Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is one of the most popular birding hotspots in Nepal. It was established as a wildlife reserve in 1976 covering a total area of 176 square kilometre. It was declared as a Ramsar Site in 1987. It lies on the floodplains of Sapta Koshi River in the south-eastern Terai. It is one of the Important Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) of Nepal.
It is home of more than 531 species of birds. Birds seen in the Koshi Tappu Wildlife are Bengal Floricans, Swamp Francolins, Grey Francolins, Striated Grassbirds, Great Thick-knee, Pied Harriers, Lesser Kestrels, Red-necked Falcons, Indian Coursers, Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, Brown Fish-owls, Indian Scops-owls, Black-headed Ibis, Siberian Rubythroats, Ashy Minivets, Great Myna, Abbott’s Babblers, Yellow-wattled Lapwings, White-eyed Buzzard, Short-toed Snake-eagles and Eastern Imperial Eagles.
Dharan forests and Barju Lake are also within the outreach of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. These two sites are safe refuge for forest dwelling birds and waterfowls respectively. Besides birds, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is also a home for Wild Water Buffalo, Bengal Fox, Asiatic Golden Jackal, Hog Deer, Spotted Deer, Asian Elephants and Gangetic River Dolphin.
The trip starts with an exciting flight to Biratnagar. On a clear day, magnificent views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga can also be seen while flying to Biratnagar from Kathmandu and vice versa.
Following extensions are available to add on your itinerary either before or after trip