Chitwan is the best destination for bird watching which lies 120 km southwest of Kathmandu . The birds found here are Cormorants, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Blue Indian Roller, Hornbills, Stor k billed Kingfishers, Grey headed Eagles, Ruby Cheeked Sunbird, Bengal Florican, Largetailed Night jar, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Beaters & Lesser Florican etc. More than 500 species have been recorded only in Chitwan.
The wildlife reserve and Koshi Barrage lie in the eastern Terai along the east west high way. A very large number of birds are seen along the wide Koshi River and in the grass land and marshes. About 26 species of Ducks are seen in the numerous ponds. Birds found in these areas are Black Ibis, Honey kites, Os preys, Marsh & Pied Harriers, Stork Billed Kingfishers, Black Headed Orioles, Himalayan Ruby Throat, Peregrine Falcon, Patridges, Sand Pipers etc. Over 450 species of birds have been sighted here.
Bardia is also a popular destination for bird watching which is covered by sal forest and the rest is riverine forests and glass lands. A boat ride on the slow moving river Karnali gives plenty of opportunities to see birds many varieties. The birds sighted here are the Ruddy Shelduck, Darters, Brahmini Kites, Brown Headed Gulls,Cormorants, Oriental Pied Hornbills, Night Heron & Purple Herons,Cinnaon Bitterns, Little Prantincole, Orioles & the majestic Peacocks etc. Best time to visit is December to March.
Other best options of viewing birds in Nepal is a leisurely trek through the Annapurna , Everest and Langtang regions. These areas offer the widest variety of species of birds.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu & transfer to hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing of Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath & Buddhanilkantha
Day 03: Full day bird & butterfly watching in Phulchowki (2759m), & Godavari Royal Botanical Garden .
Day 05: Drive or fly to Biratnagar and drive to Koshi Tappu
Day 06: Full day bird, butterfly & dolphin exploring activities
Day 07: Drive to Chitwan and jungle walk in the evening
Day 08: Full day jungle activities which include nature walk, elephant ride, canoeing, visit elephant and crocodile breeding center, in the evening cultural dance show performed by local villagers.
Day 09: Drive to Bardia National Park & jungle activities in the evening
Day 10: Full day Jungle activities which include elephant back safari, nature walk, jungle drive, bird watching and trekking in the Churia Hills to observe more birds
Day 11: Full day jungle activities which include visit to Tharu village, Gangetic dolphin viewing, rafting in the Karnali River. In the evening Tharu (ethnic tribe) cultural performance
Day 12: Drive to Nepalgunj for about 2 hrs & fly to Kathmandu . Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel
Day 13: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping
Day 14: Final departure to onward destination.