Bardia National Park Tour
The Bardia National park is the largest and most untouched wild area of the Terai region of Nepal. Unlike Chitwan National Park, drier climate and a more remote location of Bardia National Park encompasses 1,000-sq-kms of riverine grassland and sal forests. It is situated in the mid-Far Western Terai, east of the Karnali River. Bardia National Park is bordered to the south by the Babai River, to the north by the Shiwalik or Churia Hills, to the west by the Girwa River (a tributary of the Karnali), and to the east by a section of the East-West Highway which bisects the park. The Terai is only in the southwest corner of the park. Much of Bardia is on the southern slopes of the Shiwalik Range where the hills rise to over 4,000feet.
From the base of these hills, the park slopes gently over highly porous ground for several miles to the rivers of the Gangetic plain. At Chisopani Gorge, the swift-flowing Karnali River emerges from the Shiwalik Range onto the broad plain and flows purposefully through the semi-tropical jungle, where the river braids out, small riverrine forested islands form. The main objectives of the park are to conserve a representative ecosystem of the mid-Western Terai.
Major Tourist Attraction: Rare Wild Animals & Bird watching:
The park provides excellent habitat for endangered animals like the rhinoceros, wild elephant, tiger, swamp deer, black buck, gharial crocodile, marsh mugger crocodile and Gangetic dolphin. Endangered birds include the Bengal florican, lesser florican, silver-eared mesia and Sarus crane. More than 30 different mammals, over 200 species of birds, and many snakes, lizards and fish have been recorded in the park's forest, grassland and river habitats. A good number of resident and migratory birds are found in the park. It is also the home of one of the last known herds of wild Elephants in South Asia. Birds are the park's most conspicuous fauna with over 300 resident and migratory species. Avid bird-watchers will want to visit the park in November or from February to April when migrants arrive, depart or pass through.
Jungle Safari in Bardia National Park:
To view the wild Elephants, you ride on the backs of specially-trained elephants, each guided by a driver (Mahoute). As you sit in a padded wooden platform on the Elephant's back with your camera ready, your Mahoute steers the Elephant through tall grass. Mists rise off the nearby river, and you spot a mother Rhino leading her baby down to the river for a drink. Monkeys chatter and birds call in the nearby trees, signaling that an elusive Royal Bengal Tiger is stalking Deer through the high grass. It's a very special experience - a unique experience out at Bardia - unlike any other wildlife setting in Nepal.