Koshi Tappu Bird Watching Tour
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve lies on the flood plains of the Sapta-Koshi in Saptari and Sunsari Districts of Eastern Nepal. The area of this reserve is175 sq. km. Area of this National Park is 932 sq. km. This Wildlife Reserve is Established at1976.
The vegetation is mainly tall khar-pater grassland with a few patched of khair-sissoo scrub forest and deciduous mixed riverain forest. The reserve offers an important habitat for a variety of wildlife. The last surviving populations (about 100 individuals) of wild Buffalo or Arna are found here. Other mammals are the hog deer, wild boar, spotted deer, and blue bull. A total of 280 different species of birds have been recorded in the reserve. These include 2 species of ducks, 2 species of ibises, many storks, egrets, herons and the endangered swamp partridges and Bengal floricans. The Koshi barrage is extremely important as a resting place for migratory birds. Many species recorded here are not seen elsewhere in Nepal. The endangered gharial crocodile and Gangetic dolphin have been recorded in the Koshi River.
In Kathmandu, you will be received at the airport and transferred to your hotel. After a briefing by your tour leader and an overview about the whole program he could welcome you to a meal in one of the better restaurants in the city. (D)
Today we will head for the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve which lies to the eastern part of Nepal. The drive will take us about 6 hours on the east west highway. The Koshi Tappu Reserve is home to the last surviving population of wild buffalo or Arna. There are also many other mammals and birds who find a refuge in this vast reserve. This Reserve was founded in 1976 initially to protect grasslands near the Sapta Kosi River. The reserve is home to various birds and animals. The endangered Gharial crocodile and Gangetic Dolphin have been flourishing in the Koshi River. Rare birds like the Bengal florican and Sarus Crane and more than 400 species of birds have been recorded here including migratory species from Siberia and Tibet.
Our birdwatching tours here will give us great views of birds including Black Ibis, Honey Kites, Ospreys, Black Headed Orioles, Peregrine Falcon, Partridges, and Storks. Halt overnight at a lodge. (BLD)
In the morning, we will do some more birdwatching and then move towards our onward destination.
- Airport pick up service/ Airport drop off service/Hotel pick up service/ hotel drop off service by a private vehicle.
- Standard twin sharing accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Lumbini (breakfast included)
- Two nights/three days accommodation in Chitwan with full board meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as all jungle activities in the national park.
- Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.
- Nepal Himalayan trip’s bag and cap as gifts to you
- License holder English speaking tour guide.
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for guide and driver.
- Tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Private Transportation from Pokhara to Lumbini
- Private Transportataion from Lumbini to Chitwan
- Tourist bus from Chitwan to Kathmandu
- Sightseeing in a private vehicle in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- All government taxes, VAT, Tourist Service charges and official expenses.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)
- Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Secure Insurance Page)
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Nepal Entry Visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or
equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and USD 100
- respectively. Please bring 1 passport size photo).
- Tips for tour guide and driver(Tipping is expected).
- Any other expense, which is not mentioned in ‘Price Includes’ section.