The magnificent Bardia National Park is situated in the heart of west Nepal’s remote but undisturbed wilderness. It covers an area of 968 sq km and is the largest and most unspoiled wilderness area in the Terai. The park, a sub-tropical jungle, is thickly forested with sal trees and carpeted with grass, savannah and riverine vegetation. The north is bordered by the Churia Hill range and the west by the Karnali River, while the Babai River cuts its course almost through the middle of the park. On the southern fringe of the park are villages of the unique and indigenous Tharu people of Western Nepal. Considered as one of the most picturesque national parks in Asia, it teems with rich and diverse flora and fauna.
Bardia is home to more than 30 different mammals, including: langur and rhesus monkeys, civets, hyenas, wild dogs, sloth bears, otters, blue bulls, deer and wild boars. It is also a regenerated habitat for endangered animals, such as: tigers, rhinoceros, wild elephants (the park harbours the biggest wild tusker in Asia), black bucks, gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles; the great game fish, mahseer, and gangetic dolphins cavort in the river waters. And there are more than 350 unique bird species, including: cormorants, egrets, storks, geese, jungle fowls and kingfishers, as well as endangered species such as the Bengal florican, silver-eared mesia and the saurus crane, thus making the park a true birdwatcher’s paradise.
Within the park are several open grasslands where game viewing is excellent. Many of the forest tracks throughout the park also offer excellent game viewing and when, you can take in the sights and sounds of the wild without necessarily having to give up your creature comforts, what more could you ask for?
Rather than traveling to Bardia by bus, might we suggest a far more exciting way to go? You can raft down the Karnali River if traveling from either Kathmandu or Pokhara. The bit of added cost would very definitely be worth its value, as you experience numerous rapids and see a variety of village life, flora and fauna along the banks. Our naturalist will meet you upon arrival and take you to the park.
Alternatively, if you are looking for the fastest way to travel you can opt for a flight, where our naturalist will meet you upon arrival and take you to the park.
Transportation to and from the park
Meals (from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 3/4)
Highly-qualified and experienced nature guides
Any needed permits
What's Not Included
Clothing and footwear
Any expenses/items of a personal nature