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Bird watching and photography tour in Chitwan National park and Koshi Tappu wildlife


8 Days Day/s

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Min 4Pax

Private vehicle | Domestic flight
Best Season
September - November, March - May
Star category hotel
All types of meals available
Starts at
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Trip Route
Kathmandu - Chitwan NP - Koshi tappu - Kathmandu

Bird watching and photography tour in Chitwan National park and Koshi Tappu wildlife Highlights

      • Exciting bird watching with Asia’s best Chitwan national park and Koshi Tappu
      • Great combination visiting best spots for birds and wildlife with a jungle safari
      • Enjoy a pleasant, wonderful time around the low warm land Terai belt of Nepal
      • Exclusive place for bird watching at Koshi Tappu a sanctuary for various bird species
      • A journey of great delights covering wonderful places within the perfect wilderness

      Tour profile of Bird watching and photography tour in Chitwan National park and Koshi Tappu wildlife 

      Mode of Tour
      Accommodation in jungle lodge and resorts
      Tour Grade
      leisure to Moderate short walks
      Tour Region
      Nepal Mid-South at Chitwan and to Far South East of Saptari and Sunsari Districts
      Mode of transport
      Drive-in comfort, car, jeep, or coach as per the size of a  group includes a short scenic flight at the end of the tour
      Local Culture
      Populated by indigenous Tharu tribes with a mixed group of hill people Rai, Tamang, Gurung, Magar with Hindu Brahmin and Chettries, as well Mithali and Bhojpuri of Indian origin with all practice Hindu religion and colorful culture with a smaller number of Buddhism
      Total Trip duration
      07 Nights and 08 Days with flights and drives
      Best Season
      All months of the year, except the monsoon wet times from June to August. The best time is Spring March to May and early autumn/fall September to November including a pre-winter month of December

    Trip Overview

    Bird Watching Tour in Chitwan and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, an enjoyable and exciting program. Specially designed for keen bird lovers and for Ornithologists by Open Trail Treks expert team of guides and staff.

    A tour of a week, with an opportunity to visit and explore both wonderful places of Nepal low Terai belt. Where deep dense green sub-tropical jungles are located, the best exotic sites for bird watching, as well as for other wildlife. 
    Nepal, an amazing country for its size, only 0.03 % part of the earth but enriched with 2 % of world flowering plants. 8 % of the world bird population, more than 857 different species, includes 4 % of mammals of the planet. 11 % of the world’s 15 families of butterflies which is over 857 different species, as well 600 indigenous plant families, and 319 species of orchids.
    A paradise for nature lovers, naturalists, and botanist students, a perfect home and habitation for all animals and birdlife. Including other living creatures big or small, which is very important to the Eco-System for Nepal and all living beings.

    Our fabulous tour begins with a drive to Nepal Mid-South where Chitwan National Park is located, the nearest game park from Kathmandu and Pokhara.

    At Chitwan enjoy the thrill of jungle safari, nature walks, elephant ride with bird-watching programs. As well as on the lookout for elusive wild animals, like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Rhinoceros with other species groups of mammals.

    The birdlife outnumbers more than 600 different species, as the area is rich with enough grassland. The dense forest of tall Sal and Kapok trees with wet and marshland with rivers and small lakes. Which makes a great place for both migratory and domestic birdlife, as you enjoy exciting moments exploring inside and outside of the Chitwan National Park.

    After an enjoyable bird watching with other thrills of wild-life safari, an interesting overland journey takes you further southeast of Nepal. Where Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is located on an island surrounded by the vast Sapta Koshi River, where Nepal's big rivers join. Hence, the name Sapta Koshi means where seven great rivers meet to form a mighty Koshi River. All rivers are fed from the glaciers of the high Himalayan Mountain range that flows from the north to the southern Gangetic plain.

    Koshi Tappu, the one, and only Nepal’s bird sanctuary and undisturbed, as this area gets few groups of visitors. Around the good time of the year for bird watching and other wildlife, famous for last surviving populations about 100 herds of wild buffalo or Arna. Other mammals are the hog deer, wild boar, spotted deer, and the blue bull. Around Koshi Tappu, 280 different species of birds have been recorded, include 20 species of ducks, two species of ibises, many storks, egrets, herons, and the endangered swamp partridge and Bengal Florican.

    The Koshi Tappu and big River barrage are extremely important as a resting place for migratory birds, where most species found are not seen around Nepal. 
     The endangered and rare Gharial crocodile and Gangetic dolphin have been sighted in the Koshi River. 

    During your great time at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, sighting rare birds and animals, and then finally ending our amazing tour. Taking a short drive and most scenic flight from the city of Biratnagar brings you to Kathmandu, on concluding a mesmerizing experience on Bird Watching Tour in Chitwan and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. 

    Outline itinerary of Bird watching and photography tour in Chitwan National park and Koshi Tappu wildlife

    Day 01
    In Kathmandu preparation for onward exciting bird-watch tour
    Day 02
    Drive to Chitwan and transfer to hotel, jungle lodge, resorts-05 hrs
    Day 03
    At Chitwan full day jungle safari and bird watching programs
    Day 04
    Drive east to reach Koshi Tappu and transfer to lodge - 06 hrs
    Day 05
    Full day at Koshi Tappu for wild-life safari and bird-watching
    Day 06
    Full day nature walks, bird watching and boating
    Day 07
    After breakfast drive to Biratnagar airport for flight to Kathmandu, free afternoon for individual activities and shopping
    Day 08
    International departure for homeward or to respective countries

    Bird watching and photography tour in Chitwan National park and Koshi Tappu wildlife Itinerary



    On reaching Kathmandu by various airlines and checking at respective hotels with time for preparation, like buying bird guide book or other necessary items like binocular and maps of the area, required for the journey beyond Kathmandu.



