Bardia Jungle Safari Tour
Best place to observe Royal Bengal Tiger
Peregrine Treks and Tours welcome you to the Bardia Jungle Safari Tour in Bardia National Park of Southwestern Nepal. The Bardia National Park is the largest and most unspoiled natural park in the country that hides hundreds of species to admire up close on elephant safaris, walking routes, or descents down the river. Bardia Jungle Safari Tour is made for those passionate about nature who have dreamed of living an authentic national geographic experience.
Lesser known than Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park is bounded to the west by the Karnali River and the north by the Churiya Mountains extending over an area of 968 sq km. It was built in 1988 as the Royal Bardia National Park and is a protected area in Nepal. There are several ways to get into the national park. In addition to the usual open jeep, you can go on a walking safari. There is only one access to the park, and you should always have a guide.
You can also visit a crocodile nursery or go bird-watching. You can go on a white-water rafting adventure on the Karnali River, the longest river in Nepal. During this cruise, you can see freshwater dolphins and two species of crocodiles basking on the river bank.
The best thing about the Bardia Jungle Safari Tour is that it offers you the possibility of entering the territory of the Bengal tiger: naked, without a jeep, without rifles, only you and a nature guide. It is a different safari but much more authentic than any other. A safari to remember that will mark a before and after in your perception of what a safari is.
Bardia National Park hides many impressions and charming places. In addition to animals, there is also beautiful nature here that you should explore. You will get to meet the charming people of the Tharu ethnic group, who have their unique language, customs, and traditions. Local people make a living, especially by farming and fishing.
Today, you will fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj- the third largest city in Nepal. During your 45 minutes of flight, you will see the drastic change n the landscape, from green hills and mountains to flat greenish and yellow paddy fields.
Our team will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your accommodation. You will have your room with a private bathroom; get some rest and your lunch. After lunch, we will stroll around Tharu Village and observe their lifestyle and authenticity.
At night, you will participate in the cultural program that the inhabitants of the area have created to share their traditions with travelers while preserving and passing them from generation to generation.
Today you will spend a day full of exciting moments as you go on a Jungle safari inside the national park. Your local guide will accompany you; you will follow the tracks of tigers and 30 other species of mammals, birds, and more as you explore this beautiful green lung of Nepal.
For this day, learn to be patient and get ready to remain in your hideouts for a few hours if you want to observe the beautiful creatures up close. If stars are on your side, you will gaze at the Royal Bengal tiger himself for a few minutes. If not, you will see the langurs, deer, fascinating birds, and rhinoceros.
Bardia is intuiting more than seeing. You chase traces that allow you to compose scenes of which you will not know the end. In Bardia, the Nepalese government has built a crocodile recovery center; you can visit there too.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Today also, you will go inside the Park to take a closer look at the wild animals. The second day may reward you for your patience with the fantastic views of the Rhinoceros, leopard, or tiger.
In the afternoon, you will walk through the town to discover how its inhabitants make a living with their shops and artisan production while the children go to and from school. You can also walk in the community forest adjacent to the national park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Today, you will say farewell to Bardia and its Tharu people, then ride back to Nepalgunj. You will fly back to Kathmandu and settle in your accommodation.
Several accommodation options exist in Bardia. You can find hotels, lodges, or homestays in Thakudwara which will be pretty convenient as the place is very close to the park entrance. There are Rhino lodge, Wild Trak adventure, Tiger Tops Karnali lodge, Bardia Wildlife resort, etc.
Most of the accommodations consist of cabins with air conditioning and a bathroom with a well-kept garden in the periphery. All the housing facilities are equipped with hot water and electricity 24 hours with swimming pools.
We will ensure you get the best hotel of choice with all the amenities of your liking. We have included 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners in our tour package. All the hotels and homestays in Bardia ensure that the products they use for serving the meals are organic and clean. You don’t have to worry at all about safe, hygienic rules.
We have daily departures for private trips, so we recommend booking it according to your schedule. We do not need a minimum group size for the private trip and won’t charge additional charges for a solo traveler.
Please let us know if you need additional services like pre/post accommodation, domestic flight, Everest Mountain Flight, adventurous sports, sightseeing, etc. Please fill out this customized form for your convenience.
Customize this trip with help from our local travel specialist that matches your interests.
We accept major currencies such as the US Dollar, the Great Britain Pound, the Euro, the Australian Dollar, the Singapore Dollar, the Indian Rupee, the Swiss Franc, the Canadian Dollar, the Japanese Yen, the Chinese Yuan, the Saudi Arabian Riyal, the Qatari Riyal, the Thai Baht, the UAE Dirham, the Malaysian Ringgit, the South Korean Won, the Swedish Kroner, the Danish Kroner, the Hong Kong Dollar, the Kuwaiti Dinar, and the Bahrain Dinar.
Type C, D, and M power plugs and sockets are used. The standard voltage and frequency are 230 V and 50Hz, respectively.
Vaccinations You must be completely vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before traveling to Nepal. Vaccination documentation is required.
