Bardia National Park Safari | 3 days

Posted by Andy on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Situated in the mid-far western Terai, bordered by the Karnali River, Bardia National Park covers 968 sq. km. It is 585 km from Kathmandu and is the largest and most undisturbed expanse of wilderness in southern Nepal, although it is also the least explored by tourists.

About 70% of the park is covered with sal jungle; the remaining 30% is a mixture of grassland, savannah and riverine forest. The park contains eight types of ecosystems. The park headquarters are situated at Thakurdwara (also the location of Forest Hideaway) and is surrounded by idyllic villages and fields inhabited by an indigenous ethnic group, the ‘Tharu’.

Originally a hunting reserve, Bardia became a conservation area in 1976 and then attained National Park status in 1988. Presently a plan is being considered to further expand the park both north and eastwards. Conservation is a strong theme within Bardia; the park as well providing a home habitat for many species also provides an ideal environment for the study of wildlife. The WWF and the Nature Conservation Trust are active in the park monitoring wildlife and breeding habitats.

Bardia offers a more rustic, authentic jungle experience than the more developed Chitwan. It is also more likely that you will spot Bengal tiger in Bardia, although the one-horned rhinos are more prevalent in Chitwan.

You will also be able to spot leopard, several varieties of deer, sloth, Rhesus monkey, wild boar, jackals, civets, mongooses, cats and snakes. The rivers and lakes are home to crocodiles and the Gangetic dolphin. Bardia is also a bird watcher’s delight with hundreds migrant and local species birds recorded. There are cormorants, herons, egrets, storks, cranes, ducks, woodpeckers, hawks, ospreys, falcons, kestrel, parakeets, ibises, kites, cuckoos, kingfishers, swallows, orioles and many others.

Safari dates
Daily from August to late December and early February to late June

All walks and rides are accompanied by trained naturalist guides. 


Jungle walk: You get the best animal sightings on foot at your own pace. You will be able to appreciate the smaller attractions of the jungle with our naturalists. Usually it is easy to see animals such as rhino, deer and sloths as these animals prefer to live in less disturbed areas of the park. Atop an elephant is the safest and most convenient way to get around in the jungle and observe the diversity of wild life.  

Canoe/rafting trip: A float down the river in a dugout canoe or raft is the best way to see crocodiles basking on the riverbank. It is also a relaxing way to watch birds and wildlife species that frequently come to bathe and drink.

Jeep drive: A jeep drive is the fastest way to visit a wide area of the park. A 4-hour drive of some 45km in the park offers a good chance of seeing some big game.

Bird watching: Bardia National Park is known as a paradise for birds and birdwatcher. Bardia National park have many species of birds. Your guide will point out some of the migratory and globally threatened birds.

Tharu village walks: The Tharu are a tribe of the Terai region. Tharu houses are made of mud and dung plastered over wood and reed frames. Their traditional culture is still strong in the Terai. Local naturalists can take you to their village and describe their lifestyle and culture.

Culture dance (stick dance): Bardia is the region where many ethnic groups are met and their own culture and customs are still alive. Folk musical tradition varies among Nepal’s many ethnic groups. 

Detailed itinerary

Day 01

  • Arrival-Relax in our Tharu bar or beautiful garden.
  • Discover Tharu life and culture through our Tharu village and culture tour.
  • Visit to Tharu Museum.
  • Visit to Crocodile Breeding Center.

Day 02

  • Elephant back safari
  • Jungle Walking

Day 03

  • Early morning bird watching – followed by chance to relax or explore the surrounding village.
  • Visit to Elephant Breeding Center
  • Departure after lunch.

The safari program is – because of weather or unforeseen events – subject to change.

Services & costs included in price

  • Accommodation with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trip.
  • All wildlife activities and entry fees.

Services & costs NOT included in price

  • Transport/flights (must be paid directly on arrival).
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks during the trip.