Bardia National Park
Established on 1976
Area:968 km2

Buffer Zone: 327km2 


Bardiya is a place of Tranquility, Peace, and Harmony that invites explorers again and again. The place is perfect for adventure, silence, and a tranquil jungle environment.  Besides, Bardiya is an open museum to study, understand nature and culture. Tharu culture and wildlife attract visitors every year near to nature and nature worshippers. 

 

Historically Bardiya was mainly forested and sparsely populated with indigenous Tharu tribe. Along with the indigenous Tharu Sonaha tribe who are historically engaged in extracting golden ores from river sediments and fishing, they live near the Karnali River and western periphery of Bardia National Park. Later Tharus immigrated from Dang and Deukhuri Valleys to settle in Bardiya. Besides, Tharu from Dang and Deukhuri Valley hill population from western Nepal migrated to Bardiya to farm with fertile land deforesting once dense forest. Now Tharu from Dang and Deukhuri make up a majority of Bardiya's population.

 

The park situated in Nepal's Western Terai 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 is also known as one of the most preserved national parks in South Asia with a one- Horned Rhino, Royal Bengal tiger, Gangetic Dolphin as its habitat were few attractions that inspire you to visit. 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.

After the formation of national parks and increased human population and destruction of natural habitats, the animal and community wildlife conflict resulted in the destruction of farm products and the killing of wild animals. In… to reduce community wildlife conflict,   a buffer region of  327km2 was created.

 

From Tharu in nature and their hardworking agricultural ways will impress you living with well preserved tropical nature forest. 

 

The houses of Tharu are like a live museum with rooms segmented with clean and artisticBhakaris(Storage area), cultural galaxies in the middle of the jungle. Tharus have the best culinary art--Be it the Ghongi (snail) or Dhikri (wheat) or local wine. You feel lucky in getting that “king-size” experience in one of the rural parts of Nepal. Their inborn trait of the hospitality of the Tharu community is none to others. With culture and tradition, a visit to Bardiya is more about wildlife and unparalleled natural beauty. 

The jeep safari will take you deep inside the jungle with the camera in hand. You will silently pray for the sighting tiger and other animals peeking through tall grasses up to 2 meters high and in open space. The natural beauty of Bardiya can also be explored through rafting at the Karnali River. The endangered Gangetic dolphin and tiger were often seen here.

Tharu culture and beliefs are associated with nature. Witness the local culture, interact with village elders, youth and women groups, burgers, and Guru Ba. Bardiya was also one of the hotspots of free Kamiya movement leaders( bonded laborers). It Is rich in culture and tradition. Music and dance are the way of life - local songs which relate it to the daily chores of people were emotional and fun.----couldn’t stop our self grooving feet in their songs. It enjoys the largest undisturbed wilderness in Nepal's Terai forest, grassland, and riverine habitat for an endangered mammal, bird, and reptile species with chirping birds and beetles. 

 The park is bordered by the Karnali River in the west, the Churia range in the north, while the Babai River flows right through it. Karnali, the longest river in Nepal, flows through the Bardiya, the rafting in gentle water where you can watch the Gangetic dolphins surface or gharials lazing in the sun and tiger cooling thirst by the riverside.  Meet the charming Tharu and Dangora people of southern Nepal and learn about their colorful culture. We will visit the famous Thakurdwara temple to worship Lord Shiva. Here we again got the opportunity to learn more about culture and nature.

Let's enjoy the cultural galaxy and nature.

Day one: Arrival

On the day of your arrival, we will be there to pick you up from the airport and check you into your hotel. After that, you can take a rest as you will probably be tired because of a long flight. If you arrive early, after taking some rest you can walk around the places near your hotel and freshen up or do some last-minute shopping for things that you will need or buy souvenirs. 

Day two: Kathmandu

On the second day, we will rise early and have breakfast as well as the tour guide will brief you on your travel plans. Then we will begin our journey, we will first go to Swayambhu MahaChaitya. We will arrange all the required travel permits before we head to explore Patan Darwar square.

Day three: Flight to Nepalgunj Bardiya via Gulariya 

After breakfast, we will catch a 45 min flight to Nepalgunj. Nepaljung is a hot and humid city in western Nepal. From Airport we will drive to Gulariya( district headquarter of Bardiya). We will briefly stop to visit the Blackbuck conservation area.  

From there we will continue our journey towards Bardiya national park. It will take approx 3 hours to reach our final destination Dalla homestay.

Day four: Bardiya

Day five: Bardiya

Day six: Bardiya

In these 3 days, we will engage in different activities with our local friends. 

In Bardiya

  • Tharu culture
  • Cycling in village
  • Fishing and river activities
  • Farming community and knowledge
  • Jungle life
  • bird watching
  • Community interaction
  • National park
  • Bardiya National Park 
  • Park  and people conflict and applied solutions
  • Dolphin tour program
  • jungle 
  • school and education
  • climate change and adaptation 
  • free bonded labor interaction and activities

 

Day Seven: Drive Bardiya to Lumbini

After 4 interesting days at Bardiya, we will head back to Kathmandu. On our return, we will drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha. A place for pilgrimage to devotees, explorers, wanderers, researchers, and peace lovers from around the world.

 

Day Eight: Lumbini

Today we will further explore and learn about Buddhist philosophy, visit local communities and enjoy the nature of Lumbini. 

Day Nine: Lumbini to Kathmandu

Today our landscape changes from plain Tarai to hilly terrain driving via riverside. the twist and turn. the green hills and 

Day Ten: Kathmandu

on your own. International participants will be taken around the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu. 

Final Debriefing

Day Eleven: Onwards

or 

Day Seven: Flight Bardiya to Kathmandu

Day Eight: Kathmandu

Day Nine: Onwards

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