The Western hinterland of Nepal is known for it’s virgin wilderness and Bardia National Park represents well. Initially gazetted as the Royal Karnali Wildlife Reserve in 1976, it gained the status of National Park in 1988. The park presently covers an area of 968km2 and plans of expanding by 900km2 are in the making.
More than 400 species of birds, over 53 different mammals and several reptiles and fish reside within 153m to 1441m of altitude. Churia Hills stand on the northern and eastern borders of the park, and from the western border flows the longest river in Nepal, the Karnali River. The park is caressed through the middle by the Babai River. Indigenous Tharu communities inhabit the southern plains of this earthly paradise.
It is home to many endangered species such as the Royal Bengal tiger, wild Asian elephant, black buck, greater one-horned rhino, swamp deer, black and blue-bull antelope, gharial crocodile and Gangetic dolphin.
An abundance of other non-endangered species of animals also share this ecosystem, like the marsh mugger crocodile, grey langur monkeys and rhesus macaques, sloth bears, swamp deer and leopards. It is also a playground for birds like the endangered Bengal florican and sarus crane, as well as the paradise fly catcher. Bardia is also a stop-over for migratory birds.
Ideally located, Bardia Wildlife Paradise will feel like home while you experience all of the excitements the Bardia National Park has to offer.