Adventures in Bardia National Park
Take your time in Bardia National Park
If you really want to enjoy Bardia, don’t be in too much of a rush. You’re welcome for a short time, but we advise you to stay at least 4 to 5 days. This gives you the opportunity to discover Bardia National Park in different ways and it will increase your chances to see the wildlife.
We would like to give you an individual customized experience. With the activities mentioned here, you can compose your own travel plan. You can decide in advance which activities you would like to do, but it’s also possible to book only a room. On the day of arrival we talk about your wishes and we can still organize the activities you would like to do.
Budhi is an experienced, qualified jungle guide with more than 18 years of experience. He will help you safely discover the park in a variety of ways. If Budhi is unavailable we will make sure that another experienced English speaking guide will accompany you. Entrance to the park without a guide is not allowed.
Half, full or multi-day adventures
We can organize half or full day custom-made activities like a jungle walk, jeep safari or rafting trip. For the more adventurous we offer multi-day/overnight stays in the jungle which can be combined with fishing, rafting and hiking trips in Bardia National Park and surroundings. Hearing the sounds of the jungle at night is a truly incredible experience. Dawn and dusk can give fantastic wildlife opportunities. Trips on the Karnali, Babai or Bheri River can be tailored to meet your needs. Anything from 2 to 10 days is possible.
For all the activities we provide permits, fishing gear, camping gear, transport, food and other necessities. Prices of the activities are depending on the number of participants. Do you feel the travel itch already? Please contact us for more information!
Duration: half or full day
A jungle walk is a great way of seeing wildlife and birds. Nepal is the only country where this is possible by foot. Budhi knows how to spot the wildlife in a safe way by listening to the sounds of the jungle and to follow the animal footprints on the ground. You will walk along small tracks, crossing rivers and sit at watchtowers and riverbanks to wait for the animals to move to the river to drink. On a full day jungle walk you’ll walk around 15 to 20 kilometers.
A half day jungle walk is also possible, which we advice you to combine with a half day jeep safari.
Duration: half or full day
Another popular activity is to go into the park by jeep. A jeep will take you further into the jungle of Bardia, which gives you the chance to see different parts of the park. We will make stops at watchtowers, wildlife drinking spots and at riverbanks. You can enjoy a full or half day jeep safari. The half day jeep safari often takes place in the morning, which you can combine with a half day jungle walk in the afternoon. Or you combine a half day raftingtrip with a half day jeep safari.
Duration: Half, full, or multi-day trips
Rafting gives you a wonderful opportunity to explore the park from a riverside point of view. It will give you the chance of spotting birds and animals on the riverbanks and you might see the rare Gangetic river dolphin.
We offer half, full, or multi-day trips on the Karnali river, the Geruwa river and the Babai river in- and outside the park. The water in these rivers mainly flows calmly and there are a few rapids. This makes it a perfect trip for wildlife and birdwatching. Rafting trips on the lower Karnali river inside the park are only possible if the water level is high enough. Half or full day trips can be combined with a jeep safari. But it is also possible to walk and raft along the upper Karnali and Bheri river (See activity ‘Follow the Karnali river‘).
During a multi-day trip you can combine rafting with fishing on the Babai river (see activity ‘The Babai river rafting and fishing expedition’). We provide life vests and waterproof bags.
Duration: full or multi-day trips
Around 125 varieties of freshwater fish are found in the Himalayan waters, like catfish and mahseer. Anglers can enjoy fishing on the Karnali river, Babai river or Bheri river which offer various good fishing spots. The best seasons for fishing are from October to November and February to May.
There are one day fishing opportunities on the Karnali river near the Chisapani bridge outside the park. Another option is to combine a one day rafting trip or jeep safari with fishing on the Geruwa river. But you can also experience a multi-day fishing /rafting trip on the beautiful Babai river. (see activity ‘The Babai river rafting and fishing expedition’)
We can arrange fishing permits and fishing gear for you. But of course you can also bring your own fishing gear.
Duration: half, full or multi-day
Bardiya is the habitat for more than 400 species of birds, including the endangered Bengal florican and Sarus crane. If you are interested to see birds, the best way to spot them is on a jungle walk or rafting trip, during which we will go to places along the river banks. The best months for birdwatching are September, November, February and April.
Duration: 2 days /1 night, 3 days/ 2 nights (longer is possible)
There are several great camping spots inside or near the park, where you can experience the thrill of camping in the jungle. Sitting around the campfire you listen to the sounds of the jungle.
