Nepal is known for its exquisite natural beauty, with the iconic Himalaya running across the northern part of the country. The country rises from near sea level in the Terai region through the foothills to the mighty Himalaya, all within a distance of about 200 km. Due to its location in the centre of the Himalayan range, Nepal falls in the transitional zone between Eastern and Western Himalaya, which contributes to its rich biodiversity. For a country half the size of Maharashtra, Nepal has recorded an amazing proportion (almost 10 per cent) of the world’s bird species, a bird list of over 800 species. Explore this fascinating country with BNHS as we delve into the rich biodiversity that Nepal has to offer.
Chitwan National Park: Chitwan National Park was the first national park to be notified in Nepal. This World Heritage reserve protects over 932 sq. km of forests, marshland and rippling grassland, and is home to sizeable populations of wildlife. Meaning ‘Heart of the Jungle’, Chitwan is famous as one of the best wildlife-viewing national parks in Asia, and you’ll have an excellent chance of spotting One-horned Rhinoceros, Leopard, Sloth Bear, deers, and over 450 species of birds, including Kalij Pheasant, Brown Fish-owl, Pied Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Ibisbill, Lesser Fish-eagle, Bengal Florican, Orange-breasted Green-pigeon, Ashy-headed Green-pigeon, and Collared Falconet.
Phewa Lake, Pokhra: This scenic lake is surrounded by forested hills and is the second largest lake in Nepal. Birding around the lake and in these forested hills can be rewarding with birds like Spiny Babbler, Blue-throated Babbler, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Blue Whistling Thrush, Russet Sparrow, Crimson Sunbird, White-crested Laughing Thrush and Wedge-tailed Pigeon.
Phulchowki: Home to the only endemic bird species of Nepal, the Spiny Babbler, Phulchowki is a must visit for birdwatchers. Phulchowki, which means “Hill of Flowers” in the local language, is the highest hill in Kathmandu valley. More than 260 species of birds have been recorded in this oak and rhododendron forest. Birds like Yellow-browed Tesia, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Small Niltava, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Rufous Sibia, Nepal Fulvetta, Mountain Hawk-eagle, Golden-throated Barbet, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Brown-throated Treecreeper, Maroon Oriole, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Ashy Wood-pigeon, Himalayan Cutia, and Black-throated Sunbird can be seen here.
Reporting: 6th November 2014 at Delhi International Airport.
Camp Fee: Rs.76,300/- for members and Rs. 77,500/- for others (ex-Delhi)
Group Leader: Mr. Asif Khan
1st Installment (non-refundable) Immediate Rs. 20,000/-
2nd Installment- 30th July Rs. 20,000/-
3rd Installment - 30th August Rs. 20,000/-
Final Installment - 30th September Rs. 16,300/-
Camp fee includes:
● Economy Class airfare ex-Delhi.
● Full board accommodation.
● All park entrance fees and permit charges.
● Three meals (BLD) a day while on Safari.
* Insurance for the camp period for participants aged upto 70 yrs.
● BNHS expertise.
Price does not include:
● Food and drinks not part of group menu.
● Any sightseeing not mentioned on the programme.
● Expenses of a personal nature e.g., laundry, telephone calls.
● Tips and gratuities.
● Services other than those specified in “Camp fee includes”
Note: The cost has been calculated @ 1 USD= 60 INR, and minimum 18 pax traveling together and Airfare as on 1st May 2014.
African Safari - Tanzania
Come and explore the wildlife of Northern Tanzania, also known as the “prime game viewing country”. Witness the spectacle of African wildlife in Tanzania. Watch the dust rise and feel your heart pound as herds of over a million Wildebeest and Zebra thunder across your path on the great migration. Masai Giraffe, Thomson's Gazelle, Cheetah, Striped and Spotted Hyena, and many more wild animals roam the savannah. Tanzania provides the best opportunity to see distinctive African animals like African Lion, Cheetah, Eland, and Kudu, and birds such as Secretary Bird, African Fish-eagle, Lilac-breasted Roller, Superb Starling, Vulturine and Crested Guineafowl, Southern Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, and Red-billed Hornbill. Other attractions are Nile Crocodile and the largest land animal, the African Elephant.
Serengeti, Tanzania’s largest and most famous national park, the Mecca of wildlife lovers, is truly a wildlife paradise. Experience the thrill of exploring the endless plains of Serengeti and witness extensive herds of wildebeest and zebra. The largest bird in the world, Common Ostrich, can also be seen here.
Ngorongoro Crater is one of the best places to see the Critically Endangered Black Rhinoceros, Serval, Wildebeest, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, and African Lion at close range.
Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest park in Tanzania and is famous for the large number of elephants that can be seen here. It is also a good place to spot the uncommon Yellow-collared Lovebird. Tarangire is famous for its population of tree climbing lions.
Dates: March, 2015
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