On Arrival Visas are available at Nepal's entrance points for travelers. Travelers from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, and Syria, on the other hand, are required to obtain a visa through their nearest Nepalese diplomatic post (embassy/consulate).
To confirm the trek/tour package, we want a deposit of at least 20% of the total tour/trek fee. The remaining balance must be paid when you arrive in Nepal. We take Visa, Maestro, MasterCard, American Express, and other major credit cards. The total cost of a Bhutan and Tibet tour must be paid in full at the time of booking.
We strongly advise you to purchase a SIM card for reliable internet access throughout Nepal. Nepal Telecom (owned by the government) and NCELL (owned by the private sector) are the two main SIM card providers in Nepal. It is preferable to get a SIM card at an airport, where staff will assist with activation and data plan purchases. If you have a SIM card, it will be easier for you to contact us and locate our airport agent.
You can charge your electrical devices at hotels and lodges because there are no power outages. In the Himalayan region, however, hotel owners may levy a nominal fee.
Bardia, located in the western Terai of Nepal, has a subtropical climate and highly fertile land. The area is dense with subtropical forests and vegetation. The thermometer oscillates between 12°C and 39°C throughout the year. The monsoon season of July and August usually is wet and cloudy, and the dry seasons of summer from March to May are dry, warm, and straightforward. The hottest month in Baridya National Park in May, with the highest temperature of 39 °C and the lowest of 27 °C. The winter season from December to February is characterized by an average temperature below 25°C, with January being the coldest month of the year.
Because of its favorable weather conditions, the park is the habitat of endangered animals like the Bengal tiger and bird species. The Karnali and Babai rivers are not the only habitat of more than 125 species of fish but also the source of irrigation of its fertile lands. Thus the area is sometimes also referred to as the country’s breadbasket.
Bardia national park is open for safari and excursion all year round. Still, the ideal months for this safari are from September to early December and from late February to May. The daytime temperature remains calm and relaxed from September to November, with the autumn season prevailing. From March to May, it’s spring season, but the daytime temperature may increase to 40 degrees. These months are best for viewing the Bengal tiger, one-horned rhinoceros, and other animal species in their natural habitat.
Avoid the rainy season (July and August), as the day will be cloudy with a massive downpour of rain which is not ideal for rafting and water cruising. Safari during winter (from late December to early February) is possible, but the days may be foggy, interfering with the view.
And let’s not forget about the threatened bird species that inhabit this park, such as the Bengal little bustard, Sarus Crane, Ferruginous Duck, or Falcated Duck. If you are a bird watcher, choose September, November, February, and April for watching these majestic migratory birds in the park.
Like in any other national park, the most popular activities in Bardia involve looking for wild animals. Although the cultural excursions in which you can immerse yourself in the local culture and learn about their customs and way of life are no less interesting.
Some of the activities that we arrange for you in Bardia National Park are:
A jungle walk is like a pure adventure; you walk through the park with a tour guide and try to spot animals wandering without fear. Bardia jungle safari is the only safari that offers a jungle walk that is 100% safe. The guide carries a bamboo stick to scare animals; tigers and other animals are not interested in humans.
Equipped with binoculars and enough provisions, the safari lasts a whole day, from 7 a.m. until late afternoon. The atmosphere is indescribable, with no engines, no chatter from people, just the sound of nature. The guides are experienced trackers and can provide exciting information about the animals.
In addition, you get to know Bardia’s rural environment and the Tharu people, the indigenous tribe of Bardia. To taste the local lifestyle, you need to walk in this area. The walks can be tranquil, and you enjoy nature, the sunsets, and the local people.
Apart from jungle safari, if you are a fan of water adventure, we offer you the opportunity of rafting in the most profound and longest river of Nepal- Karnali. The route consists of simple one-day rafting where you can fulfill the dream of your water adventure with an unforgettable safari and watch the rhinos and other inhabitants of the park. If you’re lucky, you will see the royal Bengal tiger. And this means that the rafting passes through the untouched jungle, where you can still meet representatives of wild tribes living in harmony with nature.
The calm waters of Karnali River in Bardia National Park allow you to take a long walk along the river in a very calm way, especially for river dolphins. Dolphins that swim in the river of Bardia National Park have a long pointed snout and lack a crystalline lens. If you are lucky, one of these dolphins may greet you while rafting on your rubber boat.
Nepal is home to more than 800 species of birds, and many migratory birds take refuge in the jungle of Bardia. If you are a bird enthusiast, visit Bardia and watch these exotic birds chirping and singing their melody on the banks of the Karnali river or amid the Bardia forest.
Your naturalist guide will take you on a birding tour, identifying species in grasslands, farmlands, forests, and aquatic habitats. You will learn to recognize different species, their songs, and their alarm whistles.
There are many species of birds on the shore: kingfisher, gray heron, Indian wagtail, great blue heron, cattle egret, lapwing, giant hornbill, and many more!
Bored with regular safari drills and rafting, why not take unusual fishing trips, which can be fun in Bardia National park? Fascinating and exotic fish species, such as large masher, reside in the local rivers. Here is beautiful, virgin nature and very few people besides tourists. Fishing on the local mountain rivers is an absolute pleasure.
