Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve - Emerging Nepal

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

One of the best sites for bird watching in Nepal, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is also noted for being the smallest National Park in Terai. This Park expands over 175sq km of an area covering the wet land, reed beds and forests in Udayapur, Sunsari and Saptari districts. It is the only remaining dwelling place for endangered arna. Established in 1976 with an aim to conserve phanta (plain land) and tappu (small islands) of Koshi River, this Reserve provides shelter to more than 493 species of birds including rare species like Sarus crane, swamp francolin and Bengal florican. Birds migrate from as far as Siberia and Tibet and stay in the Ramsar site from November to February during winter.  

Do not expect to see large beasts like rhinoceros and tigers but you can get the rare views of Gangetic dolphins, deer, herons, egrets, ibish, marsh muggers, mongooses, porcupines, blue bulls, golden jackals, fishing cats, civet cats, spotted deer, blue bell, Gharial crocodile and many more. Glimpse of Gangetic dolphin and arna are major highlights in Koshi Tappu Reserve. Dolphins can be best viewed from the bridge at Koshi Barrage. Other activities involve rafting in Saptakoshi River, elephant back safari, canoe ride and jungle walk.
Emerging Nepal operates Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Tour. You will be guided by the bird expert that will take you through the wet land in Ramsar Site that offers great views of birds. October to April is best month for visiting Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. Koshi Tappu itinerary lasts normally for 4 to 5 days but we can customize the package to meet your requirements.

How to reach Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve?

By Air
We need to take 45minutes of Kathmandu Biratnagar flight to arrive at Biratnagar Airport from where we will take about 2hrs of drive to Reserve.   

By Road
We can reach Koshi Tappu from Kathmandu by taking 10hrs of drive to cover 500km long road. 
Costs included in the price:

1. Hotel to Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle
2. Accommodation in Kathmandu and Biratnagar 
3. All necessary transportation
4. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during Koshi Tappu Wildlife Tour
5. English Speaking guide
6. Guide expenses 
7. Entrance fees

Costs excluded in the price:
1. Travel insurance
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will undergo custom and visa formalities. Later, you will be transferred to the hotel for luxurious stay. Get briefing from guide regarding your itinerary. 

Day 02: Kathmandu to Biratnagar Flight or Drive to Koshi Tappu
We can reach Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve from Kathmandu in two ways. We can either drive from Kathmandu to Koshi Tappu along East West Highway for about 6hrs or we can take an hour long flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and then drive for half an hour to Koshi Tappu. Stay overnight in a camp. Enjoy cultural program in the evening.

Day 03: Explore in Koshi Tappu
Koshi Tappu is famous for providing shelter to Arna (Wild buffaloes). We can explore Koshi Tappu by boat or take jeep safari for wildlife views of migratory and local birds, crocodile, dolphins and other mammals. We will reach Pink Tower and stay overnight in a lodge.  

Day 04: Second Day of Koshi Tappu Exploration
We will enjoy birdwatching and enjoy views of swamp partridge, black necked stork and other birds. We can go for elephant ride and get wildlife views of hog deer, musk deer, mongoose and other animals.  

Day 05: Return from Koshi Tappu to Kathmandu
We will wake up early in the morning and return to Kathmandu. You can spend the day on your own. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 06: Departure
Officially getting done with the tour package, it’s time to say good bye. So taking the breakfast you will be transferred into the Tribhvan International Airport, Kathmandu by our team representative in a private van. We hope we are able to make your holidays as memorable as you have vision. Have a safe journey.

Trip Facts

Duration: 17 Days
Accomodation: Hotel, Lodge
Altitude Height: 1,540m.
Seasons: February-June, September-December
Level: Easy
Trip Departure: Kathmandu
No. of Pax: 1-10 people
Activities: Jungle Safari
Mode of Travel: Domestic flight, Car, Bus

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