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The Nature and Wildlife of Nepal

15 days from £4690 per person

Nepal is one of Asia’s premier wildlife destinations and this journey focuses on three of the country’s finest nature reserves. Despite its size, Nepal has an incredible range of landscapes and climates and this in turn supports a diverse array of animal and plant life. Using Kathmandu as a base enjoy two full days of excellent birding in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve then explore world-renowned Chitwan National Park with its resident tiger, rhinoceros and elephant populations. The journey ends in remote Bardia National Park, home to numerous endangered animals and over 400 recorded species of bird.

Route: Kathmandu – Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve – Kathmandu – Chitwan National Park – Kathmandu – Bardia National Park – Kathmandu

Itinerary Highlights

The wildlife reserve of Koshi Tappu is renowned for the range and diversity of its birdlife. Predominately marsh and mudflat, close to 500 bird species – many of them rare – have been recorded.

Chitwan is Nepal’s best known national park and has a beautiful setting. The reserve is rich in wildlife but is best known for its populations of one-horned rhinoceros, elephant and Bengal tiger.

Little visited, Bardia National Park is located in the far west of Nepal. Mammals in the reserve include elephant, tiger, leopard, rhinoceros and dolphin and there are over 400 species of bird.

Itinerary: The Nature and Wildlife of Nepal

Today depart the UK on the Qatar Airways flight to Doha. (N)
Arrive into Doha and connect onto the Qatar Airways flight to Kathmandu. This afternoon take a walking tour of the old city and explore the temples and palaces of Durbar Square – an astonishing area of regal and religious architecture which is the cultural heart of Kathmandu. End the day at the 2500 year old Swayambhunath Stupa, one of the oldest and most important sites of worship in the city. (N)
Accommodation in Kathmandu: Yak & Yeti Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Dwarikas Hotel (or similar)
After breakfast transfer to Kathmandu Airport and fly to Biratnagar. On arrival you will be met and taken by road to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. Located in eastern Nepal, Koshi Tappu is an under-explored reserve that offers some of the finest birdwatching in the country. There is a huge range of habitats here including mudflats, marsh, reed-beds and open grassland and this evening take a walk to hopefully see stork, ibis, snipe and other waterfowl. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve: Aquabirds Unlimited Wildlife Camp (or similar)
Over the next two days visit the reserve in the company of a naturalist.  Over 450 different species of bird – waders, waterfowl and birds of prey – have been recorded in Koshi Tappu and highlights include watercock, white-tailed stonechat, swamp francolin, Bengal florican, pheasant-tailed jacana, greater adjutant, Palla’s fish eagle and the dusky eagle-owl. The reserve also supports numerous mammals including water buffalo, elephant, otter, civet cat and Gangetic dolphin. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve: Aquabirds Unlimited Wildlife Camp (or similar)
After breakfast return by car to Biratnagar Airport and return by air to Kathmandu. This afternoon visit the Pashupatinath temple complex, Nepal’s most important Hindu pilgrimage site and location of the Royal Cremation Ghats then continue to the nearby stupa of Bodhnath – one of the world’s oldest Lamaist shrines and a focus for Tibetan pilgrimage. (B)
Accommodation in Kathmandu: Yak & Yeti Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Dwarikas Hotel (or similar)
This morning fly to Bharatpur. On arrival drive to Chitwan National Park. Close to the Indian border, Chitwan lies at the heart of Nepal's lowland Terai, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the country's oldest reserve. A mixture of swamp, tall elephant grass and dense forest, the park supports a wide range of wildlife and recent conservation measures here have been increasingly successful. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Chitwan National Park: Barahi Jungle Lodge (or similar)
Upgrade option: Taj Meghauli Serai (or similar)
At Chitwan there is an impressive variety of flora and fauna and over the next two days explore the reserve with a naturalist. A natural habitat for tiger, Indian rhinoceros, leopard, elephant, sloth bear, sambar and deer, Chitwan also supports numerous reptile species including the marsh mugger and gharial crocodile. The park is also a bird watcher's paradise and is home to over 400 species from seasonal waterfowl and wetland species to colourful parakeets and birds of prey. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Chitwan National Park: Barahi Jungle Lodge (or similar)
Upgrade option: Taj Meghauli Serai (or similar)
Today return to Bharatpur Airport and fly to Kathmandu. In the afternoon drive outside of Kathmandu to visit the ancient city of Patan which was the capital of the Malla Kings. Patan is the artistic and architectural centre of the valley and the central square houses an astonishing 55 temples and 136 monasteries. (B)
Accommodation in Kathmandu: Yak & Yeti Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Dwarikas Hotel (or similar)
Today transfer to Kathmandu Airport and fly to Nepalgunj, located in the little-visited western Terai. On arrival continue by road to Bardia National Park, a two hour drive from Nepalgunj. Designated a national park in the 1980s, today Bardia is one of the most undisturbed wilderness area in the Terai lowlands. Bordered by the Geruwa River and heavily forested Churia Hills, Bardia combines dense sal forest, riverine forest and pockets of open grassland. (B/D)
Accommodation in Bardia National Park: Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge (or similar)
At Bardia there is an impressive variety of flora and fauna and over the next two days explore the reserve with a naturalist. Safaris in Bardia are undertaken by a combination of jeep, boat and elephant back. The reserve is home to numerous endangered species including the one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger and Gangetic dolphin as well as the elusive leopard, hog, sambar and spotted deer, nilgai, mongoose, striped hyena and jackal. There are also over 400 species of bird and a wide variety of reptiles. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Bardia National Park: Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge (or similar)
Today return to Nepalgunj Airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Later visit charming Bhaktapur which is located outside of the city in the Kathmandu Valley. Capital of the valley between the 14th and 16th centuries, the highlight is Durbar Square and the Nayatpola Temple, the tallest pagoda-temple in Nepal, built by Newari artists and craftsmen. (B)
Accommodation in Kathmandu: Yak & Yeti Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Dwarikas Hotel (or similar)
Today transfer back to Kathmandu Airport to catch the Qatar Airways flight to Doha. On your arrival connect onto the onwards Qatar Airways flight to the UK. (B)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Private car with English speaking driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Wildlife viewing with local naturalist
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

China, Mongolia, South Korea, Central Asia, Nepal and Bhutan Holiday Review

I was lucky enough to be given a three month career break and wanted to do some extensive travelling in Asia. I emailed a number of travel companies with a request to prepare a tailor made tour across certain specific dates. Pettitts were the first to reply and from that moment on provided a superb service. Initially there were a number of changes requested to the itinerary, but they were able to accommodate all changes and flex the programme according to our needs. The countries visited were China, Mongolia, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Nepal and Bhutan. Pettitts have clearly identified high quality international partners given that we were impressed with all travel guides in each country.

Pettitts assisted with all questions we had during the planning of the trip and were very quick to get in touch with us on the one occasion they needed to during the trip. Pettitts were excellent and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Their service was first class and I would be more than happy to use their services again.

SG - China, Mongolia, South Korea, Central Asia, Nepal and Bhutan - July 2018

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