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8 day
Availability : Jan 19’ - Dec 23’
Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Nepal
Max People : 200
Tour Details

Nepal is a home to 848 species of birds for around 8% of the world’s total due to which it is considered as a paradise for bird lovers and ornithologists. Among them almost 500 species are found around the Kathmandu valley. The most popular bird watching spots around Kathmandu are Godavari, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, Bagmati River and Taudaha specially , out of which we visit three places in our short itinerary.

Kathmandu, the capital city of mini-mountain country Nepal, is nestled in a large valley surrounded on all sides by wonderfully green hills covered with dense forests. These forests and hills provide a safe habitat for various species of birds.

We begin our tour from Kathmandu and heading towards Godavari, we hike up to Phulchoki where a good amount of amazing birds and great views of the surrounding hills await us.

At Phulchoki, we see birds like the Crimson-breasted Woodpecker and the Rusty-cheeked Scimitar babbler among others. We then head off to the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve.

After Kathmandu, we fly to Pokhara and explore around the lake shore and drive to Chitwan National Park which is home for about 500 species of residential and migratory birds.

During Jungle safari and canoe trip, we have a great opportunity to see many species of birds including water fowl, Brahminy ducks, pintails, bar-headed geese, cormorants, woodpeckers, hornbills, peacocks, peahens, floricans, red-headed trogons and many others.

Trip Fact

  • Price: USD 999
  • Activities: Birdwatching/Jungle Tour/Sightseeing
  • Duration: 8     Days
  • Holiday Style: easy
  • Accommodation: 7 Nights Hotel stay
  • Meals:All Meals in Chitwan; 7 Breakfasts; Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Transportation:Private Car/Van/Flight
  • Service Level:Comfort
  • Holiday Grading:1

Trip Highlights
Trip Highlights

  • Birds Watching
  • Cultural Tour
  • Historical Tour
  • Local People
  • Himalayan Range
  • Wildlife
  • Few Lake

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu 44600, Nepal (Google Map)

Departure Time

Every Day

Price Includes

  • All airport/hotel pick up and drop in private car/van
  • 4 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • 1 Night accommodation in Pokhara, includes Breakfast
  • An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide during Hike
  • 2 Days Hike with Lunch
  • 2 Nights 3 Days Full Board in Chitwan National Park, includes all meals, accommodation and Activities
  • Welcome and Farewell Meals and Breakfasts while in Kathmandu.
  • National Park Permit
  • Air fare from Kathmandu Pokhara and domestic flight departure taxes.
  • Driver, his salary, meals and accommodation
  •  Fuel, Road taxes and Service Charges
  •  Government Taxes and Service Charges.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • International airfare and departure tax.
  • Bar bills, laundry and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Travel insurance including evacuation.
  • 1 Lunch in Kathmandu
  • Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.
  • Entrance Fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 Drive to GODAVARI; Hike to PHULCHOWKI (2760m)

After breakfast in the hotel we drive to Godavari Botanical Garden where we watch Spotted Forktail and various flycatchers. From Godavari we drive further and hike to Phulchowki at 2760m which is the highest of the mountains encircling the Kathmandu valley and provides an ideal introduction to the birds of Nepal. Regularly recorded resident species include Besra, Black Eagle, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Kalij Pheasant, Common Hill Partridge, Ashy Woodpigeon, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Mountain Scops Owl, Collared Owlet, Golden-throated Barbet to name a few and many species of migratory birds too have been known to visit the area. Phulchowki’s forests are also very rich in flora and butterflies. Mammals include Leopard, Yellow-throated Marten and Orange-bellied Squirrel. We return to Kathmandu for the night stay. Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Drive to NAGARJUN (2105m/6907ft)

In the morning we drive to Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve situated about 12 kms north of Kathmandu. Some of the birds in the area are the Laughing Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle, Pied Fly Catchers, Rupy-throats, and Babblers. At Nagarjun at 2105m pheasants, magpies, sun birds, and ruby throats are found. We  return back to Kathmandu in the evening. Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Fly to POKHARA (884m/2900ft)

After morning breakfast in the hotel, we head for a 25 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara. After refreshment in the hotel, we explore the forest along the southern shore of the lake. Apart from the many birds found here we will be rewarded with some of the best views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre mountains. Species regularly seen in this forest and along the shore of the lake include Besra, Red-thighed Falconet, Pallid and Pied Harriers, Eurasian Griffon, Red-headed and Eurasian Black Vultures, Kalij Pheasant to name a few. Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Drive to CHITWAN

From Pokhara we drive to Chitwan for about 4 hours. After we check in to the hotel , we have time for a late afternoon nature walk or elephant safari . The Royal Chitwan National Park covers 932 sq. km. and supports some 450 species of birds. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Activities in CHITWAN

The most famous activities in Chitwan for Bird lovers can be:

JUNGLE SAFARI (JEEP/ELEPHANT)

For jungle safari, four wheel jeep is easy to go deep into the park, viewing some of the rare species of flora and fauna. Elephant safari is popular in Sauraha jungle. Elephants are accessible in almost all resort and lodge in Sauraha.

CANOEING/BOATING

Another popular activity in the park is the boat/canoe trip down the Rapti and the Narayani Rivers. This is one of the most serene ways to explore the area as float downstream with the river’s flow.

JUNGLE WALK

For more adventure and intimacy with nature, we can walk through open grasslands and dense forests will be accompanied by a well-trained nature guide. This is very enjoyable program that allows us to have a close watch and learn about the flora and fauna of the park and explore the varied species of birds. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Drive back KATHMANDU

From Chitwan we drive along Trisuli River back to Kathmandu. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 8 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS

If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc.  Meals: Breakfast

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