Formerly known as Sukla Phanta Royal Hunting Reserve, the protected area was established in 1976 as Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve Tour. It is situated in the Kanchanpur district which lies in the far western region of Nepal in the Terai belt. Spanning over an area of 305 square kilometers, it gets the name ‘Sukla Phanta’ from Nepal’s largest grassland patch found inside the reserve. Before 1973, it was visited by the then royal family and elites for hunting and recreation. After the establishment of wildlife reserve, hunting has stopped and the wildlife has flourished. One third of this protected area is covered with dense forest primarily comprising Sal trees. Along with the forest, there are grasslands, wetlands and riverbeds that give shelter to a number of animals.
Royal Bengal tiger, sloth bear, hispid hare, leopard and Barasingha deer are some of the rare and endangered animals that can be found inside. Altogether 46 species of mammals, 12 species of reptiles, 423 types of birds and 28 types of fish have been recorded here. Rani lake in the eastern part of the reserve is a paradise for bird lovers as it is inhabited and frequently visited by migratory birds including herons, storks and kingfishers. In this tour of Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve, you will be involved in a number of activities such as jungle safari, nature walk, bird watching and cultural programs.
Day 1: Arrival at the reserve
Sukla Phanta wildlife reserve lies in the far western region of Nepal. The closest city to this reserve is Nepalgunj. There are daily flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which will take about an hour. If you travel by a bus, it takes about 12 hours to get to Nepalgunj. From Nepalgunj, it takes about four hours of drive to get into the reserve. Once you get to Nepalgunj by bus or flight, we can receive you and transfer to the reserve. You will stay in a lodge this night.
Day 2: Jungle walk and tour to Tharu village
The day starts with a nature walk in the jungle while enjoying the morning chirpings of birds. After having breakfast, we will go for a tour in a Tharu village near the reserve. Tharus are the indigenous people living in the different parts of Terai region. They have a unique culture and own lifestyle. We will stay in a village for this night to experience their lifestyle from closeness.
Day 3: Bird watching, jungle safari and Tharu cultural program
You will get back to the jungle area and enjoy birdwatching in the morning. In the afternoon, there will be jungle safari riding on an elephant’s back. It is probably the most exciting part of the trip. You will get chance to see different wildlifes safely. After a jungle walk in the evening, you will participate in a cultural program where people from Tharu community perform their cultural dance and music. Overnight stay will be in a resort or a lodge.
Day 4: Bird watching and wildlife safari
This day also, we will start with bird watching in the morning. One more time, you will enjoy jungle safari, this time riding on a jeep. After having lunch, you will depart from the reserve. We will transfer you to Nepalgunj airport or bus park for returning to Kathmandu.
Hotel and Lodge:
Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu, you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trip there will be such facilities as the place where we are travelling and visiting. We have a three star hotel in Pokhara and 2-3 star hotel even in Nagarkot. While we are in National park, we stay in well and deluxe resort.
We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while we are in trip. While we are on trip all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city, Pokhara even in Lumbini sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary. During our trip breakfast and dinner will be served in the Hotel where we stay for a night and for the lunch our expert leader/guide will be taking you the best clean hotels and restaurants.
Best Season to Travel:
The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We asked the clients not to travel on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to walk with heavy rains and wet. So, we suggest every client trip in the specific seasons.
You have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trip can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.
We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained/experienced guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Like if you are in a huge group tour like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group.
Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.
Our Greetings at Airport:
We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:
Our usual itinerary is main customary and pragmatic which has also included your arrival day, departure day. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.
Booking and Payment:
For booking any trip, first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trip you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable. The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card, even throughout Pay pal account lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.