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The Animal Kingdom Tour

Today, Nepal is a bird watching destination of international importance. For a country of this size Nepal is exceptionally rich in its biodiversity, especially its fauna. The vegetation of the country ranges from lush subtropical forests to the alpine pastures, to the deserts of the Trans-Himalayan region. This has allowed Nepal to become one of the favorite places for birds, both residents and migrants.The Royal National Park of Bardia is the largest desert wilderness in Terai. The atmosphere is wonderfully quiet. There are about 22 real Tigers of Bengal and 100 rhinos who roam freely.

 

 We specialize in organizing tours in Nepal, which are unique and unfrequented by tourists.

 

Day 1: Welcome to Nepal

Arrival at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu (1340 meters), a warm welcome by our representative and transfer to hotel. Time to visit the stunning Boudhanath Stupa, the most important Buddhist cultural center in Kathmandu, as many Tibetan refugees created over 50 Gompa (Tibetan monasteries). Since 1979, Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will visit the Monastery Sechen, a retreat for Matthieu Ricard, a well-known French monk, consultant and interpreter of Dalaï Lama. If circumstances permit, you will attend a prayer in the monastery, an experience to have at least once in life.

Overnight: Kathmandu Guesthouse

Meals: -

 

Day 2: Boudhanath - Pashupatinath - Pharping

Visit the temple of Pashupatinath which is one of the most sacred temples for the Hindus. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large golden pagoda decorated with brass with a beautiful silver plated door. This place, also known as Little Benares, is located along the Bagmati River, here every day many funeral ceremonies take place with the bodies that are burnt on the piers before dedicating the ashes to the Bagmati. Before leaving Pashupatinah we will go to Briddhashram "Elderly Home" (Seniors' Home) Social Welfare Center located in the temple district run by Mother Teresa's Sisters of Charity. Then, depart for Pharping.

Overnight: Hattiban Resort

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 3: Champa Devi

At your choice today, a small trek to reach Champa Devi. Leaving the village and the Pharping monastery, the path crosses a lush pine forest. It will take 2 hours to reach the top of the ridge. Most of the walk is along the ridge and offers spectacular views of the Kathmandu Valley and the mountains.Or, if you prefer, take a walk through the local villages.

Overnight: Hattiban Resort

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 4: Bhaktapur - Dolalghat

Departure for Bhaktapur, a "small town" that has maintained a truly authentic atmosphere and architecture. This ancient Nepalese capital really resembles a medieval city. When you walk in the streets, you will get the impression of being transported in the past. In addition, the locals are very hospitable and will not try to sell you souvenirs.

For movie enthusiasts, Bakhtapur was one of the main sites of Bernardo Bertolucci's Little Buddha movie with Keanu Reeves. It is great fun to discover the streets and temples seen in the movie. Then, drive to Dolalghat.

Overnight: Rosemani Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 5: Simpal

Today, visit Simpal, a small village where you can take a small trek down to the falls.

Overnight stay: Simple lodge

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 6: Okreni

3 to 4 hours of trekking to reach Okreni. You can take stops at your will to watch and photograph the birds.

Overnight stay: Simple lodge

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 7: Simpal

After admiring the beautiful rhododendron forests, return to Simpal.

Overnight stay: Simple lodge

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 8: Simpal

Day dedicated to bird watching.

Overnight stay: Simple lodge

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 9: Dhulikhel

Start for Dulikhel for more amazing bird watching.

Overnight: Dulhikhel Lodge Resort

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 10: Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Bardia National Park

Depart for Kathmandu Airport for a flight to Nalgunj. Upon arrival, the driver will take you to the Bardia National Park.

The Tharu are an indigenous people of Terai. They have a distinct architectural style as they use natural materials found in the region for construction such as straw, wood and mud. Although most of the Tharu are Hindu, some vestiges of their tribal religion are still present. The villages are oasis of peace and tranquility.

Enjoy your evening with a sumptuous dinner, watching the Tharu Stick Dance, near the restaurant. A melodious tribal dance performed by men and women at the rhythm of drums and sticks to keep rhinos and wild animals far from their farms.

Overnight: Rhino Lodge

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 11: Bardia National Park

Walk safari during the day to see the Gangetic Dolphin, the Rivier Dolphins. Walking allows you to explore the rich diversity of jungle, prairies and rivers. This is the best way to observe wildlife and nature from close up. The guide can provide you with an in-depth information on the habitats, plant details and animal life that you will encounter.

Overnight: Rhino Lodge

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 12: Bardia National Park

Exploring the tiger territory (half day),

With an elephant back safari.

Bardia National Park has many well-kept home elephants. These tame and majestic animals offer the safest and easiest way to move around the park. Riding through the high prairies and the dense jungle, you will be able to see wildlife safely.

Or a Jeep safari

This is the fastest way to explore the park, allowing you to go deep in the jungle. Visit some of the best observation towers for an unforgettable safari experience.

Option: Rafting (minimum 4 people)

In the early morning, after 30 km of jeep ride, you will reach the Karnali River. Enjoy a serene rafting day along the river. Drifting along the river allows you to spot wildlife, especially the freshwater dolphins, the garial crocodile and exotic birds. A swim is also possible and sometimes the dolphins can join you!

Overnight: Rhino Lodge

Meals: Breakfast-Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 13: Kathmandu

Early in the morning go for Bird watching. Our guides can help identify the different varieties of resident and migratory birds you encounter. During the months of September, November, February and April, migratory birds increase the total number of residential birds, offering birdwatchers a great opportunity to enjoy their favorite activity to the fullest. After lunch, leave for Nepalgunj airport to catch a flight to Kathmandu.

Overnight: Kathmandu Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Day 14: Goodbye

Transfer to the airport and end of our services.

Meals: Breakfast

P.S. Programs may vary according to the season's change and may be subject to change in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

 

From 2050 euros per person

 

Included in the price:

Car and tour guide speaking English for Kathmandu.

Transport out of town for flight or private car

Accommodation in double room with breakfast and main meals (when mentioned)

Transfers to the airport for arrivals / departures.

Domestic flights

Full board and activities in the parks

 

Not included in the price:

Other meals and drinks if not mentioned above,

Personal expenses.

International flights

The Nepalese visa

Travel Insurance

Usual tips for guides and drivers