Pharping and Taudaha Lake Bird Watching
Season: Sept – Dec, March – May
Important Note and Optional activitiesPlease note: all the trekking itineraries are flexible and can be revised in order to best meet your requirements i.e. your time, interests etc. Please make contact us if you have any special requirements or interest.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Taudaha Lake (14 km) – approx. 30 minutes’ drive. Upon arrival, explore and watch various species of birds and further drive towards Pharping for overnight stay.
Day 02: Explore Pharing area, Chobhar, Kirtipur and drive back Kathmandu.
Taudaha Lake is a small lake in the outskirts of Kathmandu, in Nepal. This lake also has historical significance. This freshwater lake is surrounded by rice paddies are situated southwest from Kathmandu, about 7 km from Balkhu Ring Road, on the road to Dakshinkali. Legends have that the lake was created by God Manjushree as a home for the serpents who lost their home when the valley was drained. It is believed that the King of the Naga (or Serpents) – Karkotak resides to this day in the epicenter of the lake. The walls of his palatial home are said to be richly decorated with sapphires, rubies and other precious stones. This place is a paradise for a bird watcher during the winter season when the migratory birds fly and settles here. It is known to harbor more than 40 varieties of birds mostly dependent on wetlands.
Pharping lies just around 6/7 kilometers away from Taudaha. Pharping is a small village which consists of numbers of religious sites like: Dakshinkali Temple, Shesnarayan Temple, Padmasambhava’s Asura Cave, etc. Not only for these holy sites, is this place famous for the bird watching tour as well. Taudaha is on the way to Pharping and is not allowed swimming and fishing in the lake. It is considered on the sacred lake. Due to its long stretched hill with forest, sparse population in Pharping and the beautiful lake; around hills near to the Bagmati River, these places are renowned as a better place for habitat of birds and other wild life.
|Day 1|| Drive from Kathmandu to Taudaha Lake (14 km) – approx. 30 minutes’ drive. Upon arrival, explore and watch various species of birds and further drive towards Pharping for overnight stay.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your respective hotel by our guide. Then he will escort you towards Taudaha. Upon arrival at Taudaha, you will be mesmerized with the fantastic views of the lake. No wonder, you can see such a naturally beautiful place near Kathmandu valley. After driving for about 30 minutes, you will reach the lake. Upon arrival, explore the surrounding area, observe various species of birds including: Bar – headed Goose, Lesser Whistling duck, Ruddy Shelduck, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, Mallard, Spot – billed duck, Common Teal, Northern Shoveler, Red – crested Pochard, Common Pochard, Ferruginous Pochard, Common Coot, common Kingfisher, Black – crowned Night Heron , Great Cormorant . You can also feed the fishes of the lake. After your excursion on this day, drive towards Pharping for your overnight stay which is just 25/30 minutes’ drive from the lake.
|Day 2||Explore Pharping area, Chobhar, Kirtipur and drive back Kathmandu.
Wake up early for the sunrise view as well as to hear the melodious sound of birds chirping around the village. After breakfast, we will continue our bird watching tour. We will start our tour from Pharping and continuing our trip, we will observe various species of birds of Chobhar and Kirtipur as well. After watching so many species of birds and capturing them in your camera, we will drive back to Kathmandu.