Overview

Untouched by the 2015 earthquake, Bardia National Park is the largest national park and wilderness area in the Terai and has excellent wildlife-watching opportunities. Bardia is often described as what Chitwan was like 30 years ago, before being overrun by tourism. The park protects 968 sq km of sal forest and grassland, and together with the 550 sq km Banke National Park it protects one of Asia’s largest stretches of tiger habitat. The tiger numbers are increasing after their demise during the Maoist insurgency.

As well as tigers, there are also healthy populations of wild elephants and one-horned rhinos among the 30 species of mammals living here. The rhinos were re-introduced from Chitwan starting in 1986 in a bid to extend their range to help conserve the species. Unfortunately the early progress was all but lost when poachers took advantage of the insurgency and the population was decimated. Today the population is slowly recovering, with 31 being counted in 2014.

Bardia also has more than 250 species of birds, including the endangered Bengal florican and sarus crane. Gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles and Gangetic dolphins are occasionally spotted on rafting and canoe trips along the Geruwa River, the eastern channel of the Karnali River

Bardia National Park suffered greatly during the Maoist insurgency. Tourism dried up, lodges were mothballed and the wildlife was hit hard by poaching owing to inadequate protection. The good news is that all this is now being reversed, and while it’s a long, arduous journey out here, it’s well worth the effort.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and drive to Bardia National Park by private car and transfer to Hotel.
Arrival     am     Relax in our Tharu bar or   beautiful garden.
pm       Discover Tharu life and culture   through our Tharu village and culture tour.
Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 2:  Whole day walking safari to view   Gangetic Dolphin- swimming possible.
Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 3: am    Exploration of Tiger territory (   Half day Walking)
pm     Elephant back safari
pm    Jeep safari
Option: Rafting
Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 4:  am    Early morning Bird watching –   followed by chance to relax or explore the surrounding village.
pm    Departure after lunch to Nepalgunj Airport and fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

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