Bird Watching in Nepal

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Bird watching in Nepal is one of the best natural tours to observe the birds as it is a habitat of resident, wintering and migrant birds. Nepal is very rich in biodiversity though geographically it is a small country. Surprisingly, there are 862 species of birds in Nepal that is suitable residence for both residenting and migrating birds. Around the Kathmandu Valley, there are some best places for bird watching, including Nagarjun and Ful Chouki Danda (hill) and Godawori Botanical Garden. Shivapuri is one them. Shivapuri, the smallest National Park in Nepal, is the house of 318 species of birds.

The Chitwan National Park, Bardiya National Park and Koshi Tappu Wild Life Reserve are perfect places for depth study on birds in Nepal. Koshi Tappu is one of the best spots to explore the birds. One can watch more than 170 species of birds in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve situated in an area of 17,500 hectares.

Pokhara, the houristic hub in Nepal, getting popular for bird watching in addition to other adventure activities. Phew Lake, Sarangkot, Peace Stupa, Raniban, Kadhe, Dhampus and Australian Camp, among others, are famous places for bird watching in Pokhara. There are around 500 species of birds in Pokhara and adjoining areas, including Begnas Forest Area and Annapurna Conservation Area.

Low land Lakes in Nepal for bird watching

Beeshazar Tal (Lake)

Beeshazar Tal, including associated Lakes, is in Chitwan district, a tourist hub in Nepal. Bishazari Tal, also known as Bishajari Tal, covers an area of 3,200 hectors at an altitude of 286m. It is very popular Lake for bird watching. This Lake, declared a Ramsar site, falls within the Buffer Zone of Chitwan National Park, a World Heritage Site.

Jagdispur Tal (Lake)

Jagdispur Tal in Kapilvastu district is best to watch wetland birds. This Lake covers an area of 225 hectors at an altitude of 197m in Jahadi Village Development Committee of  Kapilbastu in Lumbini zone to the southwest Nepal. This Lake is listed in the world wetland area. Jagdispur Tal, 10km south of east-west highway, is a habitat for resident, wintering and passage migrant wetland birds.

Badhaiya Tal (Lake)

Badhaiya Tal in Soraka Village Development Committee in Bardiya district is a popular place for bird watching.  The well known Lake in mid-western Nepal covers an area of 105 hectors. Post monsoon makes this Lake more beautiful as it is surrounded by the rice field. And the water depth is up to 4m in monsoon. An estimated number of birds in this Lake is 1,800 of 38 species.

Ghodaghodi Tal (Lake)

Ghodaghodi Tal, surrounded by tropical deciduous forest, is in Darakhnidi VDC in Kailali district in far-western Nepal. It is a perfect place to watch birds. Being just 100m north of the east-west highway, this Lake provides an easy access to people wanting to visit the Lake. This Lake is a Ramsar Site that covers an area of 2,563 hectors at an altitude of 205m.

Ghodaghodi Tal is an Important Bird Area (IBA) in Nepal and also an important religious shrine as it is named after the Ghoda Ghodi goddess. Tourists interested in the local rituals, in addition to bird watching, should make a tour to this Lake in December when they can observe the annual traditional festival ‘Agan Panchami’  celebrated by Tharu indigenous peoples.  

Bird watching tour itinerary (one)

01 Day: Arrival to international airport and transfer to the hotel

02 Day: Drive to Budhanilkantha and start trekking to shivapuri and overnight there in tent
03 Day: Bird watching around there. After lunch at 2:00pm walk down to Narayanthan and drive to Godawori and stay overnight there
04 Day: Bird watching and after lunch drive back to Kathmandu. Farewell dinner
05 Day: Drive to international airport to fly onward destination

Bird watching tour itinerary (two)

01 Day: Arrival to Kathmandu international airport and drive to hotel
02 Day: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
03 Day: Drive to Chitwan National Park
O4 Day: Full day jungle walk and bird watching
05 Day: Full day jungle walk and bird watching
06 Day: Drive back to Kathmandu. Farewell dinner
07 Day: Drive to Kathmandu international airport to fly back

Bird watching tour itinerary (three)

01 Day: Pick up from Kathmandu airport to the hotel with our guide
02 Day: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
03 Day: Fly from Kathmandu –Biratnagar. Drive to Koshi Tappu
04 Day: Bird watching in Koshi Tappu
05 Day: Bird watching in Koshi Tappu
06 Day: Fly back from Biratnagar-Kathmandu. Farewell dinner
07 Day: Drive to international airport to fly back

Bird watching tour itinerary (four)

01 Day: Pick up from Kathmandu airport and transfer to the hotel
02 Day: Fly or drive from Kathmandu –Pokhara

03 Day: Bird watching in Pokhara

04 Day: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu. Farewell dinner
Day: Drop off at the airport and fly back home

