This is believed to be 25 centuries old and stands as one of the world’s oldest Buddhist Chaityas. The Great Stupa of Swyambhu is the wonder that was Nepal, the glory that was Nepal. It is indeed listed a World Heritage for Site to prove that it serves as the nerve center of faithful worship for all the devout philosophy of Bajrayan in particular and honors Lord Adi Buddha. It is dedicated to the self – originating flame God. The stupa, which forms the salient structure, is well composed of a solid hemisphere of terra – cotta bricks and soil supporting a cornice of copper and gilt. Painted on the four -sided based by of the spiral are the all seeing eyes of lord Buddha, keeping an eternal watch on the Valley distinguishing between vice and virtue. It is some two miles west of Kathmandu City proper across the holy Bishnumati River. Situated on the top of a hillock, it is about 500 feet above the level of the Valley. The whole hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and pagoda temples possessing great five Mahayan (Lamaism) and one Hinyan (Therbadist). On the hind hill is located another important Buddhist shrine; it is called Manjushree. This Chinese Buddha is the God of Knowledge.
Although a small in size with a country of fascinating change in every ways, with its dramatic landscapes, valleys, rivers and jungles to world’s highest mountain. Nepal provides abundant bird life habitats with its rich green jungle of mid hills, alpine to tropical dense forest with its variations range of elevation from the low of 65 meters to 8,848 meters the top of Mt. Everest certainly offers an impressive natural background and home for many species of wild and bird life, join in our various destination for bird watch tour starting from the valley of Kathmandu and its nearest high hills with scenic mountain views, or drive to Chitwan and Kosi Tappu including Pokhara mid hills all these areas provides interesting Bird Watching Tour.
Nepal, a major habitation and migratory place for many species of birds as 08 % of the world’s population of birds (more than 857 species);
Nepal habitats domestic and migratory birds as the country has varied levels of temperature from the low land of Terai the mid hill and to the high alpine range where varieties of birds exists from small finch-partridge- jungle fowls-water birds to large Himalayan brown eagle and hawks including the National bird of Nepal “Lophorous” colorful Danfe also called Impeyan Pheasant.
Here are the special areas for bird watch tour in and around Kathmandu valley and beyond:
Phulchowki adjoin hills within Kathmandu Valley and the highest hill top of Kathmandu valley also, famous for mountain views and flora and fauna with Redheaded Trogan, a very rare bird sighted there in April 2002 (it was last seen n Nepal 44 years ago). Phulchowki is 2760 meters and 18kms southeast of Kathmandu and is reached via Godawari and the Botanical Gardens. Walking can start from behind the gardens, with a combination of trails and roads. The hillside is covered with forest featuring outstanding flora as well as diverse birds. About 90 species have been recorded in this area including the endemic spring babbler, as well as the Curia, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Rufous Bellied Pied Woodpeckers and the Black-throated Parrot bill, to name a few.
Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve, & Nagarjun:
Another beautiful spot for Bird Watching Tour is Shivapuri Watershed Reserve, 12kms north of Kathmandu valley and from the city.
Nagarjun located North West; Shivapuri hill top can be reached two ways either from Sundarijal or from Budhanilkantha.
This Reserve with various species birds are Laughing Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle, Little Pied Fly Catchers, Ruby-Throats and Babblers, Pheasants, Magpies and Sunbird.
Pokhara, the two well known lakes Phewa Tal and Begnas Tal and the surrounding areas are highly recommended. Of particular interest are the areas with minimum disturbances, away from human inhabitation the forests around the south shore of Phewa lake. Look out in the fields and pools especially in the winter for Egrets, Herons, Pipits, and Buntings etc. other birds are occurring are Gulls, Terns, Ducks, and Falcons etc.
Begnas Tal is 15Km away from Pokhara and it easily reached by taxi or bicycle. Accommodations are available here too. Terraced hills and light forests surround the lake. One should spend time on the slopes and wet fields. Birds sighted here are Ducks, pheasant-tailed jacana; Hoppie Grey bellied Tesias, common pintail snipe, bulbuls etc. Pokhara lakeside is basically a tourist town, which caters to all the needs f visitors. From cheap lodges to very expensive starHOTELS are available in and around Pokhara. Lakeside is full of restaurants of all kinds. Pokhara can be reached by air or by road. Bird watching is best in October and April.
Koshi Barage and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve:
The eastern Terai to the Far East of Nepal, the Koshi is great for waterfowl and waders, with about 26 varieties of ducks alone. Here the method of viewing is by boat, gliding through the waters in the stillness of the early morning and evenings. Over 450 species have been sighted hare, including Black Ibis, Honey Kites, Ospreys, Black Headed Orioles, Peregrine Falcon, Partridges, and Storks.
