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Ramsar Wetland Tour (Lumbini – Chitwan and Koshi Tappu)
 
Day One  
 
Fly or drive to Lumbini
Welcome with garlands and drinks
Check in at Buddha Maya Garden Hotel a three star category luxury hotel adjoining Lumbini Garden.
Lunch on arrival
4.00 pm
Walk to Maya Devi Temple, the birthplace of Prince Siddhartha. Watch birds in the sacred garden. Parakeets, 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 Two  
6.30 am
Breakfast
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 farmland 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 Lesser Adjutant Stork, and the Blue Bull Antelope the biggest antelope of the subcontinent could be observed during this walk. This 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
Proceed to Jagadishpur (38 kilometer) by private coach to west of Lumbini in Kapilvastu District d. On the way we will stop at Tilaurakot to see the archaeological ruins of ancient palace of Shakya Dynasty. After a brief stop we will proceed to Jagadishpur Reservoir. The reservoir is constructed for irrigations; ultimately it has turned into a haven for birds. There is a 5.6 kilometers peripheral road in the reservoir. It is a major wintering site for ferruginous ducks, tufted ducks, shoveler, purple heron and other waders. On the way we will also observe number of critically endangered vulture (slender billed and white-rumped) along with the Egyptian and Cinereous vulture. Migratory black stork and resident wooly- necked stork could be seen in the wetlands surrounded by cultivations.
5.00 pm
Reach Hotel for refreshment and listing of species seen during the day.
7.00 pm Dinner and overnight at Buddha Maya Garden
   
Day Three  
7.00 am
Breakfast
7.30 am Depart for Chitwan by private coach, the journey is about 5 hours through Terai plains, and Siwalik hills.
Check in at Maruni Sanctuary Lodge
1.00 pm Lunch on arrival
3.00 pm Elephant safari in Buffer zone of Royal 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 Four  
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 (storks, herons, ducks, gray headed fishing eagle), 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 only on fishes. Short hike to Tamar Lake gives greater chances to see elusive tiger, sloth bear and gaur bison.
6.00 pm Refreshment at lodge
7.30 pm Dinner and overnight at Maruni Sanctuary Lodge
   
Day Five  
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.  Watch bird 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 Aqua Birds Unlimited Camp (P) Ltd.
   
Day Six  
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 Seven  
7.00 am Breakfast
7.30 am Birding in the camp area and cultivation
Departure
 


 
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