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Bardia National Park

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BARDIA NATIONAL PARK

Located in the western part of Nepal, Bardia National Park is a gem in the midst of the Terai. It's far-western location makes it much less visited than its more famous neighbor: Chitwan National Park. Don't sell this park short – it offers the best opportunities to see Royal Bengal Tigers in the wild while getting away from the crowds of Chitwan.

Bardia is a 15 hour bus ride from Kathmandu (there is also an optional flight and then overland, taking a total of four hours.) The trip is exciting as it passes along the Trisuli River and then into the Terai where the road passes through small villages and through jungles. Bardia National Park borders the Karnali River, the largest river in Nepal, which breaks forth from the mountains and then becomes a slow-moving river, making its way to the fabled Ganges River of India.

Bardia National Park borders on the east the new Banke National Park, which was created to give the bigger wild animals a larger corridor in which to live and thrive. This new habitat is creating a favorable environment for the breeding and growth of herds of elephants, endangered species of deer, one-horned rhinos and finally more space for the increasing numbers of Royal Bengal Tigers.

The park is 968 square kilometers in size. The East-West Road that crosses Nepal forms the northern border of the park.

SEASONS : Unlike the rest of Nepal, the Terai region has three basic seasons: winter, spring and monsoon. It has much higher temperatures than Kathmandu. Spring season can be quite warm, with temperatures approaching 45° C. This, however, is the best time to see tigers as water holes are drying up, bringing all of the animals to the fewest number of locations. The Summer season runs from March until the start of monsoon season in June.

June through September is monsoon season. Temperatures drop into the mid to upper 30s. The region gets around 215 cm of rain during the season, swelling the rivers and closing some roads. While it rains daily, the sun still shines on most days, and the land is so incredibly greats.

Winter season is the coolest time in the Terai, beginning in October and running until March. Temperatures are very pleasant, often between 25 and 30 as the daily highs. It does not rain in the winter season, and nights are great for sleeping.

PARK INHABITANTS : The one-horned rhino was successfully re-introduced into the park and is doing very well. This park boasts a large wild elephant herd and the Gangetic dolphin can be seen in the Karnali river. There are several varieties of deer, including the swamp deer, spotted deer, barking deer and black buck. There are 30 varieties of mammals, over 250 species of birds, plus many varieties of lizards and snakes.

WHAT TO DO : Sit and watch for tigers, take an elephant safari, fish in the Karnali river, enjoy a rafting trip, take a trip down the river. You can travel the park in a jeep safari, or walk in the jungle with an experienced guide as monkeys chatter overhead in the trees. You won't see swarms of people as you travel in the park.

There are also Tharu cultural programs, village tours, bird watching opportunities and more. You will also see how the national park and the local people have worked together to create an environment where people work and play together to preserve the harmony of the park. Humans and animals can interact, survive and prosper due to the proper management of Bardia National Park.

PACKAGES : We provide packages programs of 2, 3 and 4 nights, depending upon your time and budget. For the best view of wildlife, it is suggested that you be up early as the animals are most active in the early mornings or late afternoons when the sun is not at its peak. If you take the bus, it is a night bus, getting you into the park in the morning.

TWO NIGHT/THREE DAY PACKAGE :

DAY ONE : You will be received by our staff. You will be taken to your lodge where you will relax and enjoy cultural programs.

DAY TWO : This day offers an elephant safari in the morning following an early morning wake-up call. The elephant ride is often with very few people, lending itself to a real feel of a true jungle safari as you immerse yourself in the jungle. Watch for animals high above the jungle on the back of an elephant. Return to the resort for lunch, and then begin a jungle walk with an experienced naturalist. In the evening, enjoy a cultural program featuring traditional Tharu dances.

DAY THREE : The mornings make for great bird watching following breakfast. Return to your resort for lunch, and then depart back for Kathmandu.

THREE NIGHTS/FOUR DAY PACKAGE :

DAY ONE : You will be received by our staff. You will be taken to your lodge where you will relax and enjoy cultural programs. There will be an opportunity to visit a Tharu village to learn more about the culture.

DAY TWO : This day offers an elephant safari in the morning following an early morning wake-up call. The elephant ride is often with very few people, lending itself to a real feel of a true jungle safari as you immerse yourself in the jungle. Watch for animals high above the jungle on the back of an elephant. Return to the resort for lunch, and then begin a jungle walk with an experienced naturalist. In the evening, enjoy a cultural program featuring traditional Tharu dances.

DAY THREE : Wake up to an early morning breakfast, and then do some bird watching in the park. Return to your resort for lunch, and then take a jeep safari into the park. This will allow you to penetrate deeper into the park as you look for wildlife. Return to your resort for dinner and a chance to enjoy the night in the jungle.

DAY FOUR : Wake up and do an early morning elephant safari into the jungle looking for wildlife. The big mammals can move quietly through the jungles as they easily take you for a trip of a lifetime. Return for breakfast, and then depart for Kathmandu.

FOUR NIGHTS/FIVE DAY PACKAGE :

DAY ONE : You will be received by our staff. You will be taken to your lodge where you will relax and enjoy cultural programs. There will be an opportunity to visit a Tharu village to learn more about the culture.

DAY TWO : This day offers an elephant safari in the morning following an early morning wake-up call. The elephant ride is often with very few people, lending itself to a real feel of a true jungle safari as you immerse yourself in the jungle. Watch for animals high above the jungle on the back of an elephant. Return to the resort for lunch, and then begin a jungle walk with an experienced naturalist. In the evening, enjoy a cultural program featuring traditional Tharu dances.

DAY THREE : Wake up to an early morning breakfast, and then do some bird watching in the park. Return to your resort for lunch, and then take a jeep safari into the park. This will allow you to penetrate deeper into the park as you look for wildlife. Return to your resort for dinner and a chance to enjoy the night in the jungle.

DAY FOUR : This is a day of rafting as you go from the foothills of the Churia Mountains to the flat jungles of the Terai. This all day trip starts out with white-water rafting in some of the most scenic areas of southern Nepal. The river will slow down as it enters the Terai where it becomes a leisurely sightseeing trip. Return to the resort for dinner.

DAY FIVE : Wake up and enjoy breakfast, and then go and enjoy the crocodile breeding farm where you can see close-up views of these reptiles. Take time to visit the Tharu Museum located nearby. After lunch, start your journey back to Kathmandu.

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