This Blog is also available as an RSS Feed


Butterfly Watching in Nepal

Not many visitors to Nepal are aware that it is home to a massive variety of delicate and colorful butterfly species. In fact, the study of butterflies in Nepal has been ongoing for the last 150 years, and has revealed a collection of butterflies that is said to be one of the best in the world. It was the British who first showed an interest in collecting and documenting the butterfly species of the country, after which the Japanese began where the British left off in 1950. All the research done finally resulted in the founding of the Natural History Museum in Swayambhu, in the year 1974, by the Tribhuvan University.

Up until now, 643 species of butterflies have been recorded in Nepal, but scientist say that there could be more, as over the years new species have appeared, such as the Sikkim Hairstreak and Blue Duchess which were discovered in 1981 and the Chinese Hairstreak in 1986. There are certain regions in Nepal where the concentrations of butterflies are higher, depending on which habitat the butterflies prefer, such as in the Kathmandu Valley, Swyambhu, Nagarkot, Phulchowki, Godavari and Sundarijal, to name a few. Within the Kathmandu Valley, butterfly enthusiasts will also be able to catch a glimpse of twenty species of butterfly that are on the endangered list. There are also recommended times of the year to view the butterflies, ranging from March to October, however there are butterflies all year round. Some of the wonderful butterflies to look forward to include the Common Brimstone, Indian Oakblue, Least Grass Jewel, Purple Sapphire Circe, Chocolate Albatross, Great Eggfly and the Great Orange Tip. More information can be obtained from Nepal's Natural History Museum.

Visitors to Nepal who want to enjoy the experience of catching a glimpse of these breathtaking creatures can book a guided tour with tour operators who will be able to escort visitors to the locations with the most butterfly activity. A planned tour includes a knowledgeable guide, permits and passes to the butterflies, accommodation and meals. Discovering the magnificence of the butterfly world is a unique and exciting experience, and should not be missed by foreign visitors to Nepal.


User Comments & Reviews: 4 Comment(s)

Page 1 of 1

ben khadka - 2011-05-04 03:32:06

thanks for info if any new information are available about anything please send i to my mail address

Reply to this comment Team - 2010-05-17 08:52:02

Thank you for visiting Please refer to our Business Directory for tour operators that will assist you with your query. You can contact the tour operator of your choice by using the "Contact Us" option on the page to send an email. Enjoy your adventure in Nepal.

Reply to this comment

Jen - 2010-05-12 13:55:34

Can I book a tour for next weekend? Would love to see the butterflies and also Swayambhunath Temple, both in the Kathmandu Valley. What would this cost? May 20-22? Thank you!

Reply to this comment

>> Back to Top

Click to show more comments...

Combine Flights?

New Business Users, read more and join on the Business Affiliates page.

New Individual Users, join on the Forum Users Registration page.