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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.

Despite the twin incursions of farming and industry, large areas of the Terai were set aside to protect wildlife and remain some of the best locations in the entire subcontinent to see wildlife and birdlife. Among the highlights you may catch a sight of are tiger, rhino and elephant, deer a-plenty, Gangetic river dolphins and birds, birds, birds!

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart London

  2. Days 2-3 : Arrive Kathmandu, 2-nights. City tour and birding on Phulchoki

  3. Days 4-5 : Drive or fly to Pokhara, 2-nights. Sightseeing and cultural visits

  4. Days 6-8 : Drive to Chitwan, 3-nights. Vehicle, elephant back and foot safaris to Bengal tiger and one-horned rhino

  5. Day 9: Drive to Lumbini, 1-night

  6. Days 10-11 : Drive to Bardia, 2-nights. Vehicle safaris to see Bengal tiger and elephant

  7. Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu, 1-night

  8. Day 13: Depart Kathmandu, arrive UK

You should note: Koshi Tappu extension: Keen birders can add a visit to Koshi Tappu in the Eastern Terai to any Nepalese itinerary to see its impressive birdlife. Day 1 Fly to Biratnagar and transfer to Koshi Tappu, 3-nights Koshi Camp. Vehicle, boat and foot safaris to see Gangetic river dolphins and birds Day 4 Transfer back to Biratnagar and fly to Kathmandu

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 13 days from £3,695 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 12 days from £2,845 pp
  • Single supplement: From £740
  • When to go: Oct-May
  • Activities available:
    • Culture
Featured locations:

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

Bardia National Park

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
  • 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

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

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