Tiger Safari in Royal Bardia National Park

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Tiger Safari in Royal Bardia National Park Tiger Safari in Royal Bardia National Park
12 Days from $2,880 p/p in USD Departures: Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep
 

Search for the Royal Bengal tiger in Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. The chance of sighting tigers in Bardia in particular is excellent as their numbers are increasing, there are now 60 tigers here. Bardia is also home to 50 mammal species including leopard, swamp deer and grey langur monkeys as well as the rare Gangetic river dolphin, one horned rhinoceros and wild elephants. There are 400-500 species of birds including the endangered Bengal florican and Sarus crane. Tharus are main the inhabitants of the region surrounding Bardia, their ethnic culture and colourful festivals are an added attraction.

Overview

  • Country:
    Nepal
  • You will visit:
    Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Chitwan National Park, Lumbini, Bardia National Park
  • Tour type:
    guided, small group, large group
  • Safari standard:
    luxury
  • Wildlife:
    Water buffalo, Royal Bengal tiger, one horned rhinoceros, elephant, leopard, black bear, deer, wild boar, gaur, pangolin, gangetic dolphin, crocodile, monitor lizard, python, chital, barking deer, sloth bear, langur, Rhesus monkey, numerous birds including Bengal florican and Sarus crane
  • Viewing by:
    Jungle walk, elephant back safari, nature walk, dug-out canoe, jeep
  • Getting around:
    Car/coach (air conditioned)
  • Arrive/Depart:
    Start/end in Kathmandu

Bardia National Park

Bardia National Park is located in the foot of the Siwalik Hills on the eastern bank of Karnali River in the southern plain (Terrain) of far west Nepal. An undisturbed wildlife park, the park covers an area of 968 sq km with sal forest, grassland, savannah and riverine forest. This natural vegetation and forest is an important sanctuary for the thriving wildlife. There are around 600 plant species, 50 species of mammals, 400 to 500 species of birds that includes endangered Bengal florican and Sarus crane. Bardiya National Park is a paradise for bird lovers and represents the (TCU) Tiger Conservation Unit. Beside that there are over 50 amphibians and reptiles in the park. You will find gharial crocodile, marsh mugger crocodile, leopard, swamp deer, grey langur monkeys and occasionally migrating wild elephants. The rare Gangetic river dolphin can be spotted on rafting trips along the Geruwa River, in the eastern channel of the Karnali River. The Karnali River has 125 recorded species of fish like the golden mahseer.

Best Time to Travel

Jungle safaris and wildlife sightings are best from the middle of September until middle of December. During winter, from the middle of December to the end of January, the days are shorter and the weather is cold with fog until late in the morning. The average temperature is from 7-23°C (44 -73°F). In the spring, from February to the end of May, the weather is best although in May the temperature rises sharply and it is very hot. Day temperatures are between 25 -37°C (77-98°F). Despite May being hot it's one of the best time to see animals when they come to the water holes and river banks to quench their thirst. 

Wildlife Census

A census carried out in 2013 counted as many as 120 Royal Bengal tigers in Chitwan, 50 in Bardiya, 17 in Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, seven in Parsa and four in Banke. “After the establishment of Banke National Park, the conservation of tigers in Bardiya National Park has been more effective,” said Chief Warden of Bardia National Park. Earlier, the tigers could be spotted in various forest areas of Tarai and Chure regions. However, in recent times, the big cats have been limited to conservation areas only. Among the nine species of tigers, Balinese tigers (Panthera tigris balica), Caspian tigers (Panthera tigris virgata) and Javan tigers (Panthera tigris sondaica) are already extinct. (Source - Himalayan Times June 26, 2016)

The population of grails surveyed in all the potential habitats (Rapt and Narayani rives in Chitwan, Babai and Karnali rivers in Bardia) was estimated at 124, an increase of 22 from the estimated in 2011 in Nepal’s river system. (Source – WWF Nepal Annual Report 2013)

Optional Tour 

There's an optional tour to Panauti if time permits. Panauti is a small town located 32 km north east of Kathmandu, perched in the north east corner of Kathmandu valley. The town is currently listed on the heritage list of UNESCO. This town was almost forgotten because tourist mostly visit Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. In Panauti we visit Indreshwor Temple Courtyard, Unmatta Bhairav Temple, Tulanarayan Temple and Triveni Ghat. The artistic temples in beautiful wooden craft were built in 1715. Some of the temples have golden roofs and idols carved from wood. All the temples are dedicated to Gods and Goddess as depicted in Hindu mythology. The tour concludes at Triveni Ghat. The Ghat is an important place for rituals and festivals. It is believed that a famous Lichhavi king, Amshuverma, was born nearby Panauti and Khopasi. He was famous for promoting wood carving and wooden craft in those times. We take you to an evening dinner and cultural program.

