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Bardia Bardia jungle safari tours are all about taking in sights like the pristine beauty of national parks, learning about the fascinating tharu community, taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Babai Valley, viewing animals in the forest, and catching a glimpse of dolphins in the Karnali River. This safari tour’s major draw is a chance to explore the Bardia National Park, which has long protected a number of endangered species.

The Terai region’s largest wildlife habitat is Bardia National Park. It has a 968 km2 area. IRT is located in western Nepal, in the district of Bardia. It takes 12 to 14 hours to go by road from Kathmandu to Ambasa, which is located 635 kilometers away and passes through Nepalgunj and Kohalpur. The major highway can be reached quickly from Thakurdwara, the location of the Bardia National Park headquarters.

When traveling by road to Thakurdwara through Ambasa, tourists arriving in Nepalgunj must drive for another two hours. The southwest border of Nepal and India is where Ambasa and Mahindra Nagar are located, and travelers traveling from India can take 5 to 6 hours to reach the national park.

The Terai region’s naturally beautiful heritage, with its diversity of animals and endangered species, is one of the most important protected areas.The national park, which is located in the western portion of the Bardia district, is quite wide and covers an area of 968 km2. It is also well-known for being a great place to see a variety of wildlife and unspoiled scenery. The main draw of the national park is its collection of animals, including tigers, one-horned rhinos, and elephants, which are considered to be endangered species worldwide.

Similar to the former, it is made up of a combination of grasslands, savannahs, and riverine woodlands. The renowned one-horned rhinoceros of Nepal may be seen roaming the deep jungles, together with the endangered Royal Bengal tigers. If you decide to take a walk through the jungle while exploring the national park, you’ll probably be able to see one of them.

It is a good habitat for the animals and has a wide range of biological species. There are now 25 different reptile species with 3 preserved, more than 125 different kinds of fish, 438 different bird species with 6 conserved, and 55 different mammal species with 10 conserved ones. There, the main attractions include the tiger, rhino, elephant, spotted deer, and other endangered animals.

Bardia Jungle Safari Tour Highlights

Nepal’s ultimate jungle tour

The home of the Royal Bengal Tiger and one horned Rhinos

Take an elephant ride and a jungle stroll to explore the wild.

National park that is less populated and has more wildlife sightings

Enjoy the local cuisine and culture.

Appreciate the Tharu cultural program.

The national park’s natural beauty

The stunning scenery in the Babai Valley

Dolphin sightings in the Karnali River

Fishing in the Babai and Karanali rivers

Full-day safari in a Jeep

Jungle walk

Exploration of a bird sanctuary

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, then drive to Bardia National Park.

The first phase of your Bardia jungle safari tour is the drive or flight from Kathmandu to Bardia. If you decide to take a flight, the trip to Nepalgunj will take 40 minutes to an hour. Drive to the domestic airport from your lodges in Kathmandu, and then take a 40-minute flight to Nepalgunj. One of the scenic flights offers a breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains from your seat between Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.

Additionally, while in flight, you may see the exhilarating sight of jungles, rivers, and hillsides covered in beautiful vegetation. You must go another 75 KM via the jungle-lined roadway from Nepalgunj, which will take you around 3 hours to complete. It takes approximately 13 hours to go to Bardia from Kathmandu by bus. Therefore, if you decide to get there by road, you must set off early in the morning.

When you arrive at the resort, welcome hands will be waiting for you at the entrance. The premium luxury accommodation with contemporary facilities will be assigned to you after the formal documentation is completed. You can go on a tour of the Tharu village later in the evening. Ox cart rides are available while taking in the breathtaking scenery. Likewise, you can learn the customs, way of life, and culture of Nepal’s native Tharu community.

Later, you will visit the Elephant Breeding Center in addition to the village tour to observe newborn elephants having fun with their mother. You will watch the sunset from the same location before heading back to the resort. Dinner will be provided at the resort, and you are free to spend the evening however you choose. Your Bardia Jungle Safari Tour officially starts off this way.

Day 2: Full day Jungle Walk, Sightseeing, and Tharu Culture Program

The main day of your Bardia Jungle Safari Tour is the second day, and it begins with breakfast at the resort. Your Bardia Jungle Safari Tour’s second day will be packed with a variety of enjoyable activities. You will begin your trip to the Bardia National Park after breakfast. You’ll get up early and head to the jungle walk. You will walk into the dense forest with your nature guide. Your guide will lead you on the excursion and give you all the details about the vegetation and wildlife.

