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Koshi Tappu - Bird Watching Tour - 06 Days

The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in Nepal is an ideal place for animal and bird lovers.

A 175 sq km wetland in the Sunsari district of Nepal’s eastern Terai region, the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve comprises extensive mudflats, reed beds, and freshwater marshes in the floodplain of the Sapta Koshi River. Although the reserve is an abode to the multifarious faunal species like, wild buffalos, sloth bears, one horned rhino, Bengal tiger, wild elephants etc., it is actually regarded as a bird watchers’ paradise. There are over 485 species of birds-  water cock, Indian nightjar, Dusky eagle owl, black-headed cuckoo shrike, white-tailed stonechat, striated grass bird, large adjutant stork, paellas fish eagle, common golden-eye, gull billed tern, swamp francolin and Nepal rufous vented prinia etc. to name a few. Leave the birds aside and you’ll be flabbergasted to witness some of the fascinating aquatics including the freshwater Gangetic dolphins and the marsh mugger crocs.

The trip begins with a 35 minutes’ flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar, the second biggest city and an industrial hub of Nepal.  The reserve is just about an hour’s drive from Biratnagar. After reaching a resort in Koshi Tappu, we rest for a while and then set off into the wild premises of the park to get indulged in array of enticing jungle activities which continues till the next day. Bird watching, elephant ride, canoeing, and the cultural dance show of the local tribe known as “Jhagad” etc. are surely going to make our stay in the wilds, very exhilarating. Eventually, just as we fall in love with the woods and the scary wilds beasts begin to be our best friends, our trips winds up with a drive back to Biratnagar, followed by a flight to Kathmandu.  

 

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (80m/35min) and drive to Koshi Tappu (81m/1hour)

Day 04: Jungle Activities

Day 05: Drive from Koshi Tappu to Biratnagar airport (80m/1 hour) and fly to Kathmandu (1400m/35min)

Day 06: Final departure

 

  Important  Snippets  

The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Marron Treks which can be readily customized to match the guests’ preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades and other unforeseen contingencies. Besides, the domestic flights in Nepal could be subjected to delays or cancellations owing to adverse weather conditions or technical glitches. It is worth mentioning that the flights cannot be operated in the condition where the visibility is less than 1600 meters. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alterations, taking into consideration, the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Marron Treks cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.


Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, the only international airport in Nepal.Day 01: Arrival In Kathmandu (1400m)

Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by a representative from Marron Treks and then transferred to your hotel. At the hotel, you will be greeted with welcome drinks. We then have a quick pre-trip meeting where you will be briefed on the necessary formalities and your tour itinerary. You can spend the remaining half of the day, resting Or if lying flat is too unbecoming for you, stroll around the nearby places just to get the feel of what this city is like. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.


 

 

Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing (1400m)Kathmandu Durbar Square, the UNESCO world heritage site in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Short stroll in the evening yesterday might not have acquainted you to Kathmandu. So we want to make sure that you know this city like you know yourself. Once done with your breakfast, let’s hop in to our reserved vehicle and then head on for a comfy ride with one of our experienced city guides. You will be visiting the most renowned historical/cultural landmarks in Kathmandu. Our guide will take you to the Pasupatinath Temple (the most revered Hindu shrine), Kathmandu (Basantapur) Durbar Square and Boudhanath (the Maha Stupa). All these sites are enlisted in the UNESCO world’s heritage list. After this informative and interesting tour, we drive back through the busy and noisy streets of Kathmandu to the serene premises of your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.
 

 

The Wildlife Reserve of Koshi Tappu in Nepal provides one an opportunity to see some of the world's most enchanting birds.Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (80m/35min) and drive to Koshi Tappu (81m/1hour)

After about 35 minutes' flight from Kathmandu, we touch down at the Biratnagar airport. Biratnagar happens to be the second biggest and the industrial city of Nepal. We the head on for another 60 minutes' drive to eventually arrive at the Koshi Tappu resort. We take a short break and refresh ourselves with some drinks. And then we get indulged in outdoor activities like spotting birds and elephant ride across the wild premises of the reserve. We also get the opportunity to witness the slide show presentation revealing the history of the reserve. Overnight at resort in Koshi Tappu on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) basis with jungle activities.

 

Day 04: Jungle ActivitiesThe Jeep Safari at the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in Nepal offers an enthralling experience.

It's yet another consecutive day to get seriously intimate with the nature. Our sweet slumber at  the resort breaks with a wake up call coupled with steaming cup of tea/coffee. We then gear up for the jungle activities which are scheduled to continue throughout the day. We will have our pack lunch somewhere in the jungle, amidst the twittering birds, swaying trees and prowling animals; something really different compared to the conventional milieu of our regular lunch table. At one time we will be riding on a growling jeep, while at other time we find ourselves on a boat cruising smoothly on the quiet waters of the reserve. Our eyes hungrily catch glimpse A stout wild buffalo at the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in Nepal.of every single component visible around the massive frontier of the reserve; be it an ugly looking stout buffalo or a very charismatic, Gangetic dolphin. It's not just the day that is adventure packed, the evening is equally fun filled as we get to witness the very unique cultural dance program of the indigenous tribe called as "Jhagad". After these moderately tiring but incredibly enticing moments, we get back to our hotel where a succulent-mouth watering barbeque dinner awaits us. Overnight at resort in Koshi Tappu on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) basis with jungle activities.


