Nepal’s Bird Watching and Wildlife Photography Tour

11 Days

Bird Watching and Wildlife Photography Tour in Nepal offers a rewarding experience due to the country’s diverse ecosystems and rich biodiversity. Nepal is rich in varieties of flora and fauna, making it home to many bird species and other wildlife. This makes Nepal an attractive destination for nature enthusiasts looking to capture stunning images and observe a wide range of species in their natural habitats.

People interested in bird watching and wildlife photography come to Nepal to immerse themselves in the country’s captivating natural beauty and ecosystem that is praised worldwide. Nepal’s wildlife photography opportunities extend to its diverse range of mammals, including elusive big cats like the Bengal Tiger as well as charismatic herbivores like one-horned rhinoceroses and Asian elephants.

Whether navigating the intricate riverine systems of Chitwan or ascending to mountainous heights in search of high-altitude species, Nepal promises a tapestry of natural wonders for those who venture into its vibrant and ecologically significant realms.

Bird watching and wildlife photography during all seasons

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In Nepal, bird watching and wildlife photography can be experienced differently in each season.

Spring (March to May)

In spring, Nepal comes alive with vibrant colors and sounds. Birdwatchers can witness active birdlife engaged in breeding displays, showcasing their striking plumage. This season is particularly favorable for wildlife photographers as the landscape is adorned with blooming flowers and lush greenery. The pleasant weather and increased bird activity make it an ideal time for bird watching and photography.

Summer/Monsoon (June to August)

While the summer or monsoon season presents challenges with the potential for rain, it has its unique charm. Resident bird species remain active, and the landscape becomes a lush paradise with dramatic skies. Birdwatchers can still enjoy observing local species, and wildlife photographers can capture the enchanting atmosphere of Nepal’s natural beauty during the monsoon.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is widely regarded as the prime season for birdwatching and wildlife photography in Nepal. Migratory birds return, adding diversity to the avian population. The weather is typically clear and pleasant, providing excellent visibility. The diverse landscapes, from lowlands to high mountains, offer varied opportunities for capturing both birdlife and wildlife in their natural habitats.

Winter (December to February)

While winter may see a decline in migratory bird numbers, resident birds remain active, and certain species are more easily spotted. Wildlife photographers can capture crisp images with clear visibility. In higher elevations, snowfall transforms the landscapes, adding a picturesque element to photography. The colder temperatures may be challenging, but winter still offers unique opportunities for bird watching and wildlife photography in Nepal.

What to bring during a bird-watching and wildlife photography tour

  • Neutral-colored clothing is recommended.
  • Light clothing is needed for the daytime with a sweater and warm jacket for the evenings from November to March.
  • Pants / Trousers are recommended for safari and jungle walks.
  • Comfortable walking shoes, sun hats, sunglasses, etc. are essential.
  • Insect repellent and personal medical requirements should be carried out.
  • It is highly recommended to travel light with only one small suitcase or duffle bag.
  • During the warmer months, swimming suits are recommended.
  • A small flashlight is recommended.
  • Binoculars add greatly to your enjoyment of bird and wildlife viewing.


Nepal is a paradise for birdwatching and wildlife photography, boasting diverse ecosystems that attract birdwatchers and wildlife photographers from all over the world. In Kathmandu, Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park is where the birdwatchers can spot a variety of species, including warblers, flycatchers, and birds of prey. Popular locations include the Phulchowki Bird Watching Area, known for its diverse avian population.

Chitwan, on the other hand, is renowned for its rich biodiversity in the lowland Terai region. Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The park is home to over 500 bird species, making it a paradise for birdwatching. Visitors can witness iconic species such as the Bengal Florican, Great Hornbill, and a myriad of waterfowl. Wildlife photography opportunities abound, with chances to capture images of one-horned rhinoceroses, Royal Bengal Tigers, Asian elephants, and diverse flora and fauna in their natural habitats.

From the lowland wetlands to the towering peaks, Nepal’s commitment to conservation and its varied elevations make it a must-visit destination for those passionate about capturing the beauty of wildlife in its natural habitat.


  • The natural richness of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park.
  • Fascinating birds like Crimson Sunbird, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, and Blue-throated Barbet adds beauty in Phulchowki.
  • Never seen wildlife at the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.
  • Explore the beauty of eastern part of Nepal.
  • Chitwan National Park’s birds and animals are a treat to watch.
  • Get to know about the Vulture restaurant which is an initiation to conserve rare species of vulture.
  • Capture rare wildlife through your lenses.


Day 1:

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. One of the representative of Himalayan 360 will be there at the airport to pick you and escort to the hotel. On the way, you will be getting a small briefing about the tour. Overnight.

Day 2:
Drive towards Phulchowki

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning after your breakfast and then drive for around an hour to reach Godavari also called the Royal Botanical Garden, located in Patan. You will start to hike gradually uphill through the dense sub-tropical forest from the botanical garden. After 4 hours of ascending, we will reach the top of Phulchowki Hill. The stunning view of the eastern portion of the Annapurna range to Gaurishankar in the east, Mt. Everest as well as the majestic vista of Kathmandu Valley, are the highlights of this journey. The Crimson Sunbird, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, and Blue-throated Barbet add bursts of color to the treetops, while the distinctive calls of the Spiny Babbler resonate through the woods.