The canoeing on the Karnali River will then begin when you have driven to the Karnali Bridge. You might encounter crocodiles and should expect to observe some unusual birds throughout the canoe trip. Prepare yourself now for a Tiger Tracking Jungle Trek with the necessary equipment so you may explore the Royal Bengal Tiger’s natural habitat and observe them in the jungle. In your exploration of tigers, you’ll stop at many prospective locations identified by knowledgeable naturalists.

You will spend the entire day moving through the forest as you wait for the tiger to appear. You will enjoy your packed lunch—which we also refer to as a “Jungle Picnic”—during the jungle walk for tiger sightings. Waiting in a secure spot inside the forest when tigers are often visiting water holes to drink water throughout the summer is another amazing experience you may have at Bardia National Park.

In the national park, you may view birds in addition to seeing tigers. Although it is optional, you may also enjoy rafting on the Karnali River.

Return to the resort and take in the Tharu Culture Dance there, where you are also welcome to participate. After the dance, a tour guide will go through today’s forest trek with you. The jungle safari journey for the next day will be planned by your guide. You are welcome to enjoy your dinner and sleep the night away at the resort.

Day 3: Jeep Safari/Elephant Safari

Another lovely day at Bardia National Park for a Jeep safari in the forest. After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you and your knowledgeable wildlife guide will get ready for your full-day Jeep safari inside Bardia National Park today.

The ideal method to get inside Bardia National Park and discover new locations for animal encounters is by taking a Jeep safari. Along with stopping at various locations, you and your guide spend some time walking through the jungle looking for tigers. You also climb the Machan, a wooden tower inside the Bardia National Park, from which you can see far away.

You can enjoy a packed lunch around midday in the peaceful setting of the jungle. In the Machan inside the park, a lunch pack will be supplied for you. From the view towers, you may take in the expansive view of the forest and its inhabitants.

During today’s journey by jeep, you may watch for tigers and other wild creatures while discovering the foliage, flora, and fauna of Bardia National Park. You may anticipate seeing species like one-horned rhinos, tigers, wild elephants, and many more wild animals on the safari. In the National Park, you can take an elephant safari along with a Jeep safari. Later, you may check out the Tharu museum and the crocodile breeding center.

Day 4: Departure Day

Your final day will see you depart Bardia after breakfast and travel back to Kathmandu. You will need to drive to Nepalgunj and board the flight to Kathmandu if you decide to take the trip back by plane. The duration of your stay in Bardia will depend on the timing of your flight. It takes another 40 minutes to travel from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. This is when the Bardia Jungle Safari package comes to an end.

On the other hand, if you plan to travel back on land, you must set off early in the morning to catch the bus. You’ll book a hotel room and recuperate when you get back to Kathmandu. You may walk through Thamel’s streets at your leisure, purchase crafts and souvenirs, etc.

How to reach Bardia National Park?

Bardia National Park is a national park in Nepal’s southwest direction. The approximately 450-kilometer trip between Kathmandu and Bardia may be covered via airline, private vehicle rental, and public transportation.

The most luxurious way to go on a wildlife safari in Bardia National Park is by plane from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. The flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj airport takes 40 minutes. To get to Bardia from Nepalgunj, you must travel 75 kilometers and take an additional 3 hours.

Renting a private vehicle is the most comfortable option to go from Kathmandu to Bardia by road if you value your privacy or dislike being around other people. You may rent a car for about Rs 30000 for a three-night, four-day trip from Kathmandu to Bardia.

From Kathmandu’s Gongabu Bus Park, a large number of local buses travel to Bardia. At 6:00 PM, the bus departs from Kathmandu, and it arrives in Bardia at 8:00 AM. You may spend the night on the bus and enjoy the day tour of Bardia National Park because the journey is rather long. To get to your location, take the bus along the side of the Trisula River, passing through Malekhu, Muglin, and across the Narayani Bridge in Chitwan. Bus tickets from Kathmandu to Bardia cost between Rs. 1400 and Rs. 1550 per person, one way.

Bardia Jungle Safari Tour for Visitors

Visitors to Nepal are drawn not just to the country’s remarkable temples and other religious and cultural landmarks, but also to its most inaccessible and challenging places. This can entail visiting the famed Himalayan mountain base camps and rafting down some of the world’s most treacherous whitewater rivers with the goal of getting a closer look at Nepal’s rich cultural history. The Terai region in southwest Nepal is home to Nepal’s largest wildlife area, which attracts visitors interested in the natural surroundings.

