Situated in the mid far western Terai, in a remote part of Nepal, bordered by the Karnali River, the National Park covers 968 sq. km. It is 585 km from Kathmandu. The park is the largest and most undisturbed expanse of wilderness in southern Nepal. Although the largest park it is least explored by foreign 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 ecosystem. 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 King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation are active in the park monitoring wildlife and breeding habitats. They have also implemented an educational scheme for local people identifying the meaning of, and need for conservation.
More than thirty different mammals, over two hundred species of bird and many snakes, lizards and fish have been recorded within the park. Both resident and migratory birds can be found within the park boundaries. As well as the numerous more common animals and birds the Bardia National Park is home to 19 of Nepal’s 39 legally protected species. These include the One-horned Rhinoceros, wild Asian Elephant, Bengali Tiger, Swamp Deer, Black Buck Antelope, Gangetic Dolphin and Gharial Crocodile. Endangered birds include the Bengal Florican, the Silver-eared Mesia and the Sarus Crane. In fact the WWF indicated the Bardia National Park as playing a major role in the survival of the world tiger population. As a result, it is not surprising to find that Bardia provides the best opportunity to view the Bengal Tiger in Nepal.
Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, then direct transfer to the resort/hotel. After the lunch, village visit. You will visit the temple area, you will enter in a real typical tharu house and see the local life. You will also visit Bardia National park visitor centre with its crocodile farm. Dinner and O/N in Resort.
After an early breakfast, we go on foot in the national park for the day with a naturalist guide and a porter. There are good possibilities to see one horned rhino, wild asian elephants or Bengal tiger among other animals. Picnic lunch for the day. Back to the resort, dinner and O/N in Resort.
After breakfast, we drive one hour to Chisapani, over the Karnali Bridge. Then we begin the floating safari (on raft). There are no big rapids on the river and this excursion offers good opportunities for magnificent landscapes and birdlife among other animals. Once in a while we stop the raft for small walks in wildlife prone areas. Picnic lunch for the day. Back to the resort, dinner and local Tharu culture dance program. O/N in Resort.
After an early cup of tea, you will go on elephant back for a safari (2h30). Elephants are very adapted to go inside the vegetation and give good possibilities to get close to rhinos. Back to resort and Breakfast. Transfer to the bus station or the Nepalgunj Airport to Kathmandu.
Note: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj flight ticket usd 183.00 one way and Pick up drop charge Nepalgunj to hotel per private transport car/ Jeep usd 60.00 one way
Bardia jungle safari Serivce Include
1. Hotel accommodation in Bardia twin sharing basic.
2. Full board meal (B.L.D.) during Bardia safari period.
3. Jungle Activities like slide show, Elephant ride, Jungle walk, Canoe ride, Elephant breeding center tour, bird watching, Tharu village tour and cultural show on choice.
4. Transportation to Bardia by Tourist Coach.
5. An experienced Nature safari guide trained by government of Nepal
6. Government / Local taxes, Bardia national park entrance fees.
8. Bus Park/ airport pick up and drop.
Bardia jungle safari Serivce Exclude
1. Personal expenses like phone, bar bill, laundry, beverages etc.
2. Travel / medical insurance.
3. Meals on the way of journey by Tourist Coach.
4. Flight fare and Airport tax. (we arrange on request)
5. Private vehicle cost. (we arrange on request)
6. White water rafting trip cost. (we arrange on request)
7. Emergency evacuation cost.
8. Tips for Guide, driver as well as other staff.
9. Other unexpected cost due to delay, strike etc.
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