Bardia National Park Tour is situated in the western Terai, east of the Karnali River. Bardia National Park has the largest and most undisturbed wilderness area in the Terai region, leading to an abundance of wild animals. About 70% of the park is covered with forest, while the remainder is a mix of grassland, savannah and riverine forest. Initially a royal hunting reserve, it was later granted the status of a National Park to preserve the fragile ecosystem of the region.
Royal Bardia National Park was once an open area of the wilderness until the Rana rulers of Nepal earmarked it as their royal hunting reserve from 1846 to 1950. In 1976 the region was gazetted as Royal Karnali Wildlife Reserve with an area of 368 sq. km. Then in 1982, it was rechristened as the Royal Bardia Wildlife Reserve including the Babai River Valley. Finally, it was designated as a National Park in 1988.
We transfer you to the Kathmandu Airport to fly to Nepalganj. You fly to Nepalganj and on your arrival at Nepalgunj airport, our staff receive you and transfer you to our Lodge. You will be offered refreshments and be given a briefing on our lodge and its facilities, after being given your programs for the day, your room will then be allocated to you and overnight at the lodge.
We will venture deep into the woods on foot, accompanied by a nature guide and porter. The steamy jungles of Bardia are home to a number of wild animals, including the Asian elephant, one-horned rhinoceros, spotted deer, hog deer, barking deer, sambar, swamp deer, black buck, wild boar, royal Bengal tiger, leopard, golden jackal, striped hyena, and others. There are also towers (Machan) at various locations within the jungle where we can wait for unsuspecting wildlife to pass us by. Our experienced nature guide will help us track the animals. After the jungle tour, we will return to our resort, enjoy dinner, and participate in the traditional Tharu dance.
We take a one-hour drive to Chisapani, a village on the Karnali River. Here, we embark on a Safari float, a gentle way to explore the river and its wildlife in western Nepal. Accompanied by a trained guide, we’ll float down the river, admiring the sub-tropical landscape and catching glimpses of wild animals quenching their thirst in the Karnali River. We may even spot some endangered Gharial crocodiles, marsh muggers, and Gangetic dolphins that call the river home. This trip is also ideal for bird-watching, as there are many resident and migratory bird species in the Bardia National Park. We end the day with another Tharu cultural dance program and spend the night in Bardia National Park.
The following day, we start our morning with a delicious breakfast before heading out on a jeep safari. The jeep will take us through the dense jungles of Bardia, where we’ll have a chance to spot the park’s most famous inhabitants, including Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinoceroses, Asian elephants, and more. With our experienced nature guide by our side, we’ll track the wildlife and learn about the park’s ecosystem. After the jeep safari, we return to our resort for dinner and a relaxing evening. We can also choose to take a nature walk or participate in other optional activities offered by the resort. Overnight in Bardia National Park.
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Tour and Trekking Nepal representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Note: The above-mentioned program itinerary is a sample. The period and cost of tour, trekking, volunteering or internship can be changed or extended as per travellers or volunteers' availability of duration.