Bird Watching in Nepal

  • 14 Days
  • 13 Nights

Bird Watching in Nepal: Take your wildlife experience in Nepal to a whole new level by watching vibrant colors of birds chirping in their natural habitat.

Wildlife Photography in Nepal

Trip Highlight

  • Special Bird watching in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  • Village and Jungle walk 
  • Wildlife rafting in Koshi river 
  • Wilderness jeep safari inside the national park
  • Explore the marshes on foot, inaccessible sandbanks, and islands
  • Observation Tower - broad views over the fields and forests
  • Capture and enjoy the beautiful floras and faunas
Trip Facts
  • Trip Profile : Bird-Watching-13-Night-14-Days
  • Trip Type : Bird Watching, Wildlife Photography
  • Trip Duration : 14 Days
  • Trip Route : Kathmandu - Bardia National Park - Chitwan National Park - Pokhara
  • Trek Accomodation : Hotel, Camping & Foods
  • Preferred Seasons : February to May and September to November
  • Transportation: Flight, Car & Jeep
  • Age Limit : No limits

Bird watching in Nepal is one of the best wildlife activities for those who enjoy the sounds of birds chirping in a green colossal forest. Factly, Nepal is home to more than 887 species of birds. These varieties of bird species reside in over 37 important Birds & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) of Nepal. The array of climatic zones and dramatic landscapes of Nepal resides many rare, gorgeous, and vibrant bird species.

Nepal is not only a country of majestic mountains but also a bird watcher’s paradise. The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is home to about 500 species of birds. Shivapuri, Nagarjun, Godawari, Phulchowki, and Taudaha are the famous bird-watching areas inside the Kathmandu valley. Furthermore, outside the Kathmandu valley, Chitwan National Park (around 543 bird species), Bardia National Park (over 500 bird species), and Koshi Tapu Wildlife Reserve (about 527 bird species) are the perfect destination for witnessing the wide variety of birds. However, Koshi Tapu Wildlife Reserve is a haven among all for both birds and birdwatchers as it has plenty of wetlands. Both migratory and resident birds can be spotted here.

Rare species like Impeyan Pheasant, Crimson Horned Pheasant, etc sing and dance in the Himalayas. Similarly, an endemic, bird Spiny Babbler is found only in the hills of Nepal. Likewise, the woodlands of terai feel alive with the hissing sounds of vultures.

Major bird watching areas in Nepal:

Bird Watching in Nepal

Bird Watching Tour in Bardia National Park

Location: Southern border of the far northwest corner of Nepal
Best time to visit: Mid-September to December and February to May

Bird Watching in Chitwan National Park

Location: Lowlands of South-central Nepal
Best time to visit: Mid-September to December and February to May

Bird Watching in Phulchowki (2,760 m)

Location: Edge of Kathmandu Valley, east-central Nepal
Best time to visit: October to early May

Bird Watching in Shivapuri National Park (2730 m)

Location: Edge of Kathmandu Valley, east-central Nepal
Best time to visit: October to early May

Tour Plan


Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

Experience an exhilarating panoramic mountain flight to Kathmandu. As soon as you see the vistas of the snow-capped mountain peaks stretching beneath you, a series of unforgettable memories start creating in your mind.

A representative from our office will greet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel or our recommended hotel for you. The representative will assist you with checking into the hotel of your choice. Upon arrival at the hotel, get refreshed with a welcome drink. In the evening, you will receive a briefing about the daily activities to be undertaken in the following days,


Fly to Nepalgunj and Drive to Bardia National Park

Early breakfast and fly to Nepalgunj. Drive to Bardia National Park (3 / 4 hours) by private transport.

Birding sites: Babai River and Sal-forest. 
Possible sighting: Black Storks, Black Ibis, Woolly-necked Stork, Slaty-Woodpecker, Kingfishers, Waders, and Raptors.  


Bardia National Park

Visit densely wooded areas, lakes, and rivers around Badia National Park to spot various birds and animals. Spend the entire day in the jungle and move to a hotel after sunset. Packed lunch and refreshments will be made available to you during the jungle activities. You will have your lunch outdoors listening to the sounds of the forest throughout this trip.  

Day 03: Get inside the deep forest of Bardia National Park in a Jeep to watch the birds flying and living freely in the trees. 

Day 04: Vessel a traditional dugout canoe, flow quietly in Karnali River, and watch birds searching for prey by the river bank. Canoeing gives you an excellent opportunity to photograph various birds and animals.

 Day 05: Ride a rickshaw or a traditional cart to nearby lakes Barhaiya lake and Pokhara Pokhari to see waterfowls and other raptors.


