Bird Watching in Nepal

Nepal is the home of different species of birds as it contains the greatest altitude variation, diverse topography and climate which has resulted in varieties of habitat in the country. Bird Watching is one of the popular tours for those who love to watch the birds and feel amazing in their life.

Nepal can be said paradise for the birds’ lovers. Visiting Nepal is a splendid opportunity to research about the different species of birds found in Nepal including the National bird of Nepal, Dhanfe. There are around 850 species of birds in Nepal among them 500 species of birds are found in Kathmandu valley only. Pulchowki, Godavari, Shivapuri Nagarjun, Bagmati River, Taudaha and so on are the popular destination for the bird watching inside the Kathmandu valley. Besides this Chitwan, Bardia and Koshi Tappu are another popular destination outside the Kathmandu valley. Bird watching can also be done for 4 days or 4 weeks as per the destination. Best season for bird watching is during the autumn and the spring season.
Trip Code: BWIN81
Starts: Kathmandu
Finishes: Koshi Tappu
Duration: 13 Days
Difficulty: Easy
Group Size: 1 - 14
Age: Minimum 16
Seasons: Feb-Jun,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 2732m/ 8963.3ft
Trip Views: 819
Activities: Overland Tours
Trip popularity:
Travel Style: Budget Comfortablecheck Luxury


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Breakfast: 11
Lunch: 7
Dinner: 5
Car
Jeep
Hotel: 7 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 4 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • One of the best place for Birds watching.
  • Above 867 species of birds found in Nepal that is10% of the world’s total birds.
  • Spiny Babbler family of “Passerine Birds” is only found in Nepal.
  • World largest bird Sarus Crane can be found in Nepal.

Why this Trip

  • Bird watching is simply a beautiful passion and Nepal is one of the best places to follow that passion. With immense varieties of birds found in Nepal, it is only obvious that Birds watching here is rewarding. If you are ardent bird lover and want to travel along with following your passion, this is a great trip for you.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    With gratitude we will receive you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. You can freshen up and in the evening we will do the fine dining together and discuss about the details of the tour.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick up
    • Thamel Tour
    • Cultural Dinner
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    Waking up in the city of temples you will feel at peace. As this day will be for the sightseeing, we will take you to visit some of the famous UNESCO listed heritage sites according to your preference. We will leave the unvisited sites for some other time; this is also an excuse to visit the architectural city again as once is not enough.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Kathmandu Sightseeing
    • Private transportation
    • Entrance fee
    • Food and wine tour(Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE TO TAUDAHA, GODAVARI BOTANICAL GARDEN
    We drive towards Taudaha at early morning for bird watching in this area. Taudaha is a lake on the way to Dakshinkali and which contain the migrant birds. From there we will drive towards the Godavari Botanical Garden. It’sonly 1 hr drive from Taudaha to Godavari. Reaching there we will move towards the Botanical garden to observe the different species of birds found there. In the botanical garden, we can explore about 100 species of birds, including the lesser racket-tailed drongo, Tibetan siskin, spotted forktail and much more.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transportaion to Taudaha and Godavari
  • placeDAY 4 : DRIVE TO PULCHOWKI HILL, BACK TO KATHMANDU
    At early morning we move towards the Pulchowki Hill from the Godavari. Pulchowki is the one of the popular destination for bird watching as this hill we can find around 300 species of including endemic spring babbler, Curia, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Rufous Bellied Pied Woodpeckers, Black-throated Parrot Bill and much more. In this area, we can also find the rare birds Blue-Napped Pitta and a Red Headed Trojan.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Drive to Pulchowki Hill
  • placeDAY 5 : DRIVE TO SHIVAPURI
    Shivapuri is another richest destination for the bird watching. We can find 318 species of birds in this area. In this forest, we can watch the spiny babbler, the Hoary-throated Barwing and the white-throated. Spiny babbler is the native bird. Besides this, we can also find different species of birds here. Later we will go to visit the Nagarjun Dada where we can find Northern Eagle Owl, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Long Hawk Cuckoo, Long-tailed Mountain Thrush, Chestnut-Headed Bee-Eater, Maroon Oriole and Eurasian Woodcock.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Drive to Shivapuri
  • placeDAY 6 : DRIVE TO LUMBINI
    Early morning we will drive towards the Lumbini. Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Gautam Buddha, which is listed in the world heritage site by UNESCO. It takes 7 hr and 30 min so after we reach Lumbini; we straightly go to the hotel.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Lumbini
  • placeDAY 7 : VISIT CRANE SANCTUARY, DRIVE TO CHITWAN
    Today we will go to visit the Crane Sanctuary of Lumbini to watch Sarus Crane and other different species of birds found in this area. Sarus Crane is the largest flying birds on the earth. After visiting Lumbini, we drive to Chitwan. It takes 3hr and 21 min to reach there.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Chitwan
  • placeDAY 8 : BIRD WATCHING HIKE AT CHITWAN
    Chitwan is located in the lowlands of Nepal. Chitwan National Park is the well-known area for the bird watching. While in Chitwan National Park we can do bird watching by Jeep Safari or Elephant riding which ever you will comfortable. Chitwan National Park is home to 500 species of birds, including Blue Indian Roller, Stork-billed Kingfishers, Bengal Florican, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Bee-eaters and Cormorants.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Jeep Safar or Elephant Safari
  • placeDAY 9 : DRIVE TO KOSHI-TAPPU WILDLIFE RESERVE
    Today we will drive towards the Koshi-Tappu wild life reserve. About 7hr and 30 min drive from the Chitwan we will reach Koshi-Tappu. After reaching there we directly move towards the Guesthouse.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Khosi Tappu
  • placeDAY 10 : BIRD-WATCHING IN KOSHI-TAPPU WILDLIFE RESERVE
    Today we will do full day bird watching in Koshi-Tappu. In Koshi-Tappu wildlife reserve we can find 450 species of birds and 26 species of Ducks alone. Black lbis, Honey Kites, Ospreys, Black Headed Orioles, Peregrine Falcon, Partridges and storks are the major birds found in this area.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU
    After breakfast at Koshi-Tappu today we come back to Kathmandu. Around 8 hours’ drive from Koshi-Tappu we will reach Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 12 : FREE DAY AT KATHMANDU
    Today is also a great day for Spa and massage treatment, souvenir shopping and other essential things you might want to do before you leave the country.