    The morning after breakfast, ready for an interesting drive to Chitwan for a wildlife safari and exciting bird watching. Chitwan National Park, designated as World Heritage Site. Morning a scenic overland journey heading down mid-south to reach low sub-tropical at Terai belt the flat land of Nepal.

    Where dense deep green jungles are located, a home for wild mammals and bird-life, a drive of 4-5 hours to reach the suburb of Chitwan National Park at a town called Sauraha or near about. On arrival greeted by naturalists and staff of the hotel, lodge, or resorts, the transfer to your pleasant room with all modern amenities attached. Afternoon either elephant safari or short nature walks, as well as local Tharu village visit. Evening dinner with Tharu Folk Cultural program or a slide show of Chitwan wildlife.



    Morning, start early for elephant safari or jungle walks as well to observe birds and be on the lookout for wild animals like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Rhinoceros, with many species of mammals and birds. 

    After safari or nature walks of few hours and then back to lodge for breakfast, after breakfast with refreshing time short walk to Rapti River to observe elephant bathing and briefing of the elephant life spotting river birds, like King Fisher, swift, swallow, sand martin and different species of ducks and egrets.

    After lunch with the next jungle programs in the late afternoon for few hours and then evening for dinner as in the first day, the Safari program is set by the lodge and naturalist or hotel management. After lunch, a dug-out canoe float on Rapti River witnesses freshwater Gangetic Gharial and Mugger crocodiles, if lucky including freshwater dolphins, and otters with river bird-life.

    Jungle activities:

    Morning Bird Watch Tour, Machan (Watch Tower) Tour, Jungle walks, nature

    walks, elephant and jeep safari with elephant briefing and bathing elephants

    includes the entertainment of local Tharu cultural programs and slide show of Chitwan and wildlife.



    From Chitwan with options for early morning bird watching or nature walks, and then having hearty breakfast, ready for a long drive towards Far South East to reach our other destination at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.

    Drive, leads on a nice major highway that joins the Far East and West of Nepal, an interesting journey past many towns and farm villages to reach Koshi Barrage, a dam that controls the flow of water, that creates havoc especially in Northern states of India, the border is close towards the south.

    From here to the lodge and resorts at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, quite different to Chitwan due to fewer visitors with a peaceful ambiance to enjoy, which makes bird and animals sighting best with few people around and undisturbed.



    Enjoy the early morning programs and nature activities with bird watching and taking photographs of sunrise as it shines through the jungle and wild landscapes.

    After a hearty breakfast exciting day riding on a boat or in a four-wheel drive with pack lunch to observe birdlife, watching waders, waterfowls, birds of prey, marsh crocodile, otters, wild water buffalo as well fresh water and endangered Gangetic dolphins, a very rare sight and chance to see.

    The tour includes a tower visit to observe many species of birds and wildlife, the program for the day set by the lodge, and naturalists who are experts in the area. 

    Optional activities elephant safari, boating on Sapta Koshi River a junction of other seven tributary rivers that joins to make greater Sapta Koshi, which is also a finishing point for rafting Himalayan Rivers, rafting downstream of Sun Kosi River.

    The river boasts more than 60 different species of fish, which makes the perfect habitation for water birds, which you can witness more in winter times with different species of water birds from ducks, pochard, Storks, Cormorants, Ibis to fishing and serpent eagles including river gulls and swallows, after a great day back to camp for a nice refreshment and delightful dinner.



    Early wake up on a clear fine morning to catch and takes a spectacular photograph of captivating sunrise, as well for early bird calls which makes the morning much more lively (the sunrise and sunsets views depends upon the time of the season, where autumn and winter times is the best).

    After breakfast walk and drive within the deciduous forest near the town of Chatara one of the nearest towns, populated by mid-hills tribes of Kirat Rai, Gurung, Tamang, Magar, and Hindu Brahmin with Chettries.

    Ride on a four-wheel drive to observe racquet-tailed Drongo, golden-backed woodpeckers, pied hornbills, leaf-birds, red-thigh falcons during the ride to Chatara. As time permits tour of the famous Barahi temple close to Chatara town, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. 

    At Chatara, where one can enjoy taking photographs of the hill people with various Nepal’s ethnic tribes settled on the low lands, migrated from high hills and mountainous areas, where some come here to worship the temple of Barahi. An interesting place full of activity with an open market for shopping and bartering. 

    After a great interesting day back to Koshi Tappu for your last overnight night stay in this tranquil wilderness with sound and echo of the wild animals and birds.



    As time schedule for a flight to Kathmandu from Biratnagar, enjoy breakfast and then drive on the same interesting highway that links east and west as well north to south of Nepal. Drive of few hours to the airport near the city area of Biratnagar then check-in for an exciting flight to Kathmandu, after a memorable and marvelous experience on Bird Watch in Chitwan and Koshi Tappu Wildlife tour.



    Last day in Nepal in the country of Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time either morning, afternoon, or evening. Open Trail Treks guide and staff transfer you to the airport for the homeward journey or to the next port of call.

    Bird watching and photography tour in Chitwan National park and Koshi Tappu wildlife Cost Detail

      • All ground transportation by Private Vehicles.
      • Star Standard twin-sharing accommodation (7 Night).
      • Tour program with including Professional guide, Private vehicle, and entrance fees
      • Domestic flight ticket( Koshi tappu - Kathmandu)
      • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) only Chitwan NP and Koshi tappu wildlife
      • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff.
      • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
      • Personal care & attention.
      • All Local and government taxes
      • All kinds of beverages including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry during the tour
      • Travel and Rescue Insurance
      • Tipping to the crew.
      • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
      • International airfare and airport departure tax
      • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
      • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"



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