Bardiya National Park
Bardiya National Park is a Protected area in Nepal that was established in 1988 as Royal Bardiya National Park. Covering an area of 968km2 (374 sq miles) it is the largest and most undisturbed wilderness area in Nepal’s Terai, adjoining the eastern bank of Karnali River in the Bardiya District.
Imagine walking through the jungle to come across fresh tiger tracks, your guide alert to be quite as you make your way to an overlook above the watering hole, Bardiya National park has high chances to see Bengal Tiger most of our clients they have been spotted many times. Our local naturalist/ jungle guides are experts on Flora Fauna and make your jungle walk more curious and enjoyable. The beauty of this elusive jungle cat is something to totally behold.
The northern limits of the protected area are demarcated by the crest of Shivalik Hills. The Nepalgunj – Surkhet highway partly from the southern boundary, but seriously disrupts the protection area. Natural boundaries to human settlements are formed in the west by Geruwa, a channel of the Karnali River, and in the southeast by the Babai River.
This National Park is one of the finest places in the world to see the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. But this jungle park is a success story in itself as it has been successful in not only providing a home for those and other endangered animals but also seen an increase in their population. We can also combine with Chitwan National Park 2-3days https://navigateoutdoor.com/packages/chitwan-national-park/
Shuklaphata Wildlife reserve would be worth to visit and different wildlife https://navigateoutdoor.com/packages/shuklaphata-wildlife-tour/
- Max Elevation:Not Applicable
- Total Duration:2-5days
- Best Time:Oct - Dec, Feb - May
- Best Wildlife safari:5 star
Day 01: Fly to Nepalgunj 45 minutes, pick up and drive to Thakurdwara and transferred to the homestay (share the houses around with local Tharu people’s homestay).
Soon arrive our lunch will serve after lunch just get settle in the homestay and share cultural experiences with locals. Today we’ll be walking around the village and see the culture of Tharu tribes and enjoy the Tharu Vulture Dance after the Dinner at the Homestay.
Day 02: Full day Jeep Safari in the Bardiya National park: visit Crocodile, and elephant breeding center, drive to Karnali River bank to see freshwater dolphin with packed lunch and guide. Evening back to the Homestay and stay.
Day 03: Full day Jungle walking with forest naturalist/guide, tiger tracking and bird watching in the early morning and early evening. In the evening drive to Jungle for jungle camp, campfire and night hold.
Day 04: Wake up have hot drinks drive back to the Homestay and have breakfast and rest until Lunch, have lunch and drive to Nepalgunj and fly to Kathmandu and transferred to the hotel.
- Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu return flight tickets.
- Airport shuttle drops at Kathmandu and picks up at the Nepalgunj to Bardiya homestay/ lodge. Jeep (4-6 people)
- Park fee/permits.
- All meals during the trips (lunch, dinner, and breakfast)
- All the activities i.e. full day Jungle walk with packed lunch, Full day Tiger tracking with packed lunch, Full days jeep safari, Bird watching, Village tour, Crocodile Breeding center, Tharu culture Dance at the camp by local Tharu people.
- Accommodation both inside and outside the National Park on twin sharing tents/rooms.
- Below 10 years we will give you a 20% discount.
- Experience local forest guide.
Service not including:
- Your stay in Kathmandu.
- Your personal expenses, insurance(travel).
- All bottle beverages, mineral water bottles, alcohol.
- Guide tip.
- Emergency evacuation fees and changing flight costs.
- Personal equipment and clothing for the trip.
Things you need to bring with you
- Day bag for your extra clothing and other items for the day walk in the jungle.
- Binocular and camera with extra batteries.
- Light colure clothing for a jungle walk, light green, gray and canvas would be great.
- Sunglasses with retainers, sunscreen, bug repellent, sun hat.
- Appropriate shoes for the jungle walk, hiking boots with gaiters would be great.
- Water bottle/ water treatment and some extra money cash and your passport.
- Bird of India Nepal’s book, reptile book would be great.
Karnali River Experience.
They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.
I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Grey Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.
Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.
There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.
You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.
The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.
Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.
The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.
Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fisherman to add extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in the risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.
Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.
The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included bus journey.
Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.