3 recommended wildlife locations.The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.
Bardia National Park is a remote reserve, that was 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
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
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
2 recommended locations for extending your wildlife trip.
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 forested slopes of Phulchoki, which offer excellent birding.
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.
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 the prolific birdlife.
Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Duration exc. international flights: 12 days
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.
Jun to Aug: The monsoon sweeps up into the Himalayas
Sep to Nov: Clear skies and pleasant temperatures
Dec to Feb: Dry but cold with a dusting of snow on higher slopes
Mar to May: Occasional showers and gradually mounting heat
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: Sindur Jatra Festival – Nepali New Year
Apr to May: Middle and high altitude bird species breeding season
7 recommended places to stay.
Kathmandu’s premier hotel is a unique heritage property with an unparalleled collection of Newari art works from the Kathmandu Valley.
This venerable tented camp, first established in 1993, is centrally located at the eastern edge of the reserve, in an area well-known for its diversity of birdlife, with several waterholes nearby.
This lodge offers cottage-style accommodation with en suite bathrooms just a few minutes from the entrance to Chitwan National Park.
Tiger Tops is a boutique hilltop hotel with panoramic views of the Pokhara valley and the snow-capped Himalayas.
Standing on a bank of the Karnali River surrounded by lush forest, the only camp inside the park offers comfortable accommodation in 12 spacious tents with en-suite bathrooms.
Nepal’s original wildlife lodge is still at the forefront of ecotourism.
Tiger Tops Tented Camp stands on a beautiful forested plateau deep in the Royal Chitwan National Park, whose rich wildlife has been famous for centuries.