Bardia National Park belonged at one point to Britain’s East India Company. Returned to Nepal in the 1860s, it subsequently spent some 120 years as a hunting reserve for the royal family. It was one of the few areas that were a part of Nepal before the Sugauli Treaty when the British East India Company handed back control to Nepal. It’s not a commercial tourist spot. It was designated a wildlife reserve in 1976 and a National Park in 1988. A visit to Bardia for the average tourist is one of adventure and real jungle treks with few other people around.
We first of all start our tour after your arrival at the airport. The next day you will have leisure time to go for sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. You will be able to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, and Boudhanath along with other cities such as Patan and Bhaktapur. Now the real journey starts as we fly to Nepalgunj for a 2 hour long drive to Bardiya National Park. Then we plan to visit Crocodile breeding centre and Tharu Museum. Not only that but if you wish you can look and capture a photo many wild animals while standing at the towers located in various places. Gharial crocodile, Marsh mugger crocodile, leopard, swamp deer and grey langur monkeys are some of the animals that you might be able to see during this tour. Another full day will be given to you, for wildlife experience. You get to go for Elephant Safari into the deep and dense jungles. These elephants normally move towards north-west part of the National Park where you get to see more wild animals, as this area hosts 839 known species of flora, 642 species of fauna (including 53 mammal species and 23 reptiles), and 407 species of birds. And then afterward in the evening, we will watch the cultural program and Western Nepal Tharu dance organized by the villagers. Now we get to the end of our tour as we drive to Nepalgunj following with a flight to Kathmandu.
The best time to visit Bardia National Park is from mid-September till mid-December and the start of February till the end of May. During these months day temperatures vary between 25 up till 37 degrees and animals will move to the river to drink which gives you better chances to spot them. Join Incredible Mountains team to experience this epic tour of this huge National Park full of dense forest and wild life. Truly a tour you will never forget.
The ‘Titanic’ star reportedly visited the Bardiyan national park in western Nepal, one of the tiger reserves in the country.
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA) you will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Himalayan Glacier Trekking display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel. After check in, you can take a rest, hang around in the city, visit our office – it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a “Welcome Dinner” at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Included meal: Dinner (D)
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu valley: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, and Boudhnath.
Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Swayambhu meaning the “the self-existent” is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupas in the world. The stupa is also famous for being on the hilltop and is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. The Pashupatinath along with the Aryaghat or Funeral Site near the Bagmati River is one of the world’s most sacred places of worship for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of BouddhaNath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. Included meal: (B)
Today we visit two more UNESCO World Heritage Site cities adjacent to Kathmandu: Patan&Bhaktapur. Patan is also known as The City of Fine Arts. Patan Durbar Square is one of the places in the Kathmandu Valley where the medieval arts and architecture still remain in its original state. The Durbar Square is full of ancient places, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings, mostly the Hindu and Buddhist monuments. Similarly, the medieval town of Bhaktapur, or the Town of the Devotees, preserves medieval arts, architecture, culture, and lifestyle to this date. One is sure to feel like travelling back into the past while walking along the Bhaktapur thoroughfares, squares and streets. Overnight at Kathmandu. (B)
We take an hour’s flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in Western Nepal, the nearest airport from the Bardia National Park. Nepalgunj itself is an interesting Terai town of Nepal with influences from both the Nepal hills as well as local Hindu & Muslim cultures. The Bardia National Park is 90 kilometers from Nepalgunj, a 2 hours’ drive. Reaching Bardia, you will be transferred to your resort. There will be a briefing about the program at the National Park. In the evening, village tour to an ethnic Tharu village nearby, believed to be original inhabitants of the local jungle area. Overnight at the National Park. (B)
After breakfast we embark for a Jungle Drive deep into the woods. The Bardia jungle is home to a number of wild animals including Asian Elephant, Great One Horn Rhinoceros, Spotted Deer or Chital, Hog Deer, Barking Deer, Samber, Swamp Deer or Barasingha, Nilgai, Black Buck, Wild Boar, Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Golden Jackal, and Striped Hyena, etc. Visit to crocodile breeding center and the Tharu Museum. There are also towers (Machan) at different places where you can wait for the unsuspecting wild-lives to pass by so that you may shoot them (of course with your camera!). Our experienced nature guide would help you in tracking the wild life. Overnight at the National Park. (B)
We have another full day for our wildlife experience. In the morning, we go for a jungle walk which would also serve the purpose of bird-watching. An interesting feature of today’s activities is the elephant safari into the deep & dense jungle. Apart from the fun, another benefit of elephant ride into the jungle is that there is a better chance of seeing wild animals, since the wild animals are less scared when you’re on the top of their mammoth friend. Moreover, riding the elephant also saves you from any potential attacks by the wild animals. The elephants usually head northwest and you may see deer, langur monkeys, rhinos and boar. In the evening, watch the cultural program and Western Nepal Tharu dance organized by the villagers. Overnight at the National Park. (B)
Today after taking breakfast we drive back to Nepalgunj to catch the flight to Kathmandu. Depending on the flight time, we can spend some time visiting nearby places. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel. Share your experience with travel companions, trade emails, and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or strolling around in the streets. In the evening, celebrations & dinner together with Himalayan Glacier Trekking staffs. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B, D)
You are saying goodbye to the mountains as your holiday tour of Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and we are sure you will be back for a trip to Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking will transfer you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. (B)