Birdwatching Tour near Kathmandu
Led by real birder/birdwatcher
Located on the southern fringe of the valley within a short distance, Godawari forest is the best birdwatching site in Kathmandu valley.
It is the home of some 300 species of birds such as Spiny Babbler (endemic species), many rare, endangered and globally threatened species. And hence this place is very popular for ornithologists and birdwatchers. Some birds that are important highlights of this area are Himalayan Cutia, Dark-sided Laughingthrush, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Blue-napped Pita and Griffon vultures etc. For the best result of bird watching, covering the base of the hill (Godavari) and upper part of the Phulchauki hill, two days of time is highly recommended. Over hundred species of birds can be recorded easily on a good day.
NOTE: At the moment we are featuring good 1 days birding program in lower Phulchauki or Godawari mainly but the can be customised as per requirements and duration required and can be done for two days too. Please ask for an advice according to the season or time of year.
Day Birding Godawari: 5-6 hours (approx)
Travel to Godawari, very early in the morning for about an hour and start exploring the lower parts of Phulchauki, mainly Godawari for many species of birds.
And return back to Kathmandu in the afternoon
2 Days birding can be arranged, to visit Phulchauki mountain, that has many birds that of higher land and habitat and view of mountains and surrounding area also spectacular from there.
A day normally is of 5-6 hours but can be shorter or stretched longer as per required and how many birds seen on the walk
Basics of Birding in Godawari
Birdwatching in Godawari and Phulchauki Hill is done along the side of the road, as it’s easy to see and hear the birds without venturing into the forest. The road is mainly used by the officials, located at the top and normally pilgrims or the nature lovers to visit the hill
The lower section is less hilly and is great for birds as good as the upper parts of the hill, that has some rocky path to walk while birding down the hill.
Things to bring along
A pair of binocular, a bird guide- “Birds of Nepal”, Pen and Notebook and drinking water etc.
Tour COST and DEPARTURES
This tour can be arranged any day, though its best to avoid the Saturday as many people especially in dry season visit for their picnic, making it little disturbance to the birds and birdwatcher but if that is the day it’s okay to visit.
COST: US$ 150
NOTE: This tour is guaranteed for any number of the person, though 2-10 would good. For group the price will be revised as per the capacity of the vehicles, that depends on the number of person, number of days (one or two) and mode of transportation, please feel free to email us to know more in detail
Includes – private transportation, community forest and Botanical garden entrance, guided by birder or bird expert
Extra: Your food and drink or any other items that are not mentioned in included section
Dress CodeNature friendly