Tiger Encounter in Bardia National Park

  • 07 Days
  • 06 Nights

Come across the magnificent Royal Bengal Tigers, and watch them live their untamed lives. Experience this immense quest in the wilderness of the most undisturbed protected area in Nepal.

Tiger Encounter In Bardia National Park Highlight

Trip Highlight

  • 4 Nights 5 Days Bardia premium wildlife safari
  • Special tiger tracking deep inside Bardia National Parks 
  • A glance into the indigenous Tharu community's lifestyle & culture
  • Encounter with the great one-horned rhino and other wild animals
  • Beautiful sunset view from the bank of the Karnali River
  • Maximum possibilities of spotting the Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Different species of flora and fauna in Bardia National National
  • A panoramic view of the Himalayas Kathmandu- Nepalung- Kathmandu flight
Trip Facts
  • Trip Profile : Tiger Encounter in Nepal 07 Days/ 06 Night
  • Trip Type : Safari, Wildlife, Camping
  • Trip Duration : 07 Days
  • Trip Route : Kathmandu, Nepaljung, Bardia National Park
  • Trek Accomodation : Hotel in city & Resort in safari
  • Preferred Seasons : March to May & September to November
  • Transportation: Flight, 4WD Private Jeep / Car
  • Age Limit : Above 6

Tiger Encounter in Bardia National Park is best possibly during the warm months of March, April, and May. However, there is a huge probability of seeing them during the early winter months of September to November. The number of tigers in Nepal increased from around 121 in 2009 to 235 in 2018.

TX2 Award Winner 2022 for Tiger Conservation

Nepal is currently the first nation to double its Tiger population. Since 2010, Bardia National Park of Nepal has doubled its tiger population, earning the TX2 Award 2022. Which is going from 121 to 355 adult tigers in 2022. The increasing number is positive news for all wildlife enthusiasts. This increment also gives us a lifetime opportunity to visit these majestic creatures in their natural state and innate habitat.

Together with the adjacent 550 sq km Banke National Park, Bardia National Park’s 968 sq km now forms one of the most significant protected tiger habitats in the world, with 125 plus adult tigers in Bardia alone. While this is less than Chitwan, you probably stand a much better chance of seeing one here if you put in the hours at one of the ‘hotspots’ for tiger sightings. These hotspots are all explored and discovered by our team. All the Tiger Encounter’s guides know these places well and you will certainly be taken to them on a safari. When you arrive, be ready to surprise to find a large troop of tiger spotters already in position.

Tiger Encounter in Bardia National Park is the tiger tracking tour in Nepal’s largest national park and most undisturbed wilderness-protected area in Terai. The best time of the year to see the tiger is February to May and the best tactic is to sit and wait at one of the hotspots. Don’t forget to bring binoculars (Tiger Encounter has enough binoculars), a telephoto lens for your camera, and maybe a book to while away the hours. Raft trips may also stop at one or more hotspots en route, although this limits your time at them.


Tiger Encounter in Bardia National Park trip itineraries are customizable; according to your choice & the number of days you want to stay. Simply, Contact Us

Tour Plan


Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

Encounter everything that you've read and watched on the internet about the tranquil beauty of Nepal and the warm hospitality of the Nepalese. Flying through the beautiful mountain view and thickly wooded hills and plains, you will land in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. Ensuring your landing at the airport, our office representative with your nameplate or office name signboard will welcome you with the Nepalese greeting word "Namaste" and escort you to the hotel in Thamel.    

Once checked in, get refreshed and relax with a welcome drink followed by a briefing for the preparation of the tour in the following days, and to answer your questions and queries if any. In the evening,  you can stroll around the narrow lively streets of Thamel, Kathmandu's tourist hub. Enjoy your first meal in a variety of restaurants offering different cuisines with live music playing along.



Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and drive to Bardia National Park

Early morning fly to Nepalgunj, This one-hour flight will take you to the city in the Terai Region. After landing at Nepalgunj, drive to Bardia National Park (2 / 3 hours) by private transport. Upon arrival, a welcome drink will be served and a short briefing on the program and our facilities, and rooms will be assigned. 

In the evening take a village tour to learn more about the indigenous community's fascinating culture and lifestyles. Rejuvenate yourselves by viewing the sunset over the Karnali River and sipping a beverage of your choice.


Tiger Tracking

Bardia is a National park with a large territory of Royal Bengal Tigers. Tigers move around all over the park and lots of tiger evidence can be tracked. However, staking out some of the locations where tigers are often spotted increases the possibilities.

This day of the journey will be a thrilling experience since you will be walking to three different tiger territories. These places explored by our team can be covered on foot and are famous tiger tracking spots of Bardia National Park.



Tiger Tracking

We will dedicate one more day to tiger tracking. On this day you will be driving on an open-top jeep to another famous tiger tracking site inside the park. You will drive towards a watchtower at the Balcony you will be able to see out over the grasslands. There are huge possibilities that you might spot a distant herd or a single tiger leaving the long grass for a drink at the river.