Bardia National Park has become the premier location for an adventurous, tribal, and cultural jungle safari in this region. The major reason people come here is to witness the wildlife roaming freely in the outdoors. Visitors on a Bardia Jungle Safari Tour may witness not only the Bengal tiger but also several other endangered animals such as the wild elephant, one-horned rhino, wild dog, four different kinds of deer, wild boar, crocodile, leopard, and maybe a python, away from the noise and hustle and bustle of the city.

Many guests arrive with pre-planned plans that include hotel reservations, while others select from a variety of lodging options based on their budget. Bardia offers everything from luxurious hotels with outstanding service in a tranquil setting to more exclusive and affordable guesthouses. About 20 hotels and lodges, ranging in size from large to small, are present, each with a unique specialty.

They provide guests with air conditioning, a backup generator, elephant safaris, jungle excursions, jeep safaris, dolphin watching, an elephant breeding center, a tharu village, and other cultural activities. While they all involve different activities, they all include trips to the national park with a knowledgeable guide or naturalist. The Bardia Jungle Safari Tour is all about experiencing the largest wildlife reserve and tiger habitat in Bardia National Park.

The tiger itself is very much the pride of the national park. It is understood that the national park will develop as long as tigers continue to prosper. If the park is successful, local residents’ incomes will increase as tourism grows. A few years ago, Leonardo DiCaprio, a famous actor from Hollywood, visited Bardia in support of the campaign to conserve the tiger. Leonardo spent three days in Bardia working for the tiger’s wellbeing with locals and animal rights activists.

There are various homestays that provide lodging to both domestic and foreign travelers. Visitors may get a close-up look at the hospitable Tharus and taste some of their food. The tharu people welcome their visitors with their traditional dances and musical performances in an effort to preserve their art, culture, and for their guests’ entertainment.

Bardiya is progressively succeeding in showcasing its distinctive and interesting individuality to the rest of the globe. Bardiya’s jungle safari tour is a unique experience that everyone who has visited agrees is unforgettable.

Bardia Jungle Safari Tour: Accommodation

Bardia jungle safari tour accommodation can be arranged as per the guests’ preferences. The cost of the Bardia Jungle Safari Tour includes modest homestay accommodations. The native Tharu people that live there run the homestay that is close to the Bardia National Park. These historic homes and their artistic interiors carry the joyful smile and kind manner of the locals.

A three-generation grandfather manages the family-run lodging, and he is still actively involved and passing on his knowledge to his son and grandson.You will receive a warm welcome and stay in a cozy setting. When you begin your jungle excursions, your accommodations and other arrangements will be made in a quiet, relaxed environment and according to your preferences. There is simply no better spot to stay and explore the incredible animals and cultures than the lodging they provide.

The locals will meet you in tharu costumes and welcome you with tikas and flower garlands. They have a custom of giving guests a loving embrace in order to welcome them, which will amaze you. Your satisfaction with their kind greeting and modest attitude will be genuine.

In addition, you have the option of upgrading from our basic homestay. We provide deluxe lodging options at different prices. There is luxurious lodging available for couples. The premium hotels provide the same wildlife activities as ordinary lodges do.

However, when you visit Bardia, staying in a hotel prevents you from really experiencing Tharu culture and learning about Bardiya. As a result, staying in a community homestay will make you feel at home. Additionally, you’ll get to spend the morning with them, go to the village with them, and learn more about the Taru community, making you feel like one of them.

Bardia Jungle Safari Tour: Foods

On your Bardia jungle safari tour, you can choose from a variety of meals. There are several options on the menu that may be chosen from and ordered. But if you are staying in a community homestay, we strongly advise that you taste the real flavor of the cuisine there.

Local cuisines like dhikri, phulairi, and khariya are served during breakfast. In addition, they offer additional things like bread, milk, tea, and coffee as needed. The homestay community typically serves visitors local chicken, fish from the nearby river, snail curry, and alcohol produced from local grains for lunch and dinner.

Bardia Jungle Safari Tour: Jungle Activities

Jungle/Nature Walk:

One of the most popular activities that hotels provide to their visitors is a natural jungle walk. The tourist can take a three- or four-hour walk in the national park, but they need to be cautious and follow the guide’s safety instructions.

There are several types of landscape inside the national park, ranging from grassy meadows to whirling woodland rivers and water pools, all interconnected by forest pathways. Tigers and other species can survive there due to the favorable environment. The possibilities of spotting a tiger here are better than they are elsewhere in Nepal because they are less disturbed and there have been numerous cubs born in the last several years.

