Birds Watching In Nepal Nepal is rich in geographical diversities, creating varieties of flora and fauna. The varying altitude and landscape of Nepal offers habitat for 870 different species of birds. Nepal constitutes more than 10% of the World’s total bird species. Just to list a few: eight species of stork, six species of pheasant, eighteen species of cuckoo, three species of crow, cormorant, egret, black ibis, eagle, falcon, duck, chukar, partridge, Sarus (Crane), lapwing pigeon, bengal green pigeon, dove, parakeet, Cuckoo, owl, vulture, peafowl, red jungle fowl, swallow, black drong, blue jay, wood pecker, black-headed shrike, common myna, red-vented bulbul, paradise flycatcher, brahminy duck, house sparrow, red mania, and hawk. It also offers rare sightings of Spiny Babbler, which is found only in Nepal The opportunity to observe, study and explore the magnanimous amount of birds can make one’s trip a fulfilling one.
The trip also offers panoramic mountain views, sightings of endangered species of wild animals and observing the local tribes.
Nepal Major Bird Watching Places
The Kathmandu Valley : Kathmandu has four major bird watching areas, and one can start on the banks of the Bagmati and Manohara rivers. Birds sighted along there rivers are the Egrets, herons, Kingfishers, Ibis bill, 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.
Phulchowki: Phulchowki is another ideal site, with a Redheaded Trogan, a very rate bird sighted there in April 2002 (it was last seen n Nepal 44 years ago). Phulchowki is 2760 meters and 18kms southeast of Kathmandu and is reached via Godawari and the Botanical Gardens. Walking can start from behind the gardens, with a combination of trails and roads. The hillside is covered with forest featuring outstanding flora as well as diverse birds. 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 and the Black-throated Parrot bill, to name a few. Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve.
Nagarjun: Two other areas of the valley are the Shivapuri Watershed Reserve, 12kms north of the city, and Nagarjun in the North West . Shivapuri can be reached two ways either from Sundarijal or from Budhanilkantha. The reserve is managed by Nepalese Army and it costs Rs 250 for foreigners to enter. (Rs1000/- is charged for a movie or video camera). Some of the birds in the area are the Laughing Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle, little Pied Fly Catchers, Rupy-throats, and Babblers. At Nagarjun at 2105 meters pheasants, magpies, sunbirds, and ruby throats are found.
Koshi Barage and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve:
Koshi Barage and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve: are in the eastern Terai to the Far East of Nepal. The Koshi is great for waterfowl and waders, with about 26 varieties of ducks alone. Here the method of viewing is by boat, gliding through the waters in the stillness of the early morning and evenings. Over 450 species have been sighted hare, including Black Ibis, Honey Kites, Ospreys, Black Headed Orioles, Peregrine Falcon, Partridges, and Storks.
Chitwan National Park :Chitwan is in the lowlands of Nepal , known as the Terai. The Royal Chitwan National park is the best-known site in Nepal for bird watching. Bird watching need to be done from the safely of a chair, the back of an elephant or in a jeep (by far the last choice). And if you wish to walk, accompanied by a guide or a naturalist, or preferably an ornithologist. The area consists of Sal Forest , Riverine forest, and grasslands, with three rivers forming the boundaries of the park. Some 500 species have been recorded in Chitwan and some of them are Blue Indian Roller, Stork-billed Kingfishers, Bengal Florican, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Bee-eaters, and Cormorants.
Arrival in Kathmandu.
Meet the guide at the airport and transfer to hotel. Nepal Bird watching trip briefing with officially arrangements. Overnight in Kathmandu
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
After breakfast, our tour guide will take to for historical monuments sightseeing in kathmandu valley such as Boudhhanath: visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa than visitPashupatinath: the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. Kathmandu durbar square: you will enjoy with different Hindus Temple , Goddes Kumari, legend of Kathmandu valley. overnight at kathmandu in Hotel
Kathmandu-Patan-Bird Watching in Godavari Botanical Garden
Drive to Patan where you will visit the Durbar Square, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple. From here you will continue to Godavari. Check in hotel and after refreshment, bird watching trip in Godavari Botanical Garden.
After breakfast, leave with lunch pack and hike up the Phulchoki Hill. Full day birding. In the evening return to Kathmandu.
Birding in Nagarjuna Forest and Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. Return to hotel in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu-Chitwan ( 160km, 4 hrs).
Drive to Chitwan National Park and check in the resort. In the afternoon, short Tharu Village Visit.
Birding at Chitwan
Full day birding trip in different vegetations of the park, from wetlands to grasslands to salforest. Overnight bungalow
Chitwan National park drive to Koshi tappu wildlife reserve
Chitwan-Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
A full day birding trip in the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. Overnight bungalow.
Flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival transfer to airport.
After breakfast, our tour guide will take to you sightseeing such as Monkey temple (swyambhunath): you will enjoy with Budhhist stupa from where you will see whole kathmandu valley view including the Himalayan view. Patan Dubare square: Patan city is the temple city of Nepal where you will see the many temple, Mahabudhha , Golden temple etc , Khokana for old Newari culture and Daksinkali hindu goddess temple,Bhaktapur Durbar Square: you will enjoy with different spectacular Himalayan scenery , old architecture, 55 windows, Pottry farm, king curd and old style primitive houses. etc , and drive back to Kathmandu transfer to hotel, Overnight at Kathmandu
After breakfast, relaxing or shopping with own activities then three hours before departure to international airport or if you have time to stay in Nepal leisure period , excursion or trip will arrange accordingly such as any package tour , Rafting etc.