Bardia National park encompasses an area of 968 sq. km. in the mid-far Western region thickly forested by sal trees (Shorea robusta). An area of 327 sq. km belonging to the park was declared a buffer zone in 1997. The park accommodates blue bulls, deer, wild boars the langur and rhesus monkeys, civets, hyenas, rhesus macaque, jackal wild dogs, sloth bears, otters, tiger, rhinoceros, mongoose wild elephant, black buck, gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles, gangetic dolphin and many other rare and endangered species. Ardent bird watchers and naturalists find this park a paradise for sightseeing exotic bird species like Bengal florican, silver-eared mesia, lesser florican, saurus crane etc. On wildlife safari, you can witness awesome view of six different species of deer namely Chital or spotted Deer, Hog Deer, Sambhar deer, Swamp Deer, Barasingha deer and Barking Deer cheerfully hopping around the high grasslands. During your pleasurable visit to the park, you get ample opportunity to enjoy jungle walk, bird watching, rafting along Karnali River, village tour, cultural programme and crocodile breeding center tour. Wildlife tour in the park unfold unlimited plethora of fun, adventure, excitement and pleasure.
There is a daily one-hour fight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Soon after arriving at the airport, a representative from a resort that you have booked will drive you to the resort enlightening you with the mystiques of Royal Bardia national Park.
There are several overland routes available to reach the park. You can either reserve a private transport or use local bus for your travel destination. It takes 15 hours from Kathmandu and 11 hours from Pokhara and Chitwan to reach Ambassa. On your drive, you will cross Dhangadi, Mahendranagar or Karnali depending on your selected route. Finally, a representative from your resort will receive you at Ambassa from where you will be driven to the resort.
You can reach Bardia National Park after a Rafting trip on Karnali River. (visit Rafting section for detailed information on ‘Karnali River Rafting’