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  • Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal


Bardia National Park is a protected area in Nepal that was established in 1988 as Royal Bardia National Park. Covering an area of 968 km2 (374 sq mi) it is the largest and most undisturbed national park in Nepal's Terai, adjoining the eastern bank of the Karnali River and bisected by the Babai River in the Bardiya District. Its northern limits are demarcated by the crest of the Siwalik Hills. The Nepalgunj-Surkhet highway partly forms the southern boundary, but seriously disrupts the protected area. Natural boundaries to human settlements are formed in the west by the Geruwa, a branch of the Karnali River, and in the southeast by the Babai River.

Together with the neighboring Banke National Park, the coherent protected area of 1,437 km2 (555 sq mi) represents the Tiger Conservation Unit (TCU) Bardia-Banke that extends over 2,231 km2 (861 sq mi) of alluvial grasslands and subtropical moist deciduous forests. It is a largest National Park of the country covering an area of 968 square KM in Mid-Western Region. The Park is a shelter for around 53 mammals including rhinoceros, wild elephant, Bengal tiger, swamp deer, and Gangetic dolphin. Apart from this, 23 species of reptile and amphibian are found in the Park as Karnali and Babai rivers border the area.

The Himalayan Thar, the rarest animal and the only living member of the genus Hemi Tragus was recorded as seen in this reserve. Besides, a distant cousin of a wild goat, confirmed as an extinct animal was spotted here. This also proves how well preserved this reserve is.

Trip highlights

  • Experience the tranquil forest atmosphere
  • Explore the wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Observe more than 53 species of mammals
  • Crocodile Breeding Center
  • Bengal tiger, one-horned rhino and Asiatic elephants
  • Watch more than 20 species of reptiles
  • Karnali River and bird watching
  • Colorful Tharu community, their lifestyle and culture
  • A wide range of flora and fauna

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 1 hr, drive to Bardia National Park (300m) 2 hrs.

Morning flight to Nepalgunj. We fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu, which takes approx. 50 min. It is in the western part of the country, and the national park is about 100 km away from Nepalgunj. We reach there within 2.5 hours from the Nepalgunj airport. Upon arriving in Bardia National park, we will brief you about the activities we will engage in during our stay there. Around late afternoon, we will explore Tharu village. Tharus are one of the indigenous communities of Nepal and are the original inhabitants of this area.

Day 02: Enjoy Jungle Safari Tour in Bardia National Park

After breakfast, we begin our tour with a jeep safari in the jungle. This National park inhabits 53 Mammals, including rhinoceros, wild elephants, Bengal tiger, swamp deer, etc. Besides that, 23 species of reptile and amphibian are found in the Park as Karnali and Babai Rivers border the area. We also visit a crocodile breeding center and the Tharu Museum. There are also towers in the jungle from where you will capture wild Animals passing by. An experienced nature guide will help you to track wildlife.

Day 03: In Bardia National Park

Today, we will thoroughly enjoy Bardia National Park and relax. To watch birds, we will go to the jungle early in the morning. Today, we will penetrate the jungle deep. We will have a chance to see wildlife like tigers and rhinos. You can explore the jungle jeep drive.

Day 04: Drive to Nepalgunj and Fly back to Kathmandu

Enjoy your breakfast and drive to Nepalgunj airport around 1 pm for our flight to Kathmandu. And upon arrival in Kathmandu, our staff will assist you to transfer your Hotel.

  • Trip facts

  • Trip duration : 3 nights 4 days
  • Grade : Moderate
  • Activity : Jungle Safari
  • Starts in : Bardia
  • End in : Bardia
  • Max Altitude : 1310 m
  • Location Covered: Chitwan
  • Best Season: All Year Round

Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu flight and airport departure taxes
  • Meal on full board basis in Bardia National Park
  • Accommodation at Hotel
  • All jungle and tour activities
  • All entry permits, Jungle guide, etc

Cost Excludes

  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • International Flight & any other airfares
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for jungle guide

Extension Tours

Jungle Safari
Pokhara Tour

Necessary Information

1. Visa to Nepal

You can obtain the Nepalese visa from Nepalese consulate in your country easily or upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. For that, you require a valid passport with 2 copies of passport size photos. Similarly, a visa for Nepal can be obtained at Nepal India border entry point at Birgunj, Nepalgunj, Kakadvitta, Bhairahawa, Gaddachowki and Kodari on the Nepal China border.