You will spend a nice time there enjoying delicious lunch overlooking the majestic view. And after lunch, you will hike downwards for about 2 hours on the same trail to the Godavari. If time permits, we will explore the Botanical Garden and drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 3:
Hike to Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park

Driving Duration: 45 Minutes
Hiking Duration: 7-8 Hours

Early morning our guide will pick up you from the hotel. You can mention your time but we recommend you to go earlier as you go early you may see the view from Shivapuri Very clearly. After 45 minutes drive, you will reach to Budhanilkantha temple, where you will spend some time here. Afterwards, the Car goes to Muhan Pokhari and drops us there. Now we get the permits and start our walk/hike. You need to carry the water and some dry fruit or any fruit because there is no place to eat on the way to Shivapuri.

From Shivapuri you can see the stunning views of Himalayas. Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park is home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. The varied elevations and habitats within the park create an ideal environment for numerous bird species. There will be a lot of bird and animal sighting, if you are patient enough to wait. Back to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 4:
Fly to Biratnagar and drive to Barju Taal

We will take an early morning flight to Biratnagar which will take about 35-40 minutes. After reaching Biratnagar, we drive towards Barju Taal. The lake is about 12 km from Biratnagar.

Barju Taal, sometimes called Chimdi Taal, is comprised of just over 250 acres of wetlands but hosts more than 500 bird species, and at peak festival times hosts up to 150,000 picnickers. It is indeed a paradise for the bird watchers.

After spending few hours at Barju lake, we drive towards Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, another ultimate destination for the Bird watching and wildlife photography. We will enjoy the sunset at the Koshi river and stay there for the night.

Day 5:
Bird watching and wildlife photography at Koshi Tappu

Today, you will be visiting Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, located in the southeastern part of Nepal, near the Koshi River which is a haven for birdwatching and wildlife photography enthusiasts. Bird enthusiasts can spot both migratory and resident species, including waterfowl, storks, egrets, ibises, and the endangered Bengal Florican.

Besides that, Koshi Tappu is also famous for its faunas. The reserve is renowned for its population of wild water buffalo, spotted deer, and hog deer, while the wetlands and rivers host an impressive array of waterfowl, storks, and ibises. Gharials, mugger crocodiles, and various snake species inhabit the waterways, contributing to the reserve’s reptilian diversity. You will get a wonderful chance to capture these animals and know about their habitat.

Day 6:
Rafting in Koshi river

Today, after having breakfast, we will head towards the Koshi river for rafting purposes. The Koshi River basin is rich in biodiversity. While rafting, you may have the opportunity to spot various bird species and, on occasion, glimpses of wildlife along the riverbanks. Keep an eye out for the diverse flora and fauna of the region.

Rafting in Koshi river is also another great way to experience the beauty of the eastern region of Nepal. You can also witness beautiful sunset in the Koshi river.

Day 7:
Drive to Chitwan

We will have an early morning breakfast and proceed to drive towards Chitwan. It will be a long ride as it may take 9-10 hours to reach Chitwan. After reaching Chitwan, you will be welcomed by the authentic Tharu culture and gestures. Rest and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8:
Bird watching and wildlife photography in Chitwan

After a hearty breakfast, you will head towards Chitwan National Park. Chitwan National Park is another brilliant spot for bird watching and wildlife photography in Nepal. Renowned for its diverse ecosystems, including grasslands, riverine forests, and wetlands, the park provides a habitat for a wide range of bird and animal species.

You will get to see a wide variety of birds like Indian Peafowl (Peacock), Great Hornbill, Bengal Florican, Asian Openbill Stork, Sarus Crane and many more. Along with these birds you will also spot number of wildlife roaming around Chitwan National Park. One-horned rhinoceros, Gaur, Royal Bengal tiger, Wild elephant, Four-horned antelope, Pangolin, Golden monitor lizard, Python, etc are the animals that you will spot during the jungle walk, if you are lucky enough!

It is a perfect moment for wildlife photographers to capture these rare animals and birds in their lens. Overnight in Chitwan.

Day 9:
Explore Vulture restaurant

Today, we will explore the Jatayu Vulture Restaurant which lies in the buffer zone of Chitwan National Park. Mind you, this restaurant is for vultures and not humans. It is the World’s first community managed vulture restaurant mainly established for the conservation of endangered species of Vultures.

These Vulture Restaurants collect old and unproductive cattle from the farmers and rear them in Cow Rescue Centre where they take care of the animals until their demise. The dead cattles are then fed to vultures. This is a great way to know about the conservation method of vultures and to capture their rare sightings.

Later this day, we will be hopping on to the canoe ride in Rapti river where we will get a close interaction with the animals found there. Mugger Crocodile, Gharial, Kingfishers, Waterfowl etc are the animals and birds that can be witnessed through the canoe ride. Overnight.

Day 10:
Drive back to Kathmandu

Today, we leave Chitwan and get back to our normal track. It will take around 7 hours to reach Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, you can take rest or explore the markets of Thamel and do some souvenir shopping. Overnight.

Day 11:
Final departure

This is the last day of your bird watching and wildlife photography tour. One of our representative will be there to drop you at the airport 3-hours prior to your flight. We hope you had a great time here. Remember us for your next trip to Nepal.


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Where do the birds mostly visit in Nepal?

Koshi Tappu, Chitwan, and Bardiya in plain lands and the Everest and Annapurna regions in the mountains are where birds mostly visit in Nepal.

Which is the bird only found in Nepal?

The Spiny Babbler is a bird that is only found in Nepal.

Which bird is rare in Nepal?

Red-faced liocichla is considered rare in Nepal.

Which valley of Nepal has the most number of birds?

Kathmandu Valley of Nepal has the highest number of birds. Almost 500 species of birds are found in Kathmandu Valley alone.

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Nepal’s Bird Watching and Wildlife Photography Tour