Wetlands and Wildlife
14 days, Grade A
Visit two internationally important wildlife reserves, interspersed with cultural shows and ancient temples. Koshi Tapu Wildlife Reserve is renowned as a bird watchers paradise. In the far east of Nepal the reserve is located on both the east and west embankments of the River Koshi. The reserve was gazetted in 1976 to preserve the last remaining wild buffalo population and has since been declared a wetland of international importance. There are 439 bird species residing, staging and wintering here. The winter migrators can be seen between November and March, and during this time it is said you can see up to 150 species in one day! As well as the birdlife and buffalo, the reserve is also home to spotted deer, hog deer, Blue Bull, wild boar, jackal, gangetic dolphin and gharial crocodiles. Here we stay in a comfortable safari tented camp for four nights to enjoy the splendor of the park.
Before heading to the next wildlife reserve, we visit Janakpur, the capital of ancient Mithila culture and is renowned as the birthplace of Sita. We visit the Janaki Mandir, a combination of Raijput and Mughal style, it is the only example of it’s kind in Nepal. It is said to be built on the site where the princess Sita lived and married Lord Ram.
We then move to Chitwan National Park, for a further four nights to stay at a Jungle Safari Lodge, and here we shall enjoy elephant back safari in search of one horned Rhino, amongst 50 other mammals. Later you may even decide to join your elephant n the river for bath time! Other safari activities can include river canoe, visiting elephant & crocodile breeding centres, jungle walks and traditional Tharu village walk & cultural show.
The Vital Statistics
- 14 days ex Kathmandu
- 5 nights city hotel Kathmandu / Janakpur
- 4 nights Koshi Tapu Wildlife Reserve
- 4 nights Chitwan National Park
- 1 day Janakpur sightseeing
- 1 day optional activities such as Everest View flight, or Shivapuri Park Walk.