Day by Day

Day 01:  Arrive Kathmandu | Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Our representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the Hotel. He will brief you about the program and provide assistance throughout your stay in Nepal. Later in the afternoon we take a leisure walking tour through Asan to Kathmandu Durbar Square. You go through medieval wonders that have given Kathmandu much of its mystery and atmosphere. As you walk through narrow lane you come across daily lives of the people. Depending upon season you may see various cultural activities. It is a heritage walk to the temple of living Goddess. In the evening you may explore the streets of Thamel. It is the hub of tourist in Kathmandu.

Day 02:  Kathmandu | Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

A full day sightseeing tour of Pasupatinath, Baudhanath and Patan. In the morning we visit Pasupatinath temple and Baudhanath stupa. After lunch we drive to Patan and take a walking tour of the city with its labyrinth of streets and markets, crowded with exotic products and a bewildering mix of people.

Pasupatinath temple is dedicated to Shiva who is known as a fierce and benevolent God in Hindu mythology. In the vicinity of the temple you will come across Sadhus – Hindu holy men who are on pilgrimage from India and local people offering prayers. It is also an important place for cremation for Hindus and non Hindus alike. As you go around you will find many shrines and temples spread in and around the heritage sites. As you wander along these sites your tour guide will explain the intricacies of Nepal’s distinct blend of Hinduism and Buddhism.

Baudhanath is known as 'Little Tibet', an important place for Tibetan pilgrims and Buddhist monks. It is one of the largest Buddhist stupa in the world and the center of Buddhist pilgrimage. The site was listed as a UNESCO Heritage Monument in 1979. Here you can see Tibetan women in their stripped aprons and Buddhists doing their pilgrimage round the stupa.

Patan was and still is known as Lalitpur. This ancient city adjacent to Kathmandu is located across Bagmati River. Sightseeing places include Durbar Square, Hiranya Varna Mahavira, Mahaboudha, very close to the old palace which is believed to have been built in 299 AD. There are many beautifully carved windows, doors and balconies for which it is famous. Mahaboudha is made of terracotta bricks and pagoda style structure of Mahavira dedicated to Lord Buddha and built in the 13th century. At the Tibetan Handicraft Center in Jawalekhel you can see carpet weaving by Tibetans. 

Day 03:  Drive to Chitwan National Park (200 km/5 hr) | Wildlife Lodge, Full Board

It's an interesting drive to the southern plains, along Trishuli and later Narayan River, making your way through the lush green valley passing rivers before arriving at the plains. Upon arrival at the camp you are welcomed by the camp staff who will give you short briefing about the camp and their planned activities. After lunch we take a village tour to a nearby Tharu village where you will learn about the lifestyle of the Tharus. They are well known for their resistance to malaria when the whole Terai region were forbidden to outsiders due to the insects. Before dinner normally there is a slide presentation about wildlife in the park, an ntroduction to the history and wildlife found in the National Park. Dinner is served in a central dining hall. 

Day 04:  Chitwan National Park | Wildlife Lodge, Full Board

On the second day you are woken up early in the morning at 5am to go on a jungle walk. Early morning is an excellent time to watch birds. After an hour's walk return back to camp for breakfast which is served at 7am. After breakfast you are taken on a canoe ride on the Rapti River. You get to see varieties of bird and rare species of crocodiles basking in the early morning sun. The crocodiles are marsh mugger and the fish eating gharial. Return back to camp for a rest and lunch at 1pm.

After lunch, you experience a safari on elephant back. The elephant is driven by a mahout (driver) and you are seated in a box called howdah, so all riders can get a good view of the surroundings. As you enter deeper into the jungle you may see four different kinds of deer, antelopes, rhinoceros, wild boar and monkeys. If you are lucky a sighting of a Royal Bengal tiger is possible. There are leopard, black bear, sloth bear and wild elephant. It is possible to see many species of birds and other smaller mammals. Return back to the camp by 5pm. After a short rest you are invited to attend a Tharu cultural dance program at 7pm. Dinner is served at 8pm.

Day 05:  Afternoon drive to Lumbini (150km/4 hour) | Hotel, Full Board

After breakfast you are taken to an Elephant Breeding Centre run by the national park. The park officials will explain about this mighty animal; its history, breeding and life. You may participate in bathing an elephant in a nearby river which is a really fun experience. Return back to camp for lunch which is served at 1pm. After lunch drive to Lumbini.   

Day 06:  Lumbini | Hotel, Full Board                                 

Full day tour of Lumbini, birthplace of Gautam Buddha. Visit the temple of Maya Devi, mother of Gautam Buddha and sacred pool known as Puskarni where Maya Devi gave a purification bath to Gautam Buddha. The focal point of Lumbini is the sanctum sanctorum where a stone slab is located to mark exact birth place of Gautam Buddha. There are many ancient monuments, monasteries and stupas.  Visit the archaeological site at Kapilvastu where Gautam Buddha spent his early childhood. Archaeologists have discovered that the foundation of the palace scattered in this area has 13 successive layers of human habitation dating back to 8th century BC.      

