Bardiya National park is one of the undisturbed protected areas situated in the lower belt of western Nepal in the Bardiya district. The initial Karnali Wildlife Reserve was later extended into the area of 968 km² declaring as National Park in 1988. The park was established to preserve the ecosystem and protect the habitat for several endangered and rare floras and faunas with 70% of the subtropical moist deciduous forest and alluvial grasslands. A 45-minutes flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj will bring travelers to the lowest altitude of Nepal full of wildlife and dense forest. A city neighboring two major national Parks; Banke National Park and Bardiya National Park.
The protected area is intersected by the Babai River and bordered by the Karnali River on the west of the park. These two rivers are the habitat for the 642 faunal species including few alligators, 23 types of reptiles, and 125 species of fish. The Bardiya National park is protected by the Nepalese Army. Similarly, the wild elephant and Bengal tiger are often seen crossing human settlements and roads.
The Bardiya National park has many lodges, resorts, and homestays to provide the best experience of wildlife. The unforgettable elephant ride and jeep safari introduce you to the dense forest, elephants, rhinos, tigers, leopards,s and several other wild animals and birds. Travellers can also enjoy the real adventure of camping, hiking, rafting, cycling, canoe riding, and night campfires with some hot barbecues of organically reared chicken and roasted boar.
The park is home to at least 53 species of mammals including wild elephants, one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, swamp deer, blackbuck, rusty-spotted cat, fishing cat, and Gangetic dolphin. The Bardiya National Park also protects 407 recorded species of bird including bar-headed geese, white-rumped vulture, Bengal florican, Grey-crowned Prinia, striated grassbird, and several other rare birds.
While the park is full of wildlife and dense forest, it also offers the incredible cultural experience of the indigenous tribal called Rana Tharu residing in the protected area. The park is quite popular for the living museum of the Tharu indigenous community including homestays and cultural dances which preserve their culture and ethnicity. Guests are welcomed with a smile and garland following cultural dance in ethnic attires.
Visit the pristine National Park.
Experience the adventure of rafting, hiking, and camping.
Flight to the lowest altitude of Nepal; Nepalgunj.