Bardia National Park is mostly known as largest and undisturbed national park of Nepal established in 1988 named as Royal Bardiya National park, is the largest national park in Terai region of Nepal with a beautiful unspoiled wilderness of Sal forest, grasslands and alluvial washes cut by many fingers of Karnali River. It covers an area of 968km2 (347sqmi) in the western Terai of Nepal. We can also say the place as the horizon where hills meet plane to land. It is situated in between Karnali River and Babari River. It is often said as Chitwan National Park before 30 years. About 70%of the park is covered with forest with a balanced mixture of grassland, savannah, and riverine forest. It is the home of two endangered species i.e. One Horned Rhino and Bengal Tiger along with 53 species of mammals and 407 species of birds. Imagine the place on earth where you could see the world’s stately biggest cat, Bengal Tiger and most beautiful One Horned Rhino in the planes of Nepal. It is so untouched that if you raft through an end of the park for hours then also you cannot encounter another person within kilometers of distance. Check our itinerary of Bardia National Park Tour.
Half Day Trek - This most popular trek in Bardiya, is full day walking in the jungle of national park. There is the high possibility of spotting wild animals like Bengal Tiger and One Horned Rhino and other wildlife.
Full Day Trek - We offer you the full day walk along with a good guide and best chance to see wildlife. Starting in the morning, taking to various wildlife lookout points increases the chance of spotting wildlife.
Overnight Jungle Trekking - Camping in buffer zones of Bardiya national park because no one is allowed to stay then actual park at night. The chances of spotting wildlife increase on the extra hours when you are outside. The sound of the jungle and wildlife will give you thrill and excitement too.
Jeep Safari - Jeep Safari in Bardiya is one of the most popular options to spot animal movements and admire beautiful landscapes of the park. Jeeps with groups of tourists followed by a trained guide are allowed into the park at fixed timings during the day.
A glimpse of the magnificent Bengal Tiger and other wildlife is an unforgettable sight. Jeep safaris can also be arranged for individual tourist, to see the tigers wandering around their natural habitat.
Bird Watching - Bardiya is a bird watchers paradise. Bengal florican, white-rumped vulture, peafowl, egrets, black libs francolins, as well as other hundreds of birds, can be spotted.
Elephant safari - Elephant safari starts from early morning. It is a good way to explore the wild varieties of wildlife in Bardiya National Park during the safari. One can get an opportunity to see Bengal tiger and one-horned Rhino from the very short distance and a close encounter with other wild animals too.
Camping at Buffer Zone - Overnight camping in buffer zone can be done since we are not allowed to camp in the jungles of Bardiya National park. The sound of birds animals and wildlife will give you thrill as well as one of the best feelings in the world.
Boating and Rafting - It is said that if you want to be close with nature then boating and rafting in Karnali River is paradise. It is so untouched that if you raft there, you will barely see human civilization and the probability of spotting animals is high.
Crocodile Breeding Centre - It is outside of national park which contains marsh huggers and gharial crocodiles and you can see closely the behavior of these animals
Elephant Breeding Centre - The Park consists of elephants of varying ages. Some are used for anti-poaching patrols, and others are here due to injury. Many are there for breeding
Mainly temples are outside of the national park. Interestingly the main Shiva temple is colorful and unique in Nepal due to its unique features and categorization. It has been digitally preserved in 3D by the digital Archaeology foundation.
Proper self-description is required including the documents like your passport, Citizenship or Identity card. The entry pass is required without which you cannot enter the park. You must take a guide with you while entering the jungle of Bardiya National park which will somehow decrease some risks that may occur.
Hunting of animals will lead you to jail. Piracy of flora and fauna is strictly prohibited. Feeding and teasing wild animals are strictly prohibited. You cannot carry any weapons along with you. You cannot drink alcohol inside the jungle.
It is better you carry a pair of boots along with. Carrying a stick and hat can be useful in your walk in the jungles of Bardiya National park. If you are fond of fishing then you can carry the fishing rod along with you. You can carry seasonal clothes and torchlight as per your convenience.
Eat and drink in town as much as you can. Some great tea shops are in the 'center' of town. Reputedly, the best tea is found there. All much of muchness though. Dal, Baht, curry as well as other local foods. Grab a plate of chana, Chola samosas, a Chiya (Tea) and watch the village ramble by. Some restaurants provide you with International foods which can also give you a glimpse of your hometown in mind.
The best season to visit the Bardiya National Park is from March to June. Though the temperature is highest during that period (up to and exceeding 42°C), it's the best time of year to see animals (especially tigers) since a lack of water in the jungle drives them to predictable watering holes, and tall grass and other foliage is at a minimum. The rainy season is from July to September in which period also you can ramble around the area.
By Air - It is around 1-hour flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and 2hr drive (72 Kilo Meter) from Nepalgunj to Bardiya National Park.
By Local Transportation - It takes around 15hrs to reach Bardiya National Park from Kathmandu.
By Private Car - If you take a private cab, it takes you around 13hrs to reach there.
Drive Distance from Kathmandu - It is about 570 Kilo Meter (356 Miles) away from Kathmandu ( Tribhuvan International Airport)