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Bardia Wildlife Safari

Bardia Wildlife Safari

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Easy

  • Destination

    Destination: Bardia National Park

  • Activities

    Activities: Wildlife Safari

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Jungle Resort/Hotel

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Kathmandu (1400m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 1 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar to Nov

Located in the Bardia district of western Nepal, the Bardia National Park adjoins the eastern border of Karnali River and is demarcated by the crest of ‘Siwalik Range’ to the north. Covering a massive stretch of 968 sq kms, this park, which is an abode to some 642 faunal species, happens to be the largest protected area in the region. Few years back, several one-horned rhinos were transferred here from Chitwan National Park. There are several good lodges and tented camps in the vicinity of the park, which provide comfortable accommodation.

Since Bardia lies in the sub-tropical lowlands of Nepal, the weather is not going to please you much; excruciating heat during the summer and awfully cold during the winters. So, if you happen to be traveling during the summer, sunscreen is going to be your lifeblood and yes, light clothes and comfortable flip-flops/shoes are necessary. In winters, the problematic cold waves could be one of the major concerns, where you would barely be able to see the sun for several days! Anyways, the idea is not to intimidate you, but just kind of give you a tentative picture about the weather conditions and packing.

Departing from Kathmandu, we have three options to get to Bardai; via Chitwan (drive), Pokhara (flight/drive) or Nepalgunj (flight). Our itinerary below is based on the third option (via Nepalgunj). The journey begins with an hour’s flight to Nepalgunj, the western region commercial hub of Nepal, followed by a couple of hour’s drive to Bardia on the same day. You will be driven to your hotel, where you can freshen up yourself and be ready for an interesting hike into the local village. “Tharus” are the indigenous people of Bardia. A little chit chat with the locals, observing their culture and life patterns should wrap up the day for us. In the days ahead, we get indulged in various enticing jungle activities like- jungle safari, cannoning, bird-watching etc. Eventually, the trip winds up with a flight back to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj.

Bardia Wildlife Safari Highlights

  • Explore Bardia National Park, the largest and least explored national parks in Nepal.
  • Encounter a wide variety of wildlife including Royal Bengal tiger, elephants, rhinoceros, deer, & more.
  • Enjoy jeep safaris, elephant safaris, & canoe ride.
  • Discover Tharu culture & tradition on village tour.
  • Diverse Birdlife with over 400 species of birds. 

Itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m) and drive from Nepalgunj to Bardia National Park (150m/2 hours)
Day 02: Jungle activities at the Bardia National Park
Day 03: Jungle activities continue
Day 04: Drive to Nepalgunj and fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu (1400m)

You will be driven to the domestic wing of the Tribhuwan airport. An hour's flight will bring you to Nepalgunj, the western region hub of Nepal. We drive from here towards the Bardia National Park and arrive at one of the tea-houses in the region. After welcome drinks, we check-in to our rooms and freshen up ourselves. On the latter half of the day, we explore the village inhabited by the indigenous "Tharu" community and get acquainted to their unique live patterns and culture. The Tharus speak their own local language but are also able to converse in Nepali as well. So you could actually take the help of your Nepali guide to interact with the local people.

Jungle Resort/Hotel
Lunch/Dinner included

The jungle activities ought to be commenced early morning. Considering the fact that most of us are lazy sleepers, we get a wake up call early in the morning followed by hot tea/coffee. We then gear up for our most awaited jungle activities which include the elephant ride, jungle walk, visit to the Crocodile Breeding Center and Tharu Cultural Museum. You get to witness an array of exclusive wild lives like asian elephant, one horned rhinoceros, spotted deer or chittal, hog deer, barking deer, samber, swamp One Horned Rhinoceros in Bardia National Park, Nepal.deer or barasingha, nilgai, black buck, wild boar, royal bengal tiger, leopard, wild dog, golden jackal, striped hyena etc. The activity also includes watching the wild lives from a tower called as "Machan"; an experienced naturalist and wildlife tracker will be with us, to give us a profound idea about what we witness around. On top of that, you will have ample opportunities to capture these exclusive sights in your camera. The fun is not yet over. In the evening we will be entertained with a unique "Tharu" cultural dance show.

Jungle Resort/Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The enticing activities in the Bardia National Park continues. Today, "bird watching" is on the cards. As our jeep gradually pierces the heart of the park, we are certain to be flabbergasted with the sight of multifarious birds; all beautiful, chirpy and elegant in their own way. Bengal florican, white-rumped vulture, peafowl, bar-headed geese, lesser florican, crane, grey-crowned prinia, jungle prinia, pale-footed bush warbler, aberrant bush warbler, striated grassbird, golden-headed cisticola and chestnut-capped babbler etc. are some of the birds that literally embellish the park.

Jungle Resort/Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Before we wrap up our stay at Bardia, we head towards the Karnali River to catch glimpse of the Gangetic dolphins. We get back to our lodge for lunch and then later drive to Nepalgunj airport to board a flight back to Kathmandu. Once you are in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. The remaining time is on your own. In the evening Marron Treks will host a farewell dinner cum a cultural program, featuring a range of traditional Nepali cuisines. Forget who you are or where you came from. Savor the Nepali dishes, dance to the tunes of Nepali folk songs…be a Nepali at least for this evening! You will then be driven back to your hotel where you can do the packing and take a contented sleep.

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Applicable domestic airfare in accordance to the itinerary.
  • Meal on a full board basis in Bardia.
  • Accommodation in Bardia.
  • All jungle activities as per itinerary.
  • Professional Nature Guide.
  • All park entry permits, conservation fees, etc. 

What is not included?

  • Any alcoholic beverages, or soft drinks.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Tips for Nature Guide. 

FAQ's

1. What wildlife can be found in Bardia National Park?
The park is home to Bengal tigers, elephants, rhinos, and various bird species.

2. What activities can visitors participate in at Bardia Wildlife Safari?
Activities include jeep safaris, elephant rides, canoeing, and bird-watching tours.

3. Is accommodation provided within Bardia National Park?
Yes, there are lodges and resorts offering accommodation options in the park.

4. What is the best time of year to visit Bardia Wildlife Safari?
The best time to visit is from October to March for optimal wildlife sightings.

5. Are guided tours available at Bardia National Park?
Yes, professional guides are available to lead visitors on wildlife safaris.

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