The sighting from the top viewing tower (Machhan), while being escorted by your qualified naturalist and animal specialists, will be a highlight of this journey. You can take plenty of excellent photos of nature and animals during this jungle walk.

Jeep Drive

A thrilling adventure that can be enjoyed in the national park is a drive through the forest. A jungle Jeep tour, as opposed to a nature walk, enables guests to explore farther-flung areas of the forest and enhances the likelihood of viewing animals. With an open-top Jeep, it is easy to take pictures of any wildlife you may observe.

One of the main activities in Bardia National Park for traveling far into the bush is a Jeep safari. If you don’t want to walk for several days, this is also your best alternative. This trip will be led by a trained naturalist in an open-air jeep. We also provide the option to take you on a four-wheel-drive expedition into the roadless forest.

The steady rumble of open jeeps and the sights and sounds of actual creatures in the wild can make your vacation one you’ll never forget. Go quietly to a Royal Bengal Tiger viewing location or to another intriguing observation. We create a very solid plan according to the situation. In the event that the tour lasts an entire day, the Jeep safari tour also includes your lunch box and enough water, as well as the cost of the guide.

 

Rafting at Karnali River:

White-water multi-day rafting is the top tourist destination in the world. Early October is the finest time to float the renowned Karnali River in the rugged west of Nepal since the river is just coming out of the monsoon. White sand beaches, breathtaking canyons covered with vegetation, and friendly residents The highlight of your vacation should be a visit to Bardia National Park, where you can get up close and personal with local species and have fantastic bird-watching opportunities.

Elephant Safari:

Another option to explore the forest is to ride on an elephant’s back and have a short safari in the jungle. For a couple of hours in the early morning or late afternoon, visitors can have an elephant ride to view some of the wildlife. More than 400 bird species, 25 species of crawling creatures, and 400 species of aquatic animals may be found in the area, along with 53 species of mammals.

On your journey to the elephant ride, there is a chance to observe the Great One Horned Rhinoceros, Swamp Deer (Barasinghe ), Spotted Deer (Chital), Hog Deer, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Samber, Blue Bull (Nilgai), Black Buck, Asian Elephant, Wild Boar, Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dog, Golden Jackal, and Striped Hyena. Numerous other smaller animals that have chosen Royal Bardia National Park as their home can also be found there.

Tharu Community/Village Tour:

In the area known as the buffer zone, there is human habitation close to the national park. Residents in this buffer zone experience a degree of separation from the national park. A significant tharu settlement that has existed in this area for many centuries is also located in Bardia. Visitors may go to the Tharu village to see their way of life, artwork, clothing, and culture.

The Tharu people are committed to protecting and advancing their culture. They very recently began offering homestay accommodations. As a result, they are able to welcome visitors with their traditional hospitality, preserving and promoting their culture. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable naturalist or professional guide who will help you learn more about the Tharu way of life as you explore the region.

These are the tharu people who looked after the huge, deep forest and the endangered wildlife. They reside in this wilderness and offer gracious hospitality to visitors through a communal homestay program. They really made everyone proud by preserving their traditional art and cultural practices. You will undoubtedly use these days to spend some enjoyable and priceless time with them. Community members’ friendly approach and distinctive food preferences make you feel joyful. Similar to this, the locals in Bardia are actively working with the national park to rescue the tiger and the forest.

 

Cultural Programme:

Another highlight of your Bardia jungle safari tour will be a cultural performance by the Tharus. You will be fascinated by the colorful traditional clothing worn by the Tharus, who stand out from Nepal’s general fashion. In the Taru community, there are several distinct popular dances that have been performed for many generations. Chhokra Naach, Jhumra Naach, and Laathi Naach are some of the dances. These dances are mostly performed during the Dashain and Maghi festivals.

Extra activities you can add to the Bardia Jungle Safari Tour:

Visiting Thakurbaba Temple

Thakurbabab Temple, a significant Western Nepali pilgrimage site, is another reason for Thakurdwara’s popularity. There are numerous religious structures and fauna in this area, in addition to the Thakur Baba Temple.

Every year, the day of Manghesangranti is marked by a huge festival. Visitors come to the fair from all over Nepal if not for the festival.

It is said that by worshiping at this old temple, where Lord Vishnu is worshipped as an idol, one’s wishes will be granted.People specifically come here to wish for children. Pilgrims who visit the temple to pray believe that doing so will increase their fertility.

Rafting in the Babai River

The Inner Terai Dang Valley in Western Nepal is the origin of the Babai River, which totally drains the valley. In its eponymous district, Dang is an oval valley situated between the Mahabharat Range and the Siwalik Hills. Along with enjoying the breathtaking sights, you can go rafting on this river.

