Bardiya - Rara

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  • Bardiya National park is the largest national park in the lowland Terai was established to protect and conserve ecosystems and the habitat of tiger and their prey species. Bardiya offers a variety of experiences in its vast undisturbed wilderness. About 70% of the forest consists of sal trees with a mixture of grassland and riverine forests. Sal leaves are used as traditional plates in festivals and religious offerings. The park is home to endangered animals such as the Royal Bengal tiger, wild elephant, greater one-horned rhinoceros, swamp deer, and blackbuck, The other endangered species include gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles and Gangetic dolphin. Endangered birds found in the park are Bengal florican, lesser florican, and Sarus crane. More than 30 different mammals, over 230 species of birds, and several species of snakes, lizards, and fishes have been recorded In the parking area. In addition to the resident species, several migratory birds visit the park.

    Rara National Park is located in North-Western Nepal was established to conserve the unique beauty of Lake Rara, and to protect the representative flora and fauna of the Humla-Jumla region. Rara is Nepal's smallest protected area, comprising an area of 106 sq. km. Situated at an elevation of 2990 m Rara lake is the main feature of the park. Surrounded by magnificent conifer forests this oval-shaped lake with an east-west axis has a maximum length of 5 km and a width of 3 km. Rara with a depth of 167 m is the biggest lake (10.8 sq. km) in Nepal. Its radiant blue waters are home to the snow trout, the only fish recorded in the lake.

     The elevation of the park ranges from 2800 m to 4039 m. Located on the southern side of the lake, Chuchemara peak (4039 m) is the highest point in the park. The snow-capped summits of Ruma Kand (3731m) and Malika Kand (3444m) located on the northern side of the lake, provide beautiful views of the lake to the south, and the beautiful Mugu-Karnali River valley to the north. Murma Peak also provides an excellent view of the lake and park area. The majority of the vegetation in the park is dominated by blue pine. 

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