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Bird Watching Inside Kathmandu

Trip Facts:

Duration: 06 days

Cost: USD Contact Us

Trip Type: Hotel,lodge

Grade: Easy

Altitude: 2,732m

Activities : seightseeing and worshp

Best Month : Around The Year

Meal : Full Board while On Tour

Group Size : 1 To 15 pax

Transport: Private car,Bus

Accomodation: Hotel,lodge,Tea House

  • Overview
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Bird watching tour inside Kathmandu offers you to explore different and rare species of birds in the Kathmandu valley. Nepal is a paradise of bird species for bird lovers with over 848 species of birds, which is almost about 8% of the world’s total. And among them almost 500 species are found in the Kathmandu Valley alone. The most popular bird watching spots in Kathmandu are Phulchowki, Godavari, Nagarjuna, Bagmati River, Taudaha and so on. So, get your binoculars and look forward to a rewarding experience.

The wetlands and open fields inside the valley make up a diverse habitat for many species of birds. Besides this, lots of birds but in different species are found in Nepal depending on the vegetation and altitude of Nepal. Nepal is the home of some endangered birds like Impeyan Pheasant (daphe), Nepal’s national bird and Spiny Babler, which is found only in Nepal. This program takes one, to explore the birds as well as wildlife in some of the very famous wetlands and National Parks of Nepal.

The Kathmandu Valley:

Kathmandu has four major bird watching areas, and one can start on the bank of the Bagmati and Manohara rivers. Birds sighted along these rivers are the Egrets, herons, Kingfishers, Ibis bill, Wood Sandpipers and Plovers. The Chovar Gorge is particularly recommended as an area for birds as its isolation from human habitation has encouraged their presence.

Phulchowki:

Phulchowki is another ideal site, with a Redheaded Trogan, a very rare bird sighted there in April 2002 (it was last seen in Nepal 44 years ago). Phulchowki is 2760 m and 18 km southeast of Kathmandu and can be reached via Godawari and the Botanical Garden. Walking can start from behind the gardens, with a combination of trails and roads. The hillside is covered with forest featuring outstanding flora as well as diverse birds. About 90 species have been recorded in this area including the endemic spiny babbler, as well as the Curia, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Rufous Bellied Pied Woodpeckers and the Black-throated Parrot bill, to name a few.

Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve & Nagarjuna:

Two other areas of the valley are the Shivapuri Watershed Reserve, 12 km north of the city, and Nagarjuna in the North West. Shivapuri can be reached two ways either from Sundarijal or from Budhanilkantha. The reserve is managed by Nepalese Army and it costs Rs. 250 for foreigners to enter. (Rs1000/- is charged for a movie or video camera). Some of the birds in the area are the Laughing Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle, Little Pied Fly Catchers, Rupy-throats, and Babblers. At Nagarjun at 2105 meters pheasants, magpies, Sunbirds, and ruby throats are found.

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing tour

Full day sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple - Swayambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Return to the hotel.

Day 03: Start Bird Watching tour

You will start a bird watching tour from Godavari Botanical Garden situated in Lalitpur. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Godavari - Phulchoki Hill - Kathmandu

After breakfast, leave with lunch pack and hike up the Phulchoki Hill. Full day bird watching in the Phulchoki Hill. About 90 species have been recorded in this area including the endemic spring babbler as well as the Curia, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Rufous Bellied Pied Woodpeckers and the Black-throated Parrot bill to name a few. In the evening, return back to Kathmandu.

Day 05: Nagarjuna Forest and Shivapuri Wildlife Reserve

Some of the birds found in the Shivapuri area are Laughing Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle, Little Pied Fly Catchers, Rupy-throats, and Babblers. And in the Nagarjuna forest, we can find pheasants, magpies, Sunbirds, and ruby throats. Return to hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 06: Final departure day in Kathmandu

Note: Bird Watching package can be customized as 1 /2 /3 Days Bird Watching Tour in Kathmandu and so on as your available days and tour.

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