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Himalayan Bird Watching - 13 Days

Himalayan Bird Watching

Nepal · Private Tour · 13 Days
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Nepal has a great geographical variation from Himalayas to plain Terai, resulting in very different climatic condition. It is the home for large variety of birds and mammals and some rarest species on earth. We begin our journey with Heritage sites tour in Kathmandu and then onwards to Birds watching tour in Godavari, Shivapuri National Park, Nagarjunga, Pokhara, Dhampus and Chitwan. These are home to some of the world’s most fascinating species of birds.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Kathmandu
Day 2 - Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 3 - Godavari Botanical Gardens and Phulchowki
Day 4 - Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park
Day 5 - Kathmandu → Pokhara
Day 6 - Bird watching around Phewa Lake
Day 7 - Bird Watching at Begnas Lake
Day 8 - Bird Watching Trek at Dhampus
Day 9 - Dhampus to Naudada Trek
Day 10 - Pokhara → Chitwan
Day 11 - Chitwan
Day 12 - Chitwan → Kathmandu
Day 13 - Kathmandu

What is included

  • Return airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Transports by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Chitwan-Kathmandu in private car
  • 11 nights accommodation at 4* hotels with breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation at 3* hotel with breakfast at Dhampus
  • Meals as mentioned in this itinerary
  • In Chitwan: Jungle Walk, Bird watching, Tharu cultural dance, sun set view, two full day Bird watching tour in the park, canoe ride
  • One full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Two full day Bird Watching tour around Kathmandu Valley
  • Two full day Bird Watching tour in around Phewa Lake and Begnas Lake
  • All the applicable services charges, government taxes and national park permit

What is NOT included

  • International airfare
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary
  • All entrance fees during sightseeing in Pokhara(approx. USD 25 per person)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys
  • Laundry and any other personal expenses
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day
1
Kathmandu

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu and meet, assist and transfer to the hotel with our representative.

Welcome drinks on arrival and briefing of tour program by one of our representative from the company.

Overnight at the resort.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
2
Kathmandu Sightseeing

After breakfast, start full day sightseeing in UNESCO heritage sites.

Sightseeing at Bouddhanath Stupa, which is worlds biggest stupa and one of the very important religious sites where all devout Buddhists come for a pilgrimage.

Pashupatinath Temple is a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Pashupatinath is located on the banks of the Bagmati River.

Patan Durbar Square, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is a distinct place for arts and architecture which offers myriad opportunities for visitor willing to study and research artistic and architectural masterpieces, history and culture of Patan.

Rest of the time is on your own. Overnight at the resort.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
3
Godavari Botanical Gardens and Phulchowki

After breakfast, move to the Godavari Botanical Garden to beginning with bird watching.

After some amount of seeing the busy streets of Kathmandu, we can move to Godavari in the afternoon. In the afternoon we will visit the botanical gardens of Godavari where we will look particularly for Spotted Forktail and various flycatchers.

We will then hike up to the hill of Phulchoki. Birding in the Phulchoki Hill is enjoyable as about 90 species have been recorded in this area. If the weather permits us, we can reach the top and can have the opportunity to see great vistas, from Dhaulagiri Himal to the Everest area.

We will descend later birding all along the way. Most of the slopes are covered by Himalayan sub-tropical forest, and we will look for a number of the local species including Rufous-bellied and Crimson-breasted Woodpeckers, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler, Rufous Sibia, Rufous-winged, Nepal and White-browed Fulvettas, Green-tailed Sunbird, Cutia, Blue-winged Minla, Stripe-throated and Whiskered Yuhinas, Red-flanked Bluetail, White-browed Bush-robin, Dark-throated Thrush, Grey-winged and White-collared Blackbirds, Buff-barred and Black-faced Warblers and a great many others. We will return back to our hotel in Kathmandu in the evening.

Overnight at the resort.

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Kathmandu → Phulchowki28 km 1h 35min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
4
Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park

After breakfast, we set off to the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve situated about 12 kms north of Kathmandu.

Some of the birds in the area are the Laughing Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle, little Pied Fly Catchers, Rupy-throats, and Babblers. At Nagarjuna at 2105 meters pheasants, magpies, sunbirds, and ruby throats are found. We will return back to Kathmandu in the evening.

Overnight at a resort.

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Kathmandu → Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park10 km 35min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
5
Kathmandu → Pokhara

After breakfast, drive to Pokhara.

It is 5 hours drive from Kathmandu. Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty, situated at an altitude of 900m from the sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley.

The enchanting town has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic where you have a newly experience about the Pokhara valley could be bird watching with experience of boating on the Phewa lake.

Check in at hotel. Evening enjoy walking along the bank of Phewa Lake, admiring the stunning reflection of the Fish Tail Peak in the blue Phewa Lake waters.

Overnight at the resort.

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Kathmandu → Pokhara203 km 5h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
6
Bird watching around Phewa Lake

After breakfast, visit Phewa Lake.

In Pokhara, the two well known lakes Phewa Tal and Begnas Tal and the surrounding areas are highly recommended for birds watching. Of particular interest are the areas with minimum disturbances, away from human inhabitation the forests around the south shore of Phewa lake.

The summit of Annapurna's and Machhapuchhare create an ambience of peace and magic and the surrounding of the valley rewards an extraordinary habitant for varieties of birds. Look out in the fields and pools especially in the winter for Egrets, Herons, Pipits, Buntings etc. other birds are occurring are Gulls, Terns, Ducks, Falcons etc.