Bird watching in Nepali Lakes – itinerary  

01 Day: Pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel

02 Day: Drive to Kapilvastu. Tour to Jagdispur Tal for bird watching in the evening

03 Day: Back to Jagdispur Tal and enjoy bird watching

– Drive to Bardiya. A short evening tour to Badhaiya Tal and watch the birds

04 Day: Morning tour to Badhaiya Tal to observe the birds

– Drive to Kailali – Sightseeing in Ghodaghodi Tal in the afternoon

– Drive to Bardiya National Park for overnight stay

05 Day: Back to Ghodaghodi Tal early morning and watch the birds

– Drive to Chitwan. Visit Bishajari Tal for bird watching in the afternoon

– Drive to Chitwan National Park for overnight stay

06 Day: Morning bird watching tour to Bishajari Tal

– Drive back to Kathmandu

07 Day: Drop off at the airport and fly back home

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Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop transport as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and three meals per day in Kathmandu and during the trekking
  • Trekking guide and porters (Cook and sardar in the case of camping trek)
  • National parks’ fees and government royalties
  • Domestic air ticket and airport tax for tourists and guides as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Insurance of our trekking staff members
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley or other parts of Nepal as mentioned in the itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • International air ticket, airport tax and Nepal visa fees
  • All kinds of drink during trekking and travel stay with us
  • Travel insurance and cost of medical services of tourists
  • All kinds of cloth and personal trekking equipment
  • Other personal expenses and tips
  • Charted helicopter, plane and other transports in case of emergency
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Gear List

  • Backpack (50 liters) with outside pockets to keep smaller items
  • Trekking boots, well broken in and waterproofed. Gaiters to keep snow out of boots
  • Woolen sweaters and down jacket, gloves, wind proof outer garments, pants jacket, skirts, T-shirts, shirts, baggy pants and underwear
  • Several pairs of woolen and few pairs of nylon socks. A pair of sandals
  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperatures encountered
  • Hat with wide brim and sun lotion cream
  • One liter water bottle and some food for contingencies
  • Repair and medical kit
  • Head lamp with spare lithium batteries and bulbs
  • Handkerchief and toiletries
  • Verified phone number of your Embassy, consulate ,trekking agency and private phone number of your  director
  • Pen, pencils and letterhead to write an emergency message
  • Pocket knife with opener and scissors
  • Sunglasses with spare eyeglasses or contact lenses if you wear them
  • Umbrella and rain coat
  • Camera


Important Information Before Your Trip to Nepal

Payment:  Down payment: 15% of total payment  is required to confirm the reservation.

Payment of the Balance: Rest amount can be paid in our office after your arrival.

Arrival Point: You will be met at the Kathmandu international airport. Our office representative will be waiting for you holding play card of the Nepal Mountain Lovers Treks and Expedition. In case of your change plan, please let us inform.

Booking  Air Ticket:  If you don’t have regular travel agent, please visit,, They  offer you very good price.

Room System: Normally we have two people in a room. Twin bed or single bed depends on the choice of guests and budget. If tourists want single room, s/he should pay single supplementary.

Trekking Leading Person:  Our trekking guide will lead the whole trip with his/her helpers and porters.

Currencies:  USD, AUD, EURO are major acceptable currencies in Nepal and visa and credit cards also accepted. There is ATM facility in city area.

Altitude Sickness: Altitude sickness will start from 3000 meter height. Trekkers should immediately inform trekking guide if faced any problems.

Drinking Water:  We can get mineral water and boiled water in city area and in some trekking places. We use water purification tablet or liquid in some remote trekking sites.

Laundry Facility: Laundry facility are available in city area but not during the trekking.

Visa: You can get arrival visa at Kathmandu airport that cost 25 USD  for  15 days and 40 USD for 30 days. Please bring 2 passport size photos. You can get your visa from the closest Nepali embassy.

Orientation Program: Before starting trekking, trekkers are provided with an  orientation by our office representative or trekking guide about the necessary trekking information.

Group Size: There will be maximum 12 persons in one group.

Accommodation: You will stay in a nice tourist standard hotel/resort in city areas.  Normal hotels or tents are available during the trekking.

Foods: We provide breakfast, lunch, dinner. Tourists can get continental food both in city and trekking places. Food during the trekking might not meet the standard of your country.

View of Mount Everest: Trekkers to Everest region  will of course see the Mount Everest. For trekkers visiting other regions where they cannot view Mount Everest, there are daily mountain flights which approach close to Mount Everest.

Travel Insurance:  It is compulsory to have travel insurance.

Personal Expenses:  It depends on your spending interest and shopping. There are some expensive handmade carpets, Thanka paintings, jewelries and handicrafts to purchase in Nepal.

Luggage: We take only about 10kg per person in trekking. Your excess baggage will be stored in a hotel.

Tips: Tips are highly accepted and appreciated.

Rules and Regulation

Nepal Mountain Lovers Treks and Expedition accepts your reservation under the following rules and regulations.

1. If the balance payment is not paid before your departure for trekking, the booking will be cancelled without any refund.

2. If there is war or the situation of the country is out of control and the country faces emergency situation before your arrival to Nepal, we inform you not to come Nepal and refund your payment. But in case of any emergency situation or war after your arrival or during the trekking, we will not refund your money. But we will try our best to make your trip successful and pleasant. In such situation, we may need to change the trip plan and itinerary.

3. In case of increase in government royalty and other costs such as the national park fee, you have to pay extra money.

4. If you commit any illegal act or disturbance for the safety and welfare of the group, our leader or guide can ask to leave the group without any right to refund.

5. If you have any complain with regards to trekking and tour please inform our tour leader or company. All kinds of valid complain are welcomed and processed with necessary actions.

6.You are responsible to ensure that all travel documents  are with you during the entire trip.


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