Bardia National Park Tour is situated in the western Terai, east of the Karnali River. The 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.
|Location||Western lowland Terai, Nepal|
|Importance||The largest park in the lowland Terai|
|Area Covered||968 sq. km.|
|Endangered Species||Gharial crocodile, marsh mugger crocodile, Gangetic dolphin, Bengal tiger, wild elephant, great one-horned rhinoceros, swamp deer, and black buck|
|Best Season to Visit||From October to February|
|Major Attraction||Great One-horned Rhinoceros|
The most popular wildlife attraction in Royal Bardia National Park is the one-horned rhinoceros that have been relocated here from other national parks in the 1990s. The park is also known for having one of the last herds of wild elephants in South Asia. Several deer species also reside in Nepal. These include chital or spotted deer with white spots on a brown coat; Sambhar, the largest deer on the Indian subcontinent; swamp deer, locally called barasingha; hog deer, similar to but smaller than chital; and the barking deer, the park’s smallest deer with reddish skin.
Other big animals residing in the park are the blue bull, locally called nilgai, which is the biggest antelope on the Indian subcontinent; wild boars; sloth bears; and gaur, the biggest wild oxen. Serow, goral and Himalayan tahr are also popular with tourists. Smaller animals include langur, a kind of monkey; rhesus macaque, mongoose, jackal and Indian otter. The park also holds the large number of bird species, many of which are migratory.
How To Reach Bardia National Park:
Daily flights operate from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj Airport, nearest to the Royal Bardia National Park.
Buses from Kathmandu to Mahendranagar, Dhangadi, or Karnali can be taken, or private transport can be arranged to reach the park.
On the fourth day, we take flight for Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. Nepalgunj is in the western part of the country. Bardia National Park is 90 kilometers from Nepalgunj. We reach there within two hours from the airport. Upon arriving at a resort in Bardia National park, we will brief you about the activities that we will be engaged from next day. In the evening, we will explore Tharu village. They are considered as original inhabitants of this area.
After breakfast, we begin to explore jungle in a jeep. This National park inhabits 53 mammals including rhinoceros, wild elephant, Bengal tiger, swamp deer, and Gangetic dolphin. Apart from this, 23 species of reptile and amphibian are found in the Park as Karnali and Babai rivers borders the area. We also visit at crocodile breeding center and the Tharu Museum. There are also towers in the jungle from where you will shoot wild animals passing by. Experienced nature guide will help you to track wild life. Overnight
Today, we will completely enjoy Bardia National Park and relax. In order to watch birds, we will go to the jungle early in the morning. Today, we will sit at the back of the elephant and penetrate the jungle deep. We will have chance to see wild life like tiger and rhino.
After breakfast, today, we will drive back to Nepalgunj in order to catch flight for Kathmandu. Depending on the flight schedule, we can spend some time visiting nearby places. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our staff will transfer you to the hotel. NTA will serve you farewell dinner today.
Note: The above-mentioned program itinerary is a sample. The period of tour or trekking can be changed or extended as per travellers availability of duration.