Established as a national park in 1988, Bardiya National Park lies in the western region of Nepal. The total area of the park is 968 sq km and a mix of rich ecosystems including Churia hills in the north, Babai Valley and buffer zone. About 70% of the park is covered by sal trees with the rest comprising of wooded grassland and riverine forest.
The park is drained by Karnali River which is home to rare Gangetic Dolphins. The park is a well-preserved habitat for one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephants, blackbuck and crocodiles. More than 30 different mammals, over 230 species of birds and several species of snakes, lizard and fish have been recorded in the park's forest, grassland and rivers. Langur, rhesus monkeys, civets, hyenas, wild dogs, sloth bears, otters, blue bulls, deer and wild boars are commonly spotted creatures.
Jeep safari opportunities are available or you can also go for a jungle walk with our nature guide. You can also visit Elephant shelters, crocodile centre or go for bird watching. One of the major attractions of Baridya is the culture of Tharu people, who are the indigenous habitants of the park. An evening or two of cultural programs are not to be missed.
The park is easily accessible by both air and land route. One of the easy ways to reach Bardiya is to take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then take a short jeep ride to the park.