Initially a Royal Hunting reserve, Bardia National park is the largest national park in the lowland Terai covering on area of 968 sq.km. Situated in Nepal’s Western Terai, the park was instituted in 1988. The park features grassland, riverine forest, and valleys. The weather remains dry during much of Winter and Spring while the monsoonal rains hit the region for much of summer when the temperature could go as high as 45 degree ceclius.
The park is inhabited tigers, wild elephant, greater one-horned rhinoceros, swamp deer, and black buck and over 230 bird species such as herons, egrets, black-necked stork, sarus crane and little pratincole. The Karnai river is perfect habitat for dolphins, Mahasheer and Marsh mugger crocodiles.
The Tharu ethnic community is native to this area and are known for their traditional farming practices and handicraft skills. They have been practicing symbiotic relationship with their natural surroundings.
How to get there?
By Air: Daily flight operate from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which takes around 45 min. then 1.30 hr drive to reach Bardia National Park.
By Land: Luxury buses leave from Kathmandu to Thakurdwara every evening which takes about 16 hrs. Southern Terai cities, like Butwal, Bhairahawa, Chitwan, Lumbini, Surkhet and Dhangadi have regular buses going to Thakurdwara near Bardia National Park.
Things to do in Bardia National Park
Visit Tharu Cultural Museum and Park office. Other activities include Bird watching, Jungle safari, Elephant safari, guided Jungle Walk, Canoe ride, Tiger tracing, Overnight in Machan inside the Park and Dolphin watching.
Where to Stay?
Lodges are available outside of the park for overnight accommodation. Some famous lodges available in the park include Tiger Tops and Rhino Lodge while Paradise Lodge, Bardia Eco Resort, Bardia Wildlife Camp fall into normal category.
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