The Bardia National Park is the largest and most undisturbed protected area in the terai that is home to the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger and Nepal's famous one horned rhinoceros. Spread in the 968 sq km area, Bardia is the largest National park in Terai. Bardia is what Chitwan used to be 30 years ago, visited by very few tourists.
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Day 01: Drive or fly to Nepaljung / Check in the Safari Lodge / Rest or take a tour like bird watching, visitor's center or village tour.
Day 02:Whole day Tiger tracking tour following the animal alarm calls, fresh footprints and the common habitat and territory observed by expert local guides. The jungle walk will have ample breaks and waiting at scenic places for Tiger and other animals to come out.
Day 03: Start early in the morning to explore the farthest corner of the Bardiya jungle. Follow the alarm calls and wait at the common Tiger crossing points. There are several short walks to the watchtowers and to the ledge offering far reaching views of animals.
Day 04: Easy morning and drive to next destination.
Karnali River draining Himalayas of the western Nepal provides longest river rafting in Nepal. After unique Karnali expedition of demanding and huge rapids, Bardia National Park becomes a real refuge.
Day 01: Drive to Nepaljung
Day 02: Drive to the Rafting put in point and start Rafting in Karnali River
Day 03 - 10: End rafting and drive to the Bardia National Park
Day 11 - 12: Morning, go for an elephant ride, come back and have breakfast. After breakfast wallow with elephant in the river. Give a bath to the elephant. Lunch and in the evening go for jungle safari (in jeep or cart) and canoe ride back to the lodge looking for crocodile. In the evening enjoy cultural dance with dinner.
Day 13: Jungle walk, village tour or canoe ride in the morning. After breakfast we will depart.
The number of Tiger in Nepal increased from 205 to 355 in the last 4 years according to the latest census. Bardia alone shelters 125 Tigers.
Best time to travel to Bardia is from mid October till mid December and February till mid June. The months of October till December are cooler in the region making the jungle safari pleasant. After December some of the days may be hazy because of fog and the wet cold make animals less active. March till June, animals become more active and are easily seen by the limited water holes because of the dry season. However it starts to get hot and humid after April.
You can also plan a road trip via Kathmandu - Chitwan - Lumbini (birth place of Buddha) - Tansen - Pokhara to Kathmandu. Nepal Road TripThere are also deluxe buses leaving from Kathmandu which will take about 16 hrs.
There are two types of accommodation available in Bardia. While there are about 16 Hotel / Lodges outside the park, only one is inside the park.
The area is covered extensively with sal (Shorea robusta) forest, and grassland and riverine forests. Important wildlife includes tiger, elephant, rhinoceros, and five species of deer. Small population of two crocodile species and some resident Gangetic dolphins are found in the Karnali River. The park hosts 30 different mammals and more than 250 species of birds. 125 Tigers have been recorded in the last census in Bardiya national park.