Koshi Tapu

Koshi Tappu wild life reserve has carved a place it self as a birdwatchers's paradise. The reserve spreads over saptari and Sunsari district in eastern south of Nepal defined by the eastern and western embankments of River Koshi. The reserve has been recognized as wetland site from 1987.The vegetation of the reserve is mainly grassland with patches of scrub and deciduous reverine forest that makes Koshi tappu special is that birds seen here are not found other part of Nepal. The reserve has recorded around 439 species of bird variety.Some of which fly all the way from Siberia during winter .A wide variety of Ducks, herons, storks egrets, ibis are seen on the River bank. It has one of the few elephant stables of Asia. Other animals are found here are wild buffalo wild boar, hog deer, spotted deer, blue bell and jackal. Gharial Corcodile and Gangetic dolphin are other attractions. The best time to visit Koshi Tappu is between Octobers to April.

Best Birds
The best bird in Koshi : Swamp Francolin, Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Comb Duck, Falcated Duck, Spot-billed Duck, Cotton Pigmy Goose, Baer's Pochard, Bailon's Crake, Ruddy Crake, Greater Painted Snipe, Pheasant-tailed jacana, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Indian Courser, Black-bellied Tern, Imperial Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Bristle Grassbird, Striated Grassbird etc.

Accommodation
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp is the very first luxury camp established in the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in the year 1993. Established solely for the purpose of serving to the interests of bird watchers of all around the world, the camp is staffed with bird specialists renowned in the country. Koshi Tappu Wildlife camp is a heaven for all the nature lovers seeking solace and a quiet time for themselves engulfed with nature's serenity The Camp is staffed with local naturalists and bird specialists. It consists of 12 large deluxe safari tents with easy twin beds and simple modern toilet amenity including hot and cold shower facilities. The restaurant with fully stocked bar is located centrally on the thatched house, 'Golghar which serves Nepali and International cuisine from our experienced kitchen

Activities (Morning / Evening Jungle Walk)
The jungle along the belts of the Koshi River, part of the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is known for its richness in birds and other animal species. The river lagoons and wetlands provides excellent opportunity to sight bird life, deer and herds of water buffaloes.

Soft Wildlife Rafting
Taking a raft down the Koshi River is another alternative for exploring the reserve. Here, you can see the water birds or animals off to their daily chores with wonderful sights like Kingfishers diving down the river looking for food, the marsh muggers or the ghariyal crocodiles sun bathing but ofcourse out of reach. You might be lucky enough to spot the rare wild buffaloes. Down the end, at the barrage Gangetic river dolphins could be your best view of the day.
Village walk

This is another interesting activity. Tharus, the early inhabitants of the region have their own unique way of living not affected by the western influence. Their beautifully decorated homes and their way of living can be an interesting part of the tour. The village is also plastic-free, one of the few environmentally aware and clean villages in the country. The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp itself took this initiative towards environmental awareness and preservation.

Sample tentative Programs I

Day : 01
Arrive Biratnagar airport. Meet and drive to Koshi Tappu Wildlife camp.
1300 Hrs : Lunch
1500 Hrs : Birding in the nearby surroundings of the park.
1900 Hrs : Dinner.

Day : 02
0530 Hrs : Wake up call.
0600 Hrs : Morning nature walk within near vicinity.
0800 Hrs : Breakfast.
0900 Hrs : Soft Wildlife rafting on the Sapta Koshi river with naturalists to help you view some of the water birds, water buffaloes, dolphins and various marine and jungle wildlife. End boat trip by the bank of the river and have picnic lunch. Short drive to the Koshi Barrage to view the bird life and fresh water Dolphins. Late afternoon return to the camp.
1900 Hrs : Dinner.

Day : 03
0530 Hrs : Wake up call.
0600 Hrs : Bird watching in to the jungle near by.
0800 Hrs : Breakfast.
0900 Hrs : Departure to Biratnagar Airport.


Sample tentative Programs II
Day : 01

Arrive Biratnagar airport. Meet and drive to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp.
1300 Hrs : Lunch
1500 Hrs : Birding in the nearby surroundings of the park.
1900 Hrs : Dinner

Day : 02
0530 Hrs : Wake up call.
0600 Hrs : Morning nature walk within near vicinity.
0800 Hrs : Breakfast.
0900 Hrs : Soft Widlife Rafting on the Sapta Koshi river with naturalists to help you view some of the water birds, water buffaloes, dolphins and various water habitats. End boat trip by the bank of the river and have picnic lunch. Short drive to the Koshi Barrage to view the bird life and fresh water Dolphins. Late afternoon return to the camp.
1900 Hrs : Dinner.

Day : 03
0530 Hrs : Wake up call.
0600 Hrs : Morning nature walk within near vicinity.
0800 Hrs : Breakfast.
0900 Hrs : Birding all along the dam of the Koshi River and the area of Pink tower crossing the Koshi barrage. Picnic lunch at the pink tower. Late afternoon return to the camp for birdwatching..
1900 Hrs : Dinner.

Day : 04

0530 Hrs : Wake up call.
0600 Hrs : More bird watching in to the jungle near by.
0800 Hrs : Breakfast.
0900 Hrs : Departure to Biratnagar airport.


Getting There
By Air : It is a 45 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar. Enjoying the most panoramic view of Eastern Himalayas including Mt. Everest from Biratnagar 1:45 hours drive will reach us to our Deluxe Wildlife Camp.


By Road : The park is also accessible by road which is 500 km. (about 10 hrs. drive) from Kathmandu to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.

By Raft : For white water enthusiasts the 9 to 10 days exciting trip down the Sun Koshi River can end at the very comfortable camp to recover for your river adventure, enjoying the natural beauty of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.

Best Time
The best time to visit this fabulous wildlife reserve is between October to March when much of the migratory and local birds can be sighted at the barrage and many of the river channels. Numerous Himalayan peaks including the Makalu I (8,463m) the fifth highest mountain in the world can be seen during the clear cooler time of the year.

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