Chitwan National Park:
Chitwan the lowlands of Nepal, known as the Terai the flat land of Nepal. Chitwan National Park is the best-known site in Nepal for bird watching. Bird watching need to be done from the safely of a chair, the back of an elephant or in a jeep (by far the last choice), and if you wish to walk, accompanied by a guide or a naturalist, or preferably an ornithologist. The area consists of Sal Forest, Riverine forest, and grasslands, with three rivers forming the boundaries of the park. Some 500 species have been recorded in Chitwan and some of them are Blue Indian Roller, Stork-billed Kingfishers, Bengal Florican, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Bee-eaters, and Cormorants.
Annapurna Holiday Planner welcomes in Nepal National Parks for wildlife safari in driving distances, beside trekking, mountaineering, rafting, mountain biking Nepal has many holidays to offer, jungle safari one of the highlights of Nepal tourism which is an ideal holiday for families, school / collage, corporate groups and for botanist and zoological research students, people who have more time in Nepal after their previous trekking and other activities can join in this jungle safari in the comfort of nice deluxe hotels and resorts, all the parks in the lower Terai region of Nepal offers delightful adventure safari as this area are habitat and home for varied types of wild and bird life’s, from endangered Royal Bengal Tiger, One Horned Indian Rhinoceros, fresh water Gangetic Gharial, Marsh Mugger (crocodile) and fresh water Dolphins.
The verdant jungle and grassland is where exciting safari on elephant backs and jungle drive are enjoyed in the comfort Resorts & Lodges.
Nepal, an amazing small country which occupies 0.03% of the earth only yet it includes 02 % of all the worlds flowering plants; 08 % of the world’s population of birds (more than 857 species); 04 % of worlds mammals; 11 of the world’s 15 families of butterflies (more than 500 species); 600 indigenous plant families; 319 species of exotic orchids.
We have various Jungle safari and activities within Nepal National Park and Wildlife Reserves.
01: Chitwan National Park:
Area 932 sq.kms.
The oldest with Asia’s best and popular National Parks, located within the inner subtropical Terai lowlands of Southern-Central Nepal. The park was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984.
Situated in the South Mid West region of Nepal rated as Asia’s best and most popular National Park, the Park is famous for elusive “Royal Bengal Tiger” habitats more than 200 One Horned Indian Rhinoceros 04 species of Deer, Bears, Monkeys, Leopards and many different species of mammals and reptiles, and it is also a home of thousand species variety of birds including water birds.
Jungle Safari & Nature activities programs:
Elephant Safari – Jungle & Nature excursion-bird watch tour- dugout canoe rides to observe water and bird life including two types of crocodiles, the Marsh Mugger and Gangetic Gharial with Jungle drive and back in comfort of nice jungle lodge and resorts.
Annapurna Encounter programs from one day, a week and more, this trip to Chitwan National Park can be done with Rafting on Trisuli River for a day or two or just drive in from Pokhara or from Kathmandu.
02: The Bardiya National Park:
Area 968 sq. kms.
Located far mid- western part of Terai, east of Karnali River, and it is one of the largest undisturbed areas of wilderness in the Terai region. About 70 % of the park is covered with sal forest with the remaining; a balanced mixture of grassland, savannah and riverine forest, the park is famous for viewing of Black Buck, home and habitat for Royal Bengal Tiger, one horned Rhinoceros and hundreds of different species of mammals and reptiles including hundreds of varieties of bird’s life.
Jungle Safari & Nature activities programs:
Elephant Safari – Jungle & Nature excursion-bird watch tour- boat ride to observe water life-Jungle drive in the comfort of nice lodge and resorts.
Annapurna Encounter jungle safaris from one day to one week or more, this trip to Bardiya National Park can be done Rafting the great Karnali River known as “Big Bend” for a day or two or just drive from Pokhara, Lumbini (birth place of Lord Buddha) or fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then a short drive to Bardiya National Park.
03: Koshi-Tappu Wild Life Reserve:
Area 175 sq. kms.
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve lies on the flood plains of the Sapta-Koshi in Saptari and Sunsari Districts of Eastern Nepal. The reserve is defined by the eastern and western embankments of the rivers; this place is Nepal’s only Birds Sanctuary.
The reserves offers important habitat for a different species of wild life, the last surviving population of ‘Wild Buffalo or Arna’ are found here, the reserve is also popular for many kinds of species of water birds.
Jungle Safari & Nature activities programs:
Nature Safari – Jungle & Nature excursion-bird watch tour- boat ride to observe water life in the comfort of nice lodge and resorts.
This trip to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve can be done Rafting expeditions in the world’s class River of Sun Kosi, or a scenic short flight to Biratnagar from Kathmandu and then an interesting 2 hours drive in the South East Nepal to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.
This trip leads to beautiful Pokhara and to Sarankot the highest spot of this trip at 1,500 meters with amazing sunrise and sunset views over wide range of mountains panorama in the comfort of deluxe lodge and resorts, from here visiting another mid hills area with more captivating views of snow capped peaks and sunrise and sunset within traditional villages its rich culture, history and religions and then visiting the famous Buddhist Peace Stupa to conclude this interesting tour and then driving to Asia’s famous and the best National Park in Chitwan for Jungle Dafari on elephant backs jungle activities in this dense serene forests on the lookout for one horned Indian rhino, Royal Bengal Tiger and many species of deer’s and other wildlife with hundreds species of bird life and plants, a safari in the comfort of nice lodge and resorts.
