10 days from £2085pp plus international flights.
The bird watching starts on your first full day in Nepal, as you travel out to Phulchowki Hill, the highest point in the Kathmandu Valley. Long popular with bird watchers, this area is blessed with abundant bird life including thrushes, warblers, tits, woodpeckers and eagles, and makes an exciting beginning to the holiday.
Chitwan awaits! With over 500 bird species, your two days here will be busy and rewarding, with chances to spot rare and threatened creature such as the Bengal florican and several type of vultures. You'll explore on foot and on elephant back, giving you a different vantage point, and you'll also have a jeep drive to seek out one horned rhinos and Bengal tigers, some of the park's most famous residents.
From here you had east towards the Indian border and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. This is a world renowned birding destination, especially noted for its wetlands. Waders and waterfowl are in their element, and birds of prey are common. These are joined by migratory species between November and April. Guided walks and river trips allow you to enjoy this rich array.
Your flight lands at Kathmandu airport today where a representative meets you for the short drive to your hotel, Kantipur Temple House. Relax in the garden, one of the courtyards or on the rooftop terrace. This afternoon a walking tour of the city has been arranged, to show you some of the main sites and help you get your bearings. Return to the hotel for dinner, a choice of local Nepali, Indian, Chinese, Thai or western cuisine. Dinner
You head out of the city early this morning to Phulchowki, 'hill of flowers'. This is a great region for nature lovers, with not just colourful rhododendrons and orchids but many species of birds. You are driven as high up the hill as conditions allow, and then leave the vehicle behind to explore on foot. Listen and look out for bulbuls, flowerpeckers, sunbirds, warblers and nuthatches, among others, with your guide helping you spot and identify each species. You gradually descend the hill, arriving at Godavari Botanical Gardens where many other colourful birds can be seen, before being driven back to Kantipur Temple House. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
It's an early start today for the drive to Chitwan National Park, a journey of around 5 hours, with opportunities for bird watching en-route. You should arrive at Into the Wild Eco Resort in the mid afternoon. Settle in to your cottage, enjoying the views from your balcony, and savour some fresh food from the hotel's organic vegetable garden in the restaurant, as you rest after the journey. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Following an early breakfast you set off into the national park, exploring on elephant back. This is a great way to get in among the other animals, who seem almost oblivious to the presence of elephants, and a wonderful introduction to the flora of fauna of Chitwan. Later in the day you can take a bird watching walk in the forest, home to many species including bee-eaters, flycatchers and cuckoos. You return to the resort for dinner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
A second day in Chitwan, with a choice of activities including guide walks and jeep drives. Walks allow you to take time to regard the small details around you, watch insects and learn about plants, while the latter is a good way to search for the larger mammals such as one-horned rhinos, bison, sloth bears and leopards, plus, of course, the Bengal tiger. Activities are led by experienced naturalists, eager to share their knowledge with you. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
You leave Chitwan behind as you travel to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in the far east of the country. You pass through several towns and villages on the way, offering fascinating glimpses into local life, and arriving at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp by late afternoon. The setting is tranquil, near the Koshi River, and you'll soon feel relaxed in these new surroundings, watching birds and butterflies among the trees. Later you sit down to dinner, a choice of local and international cuisine, before retiring to bed. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Koshi Tappu is a bird watcher's delight. The barrage across the Koshi River has created a huge area of open water with lagoons, mudflats and sandbanks, which coupled with the forests and grasslands provide rich habitats for both marine and land birds. It's little surprise that many consider this one of the best birding locations in Asia. You can expect to see upwards of 100 species in a day here including, if you're lucky, the swamp francolin, striated marsh warbler and red-necked falcon. You can explore on foot and take a rafting trip on the river for a varied day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
A second day in Koshi Tappu. Start the day with a walk in the jungle, led by one of the resident naturalist guides, taking in riverside lagoons which attract not only birds but antelope and buffalo too. You'll have the chance to explore the area by the barrage, too, a short drive from the camp, where you may see Gangetic dolphins in the river. Not to be outsdone, almost 280 species of birds have been recorded in the reserve and by the end of the your stay you should have seen a great many of them. Enjoy a hearty dinner back in camp, maybe followed by a nightcap in the bar. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
After breakfast you leave the wildlife camp on a drive to Biratnagar, which will take about 90 minutes. From here you fly back to Kathmandu. If the weather is clear you will get some excellent views of the Himalayas. You return to Kantipur Temple House where you can relax in the garden or on the rooftop terrace overlooking the Swayambhunath Temple. Tonight you dine at the hotel, an apt time to reflect on all you've seen and experienced over the last few days on this special holiday. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
It's the end of your holiday and this morning you check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2085 (ex. international flights)
9 nights twin share accommodation; full board; all transfers by private vehicle; flight from Biratnagar to Kathmandu; ornithologist guide from Kathmandu; day tour to Phulchowki Hill from Kathmandu; jungle activities in Chitwan and Koshi Tappu; entrance fees and taxes
International flights and taxes; travel insurance; drinks; items of a personal nature; tips
Getting there: You need to fly to Kathmandu. There are no direct flights from the UK, so you need to go via India or the Middle East. Flights cost from roughly £700 depending on the date and availability. We usually book these for you.
Kantipur Temple House is a 42-room hotel in traditional Newari style in the heart of Kathmandu.
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Time: GMT +5.45 hours
Flight time: There are several airlines flying to Nepal via the Middle East with flight times of 10 to 15 hours depending on the length of the stopover.
Language: Nepali is the official language and there are many other minority languages. English is widely spoken by people involved in the travel industry.
Visas: Required for British citizens, can be obtained on arrival at the airport.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.
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