Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu

Trip Overview Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu

Koshi Tappu wild life reserve 400 species of birds which includes two species ofbird never before seem in Nepal- the spotted wren babbler and the olive ground warbler. Royal Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve offers over 200 species of birds. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve offers 280 species of birds which include 20 species of ducks, 2 species of ibises, many storks, egrets, herons and the endangered swamp patriadge and Bengal florican . 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport, welcome by our representative and transfer to the Hotel. At the hotel briefing about the program by our representative. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing
Sightseeing trip to Kathmandu city, Swoyambhunath, Patan city. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 03: Kathmandu sightseeing
Sightseeing trip to Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Bhaktapur. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 04: Drive to Phulchowki
Phulchowki is situated about 15km Southeast of KTM, this mountain is 2759m high. It is a good spot for hiking. Rhododendron of different varieties and colors from pure white to dark red are found here. This is also the most popular bird watching spot in the valley. 265 species of birds are recorded here till date. The birds seen here include flycatchers, yuhinas, sunbirds, flowerpeckers, rosefinches, babbkers, warblers, tits, thrushes, minivets, woodpeckers, eagles and many migrant birds. Godavari, at the foot of Phulchowki hill where Royal Botanical Garden is situated, records over 100 species of birds including lesser Rackettailed drongo, Tibetan siskin and the spotted forktail.

Day 05: Flight to Biratnagar, Drive to Koshi Tappu 
Koshi Tappu is easily accessible from Biratnagar after half and an hour drive. Biratnagar is well connected by road (519 km) and several flights with Kathmandu.
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve lies on the flood plains of the Sapta Koshi in Saptari and Sunsari districts of Eastern Nepal. The Reserve covers 175sq.km and established in 1976. The vegetation is mainly tall Khar-pater grassland with a few patches of Khairsissoo, scrub forest and deciduous mixed riverine forest. The Reserve offers important habitat for a variety of wildlife. The last surviving population (about 100 individuals) of Wild Buffalo are found here. Other mammals occurring here are hog deer, wild boar, spotted deer and blue bull. A total of 423 species of birds are recorded here, including 20 of ducks, two of ibises, many storks, egrets, herons and the endangered swamp partridges and Bengal Floricans. 183 species of different birds are recorded a day here. Visitors can see minimum 100 types of birds in a day.

Day 06: Koshi Tappu 
Full day Bird Exploring activities on foot and in boats. Koshi Tappu is one of the Asia’s finest wetlands and fabulous bird watching area. Almost all of Nepal’s long list of wildfowl, waders, storks, ibises, herons, egrets, tems and gulls occur here plus a great variety of land-birds that include such specialities as Swamp Francolin, Red-necked Falcon and Straited Marsh Wabler.

Day 07: Drive Koshi Tappu-Biratnagar and fly to Kathmandu.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 08Transfer to the airport for international departure.