Royal Bengal Tiger at Bardia National park

Bardiya National Park safari tour

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.

Bardiya national park won a 2XT award in the year 2022 for doubling up its Tiger population. Number of wild Tigers increased six fold from less than 20 in 2009 to 125 by 2022.

Bardia tour / safari packages

Bardia 4 days | Karnali Rafting & Bardia | Fishing in Bardia

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Tiger Tracking Tour in Bardiya Tiger tracking Tour

Tiger tracking involves walking and driving with expert local guides to Tiger hotspots where Tigers are often seen. Fresh Tiger tracks and alarm calls by other animals confirm the presence of Tiger nearby. Then wait patiently for the Tiger to come out of bush and cross the jeep track or drink water. There are also ample watchtowers and ledges providing far reaching view of river banks and grasslands where it is easy to spot Tiger.

: Nature & wildlife
: 3 nights 4 days
: Moderate
: March - May
Best time for Tiger tracking tour is from Mid March to mid May.
: Standard & Deluxe
: Private car & Flight

Usd 550 + Includes

  • Flight from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Bardia and back.
  • AC deluxe room
  • Package on full board
  • Guided Jungle walk and jeep safari with national park fees included.
  • Activities like village tour and culture show

Day 1: Fly to Nepaljung / Check in the Safari Lodge / Rest or take a tour like bird watching, visitor's center or village tour.

Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: Easy morning and drive to the airport to fly to Pokhara or Kathmandu.

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Karnali rafting & Bardia National Park

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.

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Fishing in Bardia National park

Bardia National park also provide ground for anglers. The national park provides liscence for 'Himalayan Mahseer' fishing.
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 visit Bardia

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.

How to get to Bardiya ?
The most convenient way to get to Bardiya National park is by a 50 minutes flight from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Nepaljung. From Nepaljung airport, three hours of scenic drive along the national park will take you to the lodge town of Thakurdwara at the park entrance.

You can also plan a road trip via Kathmandu - Chitwan - Lumbini (birth place of Buddha) - Tansen - Pokhara to Kathmandu. Nepal Road Trip

There are also deluxe buses leaving from Kathmandu which will take about 16 hrs.
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Accommodation in Bardia National Park

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.

Safari lodges are located outside and inside Bardia National park.
Flora and Fauna of Bardia national 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.

Wild Elephants in Bardiya national park.