We also explore some other available excellent habitats for tigers and other wild animals.



Tiger Tracking and Jungle Activities

If you become unable to spot tigers on day 3 or day 4, you will repeat the activity on this day. However, if you have successful tracking on previous days, then you can be involved in other activities.    

Or, Rafting inside the National Park

A downstream drift in an inflatable raft is a relaxing way to experience the park, as well as giving you a chance at spotting wildlife. A typical drift starts on the Karnali River, just above the Chisapani Bridge, and turns to lift into one of its branches, the Geruwa River, which marks the park’s westernmost boundary. Stopping for lunch, you get to walk around the sandy riverbank where you can observe the heavy traffic of animal footprints, or make deeper forays into the jungle, including tiger hotspots. Crater marks of elephants and rhinos are crisscrossed with perfectly imprinted tiger pugmarks and delicate monkey and deer prints. Even if you don’t spot anything, the journey is so peaceful and picturesque that it is its own reward. This is not white-water rafting, although there are some gentle dips. Given the crocodiles in the river, swimming is not advised, as several locals have unfortunately discovered.

On your last day at Bardia National Park, you will be entertained by the local Tharu Community with Tharu cultural dance at the hotel premises. 

Note: If we don’t see any tigers these days then we will move to another tiger territory. Similarly, our days can be increased this way until we finally see a tiger.



Drive to Nepaljung and Fly to Kathmandu

After this wonderful trip, you will drive back to Nepalgunj and fly to Kathmandu. 

Once you reach Kathmandu we will check you in at a nice and cozy hotel around the Thamel area. Self-exploring the narrow streets of this tourist hub for souvenir shopping and drinks is a good way to spend the rest of your day. Later in the evening, we will take you out for a farewell dinner and listen to your wildlife tour experiences. 



Final Departure

Today, you will depart Nepal with everlasting beautiful memories and experiences. Our representative will meet you at your hotel and will drop you at the airport according to your flight schedule to bid farewell. It is good to be at the airport at least 2 hours before your departure to complete the airport check-in on time.

 Tiger Encounter hopes to take you to another exciting wildlife safari in Nepal soon. If you want to return to Nepal for yet another tour, contact us to schedule the greatest adventures in a prompt and easiest way.

Note: During monsoons (End of June / July to August) Jeep safaris are not conducted by park authorities. Alternate activities are provided during this period.

Cost Detail

Trip Includes
  • ​​​International and domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary by private vehicle
  • Two night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu twin/single with breakfast at 4/5 stars hotel 
  • Flight from Kathmandu - Nepaljung - Kathmandu both ways
  • 4 nights luxury accommodation in resort at Bardia National Park 
  • Full board Veg/Non-veg basis accommodation in the entire Bardia jungle safari (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea & Coffee) 
  • Pack Veg/Non-veg lunch during safari, every day 
  • Nepaljung - Bardia National Park - Nepaljung transportation by private vehicle
  • All entrance and National Park fees 
  • All activities as mentioned in the itinerary are included; private jeep safari, private jungle walk, private rafting, birds watching, village walk, sundown, etc.
  • All ground transport inside & outside the national park during tour
  • Professional government license holder English speaking export nature guide entire the safari trip – guides have minimum 15 years’ experience and work for conservation
  • Necessary assistant guide during private jeep safari, jungle walk & rafting 
  • All salary, allowance, food & accommodation for guides
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff. (Guide and driver)
  • Government Tax and office service charge
  • Tiger Encounter Souvenir - t-shirt/ photography jacket
Trip Excludes
  • International airfare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $30 for 15 days, US$ 50 for 30 days, and US$ 125 for a three-month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu  
  • Insurance covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and boiled water during the red panda tour.
  • All food and beverages are other than on the itinerary. 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude are provided to staff.

Location Detail

Tour Location

Description of the Location

Bardia National park lies in the southwest part of Nepal. Its 968 sq km of the area makes it the largest national park in the Terai region of Nepal. With the crest of the Siwalik range on the north, Karnali River and its tributaries on the south, forest, cultivated land, less populated villages, and Mahendra highway on its south and east the park provides a large undisturbed area of surroundings for a large number of rare species.


What to Bring:

  1. Neutral colored clothing is recommended. 
  2. Light clothing is needed for the daytime with a sweater and warm jacket for the evenings from November to March. 
  3. Pants / Trousers are recommended for safari and jungle walks.
  4. Comfortable walking shoes, sun hats, sunglasses, etc. are essential.
  5. Insect repellent and personal medical requirements should be carried out. 
  6. It is highly recommended to travel light with only one small suitcase or duffle bag.
  7. During the warmer months, swimming suits are recommended.
  8. A small flashlight is recommended.
  9. Binoculars add greatly to your enjoyment of bird and wildlife viewing.

