Bardia National Park
Bardia National Park; In 1969, 368 sq km of Northern Bardia was delineated as a Royal Hunting Reserve, a playground exclusively reserved for the royals and their guests. Later In 1976, under the National Parks and wildlife conservation act (1973), the then government of Nepal declared the Royal Bardia Wildlife reserve and afforded its full protection under the laws of Nepal.
Moreover, in 1982, the Nepalese government resettled nearly 1500 people from the adjacent Babai Valley to expand Bardia’s territory from 368 sq km to 968 sq km. In 1988 the status was upgraded and named it Royal Bardia National Park and is termed only as Bardia National Park after the end of monarchism in Nepal.
Bardia National park lies in the south-west 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 Siwalik range on the north, Karnali River and its tributaries on the south, forest, cultivated land, small villages and Mahendra highway on its south and east. The park provides an undisturbed area of surroundings for a large number of rare species.
The climate of this part of Nepal is usually warm and has three distinctive seasons, October to March its moderate dry with warm days and cool nights, April – may the temperature rises up to 45 degree Celsius which is the best time to visit for tiger encounter since the big cats come out for river water in this extra dry season whereas June – September seasons monsoon in this sub-tropical zone.
Daily buses run from Kathmandu to Thakurdwara, the headquarter of Badia National Park. It takes around 15-16 hours to reach Thakurdwara from Kathmandu by bus. There are also daily flights to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu if you want to avoid a long ride. From Nepalgunj, buses are available to Thakurdwara, which takes around 3-4 hours. A private van can also be arranged for a more luxurious and quick ride.
Wildlife and Vegetation
With almost 70% of a balanced mixture of grassland, savannah and riverine forest Bardiya National park reside 642 species of animals, 407 species of resident and migratory birds, 125 species of fish and 839 varieties of plants. The protected area also has several rare species such as one-horned rhino, Gangetic dolphin, swamp deer, wild elephant, and blackbuck. Along with these rare animals, Bardia National Park is home to the magnificent Bengal Tigers.
Things to do in Bardia National Park
- Jungle walk
- Jungle Safari
- Canoe Ride
- Bird watching
- Tiger tracking
- Dolphin watching
- Tharu Cultural Show
|1||Royal Bengal Tiger||Panthera Tigris|
|4||Four-Horned Antelope||Tetraceurs Quadricornis|
|5||Asian Elephant||Elephas Maximus|
|6||Hispid Hare||Caprolagus Hispidus|
|7||One-Horned Rhino||Rhinoceros Unicornis|
|9||Gray Wolf||Canis Lupus|
|10||Swamp Deer||Cervus Duvauceli|
|11||Leopard Cat||Prinailurus Bengalensis|
|1||Black Stork||Ciconia Nigra|
|2||Giant Hornbill||Buceros Bicornis|
|3||White Stork||Ciconia Ciconia|
|4||Sarus Carne||Grus Antigone|
|5||Bengal Florican||Houbaropsis Bengalesis|
|6||Lesser Florican||Syphoetides Indica|
|1||Asiatic Rock Python||Python Molurus|
|2||Golden Monitor Lizard||Varanus Flavescens|
|3||Gharial Crocodile||Gavialis Gangetica|
|Day 01||Fly to Nepaljung and Drive to Bardia National Park|
|Day 02||Explore National Park|
|Day 03||Explore National Park|
|Day 04||Explore Community and Culture|
|Day 05||Drive back to Nepaljung and Fly to Kathmandu|
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