Only 45 minutes walk from our home is a fantastic camping spot on a river bank in the community forest, with a good view on the river and chances to spot the wildlife. This forest is a corridor for animals moving from Bardia National Park to Katarniaghat Wildlife reserve in India. The one-horned rhino or maybe the Bengal tiger can cross the river late in the afternoon or early in the morning when the sun rises. This spot can easily be reached by foot and the trip can be combined with a jungle walk in the national park.
An other spot is Lalmati, located to the Northwest of Bardia National Park, where the Karnali river splits up in many branches. To reach this spot you will start with a jeep safari. After putting up camp there is time to go for a jungle walk or to throw of your fishing rod. There are options to combine this camping trip with a jeep safari, rafting trip or jungle walk.
Duration: 2 days /1 night
Bardia National Park and Katarniaghat Wildlife sanctuary in India are connected by a corridor of community forests. This gives animals the chance to move around in a bigger area. Only 6 km away from our home is such a community forest with a dense jungle and grasslands. Here the locals are working together with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
Inside the forest you will find a great treehouse where you can spend the night and if you are lucky you will spot rhinos, deers and many species of birds. Sunrise and sunset views are amazing up here. Sleeping her can be combined with a forest walk with a ranger.
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights (longer is possible)
This trek will lead you through the beautiful scenery of the Babai valley situated in the northeastern part of Bardia National Park. The trek starts at the Babai river dam near the Mahendra Highway and your final destination after 4 days is up north at Chepang village.
The landscape is characterized by rich biodiversity like grassland, riverine forest and sal forest. There will be good opportunities to see impressive wildlife like groups of elephants, Marsh mugger-, and Gharial crocodiles, great hornbills, sambar deers and otters.
The trek is generally flat although there are some hills and rivers to pass. The total distance of this jungle trek is approximately 50 km.
Duration: full day or multi-day trip
Only 1,5 hour up north by jeep from our home, you can explore the gorgeous Karnali and Bheri river by walk, raft or jeep. Your trip will start at the impressive Chisapani bridge (the gateway to Far West Nepal). The landscape is very varied and offers you river gorges, beautiful white beaches, rice-and wheatfields, forests, and remote mountain villages with authentic houses made of wood and clay. By walk you cross the river by suspension bridges or by small wooden boats. By raft you will experience some fast rapids. On the way you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the river.
This is an area not discovered by tourists yet and you will experience the pure and unspoiled Nepal.The friendly local people will welcome you heartily.
Many customized one day and multi day hiking, rafting, camping and homestay trips are possible. We are happy to give you more information.
Duration: 3 days/2 nights or 4 days/3 nights
This trip is for the adventurers who love to camp in the remote parts in the middle of the jungle. The Babai river flows through the northeastern part of Bardia National Park and offers good opportunities to catch the Mahseer or the catfish. During this trip you’ll also have good chances to see wildlife like elephants, crocodiles, sambar deers and otters.
From the starting point in Chepang you’ll paddle southwest on the Babai river to the Babai river dam. You will stop at different places to fish or to walk into the jungle and put up your camp for the night. If you like to spend more time in the jungle you can choose for the 4 days/3 nights trip.
Duration: 4 days/ 3 nights
The Telpani trekking is a beautiful trek in the remote Churiya hills range north of Bardia National Park. The trail starts in Ambassa and takes you up from 250 meter to 1500 meter. From the summit Sukarmala you will see the beauty of Bardia National Park, the Karnali river and the Surkhet valley. On a clear day it’s possible to see the Himalaya on the background!
You’ll sleep in a tent or you stay with local families. The trek will end in Chisapani. A perfect trek to experience the rural mountain life.
Duration: 1 hour
Only 10 minutes walk from our home, you will find the Elephant Breeding Center, especially worth a visit after 4pm when the elephants return from grazing in the park. The domestic elephants in Bardia are mainly used for patrolling in the park and to preserve the Asian elephant.
Duration: 1- 2 hours
Situated in the park headquarters there’s a small but interesting breeding center for Marsh mugger crocodiles, Gharial crocodiles and turtles. Nearby this center lives Shivaram, the domestic Rhino, who was injured as a baby.
Close to the Crocodile Breeding Center there’s a small visitor center and the Tharu museum. The museum has a small but interesting exhibition about the customs and rituals of the Tharu people.
Duration: full day
Close to the capital city of Bardiya district, Gulariya, you will find the blackbuck conservation area where around 200 blackbucks (a species of antelope) live. The area covers 15.95 km2 and was established in 2009 to conserve the endangered blackbuck. An unpaved road will bring you in two hours from our home to this conservation area. From there you can follow different walking trails from where the blackbucks can easily be seen.