 

 

 

Thamel, a popular spot for souvenir shopping in Kathmandu, Nepal.Day 05: Drive from Koshi Tappu to Biratnagar airport (80m/1 hour) and fly to Kathmandu (1400m/35min)

Making the most of our stay in this wonderful surrounding, we can still stroll around the villages in the morning. After breakfast, we drive to the Biratnagar airport and board on the flight back to Kathmandu. You will be received at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the time can be spent on your own. You can indulge yourself in shopping. Thamel is your hot spot for souvenir shopping. May be that in addition to your interesting trip anecdotes, you would also want to take back some stuff for your friends and relatives. In the evening, a farewell dinner with a range of traditional Nepali cuisines, will be hosted by Marron Treks. Enjoy the dinner, pack/prepare yourself for a flight back home and have a beauty sleep. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast and dinner included.

 

Day 06: Final departureTribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Depending upon your flight schedule, a representative from Marron Treks will escort you to the Tribhuwan International airport, three hours in advance. As you wave us good bye and enter the terminal block, you would perhaps recall your arrival at this place. No wonder everything seems so familiar now because, you had come here as tourist, but you are going back as a friend! Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your travel companion in Nepal again! .

 

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  Important  Snippets  

The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Marron Treks which can be readily customized to match the guests’ preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades and other unforeseen contingencies. Besides, the domestic flights in Nepal could be subjected to delays or cancellations owing to adverse weather conditions or technical glitches. It is worth mentioning that the flights cannot be operated in the condition where the visibility is less than 1600 meters. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alterations, taking into consideration, the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Marron Treks cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.


Accommodation

During  Koshi Tappu - Bird Watching Tours  we opt you accommodate you in standard Hotel like Hotel Royal Singhi (3 star), Hotel Manaslu (3 star), Radisson (5 star) or similar in Kathmandu city. In Biratnagar we accommodate you in Hotel Namaskar or similar.

  

Meals

We never compromise with the quality of food and the health of the trekkers as well as the crew members. Generally, we opt for the fresh and nutritional local community food. You could make your delicious pick from an array of traditional food. This way, you could not only get the real sense of the local culture and life patterns but also contribute to promoting the locally available resources of organic food and beverages. Besides, a wide range of Continental, Chinese, Italian and Indian cuisines like Pizza, Spaghetti, French Fries, Soups, Breads, Masala Curry etc. are also available in the restaurants for your retreat.

 

Best Months

March - May and October - December is the best months for  Koshi Tappu -Bird Watching Tours 

 

Our Guides

Guides play a very active role during the trek. Marron Treks has experienced and helpful guides who make your trip enjoyable as well as productive. Our guides are literate, multilingual speakers, environment conscious and well acquainted to culture, language, location and every single detail. This would help our visitor to make most of their trip fruitful.

 

Travel Insurance

Before starting your journey with MarronTreks it is advised that you arrange your travel insurance before leaving your homeland. The main thing is to make sure your insurance covers you for both medical and evacuation costs. In some places it is not necessary but it would be better if you have the travel insurance with you all the time. That would make your trip safe and hassle free.

 

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Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Applicable domestic airfare as per the itinerary.
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city.
  • Ground transportation as prescribed in the itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation costs in Kathmandu on "BB" basis and in Koshi Tappu on "full board" basis with jungle activities as depicted in the itinerary.
  • All applicable tourist entrance, monumental, local permit and conservation fees as deemed necessary for the tour.
  • Company’s t-shirt, cap and a day pack (provided as complimentary gears).
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by your accompanying guide).
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.

 

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and departure taxes.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner where ever not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days costs US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days costs US $40 and $ 100 respectively. You will need a valid passport and 2 copies of your recent PP sized photos).
  • Tips to the guide, driver, hotel staffs. (Tipping is expected).
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry etc.)
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the real course of the itinerary because of bad weather conditions, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies like (but not limited to) natural calamities, accidents, illness, thefts, damages etc.
  • Garbage deposit fees (refundable).
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the 'Cost Includes' section above.

Wildlife Safari

Wildlife Safari implies maneuvering your way through the dense forests. You don’t have to worry about looking sophisticated and hence some very basic packing should do the deal for you. The list below may look sort of lengthy at the first glance but depending upon your personal circumstances, season, kind & length of the trip you are heading for, some of our listed items may not be applicable to you; so you can jolly well ignore them.  

 

  • Essential Gears

Daypack

Walking pants/trousers

Half pants/ Shorts

Full - sleeve shirts

T - Shirts

Jumper or Pile Jacket

Hats

Jacket/Sweater/Warm trousers (if you are travelling from Nov-Feb)

Other light clothes including cotton undergarments

Comfortable Walking or Running Shoes/Cotton socks

Sport Sandals/Flip-flops

Polypropylene/wool socks (if you are travelling from Nov-Feb)

Light wool gloves

Flash light, batteries & bulbs

Insect repellents / Anti-mosquito cream

Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks as a complimentary gear and you  needn't return it)

Goggles or sunglasses

Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

 

  • Miscellaneous Bits

The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!


 Toiletries

 Quick-drying camp towel

 Detergent powder/bar

 Toilet paper

 Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm

 Pocket knife

 Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)

 Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter

 Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms

 Stuff sacks

 Water bottle

 Earplugs

 Candlesticks

 

  • Medicaments

It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines. Generally, our guide carries the first aid kit with him, but it’s always better to have your own kit.

 Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)

 Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets

 Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)

 Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)

 Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)

 Assorted band-aids

 Small gauge pad

 Roll of adhesive tape

 Iodine tablets

 

  • Optional Carry

Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret as they might just come handy during the trip.

Camera, memory card and battery charger

GPS unit Altimeters

Binoculars

Nylon rope (for tying and hanging up wet clothes)

Plastic bags for wet cloths

Books and magazines

Choice of dry food

Departure Date

Generally, there are no fixed departure dates for the optional adventure like “Wildlife Safari". If you intend to pursue the adventure on any specific date, please contact us directly and let us know about your preferred schedule. We will endeavor our level best to make sure that the adventure commences on the set date.





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