For lovers of nature, the world is full of incredible destinations where beautiful landscapes and fascinating creatures can be seen. Tiger tours are one of the most popular wildlife holidays on offer, thanks in large part to the iconic status of the powerful creature – but also because they open a window onto some of the planet’s most breathtaking wild spaces. While India is the most famous destination for these tours, its neighbour Nepal should not be forgotten. Embarking on a wildlife-watching adventure to this captivating country is also an opportunity to learn about Nepali culture and discover some of its most celebrated landmarks. Read on to learn what awaits those who opt to take Tiger tours to Nepal.
Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve
If you have ever dreamed of venturing into a true wilderness, Nepal’s Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve is an ideal destination. Far off the beaten track at the western end of the country, it encompasses over 300 square kilometres of pristine forests, grasslands and wetlands, all teeming life. An area of rich biodiversity, the park is perfect for those wishing to see a variety of animals on their Tiger tours. It is home to around 700 plant species, over 400 bird species – including owls, hornbills, eagles and numerous water birds – and many incredible mammals, including Elephants, Indian Leopards, and of course, the star attraction: Bengal Tigers. With multiple rivers flowing through it, the park is also abundant with fish and amphibians, and is especially rewarding for reptile lovers: you can see Indian Rock Pythons, Bengal Monitor Lizards, and Marsh Mugger Crocodiles, among other striking species.
Bird-Watching At Phulchowki Mountain
With its lushly forested lowlands and lofty Himalayan heights, Nepal is a birder’s paradise, hosting around 900 species in total, including the endemic Immaculate Wren-babbler and Spiny Babbler. Bird-watching can be easily incorporated into Tiger tours at any National Park, but for those seeking somewhere special for viewing avifauna, Phulchowki Mountain is ideal. Reaching 2780 metres, it offers a range of habitats at different elevations. The bamboo forests at the mountain’s foot are one of the country’s best places for seeing the endemic Spiny Babbler, as well as a delightful range of bee-eaters, warblers, bulbuls and flycatchers. Further up, there are good chances of spotting birds of prey such as the Crested Serpent Eagle and Oriental Honey Buzzard.
What To Do Next: Kathmandu
Tiger tours are certainly one of the most memorable activities on offer in Nepal, but it is also well worth taking the time to visit the country’s culture-rich capital, Kathmandu. A marked contrast to the wilderness, this bustling and friendly city is full of history: highlights include the central Durbar Square and surrounding temples, Boudhanath Stupa, and the many colourful markets.