Overview of Bardiya National Park
Bardiya National Park which is also known as the most peaceful national park of Nepal was established in the year 1988 as “Royal Bardia National Park” in Terai region of Nepal. It covers an area of 968 sq.km where it adjoins the eastern bank of Karnali River (biggest river of Nepal) and separated by the Babai River at the east, bounded by Geruwa (branch of Karnali river) to the west, top of the Siwalik Hills separate the northern part and Nepalgunj-surkhet highway to the southern boundary.
Bardiya National Park offers the visitors to explore the endangered species of wildlife including the Bengal tiger. And it also offers to explore the unique languages, customs and tradition of the local community “Tharu” people. Bardiya National Park is also renowned as the home to the one-horned rhinoceros and the wild Asian Elephant. You can also find several species of bird, fish and vegetation at Bardiya National park.
Accessibility and Activities at Bardiya National Park
How to get there??
To reach to Bardiya National Park you have to reach to the village “Thakurdwara” which is close to the entrance of Bardiya National Park. If you choose to drive from Kathmandu, it will take you 14-15 hrs to reach Mahendranagar. From Mahendranagar you have to take a drive 4-5 hours to reach “Ambassa” and from Ambassa you will be taking a drive around 30 minutes to reach Thakurdwara. But, if you want easy and short way then you have to choose a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. From Nepalgunj, you will be taking a drive for 3-4 hours because there is no option for the flight to reach village of Thakurdwara.
Things to do in Bardiya National Park
Bardiya National Park offers you to indulge the park with the various activities. The most tourist involvement activities include;
Jungle walk is the activity where you will be sightseeing the wilderness of the park by walking. The guide will take you to the spot where you can find the larger animals inside the Bardiya National Park.
Jungle Safari is the activity same to jungle walk but you will not be exploring wilderness of the park by walking; you will be exploring the wilderness of the park in a Jeep around the specific area.
- Elephant Safari
You will be taking a ride on elephant to sightseeing the wildlife of Bardiya National Park; targeting mainy to see rhinoceros of the park.
- Bird Watching
If you are seeking to explore the varieties of birds then Bardiya National Park will be perfect for you. This national park is known for the home of 407 species of birds. It will be delightful moment for you when you will watch the birds chirping in a melodious voice.
It is the famous activity in the Bardiya National Park. You will be exploring and enjoying the culture and dance of local Tharu people. If you are interested, you can also involve and dance with them.
Wildlife, Bird and Vegetation at Bardiya National Park
At Bardiya National Park you can find 53 species of mammals which includes the wild elephant, one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal Tiger, Ganjetic Dolphin and many others. Amphibians like mugger crocodiles also found here and 23 species of reptile and 125 species of fish are also found in Bardiya National Park.
In the present scenario, at Bardiya National Park 407 species of birds has been recorded. You can find the birds such as Bengal florican, peafowl, grey-crowned prinia, jungle prinia and many others birds at Bardiya National Park.
Talking about the vegetation, around 70% of Bardiya National Park is covered with the forest. 839 species of flora has been recorded in Bardiya National Park which includes 173 vascular plant species.
Entry fee of Bardiya National Park
➡ NPR 100 for Nepali- per person
➡ NPR 750 for SAARC nationals- per person
➡ NPR 1500 for foreign nationals- per person