Drive to Nawalparasi from Bardia National Park

After 250 km of a drive from Bardia which takes around 5-6 hours to check in to the hotel and freshen up for yet another birding venture. Against the backdrop of a glorious sunset over the Narayani River watch birds and enjoy boating. About 114 species of birds can be seen on the banks of this river. Likewise, Sanischare Lake stretched around 2500 m is also a place worth visiting for birding. Dine on the riverside restaurant enjoying the cool breeze after sunset.


Half day Bird Watching, and drive back to Chitwan National Park

Visit Nawalparasi forest that lies to the east of Daunne Siwalik Range. The forest is extended from Bardghar to Sunwal covering an area of 4000 hectors. It is located at an altitude of 350 meters. Involve in bird watching along with vulture feeding program after breakfast till lunch. After lunch drive to Chitwan National Park, the most popular wildlife tourism destination of Nepal.

Check in to the hotel and visit the nearby villages and the national park's visitor's center for detailed information about its wildlife. Spend a relaxing time at Narayani river bank to watch the sunset. After the sun is down visiting the community hall for Tharu cultural program.

Chitwan National Park hosts varieties of migratory and resident bird species. More than 550 bird species can be found in the forest, wetlands, riversides, and lakesides around the park.

"Whisper and share the bird's name and species with your travel companion and let the birds make all the noises."


Bird Watching in Chitwan National Park

The forest and grasslands of Chitwan National Park are famous for wildlife tourism. Given that there are varieties of activities that can bring you close to the nature and culture of the ethnic Tharu community. During your two nights three days of stay in Chitwan, you can indulge in activities like:

Canoe Ride: Canoe ride on the gentle rivers of the lowland of Chitwan rejuvenates the frame of mind. Also, it provides excellent opportunities to view birds and animals that come by the riverside to quench their thirst. Eavesdrop to the sounds of water splashing, birds singing and nature being at its absolute best. "Do not splash, touch or play with the river water as you float and calm down upon sighting the crocodile."
Jungle walk: The jungle walk is done at the thickly wooded areas of Chitwan National Park with a nature guide. Walking quietly in the forest full of wild animals can be a thrilling experience. However, if you follow an experienced nature guide it can be the most fun wildlife experience. These local nature guides know about the forest and possible safe sighting places. Likewise, they can also instruct about the necessary safety measure in case of any mishap or wild animals encounter. "Remember to follow the guide's instructions and be very quiet for a better experience."            

Jeep Safari: Jeep safari drives us by two major lakes, Lami Taal and Tamor Taal which are great spots for bird watching. Besides these safari takes to the places where one-horned rhino, sloth bears, wild boars, deer, etc can be spotted. Even leopards and the majestic royal Bengal tigers can be sighted occasionally. "It is advised to not make noise and disturb the wild animals in any way if you see one. These wild animals are best to be observed in their natural behavior."      
Tharu Cultural Program: A cultural program performed by the Tharus is another highlight of the Chitwan National Park visit. Their colorful traditional costumes and stick dance are very captivating. These shows are organized every evening in the community hall. 
Visit Bishajar Lake (Twenty-thousand Lake): The 20 Hajar (thousand) lake is a famous birding destination. It is known for watching migratory birds. This lake is also an alternative route if the drive is not possible due to the high water level in the river. "Do not make unusual sounds or talk loudly or throw anything to the birds."

Possible bird sighting: Great Hornbill, Bengal Florican, Siver-eared Mesia, Grey Headed-fish eagle, Pallas fish eagle, King-fishers, Woodpeckers, Bee-eaters, parakeets, etc.


Drive to Pokhara from Chitwan

After breakfast, you will drive from the plains of Chitwan to Pokhara for 4 to 5 hrs, the lake city of Nepal. Once you get checked and refreshed, you can spend your evening by the lake. 


Bird Watching in Pokhara

Splendid mountains can be seen permitting the weather from your hotel room. The forest by the lake accommodates varieties of birds.

Possible Sightings: Asian Barred Owls, Great Barbets, Niltavas Kalij, Pheasant, Puff-throated Babbler, Crimson Sunbird, Green Magpie, Red-billed Blue Magpie Nepal’s only endemic bird, the Spiny Babbler (endemic to Nepal), Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Shaheen Falcon, Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Shikra, Eurasian Griffon, northern sparrow-hawk, Common Kestrel and various sun-birds. 


Drive or Fly back to Kathmandu

Drive or fly back to Kathmandu after breakfast. If you fly back you can enjoy the time saved strolling on the streets of Thamel and shopping for souvenirs. While hitting the road on a private vehicle or tourist bus is also equally entertaining. In view of the fact that you can enjoy the beautiful landscape, hills and get to meet other trekkers and travelers. Check in to a hotel in Thamel and get ready for your last birding hike in the hills of Kathmandu.