A15/30/90 day multiple entries Nepalese visa can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively. For more information, please visit

2. Welcoming upon your arrival in Nepal

We will be at the airport to welcome you upon your arrival to Nepal. We will be carrying the Raj BalaTreks & Expedition placard with your name underneath. From airport you will escorted to your hotel and we help you to check-in.

3. Where is Bardia National Park?

Bardia National Park lies in the south western part of Nepal and is present in the Bardia district. The largest and most undisturbed Bardia National Park covers an area of 968 km2 of sal forest, grassland, savannah and riverine forest. The number of tourists to Bardia National Park is growing each year but still it is not overrun by the visitors so visit to Bardia brings more opportunities to spot endangered species of wildlife.

This park is largely unpopulated and undisturbed and is regarded as one of the best national parks for spotting the Royal Bengal tiger. The park lies in an average elevation of 415 m (1,362 ft) and covers an area of 968 km2 (374 sq mi).

4. Local Vegetation in Bardia National Park

Bardia National Park is also known for its wide range of vegetation. About 70% of the park is covered with forest, with the balance a mixture of grassland, savannah and riverine forest. The flora recorded in the park comprises 839 species of flora, including 173 vascular plant species comprising 140 dicots, 26 monocots, six fern, and one gymnosperm species.

5. Wildlife in Bardia National Park

The wildlife in Bardiya means a variety of animals and birds. From Bengal Tiger to hog deer, you see a diverse range of species of animals and birds here. Here is a list of animals and birds found in Bardiya National Park.

  • Bengal Tiger
  • One-horned rhinoceros
  • Grey langurs
  • Leopards
  • Hyenas
  • Sloth Bears
  • Hog deers
  • Civets
  • Gharials
  • Marsh mugger crocodiles
  • Bengal floricans
  • Sarus Cranes
  • Gangetic Dolphins
6. Things to do & Places to Visit

Bardiya National Park Jungle Safari Tour is one of the most exciting and amazing tours to try in Nepal.

Here is a list of things to do on the Bardia Jungle Safari Trip.

  • Canoe-ride
  • Bird Watching
  • Jungle Safari
  • Animal watching
  • Swimming
  • Clicking pictures of the lush forest and wildlife
  • Enjoy the delicacies of the Terai Region, especially Bardiya
7. The Best Time to Visit

The best season to visit the Bardiya Park is from March to June. Though the temperatures are highest during that period (up to and exceeding 42°C), it’s the best time of year to see animals (especially tigers) since a lack of water in the jungle drives them to predictable watering holes, and tall grass and other foliage is at a minimum. The rainy season is from July to September.

8. Where to Stay

The accommodation during your stay in Bardiya is very comfortable with the addition of many services. AC, Hot-water, room service, and Wifi are some of the services you get there. There are also resorts in Bardiya with swimming pools where you can take a dip and chill. The hotels, resorts, and lodges in Bardiya Tour are too good to be true. And you will enjoy the most of your trip to Bardiya when you enter inside any of the accommodation.

9. How To Get To Bardia National Park

Thakurdwara is the entry point to the Bardia National Park. You can reach Bardia National Park from Kathmandu by bus, jeep or plane. The most common way of reaching Bardiya from Kathmandu is via bus. You can pay for a bus ticket and get on the bus. You will reach Bardiya the other day if you start the journey by bus today.

The buses usually travel at night. Generally, travelers take a bus from Kathmandu to Mahendranagar or Bardiya. You can also return from Bardiya to Kathmandu by bus. But, it is suggested to take an airplane trip as you would be tired after the journey and a road trip takes a toll.

Another shorter trip would be taking a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then traveling to Bardiya by jeep or bus.

10. Packing List for Bardia National Park Tour

You will need a lot of stuff while traveling to the western Terai region. You won't get a variety of shops there to shop from like in the cities. So, you should make sure you have all the things with you. Following are the things that should always be on your checklist.

  • Sunhat and Sunglasses
  • Cotton pants and t-shirts
  • Sunscreen cream
  • Binoculars
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Shorts
  • Swimming costumes
  • Waterproof jackets
  • Mobile-phone and Powerbank
  • Waterproof backpack

Additional Information