Chitwan National Park is the best location in Nepal to watch many species of bird at a single site. 576 species of bird have been reported alone in Chitwan National Park which is about 65% of the total bird species in Nepal. About 8.9% of total bird species in the world is found in Nepal. A walk with an experienced naturalist and bird expert lead us to the prime bird watching destinations at Chitwan National Park. Bird lovers around the globe visit Chitwan National Park to spot the beautiful birds on their own natural habitat. About 160 species of migratory birds visit Chitwan National Park annually. Many of them are winter visitors and some are summer and spring visitor birds. Chitwan National park is rich with numerous wetlands. 83 wetland sites have been mapped in the national park.
At the buffer zone of the national park one of the famous bird watching site, Beeshazaar and associated lakes (also called 20 thousand lakes) is present. Beeshazaar and associate lakes lies under the World Heritage Sites. The avifaunal diversity is the main reason for Chitwan being an Important Bird Area. Different species of bird are located at different habitat like grassland, forest, wetlands and along the bank of rivers and lakes. Chitwan consists of about 22 globally threatened species of birds. Some rare and endangered species of birds found at Chitwan National Park are Bengal florican, Kashmir flycatcher, Vulture species (Slender billed vulture, Red headed vulture, white ramped vulture, oriental white-backed vulture), Oriental darter, Lesser adjutant, Grey crowned Prinia etc. and the national park is reported as a breeding site for the globally vulnerable species of Spotted Eagle.
The various birds spotted along the grassland are Large Warbler, Bengal florican, Pied Harrier, Eastern Grass owl, Striped Buttonquail etc. The species like Kalij Pheasant, Great Hornbill, Pigeons, Woodpeckers, Blue peafowl etc are found in the forest of the national park which can be spotted during the elephant back safari. The birds like Black-necked Stork, Wooly-necked Stork, Deep-blue Kingfisher, Stork-Billed Kingfisher, Bar-headed Goose etc are found at the lake and river banks. The canoe ride along the Rapti River offers a great site of many bird species at the bank of the river. The walk with the experienced bird expert allows the opportunity to spot birds and locate the bird viewing areas inside the national park. Elephant back safari into the jungle contributes in spotting the forest and grassland habituating bird species. Thus thousands of bird lover choose Chitwan National Park as a bird watching destination in Nepal.
Day 01:Drive to Chitwan National Park.
Day 02:Canoe ride and full day bird watching activity at Chitwan National Park.
Day 03:Elephant Back Safari-Visit to Beeshazaari Lake (20 thousand Lake)-Jeep Safari.
Day 01Drive to Chitwan National Park.Early in the morning we start our 5-6 hour drive towards Chitwan. On arrival at Chitwan we will have lunch and rest for couple of hours. Your nature guide will then assist you to the walk through Tharu village. After seeing the mesmerizing view of sunset from the bank of river you are assisted back to hotel. Then you will observe the Tharu cultural dance and have your dinner.
Day 02Canoe ride and full day bird watching activity at Chitwan National Park.After the breakfast we proceed to watch the birds starting with a canoe ride at Rapti River. Canoe ride provides a great sight of bird species along the bank of the river. The peaceful canoe ride also allow us to spot the crocodile species. After the canoe ride we continue our bird watch on foot. Walking into the jungle we watch the bird species in the jungle and grassland. After full day bird watching with the bird specialist nature guide we return back to the hotel.
Day 03Elephant Back Safari-Visit to Beeshazaari Lake (20 thousand Lake)-Jeep Safari.Early morning seated high on the back of the elephant we move into the jungle. Elephant back safari provides us the chance to spot the bird species in the forest. After lunch we visit to Beeshazaari Lake (20 thousand Lake) which is also a world heritage site and major bird watching destination. Beeshazaari Lake is a Ramsar site which lies in the Buffer zone. We watch several bird species there and after short jeep safari around the area we return back to the hotel.
Day 04Departure.Visit to Elephant Breeding Center early in the morning. Elephant Breeding Center at Chitwan is one of the only two Elephant Breeding Centers in the world. Conclude our bird watching program and return back to the hotel. Drop to Tourist Bus Park for the final departure or to your future destination after breakfast. Thank you for the trip with Lovely Nepal tours and travel.
It is recommended to wear dim color clothes that camouflages easily with the surrounding during jungle safari. Bright and eye catching colored clothes (yellow, white, pink, orange, light blue, light green etc) are easily visible and thus greater risk of wildlife attack. Light and comfortable shoes are recommended instead of bulky shoes during the jungle walk. Light weight shoes are suggested to minimize the sound production while walking over the dry leaves and branches in jungle.