Special interest tours are conducted in Nepal throughout the year to match all tastes. Lepido petrology is one, since eleven of the 14 families of butterflies are found in Nepal. These exotic species are especially visible in the summer and the monsoon seasons. Similarly, archaeological, zoological, geological, mythological, meteorological, historical tours and other special interest tours take place throughout all seasons.
Lumbini International Research Institute
It is located in Lumbini, provides research facilities for the study of Buddhism and religion in general. Run jointly by the Lumbini Development Trust and the Reiyukai of Japan. Lumbini International Research Institute contains 12000 books on religion, philosophy, art & architecture.
Spices Found In Nepal
This list is a little information for those who are interested for special interest tours, but there are more spices along with your interest, or such types of research tour.
Not much notice was taken of the plants, as there are not many references available. A few plants are mentioned.
- Various Orchids
- Genus – Dendrobium
- Rhododendron – Rhododendron arboretum
- Grass – 70 species (Including Saccharum spontaneum, Imperatra cylindrica, Phragmites karka, and Typha elephantine)
- Sal – Shorea robusta
- Shishoo – Dalbergia sissoo
- Khair – Acacia catechu
- Palash or Flame-of-the-Forest – Butea monosperma
- Medicinal plants – More than 500 spices
- Glossy Bluebottle (Idaides cloanthus)
- Great Mormon (Iliades memnon )
- Tailed Jay (Idaides agamemnon)
- Common Mime (Euploeopsis clytia)
- Lime Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus)
- Yellow Helen (Papilio nephelus)
- Paris Peacock (Achillides paris)
- Common Windmill (Byasa polyeuctes)
- Golden Birdwing (Troides aeacus)
- Bath White (Pontia daplidice)
- Lemon Emigrant (Catopsilia pomona)
- Pale Clouded Yellow (Colias erate)
- Common Pierrot (Castalius rosimon)
- Yellow Coster (Acraea issoria)
- Indian Red Admiral (Vanessa indica)
- Indian Tortoiseshell (Aglais cashmirensis)
- Peacock Pansy (Precis almana)
- Bhutan Sergeant (Athyma jina)
- Common Earl (Tanaecia julii)
- Gray Count (Tanaecia lepidea)
- Spotted Palmfly (Elymnias malelas)
- Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus)
- Common Tiger (Danaus genutia)
Amphibians & Reptiles
- Himalayan Toad (Bufo himalayanus) – One seen in the road as we were leaving Shivapuri Reserve after dark.
- Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) – One seen in a small pond at Chitwan NP.
- Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) – Three of these strange crocodiles were seen basking along the Narayani River at Chitwan NP.
- Garden Lizard (Calotes versicolor) – One seen, appropriately enough, in the gardens around Temple Tiger Lodge in Chitwan NP.
- Gecko sp. (Hemidactylus) – Seen in the roof of a couple of restaurants in Pokhara.
- Radiated Ratsnake (Elaphe radiata) – Seen along a trail near Temple Tiger Lodge at Chitwan NP.
- Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta) – Seen mostly at Chitwan NP. A few were at Nagarjung where they may have been introduced and a few were at various places in Kathmandu where they may have been escaped pets.
- Hanuman (Gray) Langur (Presbytis entellus) – First seen along the road from Pokhara to Chitwan NP. Most were at Chitwan.
- Yellow-throated Marten (Martes flavigula) – Both were at the lake we drove to in Chitwan NP. Seen well as they jumped out of a small tree and ran off into the grasslands.
- Small Indian Mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus) – One was at Begnas Tal and one was at Chitwan NP.
- Indian Gray Mongoose (Herpestes edwardsii) – Seen running across the road on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
- Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) – All were at Chitwan NP, with 9 seen the first day from the overlook at Temple Tiger Lodge and along a short nature walk in the first afternoon.
- Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) – Seen briefly at Chitwan NP.
- Indian Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjac) – Seen briefly in the road at Chitwan NP.
- Chital (Spotted) Deer (Cervus axis) – Seen at various locations around Chitwan NP.
- Hog Deer (Cervus porcinis) – One large herd seen in the Sal forest at Chitwan NP.
- Northern Palm Squirrel (Funambulus pennantii) – Seen around Fishtail Lodge.
- Hoary-bellied Himalayan Squirrel (Callosciurus pygerythrus) – Four were on Phulchowki and one was at Nagarjun.
And many more ………