Koshi tappu Wildlife Reserve is one of the best places of Asia for watching birds and Arna (water buffaloes). More than 200 species of birds are sighted here including migrant bird from other countries.
The reserve covers 175 square kilometers. To protect wild buffaloes the government of Nepal established this reserve. The wetland inhabits other species of mammals too.
The jungle safari to Koshi Tappu begins from kathamndu. Here you get chance to see four UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites of Nepal— Kathmandu Durbar Square, pashupatinath temple, Swoyambunath Stupa and Bouddhanath Stupa.
A representative of Adventure White Mountain will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and will transfer you to the hotel. If you are fresh enough and not tired by journey, you can take short walk over Thamel and enjoy the evening. Overnight in a hotel.
The real fun begins from today as you will be visiting four UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu.
We visit Kathmandu Durbar Square in the beginning. Here you get chance to see century old palace called Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Lord Hanuman (Monkey God) is enshrined at the entrance of the palace and due to it the palace is named after it. The Durbar Square is stretched at an area of five acres. Entire Square is divided into two quadrangles—outer and inner.
The Hanuman Dhoka Palace is covered within inner part wehereas Kumari Ghar, Shiva-Parvati Temple, Kashtamandap, is located at outer part of the vicinity. Living Goddes (Kumari) lives in Kumari Ghar. She is worshipped as female energy and it the system of worshipping her was started many centuries ago when Malla dynasty ruled the Valley.
Before the quake of 25th April, 2015 there were 50 temples in this area and at present there are around 20 such sites including Hanuman Dhoka Palace.
From here we move towards Pashupatinath Temple. Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the form of Linga. It is the greatest Shrine of Hindu. The temple is located on the bank of Bagmati River.
Bouddhanath is another place of our visit today. No any exact record is found regarding the foundation date of Bouddhanath. Some believe that the stupa was built by one of the Kings of Lichhavi dynasty more than 2000 years ago.
The stupa is built in octagonal-mandala structure and is protected by wall from all side. There in the wall you can see 108 depiction of Amitabh Buddha.
From here we move towards Swoyambhunath. It is located in a hillock. It is said that the civilization of Kathmandu Valley started with Swoyambhunath. The literal meaning of Swoyambhunath is self-existing.
Legends say that Lord Buddha visited here and gave sermon to his disciples here.
Overnight at hotel.
A representative of Adventure White Mountain will escort you at Tribhuvan International Airport and here you catch flight to Biratnagar. You will be received by our staff in Biratnagar and will take you to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. It takes around two hours to reach Koshi Tappu from Biratnagar Airport. The nature guide at Koshi Tappu will brief you about the excursion that you will be following in upcoming days. You will visit local village and get acquainted with local culture and traditions.
Our excursion begins after breakfast. You can either boat or drive in jeep to explore the wetland of Koshi Tapp. The Arna here are the main attraction. Migrated birds including other like Swamp partridge, black necked stork, buntings and bulbuls will make your trip interesting. From the tower you will see the buffaloes and blue bull and hog deer more distinctly.
Overnight in a hotel.
After breakfast we get back to Biratnagar and catch flight to Kathmandu. In the evening Adventure White Mountain will offer you farewell dinner.
Here ends your trekking today. A representative of Adventure White Mountain will drop you to the airport three hours before your arranged flight to help you reach your destination.