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Best of Nepal Birding Safari (Shivapuri – Lumbini – Chitwan and Koshi)
 
Day One  
 
Meet at the airport. Drive 15 minutes to Park Village Resort, an eco-friendly hotel on the foothill of Shivapuri National park.  
Welcome Drink.   Check-in to suite rooms with wide verandah.
Refresh and rest
1.00 pm
Lunch at hotel’s Earthwatch restaurant overlooking Shivapuri National Park. Stroll and watch birds in the hotel garden spread over 6 acres of jungle with lots of flowering plants, birds and butterflies.
6.00 pm Power point presentation: Orientation of Nepal by eminent naturalists.
7.00 pm
Open-air barbeque dinner and overnight at Park Village Hotel
   
Day Two  
6.30 am
Breakfast at Park Village Hotel & Resort
7.00 am 
Drive towards Nagi Gompa, a Buddhist monastery. On the way we stop for birding at Pani Muhan which is a reservoir of the Shivapuri watershed area.  Excellent place to watch birds including forktails, redstarts, kingfishers etc. Main vegetation consists of Alder woods, Schima-Castanopsis forest, Mixed Oak-Laurel forest, and shrub lands with wild yellow raspberry, barberry, Gaultheria, etc.
12.00 noon
Drive towards Chisapani and stop for lunch where appropriate. One can have the magnificent view of three queen cities of valley. Vegetation is composed of mixed oaks and laurel forest. Common orchids include Coelogyne. On the way possible sightings of mammals are barking deer, wild boar, Himalayan black bear, yellow-throated marten, flying squirrel. Bird includes kalij Pheasant, common hill partridge, booted eagle, black eagle, Steppe eagle, crested serpent eagle, laughing thrushes, sunbirds, tits etc.
On return join evening prayer at Nagi Buddhist Monastery. Then proceed to Park Village hotel and resort.
6.00 pm
Dinner and overnight at Park Village Hotel and Resort
   
Day Three  
6.30 am Breakfast
7.00 am
Departure by private coach to Lumbini.
Picnic lunch stop at appropriate place. It takes about seven hours drive to reach Lumbini.
Check for ibisbill, brown dipper, wallcreeper enroute.
Check in at Buddha Maya Garden Hotel a three star category luxury hotel adjoining Lumbini Garden.
5.00 pm
Walk to Maya Devi Temple, the birthplace of Prince Siddhartha. Watch birds in the sacred garden. Parakeets, barn owls and mynas congregate in the fig tree of this garden.
6.00 pm Orientation of Lumbini.
7.00 pm Dinner and Overnight at Buddha Maya Garden. At night one can listen to the howling of Jackals and hooting of Owls.
   
Day Four  
6.30 am 
Breakfast
7.00 am
Watch birds in the Lumbini Garden following the circular levee of sacred garden and Harhawa River. Lumbini Garden the birthplace of Buddha, a world heritage site is also a destination for watching Sarus Cranes. They are the tallest flying bird (5.5 feet tall) and are globally endangered species. Lumbini Garden with its three square miles of natural garden surrounded by rural farmlands provides habitat for birds and mammals. Visit crane sanctuary managed by International Cranes Foundation to promote conservation of these regal birds. Besides cranes, gray hornbill, eurasian eagle owl (the biggest owl species of the world), the globally endangered White-rumped and slender-billed vulture, Lesser Adjutant Stork, and also Blue Bull Antelope the biggest antelope of the subcontinent could be observed during this walk. This walk would take about three hours is an enchanting one and once could recall the nature of the Buddha’s birth period.
12.00 noon Lunch at Buddha Maya Garden
1.00 pm
Depart for Chitwan by private coach, the journey is about 5 hours through Terai plains and Siwalik hills.
Check in at Maruni Sanctuary Lodge, Kumrose, Sauraha, Chitwan National Park,
6.00 pm Slide show on the natural history of Chitwan
7.30 pm Dinner and overnight at Maruni Sanctuary Lodge
   
Day Five  
6.30 am
Breakfast
Elephant Safari and bird watching in the Kumrose community forest. Mammals include rhino, four species of deer, wildboar, if lucky the elusive tiger. Kumrose forest is a good place for sighting of common leopard. Bird includes parakeets, shama, brown-fish owl, storks, stork-billed kingfisher etc.
12.00 noon
Lunch
2.00 pm
Birding activity in the riverine forest looking for himalyan flameback, gray capped woodpecker, emerald dove, brown-hawk owl.
6.30 pm Tharu Cultural Dance
7.30 pm Dinner and overnight at Maruni Sanctuary Lodge
   
Day Six  
6.30 am  Breakfast
7.00 am
Birwatching along the trail from Rapti River to Charahara with pack lunch and return from Bhawanipur and Jay Mangala. Bird includes orange-breasted green pigeon, giant hornbill, peafowl, bengal florican, etc. A total of 10 kilometer walk though the forest and grassland.
6.30 pm
Tharu cultural dance and overnight at Maruni Sanctuary Lodge.
   
Day Seven  
6.30 am
Breakfast
7.00 am 
Morning Safari Activity including drive to Bees Hazar Lake, Ramsar Site a forested wetlands for watching rhinos, deer, birds (gray headed fishing eagle, crested serpent eagle, oriental darter) and marsh crocodile.
Proceed to Kasara Park Headquarter and Gharial Crocodile Conservation Center.  Gharial is a slender billed crocodile that grows up to 7 meters in length and is a critically endangered species. They live in river and feed exclusively on fishes. Short hike to Tamar Lake gives greater chances to see elusive tiger, sloth bear and gaur bison.
5.00 pm Refreshment at lodge
7.30 pm Dinner and overnight at Maruni Sanctuary Lodge
   
Day Eight  
7.00 am Breakfast
7.30 am
Leave for Koshi Tappu by private coach. It takes about seven hour driving time. Picnic lunch en-route where appropriate.  Watch bird in the wetlands and gangetic dolphins in the Koshi Barrage area.  
Check in at Aqua Birds Unlimited Camp (P) Ltd a safari tented camp at Kusaha, adjoining the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, the first Ramsar site of Nepal.
6.00 pm Orientation of Koshi Tappu
7.00 pm Dinner and over night at the Aqua Birds Unlimited Camp (P) Ltd.
   
Day Nine  
6.30 am Breakfast
7.00 am
Proceed to the reserve for watching birds along the embankment, ox bow lakes and boating in Sapta Koshi, the biggest river of Nepal. Bird walk and boating in Sapta Koshi, the biggest river of Nepal to see Marsh Crocodile and Wild Water Buffalo. Bird includes swamp francolin, red-necked falcon, white ibis, storks, lesser coucal, striated marsh warbler etc.
1.00 pm Lunch at camp
3.00 pm
Birding along the northern embankment, ox bow lakes, grassland and sisoo forest. Bird includes Brown fish owl, black-necked stork, eurasian curlew, imperial eagle.
   
Day Ten  
7.00 am Breakfast
7.30 am
Birding in the camp area and cultivation
Departure by private coach to Chitwan and overnight at Maruni Sanctuary Lodge.
Birding stops in the forest and cultivation along the way.
4.00 pm  Leisure and Overnight at Maruni Sanctuary Lodge
   
Day Eleven  
6.30 am
Breakfast
7.00 am Departure by private coach to Kathmandu
Check in at Park Village Hotel and Resort
Leisure and optional
6.30 pm Dinner and Overnight at Park Village Hotel and Resort
   
Day Twelve  
7.00 am Breakfast
Leisure and health club for sauna, steam and jacuzzi
Departure
 


 
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