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Wildlife Locations

6 recommended locations:

Bardia National Park

Bardia National Park is a remote reserve, set up in the 1980’s with the aim of protecting the Bengal tiger and their prey in an important lowland ecosystem. A large area of surrounding riverine forest and private land was later designated as a buffer zone, creating a remote wilderness experience.

  • Where: Bardia District
  • Ideal for viewing: Asian one-horned rhino, Gangetic river dolphin, gharial crocodile, marsh mugger crocodile, blackbuck
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris

Chitwan National Park

Nepal’s foremost national park lies in the sub-tropical lowlands of the Terai. The former royal hunting reserve consists of sal forest and riverine jungle on the floodplain of three rivers, and with over 350 bird species and many mammals contains a greater variety of wildlife than any other area in the country.

  • Where: Chitwan District
  • Ideal for viewing: Bengal tiger, Asian one-horned rhino, leopard, sloth bear, gharial crocodile
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Tiger safaris, Birdwatching

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

Koshi Tappu Reserve is Nepal’s top birding destination. In the shadow of the mountain of Makalu, it consists of the floodplain of Sapta- Koshi, the country’s largest river, a dammed expanse of open water and a patchwork of marsh, lagoon, sandbank and mudflat. It is one of North Asia’s finest wetlands.

  • Where: Saptari & Sunsari districts
  • Ideal for viewing: Gangetic river dolphin, water buffalo, smooth-coated otter, golden jackal, black-necked stork
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Birdwatching

Singalila National Park

Lying on the India-Nepal border on the Singalila Ridge, Singalila National Park is one of the most exotic Himalayan forests in India. The park is one of the best locations within India to search for the elusive red panda and is a birder's paradise with more than 300 species found here.

  • Where: West Bengal
  • Ideal for viewing: red panda, Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard, barking deer, yellow-throated marten
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Birdwatching

Kathmandu Valley

The old city of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an eclectic warren of palaces, courtyards and temples. Nearby are the ancient cities of Bhaktapur and Patan, plus the forested slopes of Phulchoki, which offer excellent birding, walking and photographic opportunities.

  • Where: Central Nepal
  • Excellent for: City stopover, Hiking, History & culture


Pokhara is Nepal’s centre of nature and adventure activities such as trekking and rafting. It is an enchanting city of remarkable natural beauty, nestled in a tranquil valley, beside the shores of Lake Phewa. Rising behind are the magnificent Himalayan Peaks, with many different treks and walks in the area.

  • Where: Kaski District
  • Excellent for: Activity & adventure, Hiking

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Wildlife trips

At the heart of the Himalayas, overlooked by the world’s highest mountains, Nepal is a truly spectacular country with a rich blend of Buddhist and Hindu culture and a remarkably diverse range of habitat stretching from snow-capped mountains to low-lying forest, which give rise to an exceptional variety of birds and mammals.

3 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Nepal Wildlife

This two-week itinerary visits a trio of national parks in the low lying Terai region, along the border with Nepal’s southern neighbour, India. This area has some of the best locations in the entire subcontinent to see wildlife such as rhino, elephant and Gangetic river dolphin, not to mention prolific birdlife.

  • When to go: Oct-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Red Pandas & Tigers Photography

Join acclaimed wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt in search of the endearing and elusive red panda in the spectacular wilderness of Singalila National Park, on the Indian-Nepalese border, before travelling to Panna National Park to photograph iconic Indian mammals such as the majestic tiger.

  • When to go: Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,295 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

When to go

Once the mid-September to November monsoon ends, the air is crisp and dry, the views are excellent and the vegetation lush, especially in March and April when Rhododendrons bloom.


  • Summer

    Jun to Aug: The monsoon sweeps up into the Himalayas
  • Autumn

    Sep to Nov: Clear skies and pleasant temperatures
  • Winter

    Dec to Feb: Dry but cold with a dusting of snow on higher slopes
  • Spring

    Mar to May: Occasional showers and gradually mounting heat

Wildlife events

  • Jun to Sep: Monsoon season with frequent downpours
  • Nov to Mar: Many birds from the Himalayas winter in lowland Nepal
  • Dec to Jan: Dry season in Chitwan NP – best time to see wildlife
  • Mar to May: Rhododendrons in bloom
  • Apr to : Sindur Jatra Festival – Nepali New Year
  • Apr to May: Middle and high altitude bird species breeding season

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