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Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

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Koshi Tappu Wild Life Reserve
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. The 176 sq. Km Reserve is Nepal's smallest Reserve.

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.

Accommodation
There are two types of accommodation available in Chitwan. While there are 40 Hotel / Lodges outside the park, few safari lodges are located inside the park. Price varies with choices of lodges.

How to get there?
Fly Kathmandu to Biratnagar and then drive for about 2 hrs to the Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve.
It is 10 hrs (500 km)drive to Koshi Tappu by road.

Rare Bird Spoted 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.

Kosi Tappu Birding and wildlife tour
Day 01: Arrive 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 02: 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 03: You can choose to do birding in the morning. Have breakfast and depart.

Itinerary II
Koshi Tappu with 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.