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Nepal Bird Watching program offered by Fishtail Group
 

Nepal is blessed with an array of exceptionally rich bird life with total of over 850 species recorded. A diverse topography and climate has resulted in a variety of habits with in the country, which are home to our 8% of the world’s total bird population. Nepal is a paradise for the bird watchers. From the lowland jungle of the Terai and the Koshi Tappu barrage through dense Rhododendron and Oak forest of the middle hills to the windswept Plateaus of the high Himalayan there is always something to keep one twitching. We have listed some of the places around Kathmandu which is really best for Bird watching. 

Highlighted destinations for Bird Watching in Nepal are:

Phulchowki: Situated 20km south-east of Kathmandu, it has 265 species of birds. This includes babblers, warbles, tits, thrashes, Minivets and woodpeckers.

BIRDS OF CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK:- 155 KMS / 6 hours drive from Kathmandu

The Royal Chitwan National Park covers 932 sq. km. and supports some 450 species of birds. Flocks of Common and Demoiselle Cranes occur on passage between March and May and October/November. Along the marshes and small lakes there are Cormorants, Darter, Cinnamon Bittern, Black-crowned Night and Purple Herons, Asian Open bill, Woolly-necked and Lesser Adjutant Storks, Lesser Whistling Duck, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Balloons Ruddy-breasted and Brown Crakes, Purple Gallinule, Bronze-winged Jacana, Painted Snipe and Stork-billed Kingfisher, Chestnut-crowned and Spotted Bush Warblers, Yellow bellied Prinia, Clamorous Reed, dusky and Smoky Warblers, and Red-capped Babbler. Forest species regular seen are Lesser Fishing and Grey headed Eagle, Brown Fish Owl, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Kalij Pheasant, Emerald Dove, Orange-breasted Green and Pompadour Green Pigeon, Moustached Parakeet, Green-billed Malkoha, Brown Hawk Owl, Crested Tree swift, Pied and Great Hornbills, Streak-throated Green, Rufous, Himalayan Golden-backed and Greater Golden- backed Woodpeckers, Large Wood shrike Rosy Minivets, Black- crested Bulbul, Golden fronted Leaf bird, Pale-chinned Flycatcher, Black-napped Monarch, Puff-throated Babbler, White-browed Scimitar-Babbler, Grey-throated Babbler, Crimson Sunbird, Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Hill Mynah, Black-hooded Oriole, White-rumped Shama, Lesser Neck laced, Greater Neck laced and Rufous-necked Laughing-thrushes, Nepal Fulvetta, Streaked Spider hunter, yellow-bellied Warbler, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Forest Eagle, Tawny Fish Owls, Red-headed Trogon, White-browed Piculet, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Long-tailed Broadbill, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird and Little Spider hunter.

BIRDS OF FEWA LAKE AND NEARBY FOREST:

The forest along the southern shore of the lake. Apart from the many birds found here, you will also be rewarded with some of the best views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhare, Pokhara has to offer. Species regularly seen in this forest and along the shore of the lake include Besra, Red-thighed Falconet, Pallid and Pied Harriers, Eurasian Griffon, Red-headed and Eurasian Black Vultures, Kalij Pheasant, Ducks, Gulls, Terns, Waders, Bulbul, Black-backed Fork tail, Puff-throated Babbler, White-crested, Lesser Neck laced and Rufous-chinned Laughing Thrushes, Red-billed Leiothrix, Minivets, Crimson Sunbird, Maroon Oriole, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Red-billed and Green Magpies, Long-tailed Mountain Thrush, Chestnut-headed and Grey-bellied Tesias, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Small and Rufous-bellied Niltavas and Snowy-brown Flycatcher, Long-tailed Broadbill, Pale Blue Flycatcher, White-tailed Robin, Spiny Babbler, White-browed Scimitar-Babbler, Striated Munia, Lesser Whitethroat and Thick-billed Warbler.

Suggested Program:

DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU - Dinner only
Arrival at Tribhuwan International airport. Meet & welcome by our representative & transfer to hotel. Welcome drink followed by tour briefing. Evening visit Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. Rest of the day is free for personal activities.  Welcome Typical Nepalese Cultural Dinner .Overnight in Kathmandu.

DAY 02: FULL DAY PHULCHOWKI - B/L/D
After breakfast Jeep drive to Phulchowki. Full day excursion at Phulchowki hill. Packed lunch is served in between. Back to Kathmandu. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY 03: DRIVE KATHMANDU – CHITWAN  - B/L/D
Breakfast & drive to Chitwan National Park. (150 KM /6 hours). On arrival check into the Resort / jungle lodge followed by welcome drink and briefing about the jungle activities. Lunch and proceed for jungle activities covering Elephant Back Safari and Canoe ride. Evening Tharu Cultural dance followed by dinner. Overnight will be at jungle lodge /resort.

DAY 04: FULL DAY EXCURSION   - B/L/D
After breakfast full day excursion with local naturalist for bird watching by Jeep. Packed lunch is served in between.  Back to hotel and overnight.

DAY 05: FULL DAY EXCURSION   - B/L/D
After breakfast full day excursion with local naturalist for bird watching by Jeep. Packed lunch is served in between.  Back to hotel and overnight.

DAY 06: DRIVE CHITWAN – POKHARA
Drive to Pokhara (150 / 5 hours) observing the scenic views on the national highway along the Trishuli River Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Lunch and Evening walk around the tourist area of lake side and enjoy the view of western Himalayan ranges with Mt Fishtail.  Birding tour in Fewa Lake by boat. (4 Person in one boat/ 2 hours)  Return to hotel dinner and overnight.

DAY 07: POKHARA TOUR   - B/L/D
Today sunrise tour to Sarangkot. Breakfast at lodge at Sarangkot. Free time for birding tour in Sarangkot hill. Back to hotel. Lunch and free time of your own to explore around. Optional – we can arrange drive trip to Begnas Lake. 30 minutes drive from Pokhara. Here, we can have birding tour by boat with extra cost of INR 800 per person.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY 08: DRIVE POKHARA – KATHMANDU B/L/D       
After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. Free time for shopping and around. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY 09: DEPARTURE     Breakfast only
After breakfast free time till departure transfer.

Deluxe

Tour cost as per the group size in Twin/Triple sharing basis (USD)

Single room supplement

2-4 Pax

5-10 Pax

11-15 Pax

16-25 +1  Pax

1150.00

1100.00

1080.00

1010.00

490.00


Tour Price Includes:
[01]        Traditional welcome on arrival                                                                                                                                                                                                      
[02]        All local arrival & departure transfers.
[03]        03 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on MAP plan.
[04]        02 nights accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis on MAP Plan.
[05]        03 nights accommodation in Chitwan on twin sharing basis on full board with safari  activities as  
               per the itinerary.
[06]        01 half-day sightseeing in Kathmandu as per the itinerary
[07]        Transfers & local sightseeing tours by A/c private vehicle as per the itinerary.
[09]        Phulchowki / Sarangkot and Fewa lake as per the itinerary
[10]        One English speaking guide throughout (Bird Watching specialist)
[11]        Entrance fees wherever applicable as per the itinerary.   
[12]        All meals as per the itinerary.
[13]        All applicable hotel taxes.

Tour Price Excludes:
[01]        All personal nature of expenses, tips , donations, bar bills etc  except itinerary.

Rates are valid till May 2015.

 
 
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