Lumbini is situated about 300 km in south west of Kathmandu and 22 km away from Bhairahawa. There is a master plan for Lumbini drawn up in 1978 by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange in conjunction with the UN and with the support of the Nepalese government. The idea was that Lumbini could become home to a massive hub of monasteries, served by transport links that would enable pilgrims and tourists to experience the holy site.The Master Plan covers an area of three square miles on north south and encompasses three zones each covering one square mile (2.56 sq. Kms.). The three zones are united by a 1.474-meter long walkway and a canal. The zones are: a) the Sacred Garden Zone b) the Monastic Zone and c) the New Lumbini Village.
The Maya Devi Temple: It is the main temple at Lumbini and is said to be the exact place where Buddha was born.
Pushkarni Pool: This is a pool where Maya Devi bathed before giving birth to Lord Buddha and also Buddha was given his first purification bath.
Ashokan Pillar: This Pillar was built by Emperor Ashoka and stand next to the Mayadevi temple. The Ashokan Pillar stands at 6 meters and is made from pink sandstone. The pillar was rediscovered in 1896 by Nepalese archaeologist team.
Tilaurakot: Tilaurakot was the cardinal point of the ancient Shakyan city of Kapilvastu. It is about 27 km west of Lumbini where Buddha spent the first 29 years of his life.
Aroarakot: It is a rectangular fortified area about 10 km northwest of Taulihawa. It was identified by the famous Indian archaeologist P. C Mukharji as the natal town of Kanakmuni Buddha.
Gotihawa: This is a small village located about 5 km southwest of Taulihawa. In Gotihawa there is another Ashokan Pillar. The upper part of the pillar is missing and only the lower portion of pillar, 3.5m high, is still intact. It is believed that this sacred site is to be associated with Kanakmuni Buddha and Krakuchhanda Buddha.
Niglihawa: About 7 km north of Taulihawa, Niglihawa is the birthplace of Knakmuni Buddha. It holds a significant archaeological importance. Emperor Ashoka built a Stupa and set a pillar in 249 BC. The pillar is broken into two pieces, the longer one laying flat and the shorter ones stack into the ground.
Kudan: It is about 2 km southwest of Taulihawa where Buddha met his father, mother, wife and son for the first time after his renunciation.
Devdaha: This is the ancient capital of Koliya kingdom located 35 km east of Lumbini. It was the city of birth of queen Mayadevi (mother), Prajapati Gautami (step mother), princess Yasodhara (consort). Buddha spent his early childhood in devdaha.
Sagarhawa: It is about 12 km north of Taulihawa, there is a forest called sagarhawa with a long lake known as Lambusagar. In this site, thousands of Shakyas were massacred by king Virudhaka out of vengeance. Hundred of stupas were built here in their memory by shakyas descendants. German archaeologist Anton Fuhrer excavated it in between 1987-1898.
Ramagrama Stupa: This stupa was built in 6th century B.C and remains the only undamaged and original stupa containing relics of Lord Buddha.
Beside its giant mountains that borders Tibet and India in Sikkim, other world’s highest peak lies within Nepal, capturing 8th world highest mountains from the world’s 14th Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu and the 10th highest Mt. Annapurna massive range.
All these mountains form great river systems that eventually end in Ganges and to sea of Bay of Bengal.
Nepal has more to offer apart from trekking, mountaineering and other adventure, as Nepal is steeped in rich history, culture, and traditions, custom, religions and its colorful festivals.
Kathmandu itself has more World Heritage Sites within its valley including Lalitpur (Patan) and Bhaktapur, as soon you land in Kathmandu you will observe many Hindu temples, Buddhist Chaitiya, Stupa and monasteries.
Kathmandu valley is the only city in the whole world where Hinduism and Buddhism blends in perfect peace and harmony.
Nepal is one of the world\’s richest countries in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and altitude variation.
The elevation of the country ranges from 60 m above sea level to the highest point on earth, Mt. Everest at 8,848 m, all within a distance of 150 km resulting into climatic changes from Sub-tropical-alpine to Arctic.
Nepal-occupy’s only 0.03% of the earth-is home to:
2 % of all the flowering plants in the world;
8 % of the world\’s population of birds (more than 857 species);
4 % of mammals on earth;
11 of the world\’s 15 families of butterflies (more than 500 species);
600 indigenous plant families;
319 species of exotic orchids.
Area : 147, 181 sq. km
Geography : Situated between China in the north and India in the South.
Capital : Kathmandu
Population : 23 Million
Language : Nepali is the national language. However travel-trade people understand and speak English as Well.
Political System : Republic with Multi- Party Democracy.
Climate` : Nepal has four major seasons, namely,
(1) Spring (2) Summer: June to August,
(3) Autumn: September-November,
(4) Winter: December-February.
Nepal can be visited the whole year round.
People : Nepal has more than 60 ethnic groups and 70 native spoken languages.
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