Nepal Wildlife Tour

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11 days, from £2890
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Description

Nepal is home to some of the richest and most diverse wildlife in Asia. A haven for Bengal tigers, rare one-horned rhinos and a vast array of birdlife, its national parks can provide some spectacular wildlife encounters. This unforgettable journey takes you into two of its most prized sanctuaries - Chitwan National Park and the vast open landscapes of the Terai, where you can find the rich gamelands of Bardia National Park.

Beginning amongst the historic treasures and bustling streets of Kathmandu, you'll venture high up into the surrounding hills of the capital in search of birds and butterflies, before flying on to Chitwan. Here you will have an opportunity to enjoy nature walks and canoe trips along the Rapti River, before driving on to visit the sacred setting of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

Then it is on to Bardia National Park, one of the largest protected areas in the country, where you can enjoy a wealth of activities from game drives and bird watching, to cultural tours and guided walks. After three days of safari adventure, your journey then ends amongst the medieval splendour of Patan, one of the Nepal's oldest and most historic towns.

Highlights:

- Discover the rich birdlife amongst the forests around Phulchowki Hill
- Enjoy game drives and bird watching in Bardia National Park
- Search for Bengal tigers and one-horned rhino
- Take canoe trips and jeep safaris in Chitwan National Park
- Explore the historic highlights of ancient Patan

Tour includes:

- 2 internal flights
- 6 nights lodge accommodation, 4 night's hotel
- 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
- 4 Jeep safaris in National Parks
- Private driver and vehicle, normally a SUV car for one or two people
- Private and shared guided sightseeing programme including all entrance fees
- Shared naturalist guide and jeep safaris
- Private guided transfers to and from all airports
*Please note the prices shown are per person and based on two persons sharing a twin or double room

Itinerary


 Days 1-2: Kathmandu


 Day 1: Arriving in Kathmandu you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Day 2: At 2760 metres, Phulchowki Hill is the highest of the peaks that encircle the Kathmandu Valley. Lying some 18 kilometres to the south-east of Kathmandu, it provides an ideal spot from which to learn more about the rich variety of birdlife resident in the area. There are known to be around 55 different species here, including migratory visitors, whilst the surrounding forests are home to a staggering variety of flora, butterflies and mammals, including leopards and yellow-throated martens. (B)



 Days 3-5: Kathmandu - Bharatpur - Chitwan National Park


 Day 3: Today you will fly to Bharatpur, your gateway into the rich landscapes of Chitwan National Park. Arriving in Chitwan you will be driven to your lodge, where lunch will be available once you have had a chance to settle in. This afternoon then provides your first opportunity to search out some of the park's renowned wildlife, with a game drive into the jungle. With over 700 species of flora and fauna calling Chitwan home, the park is a haven for all manner of wildlife. (B,L,D) Day 4: This morning you will embark on a nature walk in the park, the perfect opportunity to discover some of the rich varieties of birds that call Chitwan home. With over 270 different species recorded here, the park is a real bird watchers paradise. This afternoon then provides a chance for a gentle canoe ride down the Rapti River, the perfect setting from which to observe life along the banks, with mugger and gharial crocodile's regular visitors to the water's edge. (B,L,D) Day 5: Spend the morning enjoying a jeep safari or a nature walk through the national park. Chitwan is home to the largest population of Indian rhinoceros in the country, with an estimated 600 plus animals' resident within its confines. This afternoon is then free to partake in some optional excursions. (B,L,D)



 Day 6: Chitwan National Park - Lumbini

Departing Chitwan after breakfast, you will spend much of today driving on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lumbini. An important pilgrimage site for Buddhists from around the globe, Lumbini is believed to be the spot where Siddhartha Gautama was born over 2,500 years ago. Better known as the Gautama Buddha, his birthplace is now home to numerous temples and monuments and later this afternoon you will pay a visit to the landmark sites of the Ashoka Pillar and the Maya Devi Gardens. (B)


 Days 7-10: Lumbini - Bardia National Park


 Day 7: Another long drive today sees you heading for the vast expanse of Bardia National Park, set amongst the country's Terai region. After checking in to your lodge you will have a choice of a number of excursions on offer, from guided walks, to river trips and cultural tours. Forming one of the largest stretches of tiger habitat in Asia, Bardia is home to mugger crocodiles, one-horned rhinos and over 250 species of birds. (B,L,D) Day 8: Rising early today you'll head out by jeep to track tigers, elephants and rare one-horned rhinos in the cool light of morning. Other residents of the park include gharial crocodiles and swamp deer and the jeeps will stop at watchtowers, riverbanks and watering holes in the hope of spotting some of this abundant wildlife. This afternoon then provides an opportunity to enjoy some bird watching. (B,L,D) Day 9: With morning drive on offer today, you will head back out with your guide in search of more of the jungle's resident wildlife including its rich array of birds, monkeys, deer and hopefully the majestic and elusive Bengal tiger. Claw marks on the trees indicate where these solitary beasts have been sharpening claws and marking their territory; a sure sign that you are on the right track. (B,L,D) Day 10: Transferring to Nepalganj Airport today, you will then take the short flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival you will then be transferred on to your hotel, set in the charming medieval town of Patan, a place renowned for its rich traditions of arts and handicrafts. One of the three ancient royal cities of the Kathmandu Valley, the afternoon is free to explore its shops and bazaars for some last minute souvenirs. (B)



 Day 11: Patan

Depart Patan for the transfer back to Kathmandu Airport. (B)