Birdwatching in Kathmandu
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Located on the southern fringe of the valley, Godawari forest is the best birdwatching site within Kathmandu valley and is very popular for ornithologists and birdwatchers. It is the home of some 300 species of birds including many rare, endangered and globally threatened species. Birdwatching is usually done at and around the Godawari forest (lower Phulchauki). Some birds that are the important highlights of this area includes, Minivets, Common Green Magpie, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Himalayan Cutia, Dark-sided Laughingthrush, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Blue-naped Pitta and Himalayan Vultures, Booted Eagle, Parrotbill and 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 of exploration.
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 combines the Godawari community forest (lower Phulchauki Hill) with the higher – Phulchauki Hill, that is great habitat for many birds such as Himalayan Cutia, Hoary-throated barwing and other species that is not seen much at the lower parts of the hill. At the same time the Phulchauki hill also is great for mountain views.
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”, and drinking water etc.
Tour COST and DEPARTURES
This tour can be arranged any day, though its best to avoid the Saturday (weekend in Nepal), as many people especially in dry season visit for their picnic, that can be very disturbing to the birds and birdwatchers, Though, if that is the only day you have time and very keen, it can be managed okay too.
For more details information please call us at these numbers 9771 4700866, 9801024777 (cell) or email us.
Dress CodeNature friendly
Includes - Private transportation, community forest/Botanical garden entrance fees, guided by birder or bird expert.