Bardia National Park

Bank of the Karnali River in the Bardiya District
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Bardia National park is the largest national park in the lowland Terai covering on area of 968 sq.km. The park situated in Nepal’s Western Terai was established to protect representative ecosystems and conserve tiger and its prey species. Initially, a small area was gazetted as the Karnali Wildlife Reserve in 1976. Around 1500 households of […]

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Bardia National Park

Bardia National park is the largest national park in the lowland Terai covering on area of 968 sq.km. The park situated in Nepal’s Western Terai was established to protect representative ecosystems and conserve tiger and its prey species. Initially, a small area was gazetted as the Karnali Wildlife Reserve in 1976. Around 1500 households of the Babai valley were resettled outside the park allowing the vegetation and wildlife to flourish. In 1982, it was renamed as Bardia Wildlife Reserve, and in 1984 it was extended to its current size.

The reserve was given the status of a National Park in 1988. Greater One-horned Rhinoceros were translocation from Chitwan National Park since 1986 more or less five years interval. In 1997, an area of 327 km2 surrounding the park was declared as a buffer zone, which consists of forests and private lands. The park and local communities jointly manage the buffer zone. Together they initiate community development activities and manage natural resources in the buffer zones. An elephant ride provides a different view of the park as one can go off the main trail, Morning and late afternoon is the ideal time to go on a ride. Karnali river is the suitable home for Gangetic dolphin. Babi valley is a majestic place to visit where flagship Rhino, tiger, elephant can be observed in the wilderness site.

 

How to Get Bardia National park:

By air: There are regular flights from Kathmandu and Nepalgunj (nearest airport).  Upon arrival at Nepalgunj airport, hire private vehicle to the park. This is very scenic 2 hour drive.

By Road:  One can reach Bardia National Park by road from any part of Nepal. From Kathmandu or Pokhara, it takes 12 to 14 hours drive. From Chitwan National Park allow 8 to 9 hours.

By raft: For those who are planning a white-water rafting journey on the Karnali River, Nepal’s highest river, and who don’t want to return directly to Kathmandu but would prefer to relax and have a jungle adventure, Bardia National Park is ideally situated.