Nepal Bird & Wildlife Tour (14 Days; # 115)
Home to the Mt Everest, Nepal boasts of stunning natural beauty with an enviable wildlife and cultural experiences making it a very attractive destination for tourists with varied interests. It contains the highest mountains in the world, thundering rivers, magical forests and dense lowland jungles.
The Kathmandu Valley once the bed of a large and ancient lake is now a colourful mosaic of rice paddies and quaint farm houses surrounded by high-forested hills.
Starting the tour at Kathmandu, we visit the old area with its stone-paved lanes, ancient temples and the colourful bazaars with curio shops and shops selling shawls, carpet, trekking equipment. Tourist attractions include Swayambhunath Stupa which is a 2500 years old Buddhist Stupa. The old Durbar Square consisting of the old palace and innumerable temples of different architecture styles is also an area worth visiting.
Authentic Nepali dinner with cultural show at one the many restaurants in the city. Even the stay at Hotel Dwarikas is an authentic experience of Nepal’s ancient cultural heritage as it blends the rich tradition of Nepali hospitality and some of the country’s most exquisite architectural traditions.
We will visit Koshi Tappu, Chitwan & Bardia National Parks. Drives are through mountain roads, tiny villages, hamlets and naturally scenic vistas make the drive very interesting. Driving along the Trisuli and Narayani Rivers, we may catch roadside views of Brown Dipper and Himalayan Pied Kingfisher.
A larger number of bird species (over 480) has been recorded here than in any other part of Nepal due to Chitwan’s diverse habitats and tropical lowland situation. The parks hold a wealth of mammals, including the endangered Indian Rhinoceros, Wild Boar, Sambar, Muntjac, Spotted and Hog Deer, and Rhesus and Common Langur Monkeys. Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur (the Asiatic Bison), Ganges River Dolphin, Asian Elephant & Wild Buffalo, as well as the Marsh Mugger and fish-eating Gharial Crocodiles. We will explore the park on foot, on elephant back, in canoes and by jeep. We also spend time indulging in various other activities including village walks, cultural programs and the most popular visit to elephant breeding centre. We arrange for you visit Tharu villages and have a glimpse of Tharu culture too.
Some key bird species are species of waders, storks, ibises, egrets, terns and gulls occur here. The 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. The other birds are Bengal florican, the Lesser Adjutant, Grey-crowned Prinia, Swamp Francolin, Grass warblers, Slender-billed Babbler, Oriental Darter, Egrets, Bitterns, Storks and Kingfishers. Phulchowki will showcase many species of the Himalayas and mixed hunting flocks.