“Bardia National Park is wilder, denser and is a hair-raiser”
Bardia National Park is rarely frequented and unharmed protected park of Nepal. It is probably the best wildlife destination in Nepal. Bardia National Park was declared the protected National Park in 1988. It spreads in the area of 968 sq. km. Bardia National Park is wilder, denser and is a hair-raiser. The park resembles Chitwan National Park as it was three decades ago. It is the largest protected home of Royal Bengal Tigers in Nepal and one of the biggest in Asia.
However, the park suffered adversely during Maoist insurgency. Poaching of endangered species was very high then. Royal Bengal Tigers and one-horned rhinos became the prime targets of poachers. Hence their number fell heavily. The poaching almost extinct Rhinos from the park. And they were relocated here from Chitwan National Park.
Bardia National Park is home to 30 species of mammals. The park also houses more than 400 species of birds. It houses endangered species like Bengal florican and sarus crane. In the river ecosystem of the park, aquatic life prospers. Gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles and Gangetic dolphins are frequent sights.
“The possibility of sighting Tigers in the park is more than 50% and rhinos are certain sights”
As the insurgency was over, the wildlife in the park dramatically began to prosper. Now the Park caters the most intriguing wildlife activities of entire Nepal. The possibility of sighting Tigers in the park is more than 50% and rhinos are certain sights.
“Plus the villages in close proximity of the park are great cultural showcase”
Those who craves to enjoy the wilds in relatively undisturbed, wilder and less touristy destination, park is ideal . Plus villages in close proximity of the park are great cultural showcase. The homes to indigenous Tharus, the villages are authentic and culturally very rich.
Getting to the park is either by flight or road. One hour flight to Nepalgunj followed by an hour drive takes you to the park. Or, else you will have to drive a full day from Kathmandu to reach the park.
Wilds of Nepal are full of life, where the rule of nature decides the fate of inhabitants living inside it. A small Himalayan nation that houses 14 protected and conservation parks are the best suited homes to the many rare animals and plants.
Every adventurous soul who decides to penetrate these extensive wild playgrounds have come up with the best wildlife experiences because they sight the largest and the rarest species of animals living in the deepest jungle of Indian sub-continent.
At the moment, when world wants to know about the assessment of trekking trails of Nepal and cultural heritage sites, these wildlife parks have remained safe and sound; more than ready to cater the wildlife tours.
We cater wildlife tours in Nepal in the conserved parks of lowland plains i.e. Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.
Chitwan National Park the major hub of wildlife activities in Nepal, caters services to the largest chunk of wildlife lovers traveling to Nepal every year. The park has diverse activities.
Elephant Safari, Jeep Drive, Elephant bathing, Canoe Ride, Nature Walk and Bird-watching tours are the most popular wildlife activities of the park.
A little off the beaten wildlife park, Bardia National Park that lies in the far west region of Nepal caters greater opportunities to sight the wild species in the wilds.
Relatively peaceful and less frequented, Bardia National Park offers almost 50% chances of sighting the Royal Bengal Tiger, which is quite a chance to see this beautiful predator playing freely in the jungle.
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is the best park for the birding activities and the bird watchers call it their paradise. Lying in the eastern lowland, the park is the home to more than 500 species of birds including the residential the migratory ones.
The most common thing of all these parks is the culture attached within them. The lowlands of Nepal that stretch from east to west is the home to Nepal’s one of the oldest ethnical tribes- the Tharus. Moreover, the river system that run through the parks are the ideal homes to the deadliest predators, crocodiles.
Nepal is not the destination for walking adventures or cultural tours. It is also the biggest hub for wildlife activities in entire Asia. Visit Nepal for any purpose but bother to peep into the rich wildlife of Nepal, which would undoubtedly give you an insightful exploration of the wilds that represents the wilds of the entire Indian Sub-Continent.
Fox family from Britain didn’t know the world could be so excitingly beautiful before their tour to Nepal. Go meet Gurungs! They will make you feel there are no foreign lands. The tour took the Fox family to Ghandruk; the capital of Gurung clan who dominate the section of world class warriors in British Gurkha Army. The Fox family trekked light as the trial to Ghandruk is jam-packed with Hotel chain of Ker and Downey offering appreciable food and accommodation . Trek to Ghandruk not only unfolds the alluring trial choke full with lush vegetation, panoramic views of Himalayan giants and cultural treasures at traditional Gurung hamlets, it also brings the travelers to the different world with different air where there is no room for boredom. Typical slate roofed houses, deep gorge and valley, densely wooded rolling hills and the best part is the panoramic view of Mt. Fishtail flanked by Annapurna, Gangapurna and Huinchuli are ubiquitous in Ghandruk. The culture of hospitality blended with the unerringly preserved ancient practices makes Ghandruk a must visit corner of the planet Earth.
The family wanted something different out of the trip. So, they flew to the western end of Nepal to explore the wild sides in Bardia National Park. Covering an area of 968 km2 (374 sq mi), it is the largest and most pristine wild area in Nepal’s Terai, neighboring the eastern bank of the Karnali River in the Bardiya District. The home for elusive Royal Bengal Tigers and One-horned Rhino and rarely spotted Gangetic Dolphin, the park privileged them with experience of electrifying wildlife safari. Before their departure back home the cultural tours around the 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley completed their tour offering them at least a part of Nepal’s every prime highlight.
Nepal’s Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) has finalized a plan for the conservation of tigers that involves a budget of Rs. 60 million. This maybe the biggest investment by the government of Nepal for the conservation of a single endangered species. This is understandable as the nation has pledged to double its population of tigers by the year 2022. Tiger habitats have been found at Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park, Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve , Parsa Wildlife Reserve and Banke National Park. The allocated amount will be spent through National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) under the coordination of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC). Fifty million will be spent inside the park whereas 10 million will be set aside for the management of forests (also the potential tiger habitat) outside the park area.
The meeting and handling was excellent. Everything worked! Good tents and facilities (dining & toilet tents). For young mountaineers I suggest an extra day/camp between Kyangjin Gompa and High Camp, some where around 4,400m.