Bird Watching - Koshi Tappu National Park

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Bird Watching - Koshi Tappu National Park - Koshi Water Duck
Bird Watching - Koshi Tappu National Park - Bengal Florican
Bird Watching - Koshi Tappu National Park - Marshed Warbler
Bird Watching - Koshi Tappu National Park - Ibis
Bird Watching - Koshi Tappu National Park - White tailed Stonechat

Bird Watching - Koshi Tappu National Park Reviews

udenchi udenchi
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Bird Watching - Nepal Apr 01, 2009
One of the finest bird watching park in Asia

is Koshi Tappu National Park. It stands today

as successful testimony of nature conservation

in South Asia. This is the first National Park

of Nepal established in 1976 to preserve a

unique eco system significantly valuable to

the whole world. The Park covering the

protected area of 932 Sq. Km. is situated in

the subtropical inner Terai lowlands of

southern central part of Nepal. It is on the

east and West Bank of the Sapta Koshi river in

eastern Nepal. The Park gained much wider

recognition in the world when UNESCO included

this area on the list of World Heritage Site

in 1984. It should also be emphasized that

only a very small part of the national park is

used for tourism.The great majority of the

land, particularly in the hills, remains

unvisited and therefore undisturbed.

There are bus services from Kathmandu to the

approach to the park. If you like heavy

rafting and have plenty of time it is best to

start rafting from Dolalghat (90km from

Kathmandu) on Bhotekoshi river to Koshi

barrage. There are also several direct

scheduled flight from Kathmandu to Birtnagar.

From Birtnagar(my homwtown and birthplace)

travel by bus or jeep to the park. It is

approx 70 kms away from Biratnagar airport.

Nepal has all three zones: tropical, temperate

and alpine. Hence, you will find wildlife of

every climate zones. We have more than 800

species of birds, almost 10% of world's bird

species.Kosi Tappu is one of the best places

in Nepal or probably Asia to view migratory

and native water fowls; waders and shore birds

during the winter months. Many species not

recorded elsewhere in the region have been

found here. Thousands of birds congregate here

in January, February and March before they

migrate north when the warm weather begins.

Around 441 species of birds (many of them see

nowhere else) have been recorded, including 20

duck species, 2 Ibis species, white tailed

stonechat, Striated Marsh warbler, 30 shore

Birds, 114 water birds and the endangered

swamp partridge and Bengal Florican. The Koshi

Barrage is an extremely important resting

place for many migratory birds, containing 87

winter and trans-Himalayan migratory species.

The Koshi river is home to 80 species of fish.

The endangered Gharial Crocodile and Gangetic

dolphin have been recorded in the river as


During winter, many of the migratory birds can

be seen on the Koshi Barrage and on the river

channel. Migration usually peaks around mid

march. Much wildlife visits these areas during

dusk and dawn. The clear skies allow for

beautiful sights of several Himalayan peaks

including Makalu (8463m), the world's fifth

highest peak.
Bengal Florican
White tailed Stonechat
Marshed Warbler
udenchi says:
Posted on: Apr 15, 2010
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