Overnight at the resort.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
7
Bird Watching at Begnas Lake

After breakfast, drive to the Begnas Lake, 15km away from Pokhara, is another worthy place to visit for bird watching in Pokhara.

Terraced hills and light forests surround the lake. One should spend time on the slopes and wet fields. Birds sighted here are Ducks, pheasant-tailed Jacana, Hoppie Grey bellied Tesias, common pintail snipe, bulbuls etc.

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 etc.

Overnight at the resort.

Q
Pokhara → Begnas Lake16 km 40min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
8
Bird Watching Trek at Dhampus

After breakfast, drive to Phedi for 45 minutes and walking through sparse villages, farm terraces and short stretch of woods we reach to the Dhampus hill after few hours of walk.

A close face to face view of a long range of Annapurna and other mountains greets us on reaching Dhampus. We enjoy the amazing sunsets on the Himalayas in the evening and sunrise (next morning), scenery that you will treasure for long.

Dhampus is a small, ethnic Gurung village. A hike to Dhampus will give an opportunity to watch the daily lives of villagers from milching the buffalows to their daily works on the farms.

Overnight at the hotel.


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Pokhara → Phedi 45min
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Phedi → Dhampus
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
9
Dhampus to Naudada Trek

Early morning enjoy the sunrise view over the Annapurna ranges, Machapuchhre, Dhaulagiri.

After breakfast, we trek towards Pothana through the jungle. On the way we will find many birds around us. Finally we reach to Naudada. Take a 45 minutes drive to Pokhara from Naudada.

Check in hotel. You will offer for the rest and refreshment in the hotel. Evening you will have free time on your own.

Overnight at the resort.

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Dhampus → Naudada
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Naudada → Pokhara 45min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
10
Pokhara → Chitwan

After breakfast, drive to Chitwan.

You will see very nice sceneries, rivers, farm land, paddy field, typical houses and life style of the people on the way to Chitwan while you drive. All the way you will descend down along the winding road on the banks of the Trishuli River.

After checking in the hotel and getting refreshed we will go for the bird watching at the Park. A boat ride across the Rapti River will be a wonderful experience. Evening walk on the banks of the Rapti River to watch the charming sunset views in the sub-tropical jungle.

In the evening, dinner with cultural program by ethnic tribal people with their stick dance and tribal drums.

Overnight at the resort.

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Pokhara → Chitwan150 km 4h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
11
Chitwan

After tea or coffee, natures walk on foot to encounter with environment and the morning birds.

Have full day birding trip in different vegetations of the park, from wetlands to grasslands to Sal forest. We can have a jungle safari or Jeep safari to view some varieties of birds in the deep forest.

We can found more than 500 species including Blue Indian Roller, Stork-billed Kingfishers, Bengal Florican, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Bee-eaters, and Cormorants.

Overnight at the resort.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
12
Chitwan → Kathmandu

After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu.

After return, you can have a relax walk over the streets and view the normal living of Nepalese. Also you can buy some memories and gifts for back to your home.

Full day leisure can be accompanied by some entertainment and sound time in hotel. At evening you can prepare to pack our baggage with mentality to leave Nepal.

Overnight at the resort.

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Chitwan → Kathmandu165 km 3h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
13
Kathmandu

After breakfast, you are free for leisure.

Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative will transfer you to the airport for final departure to your home country.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Kathmandu
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Gokarna Forest Resort

Dhampus
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Dhaulagiri View Hotel

Pokhara
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Temple Tree Resort

Chitwan
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Tigerland Safari Resort

Price for comfort experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing Basis
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018$1879

Photos

Egret
Bodhnath Stupa, Kathmandu
Crimson Breasted Gonolek
Phewa Lake
Phewa Lake
Herons
Chitwan
Pipits
Begnas Lake
Jungle Babbler
Crested Serpent
Bulbul
Pintail Snipe
Frok Tail Bird
Fly Catcher
Woodpecker

Map

What travelers say

  • Sigfrido C. from Spain
    Apr 2015

    Nepal, a new experience, a new world. From the moment of the reservation, Santoshi was polite, understanding, caring and professional at all moments. My advice is to tell her what kind of journey would you like, and just let her organize it all for you, you will not be disappointed. For us, we wanted a cultural-adventure honeymoon trip and she organized for us a trip around Katmandu with private driver and guide, Everest Mountain Flight (Don´t miss this one!) Safari in Chitwan National Park, and a overnight stay in a hotel Close to the Himalayas. The price is cheap for what you receive, friendliness of the guides, drives (I wish the driver spoked better English), Fast transfers in a crowded city, they invited us to cultural programs (traditional music dances) an a bunch of dinner (Delicious Nepali food, pd; ASK FOR MOMO). I really recommend to come to Nepal, get to know the culture and let Santoshi guide you trough your journey.

  • Sacha D. from Netherland
    Dec 2014

    I just want to thank you and your team for the great arrangements you have done for us. Honestly, we were very glad and happy with your accuracy and sincerity in the arrangements. We already informed all friends and family and your great arrangements and all were enthusiastic to come and visit Nepal. Keep the good job, and wish you Nepal a great future and all the best.

  • Helena S. from France
    Oct 2014

    We were very pleased with the tour guide, he was great. We were picked up everywhere on time and the car was always ready. The Gokarna Hotel was wonderful, we loved it, the kids especially. We had a great time and it is clear to us how much attention and care the country and its people pit into welcoming the visitors. I have been recommending it to everyone I talk to at work. Thank you for the great job you did in organizing our trip. Best Wishes.

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