Day 07:  Drive to Bardia National Park (260 km/5 hour) | Wildlife Camp, Full Board

After breakfast drive to Nepalgunj where we have a short break then continue further west (90 km) to Thakurdwara, located at the southern edge of Bardia National Park, a 2 hour drive. Upon arrival you are welcome by camp staff who will give you short briefing about the camp and their activities and show you your room. After lunch one of the camp nature guides will take you on a short jungle walk. In the evening you will be briefed about next day activities.

Day 08:  Bardia National Park | Wildlife Camp, Full Board & Activities

After breakfast we drive to the bank of the river to take a dug-out canoe ride along the Karnali River. This is an excellent opportunity to watch birds, rare species of crocodiles - marsh mugger and the fish eating gharial - and perhaps see dolphin. Return back to camp for lunch and a break. Afterwards we take a jeep safari deep inside the jungle. The jungle guide will search around for sightings of tiger and leopard. Evening is good time to see these elusive wild cats when the temperature drops. As you travel in the forest, the naturalist guide will explain about the wildlife and birds in the park. By dusk we return back to the camp. After freshening up and a brief rest you may visit central cottage to meet members of your group and other guests to exchange your day's experiences. Dinner is served at 8 pm.       

Day 09:  Bardia National Park | Wildlife Camp, Full Board & Activities

After breakfast we take a long jeep ride and jungle walk to find many of the wildlife and birds that are recorded in the park. During this wildlife search the jungle guides are alert to any animal noises and signs that indicates wildlife is present. They will alert you whenever they spot animals. Chances of seeing tiger in Bardia National Park are better than in other parks although the numbers are less than Chitwan National Park.

Day 10:  Drive to Nepaljung (80 km/1 hour) | Fly to Kathmandu | Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Normally the flight to Kathmandu is in the afternoon. After breakfast you may take a walk to the Tharu villages. These are the original inhabitants of Terai plain in Nepal that stretches from east to west. During the time when malaria infested the region they were the only inhabitants who survived the deadly insects. After malaria was eradicated people from hills descended to this forbidden land. You will find their lifestyle very interesting.

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you are transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day is free. NB the flight can be subject to delays due to weather conditions especially in winter.

Day 11:  Kathmandu | Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Full day sightseeing tour of Changunarayan and Bhaktapur. On the way to Bhaktapur visit Changunarayan Temple, about 20 minutes drive up the hill from Bhaktapur. The temple was built on the edge of the ridge at the elevation of 125 m above the valley floor around 323 AD. It is believed to be the oldest Pagoda-style temple in the valley richly decorated with sculptures and woodcarving. On the struts of the two-tiered Changu Narayan temple there are images of ten incarnations of Narayan. This sixth-century stone statue shows the cosmic form of Vishnu. The life-sized statue of Garuda, half man and half bird, well known as the vehicle (steed) of Vishnu kneels before the temple. This temple is considered as the first of the original temples that were established around Kathmandu valley.

After lunch visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur was a medieval city, known as Bhadgaon. The walking tour includes Durbar Square, Nyatapola Temple and Dattaraya Temple. Bhaktapur is 16 km from Kathmandu, one of the three main cities in Kathmandu valley, lying on the old trade route to Tibet. The city is famous for its Museum of Medieval Arts and Architecture with many fine examples of sculptures and woodcarving. Pottery, mask making and weaving are its major traditional industries. Bhaktapur Durbar Square has many temples built in pagoda style. Most impressive is a five storied Nyatapola temple built in 1702 AD and Dattatrya temple built in 1427 AD. The intricately carved peacock wooden window and numerous fountains inside the palace are other attractions as well as its architecture from Malla dynasty. In the old city many old people cannot speak Nepali; they continue to use their Newari tongue. In the evening attend a group dinner. In festive season the city square is live with traditional music and cultural performances. - See more at: https://safarideal.com/safari-tours/bird-watching-in-koshi-tappu-chitwan-national-park/#sthash.t7ayxI0O.dpuf

Day 12:  Depart Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

The above schedule and itinerary is subject to change due to conditions beyond our control and logistics and technical reasons.

Rates

RATES - PER PERSON USD

Prices are for a private trip 

2 people         USD 2,880 per person

3-5 people      USD 2,650 per person

6-9 people      USD 2,365 per person

10-15 people  USD 2,230 per person

Single supplement USD 440 per person (subject to availability)


Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (deluxe 4 star or equivalent) on bed & breakfast
  • Accommodation in Chitwan on full board in Safari lodge
  • Accommodation in Badria on full board in Safari lodge  
  • Accommodation in Lumbini (3 star of best available) on full board
  • All activities in Chitwan and Bardia National Park as per program
  • All ground transportations – Car or coaster, or jeep from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Parks, Lumbini, Bardia National Park and to Nepaljung and in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing as per program with English speaking tour guide
  • All park and sightseeing entrance fees and government taxes


Excludes

  • International flights
  • Personal clothing, sleeping bag (rental US$50) etc.
  • Personal accident and health insurance
  • Emergency evacuation and medical-box
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry and tips
  • Any services that are not specifically mentioned

 


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