A fishing guide will accompany you on your trip and guide you in which direction to make a competent cast and how to lure the bait. A guide will also ensure your fishing trip is successful and your safety during the fishing tour. The good thing is that in the nearby jungle, you can easily pick up the required bait for this.
The Flora and fauna of the Park are similar to the Flora and fauna of the neighboring Park – Chitwan. But due to its inaccessibility, Bardia National Park is less popular among tourists.
70% of the Park is covered with forest, which in spring shines with pink flowers of silk trees, and the rest of the time, it amazes with a riot of greenery of the most diverse shades: from soft green to dark marsh. In the impenetrable thickets of the jungle, such trees as sal, sisu, Khair, simal, and siris grow. The remaining 30% is a mixture of fields, savannas, and shrublands. Tall thickets of elephant grass, reeds, and bamboo are common along the rivers and swamps.
The Park is home to more than 54 different mammals, 300 species of birds, and 60 species of fish, as well as an enviable variety of reptiles: snakes, lizards, frogs, etc. Bengal tigers, rhinoceros, leopards, deer, monkeys, wild boars, and many other animal species share this park as their abode.
Animals are not used to people and do not pose for photographers. You can encounter them for a brief moment when they jump and disappear somewhere in the dense forest, see a shadow escaping or a pair of wary-curious eyes among the greenery of the trees. But this moment will be so bright that it will remain in your memory forever.
To get to Bardia National Park, there are two alternatives: by road or by internal flight from Kathmandu. The choice depends on your time availability and, of course, budget.
If you have come to Nepal with enough time, traveling to Bardia National Park by road will be the best option. This traveling option is cheap and adventurous with several options. You can take a bus or public transport tour or rent a car.
Kathmandu: A 13-hour journey from Kathmandu through Ambassa Bardia will take you to Dhangadi or Mahendranagar.
Pokhara: A 12-hour tour from the beautiful city of Pokhara will take you to Mahendranagar or Dhangadi via Ambassa Bardia.
Lumbini: If you are in Lumbini and now make up your mind to visit the park, no worries, take a bus to Butwal, get off, and take a ride to Mahendranagar. After 8 hours, get off at Ambassa Bardia.
Nepalgunj: The park is 87 km from Nepalgunj, so a bus or jeep ride will take only 2 hours to reach the park.
The road to the park is vast and straight, making your tour comfortable. During the road trip to the park, you will come across the green and yellow rice fields, elegant and colorfully dressed women and men plowing their fields, their humble abode, a bluish local river with crocodiles cooling off at the bank, herons, turtles, and many more.
A domestic flight of 45 minutes from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and a transfer to Bardia National Park via a 2-hour jeep ride is the most comfortable, easy, and fastest route for you. We have included a flight ticket in this package.
Both Bardia and Chitwan National Parks are the treasures of Nepal. Due to its accessibility, Chitwan National park is more known to tourists. Chitwan National Park is just 96 km from Kathmandu. Therefore, Chitwan is a crucial destination for tourists.
Bardia National park is 387 km away from Kathmandu. Due to its remoteness, not many travelers have heard about the place. And this is why you should visit Bardia National Park. The less frequented Bardia national park offers a new taste of jungle safari and extreme water rafting experience in the white waters of Karnali.
The characteristic biodiversity of the park represents a complex habitat, which sees the alternation of sal trees, pastures, savannah, riverine forest, and marshy areas. Numerous plant and animal species at risk of extinction coexist in it, even if it mainly represents the ideal habitat for the most endangered large Asian mammals: first of all, the royal Bengal tiger, the Asian elephant, and the Indian rhinoceros.
Although the government has declared the park a protected area, this still allows ample space to be granted to tourism today without however compromising the beauty of a unique territory, thanks to the many restrictions which do not make a visit to the park less exciting and evocative.
Besides, the Tharu people and animals co-exist without rendering any harm to each other. As mentioned, this is the only park where national guides carry a bamboo stick to scare animals when they take you for excursions. This shows how much safer the park is for people.
Although Bardia National Park is more diverse, ethnic, and pure, the tour to the park can be more expensive than a visit to the Chitwan National park. Bardia is located in the Western Terai, while Chitwan is in the central Terai of Nepal. Bardia is farther away from Kathmandu, while Chitwan is nearer to the capital, making it more accessible. Within 5 hours of driving, you can easily reach the Chitwan National Park.
If you fly to Chitwan from Kathmandu, the airfare is USD 110 per person. However, it is not possible to fly directly to Bardia. Hence, one has to take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj that can cost between USD 140 to USD 190 (Depending on the season), with a 2-hour drive from Nepalgunj to Bardia National park with an additional charge of USD 100.
Due to the remoteness of Bardia National Park, the tour costs can be relatively higher than taking a trip to Chitwan National park. A tour package to Bardia National Park may cost anywhere between $900 -$1200 per person, while at $190 per person, a tour to Chitwan National Park is possible. The tour includes transport, flight, accommodation, meals, guide costs, safari programs, and tax fees. Other costs, such as personal expenses, beverages, and tips, are excluded.
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