Fishing in the Karnali and Babai rivers

Although fishing in the national park is not permitted for residents, travelers can still fish there, strictly catch-and-release, provided they get a fishing license from the park. Your guide will set up the fishing if you decide to include it in your day’s activities. The Babai River is well-known for its trout, goonch, and golden mahseer.

Cycling tour to the village

Another activity that can be done in Bardia is to add a cycling tour of the village. You may rent a bicycle and spend the day pedaling around the valley surrounding the village of Tharu. It will seem as though you are riding through an incredible landscape since it will be so surreal.

Bardia Jungle Safari Tour: Best time

Planning a Bardia jungle safari tour is best done between September and mid-December. Another season begins in February and runs until May. The weather conditions that give great comfort and outstanding visibility are in the spring and autumn. You have a higher possibility of seeing wildlife during these months because of the favorable daytime temperatures (between 25 and 37 degrees). The likelihood of seeing a Royal Bengal Tiger is great.

As the winter season begins in mid-December and lasts until the end of January, it can get colder. Sometimes there is heavy fog, which makes it impossible to see anything around you and reduces visibility. Similarly, the monsoon, which begins in June and lasts through the end of August, brings muggy and hot days. Additionally, there is a good chance of heavy rain, which might result in flooding along the river. Access to the park’s interior may be challenging due to the rising river levels.

Bardia Jungle Safari Tour: Cost

If you’re wondering how much a Bardia Jungle Safari Tour by Jeep will cost, read on. The price per participant will range from $500 to $1100 USD. The price varies depending on the visitor’s selection of lodging, activities, packages, and preferences.

Cost Includes:

Entry charge for Royal Bardia National Park

travel by air to/from Nepalgunj

Bardia National Park transportation

3 days of luxurious lodging in Bardia

Three-course meals and drinks (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

village tour

Jeep Safari in the lush forest

Safari and wildlife guide, all tours

Performance of the Tharu culture

Observing birds.

Tharu traditional culture program

nature enthusiast and advocate.

Cost Excludes:

Visa for Nepal

Pickup and departure from the airport

alcoholic and carbonated drinks.

Personal costs and tips

Extra activities in Bardia include rafting, fishing, cycling tours in the villages, etc.

Tips

There are a few things we want to remind you to take if you’re intending to do a Bardia jungle safari tour in Bardia National Park.

a windproof jacket

Bring a lightweight windproof jacket because the Jeep ride may become rather windy on these journeys, which are often in the morning or evening.

Take insect repellent with you.

It is best to carry insect or mosquito repellant due to the possibility of bug bites. Actually, since you’ll be seated in the Jeep, you won’t really need it. The majority of the time will be spent moving, but it doesn’t hurt to include some insect repellent in your bag just in case.

Carry your own water.

Keep your body hydrated for your own health and well-being. Therefore, always have some water with you. Water is typically kept in the jeeps of the drivers. Additionally, you can always ask them.

Conclusion

One well-liked wildlife tour is the Bardiya Forest Safari. If you’re a biology student or a wildlife enthusiast, a Bardia Jungle Safari Tour is the best way to learn about the habits of a variety of animals in Bardiya National Park, including gharials, marsh muggers, crocodiles, monkeys, pythons, wild elephants, blackbuck, wild boar, spotted deer, hog deer, swamp deer, and many others.

Above the Himalaya, Trekking offers a 4-day tour to the Bardia National Park because they have been in the industry for a while. The vacation will be enjoyable overall, and the company will supply all the amenities, including lodging, food, and transportation, which will go well above your expectations.

The opportunity to commune with nature and see animals in their natural setting is the trip’s best feature. On your Bardia jungle safari tour, you’ll see peacocks, crested serpent eagles, musk deer, antelope, and a variety of other birds. You’ll also see one-horned rhinos, musk deer, and antelope. Similarly to that, if you’re lucky, you may see or glimpse tigers three to four times in a single day.

The evening’s Tharu ethnic dance performance was wonderful and engaging. Additionally, if you think a single day won’t be enough for you to really explore that vast, deep forest, you may ask the company or guide for a treehouse where you can spend the night. Spending the night in a treehouse in the middle of a forest will be thrilling and terrifying at the same time. You can assemble around a campfire at night as well.

Wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world should visit the Bardiya National Park to help save the wildlife and their environment. The best place to see Nepal’s Terai’s biological diversity and cultural value. It is highly recommended that you take a tour from Above the Himalayas Trekking to Bardiya National Park.

 

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