Bardia National Park
Located in the Terai lowlands, the sub-tropical region of western Nepal which borders India and forms part of the Gangetic Plain, Bardia National Park is a fauna-rich combination of undisturbed forest, jungle and grassland with the Babai River carving its way through the centre of the park.
Bardia National Park is a wonderful wilderness for wildlife lovers and birders who don’t mind venturing off the beaten track to witness something truly exceptional. With abundant sightings daily Bardia is far less commercialised than Chitwan National Park, so often you will not see another tourist on safari. Accompanied by exceptional guides, there is a good chance to spot the big three on a safari, the Asian elephant, the greater one-horned rhinoceros and the Bengal tiger, as well as the other 50 species living in Bardia; the Gharial crocodile, Marsh mugger crocodile, leopard, swamp deer and grey langur monkeys, and the rare Ganges river dolphin are occasionally spotted on rafting trips along the Karnali River. With more than 400 species of birds, including the endangered Bengal florican and Sarus crane, Bardia National Park is a total paradise for bird lovers. Anglers can also enjoy fishing trips on the Karnali or Babai rivers which are a great natural habitat for the 125 recorded species of fish, like the golden mahseer.
Bardia is the largest national park in the Terai region, covering an area of 968 square kilometres, and was established for the conservation of tigers and their prey. Initially a wildlife reserve, it was expanded into a National Park in 1988, the same year Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge was opened in support of the park’s development through tourism. In 1997, an area of 327 square kilometres surrounding the park was declared a buffer zone, which consists of forests and private lands, and is managed by the park authorities and local communities.
Features in the following itineraries
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Leslie Siben, India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India