A close encounter with colorful feathers of birds in Nepal
Explore the country’s chief birding hotspots Phulchowki Hill, the lake of Taudaha, Shivapuri National Park, Nagarjun Forest and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. Phulchowki hill, situated 20 km south- east of Kathmandu, with some 288 species recorded to date is the most popular bird watching spot in the valley. Taudaha, a picturesque lake on the way to Dakshinkali Temple south of Kathmandu, attracts flocks of migratory birds and water fowls. Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park which lies a few kilometers north of Kathmandu has a good population of Spiny Babbler, Hoary-throated Barwing, Blue Magpies, Kalij Pheasants, Bonelli’s Eagles, Great Himalayan Barbets, Forktails, Redstarts and Kingfishers.
After a delightful tour in the hills of Kathmandu we head to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, one of the best locations for birding in Nepal. Koshi Tappu is the smallest (175 sq km) and easternmost wildlife reserve in Nepal, and lies north-east at the confluence of Sapta Koshi and Trijuga rivers. 485 bird species including 20 globally threatened species have been recorded so far at the reserve. Swamp Francolins, Baer’s Pochard, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, White Ibis, Storks, Lesser Coucal, Striated Marsh Warbler, Black Bellied Tern, Imperial Eagle, Pied and Marsh Harrier, Common Quail, Bengal Floricans (Eupodotis Bengalensis), and many other exotic and migratory waterfowls not found elsewhere in Nepal are found here.
Enjoy blissful nature walks past wooded vales and green forest alive with the chirping of birds, gurgle of brooks and other forest sounds. This is indeed a memorable trip, one that stays with you for a lifetime.