Koshi tappu wildlife reserve

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve tour

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve lies on the floodplains of the Sapta Koshi River in the south-eastern Terai. The Reserve was gazetted in 1976 to preserve habitat for the only remaining population of wild buffalo, Arna. Koshi Tappu safari is popular for wild elephant sightseeing, Ganges River Dolphin, Gaur and Blue bull with 27 other species of mammals. 485 species of birds have been recoreded in the 176 sq. Km wildlife reserve.

It’s time to pack up your birding gears and go on a bird watching trip. We make the bird watching and wildlife safari tour affordable and sustainable by connecting you with local experts and hosts.

Koshi Tappu Birding and wildlife tour

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, pick up and transfer to Hotel in the outskirt of Kathmandu. Evening walk to get the feel of nature.

Day 02: A day tour or birding tour in Phulchowki or Nagarjuna forest.

Day 03: Fly to Biratnagar airport. Drive to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. OR drive from Kathmandu to wildlife reserve. Check in the room. Join lunch and then birding in the evening. Dinner

Day 04: You will get a wake up call in the morning. A guided nature walk will increase your apitate. Breakfast and then gentle wildlife rafting on the Sapta Koshi river. Have lunch on the bank of the river and then drive to Koshi Barrage to view bird life and fresh water dolphins. Return and have dinner.

Day 05: Explore the reserve by safari jeep coming to the distant and remote animal and bird view points. We will go wth pack lunch and come back in the evening.

Day 06: You can choose to do bird watching in the morning. Have breakfast and drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 07: Drive to the airport for final departure.

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Bengal Florican at Koshi Tappu.

Bengal Florican

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The wilderness of Nepal remained untouched until the date, nourishing many endangered wildlife species from the region. With more than 23.39% of conservation area, wildlife reserves, vulture breeding centers, Nepal is one of the best wildlife and bird watching destinations in the world. Fly to western Nepal and explore the jungles protected as last shelter of Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian single horned Rhinos, Gharial crocodile and other endangered birds and animals. Drive from Suklaphanta in the east to Koshi Tappu in the west. Customize a Red Panda tracking tek in Langtang and Sandakpur.
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Koshi Tappu w/ Sunkosi Rafting

Day 01: Drive to Dolalghat and start rafting in Sunkosi River

Day 02-08: Sunkosi Rafting : is one of the longest rafting trip in Nepal. This world class rafting stretches 272 km and grades IV - V for its difficulty.

Day 09-11: Drive to Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve, relax and join the wildlife activities.

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.. The highlight of the trip was a day's guided bird watching in the Chitwan National Park. Our guide Shivas was knowledgeable - tiger, elephant and rhino tracks and scat - and over 60 species of birds... Read More >


tented camp accommodation in Kohi Tappu Accommodations are basic and mostly seasonal. There are only couple of AC tented camps accommodating foreigners. Few accommodations and less tourist makes Koshi Tappu Wildlife reserve paradise for nature and wildlife lovers.

Flora and Fauna

The vegitation is mainly composed of tall grasslands. There are also patches of khair-sissoo forest and deciduoud mixed forest along the moist bank of the floodplain. Around 159 wild buffalo are preserved here. The reserve is also home to Gaur, hog deer, spotted deer, blue bull, Indian Fox, Gangetic Dolphin, Gharial Crocodile and Rock Python.

How to get there ?

Fly Kathmandu to Biratnagar and then drive for about 2 hrs to the Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve.
It takes about 8 - 10 hrs (350 km) drive from Kathmandu to Koshi Tappu via new Banepa - Bardibas Highway (B. P. Highway).

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Koshi Tappu Update

Rare Bird Spoted in Koshi Tappu

Rare small Niltava spotted in Koshi Tappu Ornithologists have said they spotted a new species of bird in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, making the number of bird species spotted in Nepal 863.
Sykes's Nightjar, to which locals call Apurbas Chaite Chara, was spotted at Koshi Tappu few months ago. The bird was first spotted on the banks of the Koshi river, 3 km south of the Koshi Barrage on January 1 this year. Experts said it took five months to have it verified.
The newly-spotted bird belongs to the Caprimulgidae family.
Nightjars are small to medium-sized birds having long and pointed wings and gaping mouth with long bristles, meant to catch flying insects. Nightjars are nocturnal, with soft, owl-like patterned plumage.