Bird Watching around Kathmandu valley

The hills that surround Kathmandu valley host more than 500 species of birds. Varieties of resident, migratory, and passage migrant birds can be seen and heard in the forests of Kathmandu. 

Phulchoki Hill: 
Phulchoki hill is the most popular bird-watching spot in Kathmandu. It is the highest peak on the Valley rim situated 20 km southeast of Kathmandu. The hill is said to host around 265 species of birds. Likewise, the Godavari Botanical Garden located at the foot of the hill records over 100 species of birds.

Possible sightings: Babblers, warblers, tits, thrushes, minivets, woodpeckers, eagles, the lesser racket-tailed drongo, Tibetan siskin, spotted forktail, and many other migrant birds.

 The Shivapuri National park
Shivapuri national park is another best bird-watching site around Kathmandu. Nagarjun Forest situated 5 km from Kathmandu is a renowned sight for bird enthusiasts. 

Possible Sightseeing: Blue magpies, Kali pheasants, Bonelli’s eagles, great Himalayan barbets, etc.


Final Departure

It's time to bid you farewell. Our tour guide and driver will be waiting to pick you up at the front desk of your hotel. A private vehicle will transport you to the airport according to your flight schedule.  Enjoy a secure flight to your home!

Tiger Encounter hopes to take you on another exciting wildlife safari in Nepal soon.  Please get in touch with us to quickly and easily create the most exciting trip possible in the near future. 

Cost Detail

Trip Includes
  • Airport picks up and transfers to the hotel.
  • Three night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan
  • Kathmandu- Nepaljung - flight ticket  
  • Overland transportation by private vehicle as mentioned in the itinerary (Kathmandu, Bardia, Chitwan, and Pokhara)
  • 4 night 5 days accommodation in Bardia National Park 
  • 3 night 4 days accommodation in Chitwan National Park 
  • Full board Veg/Non-veg basis accommodation in the entire Bird watching in Bardia and Chitwan National Park
  • All activities as mentioned in the itinerary are included
  • All entrance and National Park fees are included
  • All ground transport inside the national park
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara
  • Necessary private transportation during the tour in Pokhara
  • Professional government license holder English-speaking bird specialist guide. 
  • Welcome/ farewell dinner in typical Nepali food and cultural program
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff. (Guide and driver )
  • Government Tax and office service charge.
Trip Excludes
  • International airfare to/ from Nepal.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara   
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the red panda tour.
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • All food and beverages; other than on the itinerary. 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

Location Detail

Tour Location

Description of the Location

Bardia National Park lies in the southwest part of Nepal. Its 968 sq km of area makes it the largest national park in the Terai region of Nepal. With the crest of Siwalik range on the north, Karnali River and its tributaries on the south, forest, cultivated land, less populated villages, and Mahendra highway on its south and east the park provides a large undisturbed area of surroundings for a large number of rare species.

The first national park of Nepal, Chitwan National Park covers an area of 952.63 sq km and covers the districts of Nawalpur, Parsa, Chitwan, and Makwanpur. Its altitude ranges from 100m to 815m. Narayani-Rapti River is a natural boundary in the north and west of the park whereas Parsa Wildlife reserve lies in the east part of the park and India’s Valmiki National Park is in the South.

To reach Chitwan National Park, you can go either by Vehicle for 5 to 6 hours to the South of Kathmandu or by air to Bharatpur Airport for 25 minutes followed by half an hour drive to the national park.



What to Bring

  1. Neutral colored clothing is recommended. 
  2. Light clothing is needed for the daytime with a sweater and warm jacket for the evenings from November to March. 
  3. Pants / Trousers are recommended for safari and jungle walk.
  4. Comfortable walking shoes, sun hats, sunglasses, etc. are essential.
  5. Insect repellent and personal medical requirements should be carried. 
  6. It is highly recommended to travel light with only one small suitcase or duffle bag.
  7. During the warmer months, swimming suits are recommended.
  8. A small flashlight is recommended.
  9. Binoculars add greatly to your enjoyment of bird and wildlife viewing.

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    Frequently asked questions

    • What do people do when they go bird watching?
      Birdwatchers observe wild birds in their natural habitat. Bird watching means learning to identify the birds and understand what they are doing.
    • How can I identify birds?
      We provide experienced guides while doing bird watching activities. They let you know and identify all the birds that we come across during jungle safari.
    • How many species of birds are there in Nepal ?
      Nepal's avifauna includes a total of about 900 species, which make up 9% of the world's total birds.
    • Which is the only bird found in Nepal?
      Spiny Babbler (Kande Bhyakur in Nepal) It is a rare bird species found only in Nepal.
    • Which is the national bird of Nepal ?
      Lophophorus impejanus, (Himalayan monal) is the national bird of Nepal.

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