    Meal:

    Accommodation:

    • Half day Sightseeing(optional)
    • Spa and massage
    • Shopping arrangements

    Activities:

    • Breakfast
    • Yoga retreat(Optional)
  • placeDAY 13 : DEPARTURE
    Today we’ll have lunch together and leave to the Airport on time for your departure to your homeland.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport Drop
    • Fare well lunch
    • Souvenir
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle.
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast.
    • Accommodation during the trip.
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trip.
    • Authorized English-speaking guide.
    • transfer by private transportation insights.
    • All applicable government tax.
    • All expenses of the guide–meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation.
    • All necessary paperwork.
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Map of Chitwan National Park and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.
    • Sim card service.
    • Souvenir from Nepal.
    • Photos and videos of the trip.
    • Certificate of appreciation.
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee.
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of an early arrival and late departure.
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
    • Travel and rescue insurance.
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, etc.).
    • Tips for guide(s) and driver(s).


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trip outside the Kathmandu Valley, we use guesthouses/lodges/hotels for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible that comforts you.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. Can I do solo trip ?
    Nepal is a safe country for anyone who wants to explore on their own although professional guidance is highly recommended by our team for the safety.
  • 6. For what purpose is this trip Popular ?
    Bird watching is simply a beautiful passion and Nepal is one of the best places to follow that passion. With immense varieties of birds found in Nepal, it is only obvious that birds watching here is rewarding. If you are ardent bird lover and want to travel along with following your passion, this is a great trip for you.
  • 7. What about security during the trip ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trip to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in the cities and jungle areas. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect in the trip ?
    As our trip is around Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan, Lumbini which are the great destinations, you can easily find eastern as well as western foods around the area and also you can get Continental as well as American meals as per your own personal desire.
  • 9. Can I get safe drinking water in this region ?
    Yes, you can get safe drinking water in a nearby shop and at the hotel where you will be staying at. In case you think you are not comfortable with the water available here, you can also buy water purifying tablets in the market that you have to buy yourself as per your need.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Taudaha, Godawari, Pulchwoki Hill, Shivapuri, Lumbini and Chitwan on car/van/deluxe minibus with A/C depending on the size of the group. We also pick up and drop from the starting and ending point of trip on private car or jeep.
  • 11. What is the best season for Bird Watching in Nepal ?
    The Bird Watching can be done in every season to study about the varieties of birds found in Nepal but autumn and spring seasons are the best seasons for bird watching.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Yes, of course. Your safety is our first priority. In case of any emergency during the trip, you can contact your guide about the problem so that he/she can contact us ASAP and we can manage the rescue team and then you will be transferred directly to the hospital.
  • 13. What is appropriate dress for the trip ?
    Temperature in Nepal is differ as per the season so if you are travelling in summer season then bring a t-shirt and pant which will be comfortable for you and also bring waterproof jacket in case of sudden weather change. During winter season, bring warm clothes with you.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trip, consult the guide.
  • 15. Are we sure to get room while on trip ?
    We contact the hotel owner for the reservation of the hotel rooms as per your own desire before we arrive there inside the Kathmandu Valley. On other days, we will be staying at hotel/lodge/guesthouse as per your comfort and your own desire.
  • 16. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our guides are tour experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trip route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the whole trip.
  • 17. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    You can charge your electronics at the hotel where you will be staying at after paying certain amount directly. The best idea always is to bring your own power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 18. Is there any communication while we are on the trip ?
    During the Bird Watching Tour, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse/hotel owner after paying the price directly.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my bird watching trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the tour, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to your trip can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide’s schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trip without any complication.
  • 21. How many hours do I have to walk each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 3-5 hours a day. But it shouldn't be taken as certain thing. Because the number of hours of walk really depend on client’s speed. So it's really relative.
  • 22. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 23. Can we use the credit card during the trip ?
    Yes, you can use the credit card but only inside the Kathmandu Valley. You have to withdraw your money and change it into Nepali Rupees before starting your trip in case of emergency.
  • 24. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    As the trip is not so long and tiring, you don’t have to bring so many things with you which will make your bag pack heavy. You will have to carry your bag on your own. In case of need, you will be provided a porter to carry your belongings other than your personal stuffs and water bottle. The weight limit of porter is 15 KG.

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Mountain Flight

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Taking a mountain flight is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in Nepal. You can experience the beauty of those gigantic Himalayas within a minute through a mountain fight. Nepal is famous for the presence of an enormous number of mountain ranges and many visitors come to Nepal to conquer those vast mountains.

Cable car

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The cable car is one of the modes of transportation in Nepal which is unique. There are only two cable car stations in Nepal. From the cable car, you can take a glance at the amazing view of Annapurna range, Mt. Manaslu and many other snows capped mountains. Throughout the cable tour, you get to see all those beautiful hills, villages and Trishuli River.

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