We will meet pickup you from Internatinal Airport:

We organized Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) airport pick-up and drop service. Upon your arrival, you are welcomed and greeted at your arrival gate (Holding your name on the company pamphlet- Tiger Encounter) by our representative member from a company, then transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. For departure transfer, we will come to pick you up at your hotel in Kathmandu and take you to the airport for your international flight.

As per our plan, we’ll provide you with domestic departure and arrival as per the flight schedule.

Passport & Visa: 

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal, and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended to the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport-size photo.

The current cost of a visa for 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, and 90 Days – 125 (to be paid in cash) Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. Visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, and the time intended to stay in Nepal.

Visa Extension Fee: Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days. In the case of a delay of less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.

Safety precautions for Bardia National Park Safari:

Aside from geographical protection, Tiger Encounter has taken safety in following things to make travel as safe as possible making the most out of it without any worry!

  1. Our guides have received extensive wilderness first-aid training.
  2. Tour leaders and guides have years of wildlife experience and can help you if there is any kind of uneasiness and assure happiness & satisfaction are guaranteed.
  3. Encouragement and inspiration can be a regular occurrence.
  4. Food and accommodation in the national park would be rechecked for additional hygiene.


Tipping is not included in the salaries of your guides, driver, or crew, but it is greatly appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tips are accepted and a lovely way of saying thank you (“Dhanyabada”) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the tour and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips on the last day of the tour.

Safety Precautions: 

  1. A first-aid kit is recommended to carry by the visitors for their own safety.
  2. Visitors should be alert to the wildlife inside the core area.

Stop Population:  

  1. Carry out what you carry in.
  2. Buy only what won’t pollute, or carry it out.
  3. Take only photographs, leave only footprints.
  4. Do not use polythene/ plastic materials.

Facts About Bardia National Park:  

Declare Year: 1976 AD as a Royal Karnali WildlifeReserve (348 km²) and 1988 AD as a Bardia National Park (968 km²

National park area: 968 km²

Location: The south-western part of Nepal (Province 5 & 6)

Bioclimatic zone: Tropical to sub-tropical

Elevation: 152m (Manaughat) to 1564m (Banspani Peak)

Major Rivers: Karnali, Geruwa, Babai, Orahi

Main mammals: Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian Wild Elephant, Greater One-horned Rhinoceros, Gangetic Dolphin, Swamp Deer, For-Horned Antelope

Main birds: Bengal Florican, Lesser Florican, White-rumped Vulture

Major tree species: Shorea robusta, Adina cardifolia, Terminalia tomentosa, Lagestroemia parviflora, Pinus roxburghii

Buffer zone declared: 1996 AD and extended in 2010 AD

Buffer zone area: 507km²

Municipalities: 5 (Thakurbaba, Madhuban, Barbardia, Bansgadhi, and Bheriganga)

Rural Municipalities: 3 (Geruwa, Barahatal and Baijanath)

Population: 1,14,201

Major caste: Tharu, Brahmin, Chhetri

Economy: Agriculture, Animal husbandry, Tourism, Trade, and Labors

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    Frequently asked questions

    • Will someone come after my arrival to pick me up at the airport?
      Yes, Tiger Encounter representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall. He will be displaying Tiger Encounter name card with your name on it. You will be moved to the pre-select Hotel after that.
    • Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?
      All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.
    • How can I track tiger in Bardia National Park?
      Tracking mostly in tiger trails and territories can give you highest possibility of seeing tiger.
    • What do we do if we cannot see tiger in whole day?
      We generally have more than one day just for tiger tracking. If we don’t see any tiger in first day then we will move to another tiger territory in next day. Similarly our days can be increased this way until we finally see tiger.
    • How tall is Royal Bengal Tiger?
      90 – 110 cm, Height
    • How many tigers are there in Nepal?
      Nepal is currently recognized as the first nation to double its Tiger population, which is going from 121 to 355 adult tigers in year of 2022
    • How many tigers are in Bardiya National Park?
      125 wild tigers are in Bardia National Park, Nepal is currently recognized as the first nation to double its Tiger population.
    • What do Royal Bengal Tiger looks like?
      Tigers are usually orange or reddish orange with very bold, uneven black stripes and white areas on the chest, neck, belly and inside of the legs.
    • Do Royal Bengal Tiger live alone or group?
      Tigers, except mothers and their cubs, are solitary animals. Individual tigers travel through large areas, also known as home ranges, whose size is determined by food availability.
    • How long can a Tiger go without eating?
      They can go for a maximum of 14 days without food and 4 days without water
    • Where can we find Bengal Tigers in Nepal?
      Tigers are found in Southern Part of Nepal in following protected areas. - Chitwan National Park - Bardia National Park - Banke National Park - Sukla Phanta National Park - Parsa National Park Among these, Chitwan and Bardia national park is common place and can be found tiger easily.

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