During the time of this year, there are many migratory and local birds that can be sighted. They are to be seen at the barrage and many river channels. We can also get the best view of Himalayan peaks.

Bird watching in Nepal - Trip Info

Tour Duration: 10 days Arrival to Departure


Climate during the tour:
September to Nov: Autumn delightful 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)

We have winter from December to February: During this time the weather is cold and dry, the view is poor. (Maximum 24 Degree Minimum -2 Degree)

The rainy season and also summer starting from June 1o to August:  (July/August has more raining) (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 a good driver. For long drive Tourist Bus/Flights are available.

Passport and Visa

It is easy to get a Nepal visa for travelers, First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months’ validity from the return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days for single/multiple entries. If you get a visa for 30 days It is USD 50 or equivalent convertible currency. USD 125 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days for single/multiple entries.


Currency & Money exchange

While you are doing the Bird watching tour in Nepal for your extra expenses you need Nepali rupees,. Nepal banks notes comes in Rupees  5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rupees 1, 2, 5, and also 10 denominations.  We suggest you exchange only with banks or authorized money exchangers. The receipts of such transactions are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival too but the rate is lower there. You can better exchange money changers and in the Bank in the city. Visitors other than the Indian nationals have to make the payment in foreign currency (non-Indian currency) in hotels, trekking agencies or travel agencies, and air tickets.

Power plugs and sockets

Nepal has an electrical voltage of 220-240 volts. It supplies current at 50Mhz. Most of the electric plugs in Nepal are two or three prongs that are in a round shape. During the Himalaya tour in Nepal, you can use 3 types of plugs. Types C, D, and M, Plug type C are with the two round pins, plug type D is the plug which has three round pins in a triangular pattern and plug type M has three round pins.

Type C:  It is also known as the standard “Euro” plug.

Type D:  Tis socket works in some African and Asian countries with Nepal.

Type M: It also looks like plug D, but with larger pins. This socket only works with plug M.

While you are on the tour you may not able to charge your phone so better you can get the power bank. Hope this will be helpful information for your Nepal family tour.

Trip extension

After completing your Bird watching tour in Nepal and if you have more time you can do different activities in Nepal. Nepal is famous for its world’s best trekking trail from day hiking to 2 weeks trek. you can choose any of our trekking packages. If you need extra night hotel services after finish your tour we can arrange it at a reasonable cost. you can do the extra tour in Kathmandu city also or join an an-hour scenic flight over Mount Everest. Furthermore, we are also offering Tibet and Bhutan tours.



Detailed Itinerary of Bird watching in Nepal

Our representative is there at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport to meet you. After you finish your immigration formalities, you can also get a local sim card there. We will take you to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight. We have a short meeting about your tour program and a short briefing. During this visit, we will help you check your items of clothing and other necessary things. If you arriving late on the first day. We have  short meetings in next day morning after your breakfast

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 the hotel at the Godavari.

After having your breakfast, Today we are going to day hike in Phulchowki hill, We suggest you take a pack lunch today as we can’t find a restaurant at the hiking place. We walk into the thick forest and outstanding flora as well as diverse birds. Phulchwoki is the Kathamdnu best place for bird watchers, It has more than 90 species of birds. Some of the birds are the endemic spring babbler as well as the Curia, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Rufous Bellied Pied Woodpeckers, the Black-throated Parrotbill, etc. In the evening, return to Kathmandu.

Shivapuri can be reached in two ways, either from Sundarijal or from Budhanilkantha. The park is home to around 318 species of bird: some areas Laughing Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle, little Pied Fly Catchers, Rupy-throats, and Babblers. Nagarjun hill is another best area in Kathmandu to see the birds. some of the best birds here are, 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.

About a 5 hr drive to Chitwan National Park and check-in the hotel. you are in the best varieties of bird paradise.  make a short walk into the village to captures your favorite birds. Spend a beautiful night in the resort.

Today we have a full day of bird watching tour in Chitwan. your nature guide takes you on the walk to encounter with environment and the morning birds. Have a full day birding trip in different vegetations of the park, from wetlands to grasslands to Sal forest. After breakfast, We can go for an Elephant back safari or   Jeep drive to view some varieties of birds in the deep jungle. There are more than 500 species of birds here, which includes Blue Indian Roller, Stork-billed Kingfishers, Bengal Florican, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Bee-eaters, and Cormorants.

Today we drive to Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve, On arrival transfer to the Tented camp, have lunch freshen up, and go for a bird watching trip. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve is has a  scrub grassland and the best deciduous riverine forest. The places have more than  450 species of birds. Black Ibis, Honey Kites, Ospreys, Black Headed Orioles, Peregrine Falcon, Partridges, Storks, etc. are the some that you will encounter throughout the day.

Today we have an exciting opportunity of sighting some 400 species of birds as you explore the marshes on foot, distant sandbanks, and islands of the mighty Koshi River. There are also several migratory bird 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.

You can have a flight or drive-in vehicle to Kathmandu valley. After return, you can have a relaxing walk over the streets and view the healthy living of Nepalese. Also, you can repurchase some memories and gifts for your home. In the evening, you can prepare to pack your baggage with the mentality to leave Nepal.

Today is the last day and we will drop you at the International airport to catch your flight back to your home. We will wish you a happy journey traditionally and culturally of Nepal and hope to see you again.

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Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu Airport to Hotel and back to Airport transfers by private car.
  • Your hotel twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu and Godawari Includes breakfast.
  • Hotel Accommodation including all the meals, birdwatching and nature guide, all programs as per package, park permit fee at Chitwan National Park.
  • Tent Accommodation, all the meals, birdwatching and nature guide, all programs as per package, park permit fee at Koshi Tappu
  • Birdwatching guide
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gift after finish the trip.
  • Welcome/Farewell Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All official works, Service charge, and all Government Taxes
  • All transportation by private vehicles.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Godavari.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get it at the arrival hall of the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Tips and gratitude
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
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