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Best of Nepal Birding (Shivapuri, Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan and Koshi Tappu)
 
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 
Hike to Shivapuri National Park entrance gate. Climb up from entrance gate towards Nagi Gompa, a Buddhist monastery. On the way we stop for birding at Pani Muhan, a drinking water reservoir of the Shivapuri watershed area. It is an 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
Lunch at Nagi Gompa. From Nagi we climb up towards Deurali, where 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.
From Deurali we return to Nagi to join the evening prayer. Then proceed to Park Village hotel and resort.
6.00 pm
Dinner and overnight at Park Village Hotel and Resort
   
Day Three  
7.00 am
Depart by private coach to Pokhara with lunch stop at Riverside Springs resort for lunch. Also check for ibisbill, wallcreeper, brown dipper and other birds enroute.
Check in at Pokhara View Garden Hotel, a quintessential hotel with large room facing the Himalaya.
6.00 pm
Orientation on nature and culture of the Pokhara Valley
7.30 pm Thakali Dinner at Pokhara View Garden Hotel
   
Day Four  
6.30 am 
Full American Breakfast
7.00 am
Boating in Fewa Lake, observe aquatic fauna, water birds and climb to World Peace Stupa from the dam site. Watch birds including green magpie, lesser raquet tailed drongo along the trail surrounded by the evergreen subtropical forest.
12.00 noon Return to the hotel for lunch
1.00 pm
Depart for Naudanda on private coach. Check for the forktails and forest bird enroute. Visit eagle migration route at Naudanda ridges to observe amazing Birds of Prey including Lammergeier, Himalayan griffon, and stunning snow capped mountain views
6.00 pm Cultural Dance
7.30 pm Dinner and overnight at Pokhara View Garden Hotel
   
Day Five  
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 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 including parakeets, spotted owls and brahminy mynas that 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 Six  
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 Crane 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 is an enchanting walk 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 Seven  
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 himalayan flameback, gray capped woodpecker, pied hornbill, emerald dove, brown hawk owl etc.
6.30 pm Tharu Cultural Dance
7.30 pm Dinner and overnight at Maruni Sanctuary Lodge
   
Day Eight  
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 through the forest and grassland.
6.30 pm Tharu cultural dance and overnight at Maruni Sanctuary Lodge.
   
Day Nine  
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, black ibis) 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 Ten  
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 Eleven  
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 Marsha Crocodile and Wild Water Buffalo.
Bird includes swamp francolin, 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, red- necked falcon etc.
7.00 pm Dinner and over night at the Aqua Birds Unlimited Camp (P) Ltd.
   
Day Twelve  
7.00 am Breakfast
7.30 am Birding in the camp area and cultivation
Departure by private coach to Chitwan
7.00 pm Dinner and overnight at Maruni Santuary Lodge, Chitwan
   
Day Thirteen  
6.30 am
Bird Watching in the Sal and mixed forest: possible sightings are giant hornbill, large neck-laced laughing thrush, green magpie, etc.
8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Departure by private coach to Kathmandu with stop at Riverside Spring Resort.
Leisure and optional.
7.00 pm Farewell Dinner and O/N at PVH
   
Day Fourteen  
7.00 am Breakfast
Departure
 


 
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