Bird Watching Tours

Duration: 10 DAYS

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bird watching tour

If you are interested in birds, nature and photography, then Bird watching tours is the right choice for you. The dense forests in Nepal are a showcase that provides natural habitat to local as well as migrating birds. The national parks and wildlife reserves in here are home that shelters exceptional varieties of rare and interesting birds. Imagine yourself in a pristine jungle hearing the birds chirp! The rhythmic chirp of birds would let the noise inside you flee away.

The dense forests in Nepal offers an opportunity to view variety of birds in its own undisturbed habitat. The lush grasslands, open fields and unspoiled natural forests is an ideal spot for bird’s breeding and migration. Bird Watching Tour takes you to three important places for bird watching namely Chitwan National Park, Koshi Tappu Wildlife reserve and Pulchowk. Chitwan National Park is a home to over 500 species of birds. Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve which has recorded 280 species of birds so far is considered as a paradise by the bird watchers and Pulchowk is the nearest location from Kathmandu for bird watching tours.

Encounter the beautiful birds like sunbirds, flower peckers, partridges, storks, fulvettas, yuhinas, flycatchers, minivets, woodpeckers, warblers and laughing-thrushes as you walk by. The view of migratory birds like Siberian Rubythroat, Peregrine Falcon, Ospreys, Red-flanked Bluetail, Ibisill, Wallcreeper, Swamp Francolin, Honey Kites, Black Ibis, Black Headed Orioles, Cutia and Tickell’s Red-breasted Blue Flycatcher would be a beautiful sight to catch. If lucky, you can also spot some endangered species like Impeyan Pheasant, Bengal florican, Sarus Crane and Spiny Babler.

Join Nepal Hiking Team to experience the awesomeness that lies in bird watching!

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02 : Early in the morning, we begin our journey to Chitwan by a minibus.
  • Day 03 : We will spend full two days in Chitwan National Park.
  • Day 04 : Today, early in the morning, we start a journey on the east west highway to the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.
  • Day 05 : Today we drive to Biratnagar and take a flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel
  • Day 06 : Today we head towards the forested slopes of Phulchowki at 2740 meters, an excellent spot for bird watching.
  • Day 07 : Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu.

You will be transferred to your hotel for check in. If you don’t prefer resting, you can enjoy a little of sightseeing. Overnight at hotel

Day 02 - Early in the morning, we begin our journey to Chitwan by a minibus.

We leave Kathmandu valley and follow the highway along Trishuli River. Trishuli River can be a good site for Ibisbills and other riverside and montane bird species. White capped water Redstart, Brown dipper and wall creepers are the birds that are likely to be found on those areas. By the mid-afternoon, we will be at Chitwan.

You will be transferred to a jungle lodge. Chitwan National Park constitute of riverine jungle that spreads through an area of 932 square kilometers. Providing a magnificent environment, this park is a home to a great variety of wildlife and birds. More than 500 species of birds have been recorded here. You can expect to see at least one third of total.

Day 03 - We will spend full two days in Chitwan National Park.

We can wander around this riverine forest exploring the wildlife. We will be blessed with the close up views of various mammals, reptiles and others. We can spend the day exploring river and go for bird watching in the forest on foot. It would be an incredible experience.

Day 04 - Today, early in the morning, we start a journey on the east west highway to the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.

It is a fascinating journey where you pass through various villages in the lowlands of Nepal. It is an opportunity to get some insights about unique Nepali culture and their way of living. By the late afternoon, we will find ourselves at Koshi Camp. We will set a tent close to Koshi River where we will spend our three nights. The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve lies at the eastern corner of Nepal in the plains of Sapta Koshi River. It covers an area of 175 square kilometers to the north of the kilometer-long barrage that spans the Koshi River. Lying in a splendid location, this reserve offers an outstanding wetland habitat and is one of the finest bird watching sites in Asia. Almost all of Nepal’s long list of wildfowl, waders, storks, ibises, egrets, terns and gulls occur here, plus a great variety of land birds, especially warblers and birds of prey.

More than 100 species can be seen each day in this wonderful area. You can expect to see the local specialties like Swamp Francolin, Red-necked Falcon and Striated Marsh Warbler. You can also look out for Siberian Rubythroat, Dusky, Smoky, Blyth’s Reed, Paddyfield and Thick-billed Warblers, White’s and Black-throated Thrushes, Richard’s Pipit, Painted Snipe, Great Stone Plover, Pied and Pallid Harriers, Black Bittern, Falcated Duck and Baer’s Pochard.

Day 05 - Today we drive to Biratnagar and take a flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel

Today we drive to Biratnagar and take a flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel

Day 06 - Today we head towards the forested slopes of Phulchowki at 2740 meters, an excellent spot for bird watching.

We can see variety of laughing thrushes, babblers, bulbuls, flower peckers, flycatchers, sunbirds, tits and warblers. As we ascend up, we can even get some good views of the snow-clad great Himalaya, including the Annapurna range, Langtang and many other high peaks (provided the weather is clear!). We can spend the rest of the day walking down the mountain through its fine temperate and subtropical forest, with a picnic lunch en route. Some of the many highlights include Red-flanked Bluetail, Fire-tailed Sunbird, White-collared and Grey-winged, Blackbirds, Long-tailed Minivet, White-tailed Nuthatch, Orange-barred Leaf Warbler, Orange-bellied Leafbird and many more. More elusive species include Cutia, Kalij Pheasant, Red-billed Leiothrix and Black-faced Leaf Warbler.

Mammals are, of course, more elusive. Phulchowki forest visit may reward us with views of some of the more common diurnal species. At the evening, we return back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel

Day 07 - Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

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