Bardia National Park is the largest park in the lowland Terai region covering an area of 968 sq kms. The park, situated in Nepal’s Western Terai and adjoining the eastern bank of the Karnali River, was established to protect vital ecosystems and conserve the Bengal tiger and its prey species.
- Glide along the serene Karnali River in search of the many bird species
- Head out on a fascinating jungle walk with your naturalist guide
- Help the mahouts bathe the resident domesticated elephants in the river
- Find some of the re-introduced Asian one-horned rhino
- Go in search of the elusive Bengal tiger in the sal forest on a 4×4 safari
Initially, a small area was gazetted as the Royal Karnali Wildlife Reserve back in 1976. When this area was protected, approximately 1500 people of the Babai Valley were resettled outside the park allowing the vegetation and wildlife to flourish. The reserve was given the status of a National Park in 1988 and it remains a stunning region of mainly open sal forest along with grassland, savannah and riverine forest.
This remote, wildlife-rich wilderness is home to Bengal tiger, leopard, jungle cats, sloth bears, nilgai, various deer and monkey species, one-horned rhino as well as many bird species and it is also where the last few truly wild elephant in Nepal can be spotted.