Formed by the raging Saptakoshi river the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is spread over an area of 176 sq km and is known the world over as a birdwatcher's paradise. The reserve spreads over Saptari and Sunsari districts in the eastern part of the country and was originally created to preserve the only remaining herd of Arna Bhaisi (Bubalus Arnee) or wild buffaloes in Nepal. The reserve mainly consists of grassland with patches of scrub and deciduous riverside forests. Today the reserve is known for its 439 species of birds, some of which fly all the way from Siberia during winter. It also has one of the few elephant stables of Asia. The Koshi river is also home to the Marsh Mugger Crocodile and the Gangetic Dolphin.
The reserve is 40km from Biratnagar which is around 45 minutes flight from Kathmandu. There are several resorts & tented camps outside the reserve.
Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar then one hour drive to Koshi Tappu. Briefing about trip. O/N at Resort.
After breakfast you set out for full day excursion on boat and four wheels drive with packed lunch to see waders, waterfowl, birds of prey, marsh crocodile, otters, wild water buffalo and Gangetic Dolphins including a visit to Pink Tower.
After a wholesome breakfast you go for bird watch inside the reserve in the scrub forest, grasslands and wetland habitat with lunch packs to see swamp partridge, black necked stork, buntings, bulbuls etc. In the afternoon you can either continue bird watching or enjoy optional elephant ride to watch Arna, the wild water buffalo, blue bull, hog deer, fishing etc. O/N at Resort.
Early morning you can either enjoy bird watching around the camp area or have leisure walk. After breakfast you departure for Kathmandu.