Nepal and Bhutan Bird Watching Tour (21 Days; # 114)

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is located in the Sapta-Kosi River plain in the south-eastern corner of Nepal, next to India. The vast expanse of water comprises of marshes, lagoons, sandbanks, mudflats. It offers the wetland habitat and the finest birdwatching sites. Nepal’s long list of waders, storks, ibises, egrets, terns and gulls occur here. The local specialities are Bengal Florican, Indian Courser, Swamp Francolin, Red-necked Falcon, Striated Grassbird and Rufous-vented Prinia, Grey Hornbill, Woodpeckers, Minivets, Drongos, Flycatchers, Jerdon’s Baza, Blue-eared Barbet, Black-naped Oriole and Siberian Blue Robin. Mammals are Wild Buffalo, Asian Elephant, Leopard, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Smooth-coated Otter, Golden Jackal, Spotted Deer, Hog Deer, Nilgai, Indian Flying Fox, Black Giant Squirrel, Common Palm and Indian Palm Civet, Bengal Fox, and the endangered Ganges River Dolphin.

The major highlight of Nepal is the Chitwan National Park. It is the first National Park of Nepal. The park harbors many mammal species such as golden jackals, fishing cats, jungle cats, leopard cats, large and small Indian civets, Asian palm civets, crab-eating mongooses and yellow-throated martens. There is great diversity in the avifauna as well. The birds commonly found in the park are Bengal florican, the vulnerable lesser adjutant, Grey-crowned Prinia, swamp francolin, grass warblers, slender-billed babblers, Oriental Darter, egrets, bitterns, storks, and kingfishers.

 

Situated at the Eastern end of the Himalayas, and located between India and Tibet, The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country of just half a million people with an area of 47,000 square kilometers. Bhutan forms a giant staircase geographically, starting in the south, from a narrow strip of land in the plains of India at an altitude of 100 m, the elevation rises to high Himalayan peaks over 7000 m in the North on the borders with Tibet.

Some of the rare species that can be seen are Rufous-necked Hornbill, beautiful Nuthatch, White-bellied Heron, Palla’s Fishing Eagle, Satyr Tragopan, Black-necked Crane, Wood Snipe, Ward’s Trogon, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Yellow-rumped Honey Guide, Purple Cochoa, Rufous-throated Wren Babbler, Red-headed Parrotbill, Grey Crowned Prinia, and Dark- rumped swift.
You will also encounter the fabulous Ibisbill, Fire-tailed Myzornis and a plethora of other gorgeous and little known Himalayan species.

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Itinerary Overview

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu to Phulchowki to Kathmandu drop
Day 03: Kathmandu to Biratnagar to Koshi Tappu
Day 04: Koshi Tappu
Day 05: Koshi Tappu to Chitwan National Park
Day 06: Chitwan National Park
Day 07: Chitwan to Kathmandu
Day 08: Kathmandu-Paro
Day 09: Paro to Chelela and continue to Thimphu
Day 10: Thimphu to Phobjikha
Day 11: Phobjikha to Trongsa
Day 12: Trongsa to Tingtibi
Day 13: Tingtibi to Shemgang Old Road excursion
Day 14: Tingtibi to Gomphu and back
Day 15: In and around Tingtibi
Day 16: Tingtibi to Trongsa via Wangduegang
Day 17: Trongsa to Punakha
Day 18: Tashithang (JDN Park) excursion
Day 19: Punakha to Paro
Day 20: Paro to Kathmandu
Day 21: Kathmandu to Departure

Highlights

Nature and Wildlife
Birds and Mammals
Wildlife Safari
Elephant Safari
Rhino, Tiger and Leopard Sighting
Village Visit
Photography
Local Cusine
Quaint Accommodation

Accommodation

Inclusions

Services Included
-Accommodation for 04 Nights in Kathmandu
-Accommodation for 02 Nights in Koshi Tappu
-Accommodation for 02 Nights in Chitwan National Park
-Accommodation for 02 Nights in Paro
-Accommodation for 01 Night in Thimphu
-Accommodation for 01 Night in Phobjikha
-Accommodation for 02 Nights in Trongsa
-Accommodation for 04 Night in Tingtibi
-Accommodation for 02 Nights in Punakha
-Meals as per the itinerary
-Local guides
-Dedicated transportation
-All applicable taxes

Services Not Included
-Optional tours/excursions, personal & incidental expenses, tips, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, camera fee etc
-Airfare, visa, insurance
-Anything which is not mentioned in "Service included"