Exploring wildlife in Nepal; Bardiya National Park

Southern plains or Terai region of Nepal is gifted with sub-tropical climate and highly fertile land. Also known as the Breadbasket of Nepal, you can find dense sub-tropical forests and vegetation laying throughout the region. Home of the Tharu tribe of people, the lifestyle is still very much traditional and dictated by ancient cultures.

Bardiya district is located at the western region of Terai, covering an area approx. of 2,025 km². It is mostly covered by wild vegetation. Today, many endangered animals are protected and bred inside the Bardiya National park. Bardiya wildlife safari is guaranteed to take you inside the covert hideouts of some of the most dangerous wild beasts of Nepal.



Bardiya National Park (formerly. Royal Bardia National Park) is a protected area established in 1988. Previously used as a hunting ground by the royals and hunting enthusiasts, the large area once was confiscated and controlled by the British Raj (East India Company) for over 45 years. It was later returned to Nepalese government in 1860, and was referred as Naya Muluk (New World) by the locals.

Bardiya national park map

Bardiya National Park map

Covering an area of the 968 km2(374 sq mi), it is the largest national park in Nepal. Along with Banke National Park, it forms a dedicated habitat for sheltering endangered species of Royal Bengal Tigers, along with many other endangered species of animals.

The wide range of vegetation types in forest and grassland provides excellent habitat for 642 faunal species. The Karnali-Babai river system, their small tributaries and myriads of oxbow lakes is habitat for 125 recorded species of fish. A small population of gharial inhabits the rivers. Apart from the mugger crocodiles, 23 reptile and amphibian species have been recorded.



Asiatic Elephants

Asiatic Elephants are commonly found in Bardiya region of Nepal

Cattles seen in a Tharu village in Bardia

Cattles seen in a Tharu village in Bardiya

Elepahant wildlife safari

Elepahant wildlife safari is a popular tourist activity of Bardiya National Park

Gharial (Alligators) in Bardia

Gharials (Alligators) are the protected species of fauna found Bardiya National Park

One-horned rhino in Bardia

One-horned rhino is an endangered species of animal found mainly in Bardiya and Chitwan regions of Nepal

Tharu women participating in local festival

Tharu women participating in local festival

~Bardiya National Park Map~

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  2. Reblogged this on Chronicles of ADVENTURE TRAVEL and commented:

    Inside Bardiya National Park: The largest national park in Nepal spanning 374 sq miles in the Bardiya district of Southern Nepal. Rich in exotic and sub-tropical flora and fauna, Bardiya serves the ultimate purpose of wildlife jungle safaris, holidaying and cultural exploration of the native tribe.

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