First Time in Bardiya: Expectations and Reality

Elephants in Bardiya, Crossing Geruwa River

Bardiya. Whenever I heard this word, I only thought of the Royal Bengal Tigers and its terror. But after visiting here I’ve felt that Bardiya has more to offer. Apart from its diverse wildlife and natural beauty there is diversity in culture, tradition and food.

I enjoyed the local food of Tharu People, the magical sunset over the Geruwa & Karnali River, and the Black Bucks of Krishnasar. And the people of Bardiya are really humble and respectful.

Reasons to visit Bardiya

Here are some of the reasons why you should visit Bardiya:

  • To see the wildlife: Bardiya National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including tigers, rhinos, elephants, crocodiles, and many other animals. You can go on safari drives or jungle walks to see these animals in their natural habitat.
  • To experience the Tharu culture: The Tharu people are the indigenous people of Bardiya, and they have a rich culture and history. You can visit Tharu villages, learn about their customs and traditions, and try their delicious food.
  • To enjoy the scenery: Bardiya is a beautiful place with lush forests, rivers, and lakes. You can go hiking, biking, or boating to explore the scenery.
  • To relax and rejuvenate: Bardiya is a great place to relax and rejuvenate. You can stay in a comfortable lodge, enjoy the peace and quiet, and take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can also visit other nearby places like Krishnar (Blackbuck) Conservation Area and Chisapani, Karnali.

After an adventurous Api Base Camp Trek and exhausting road trip from Darchula to Bardiya, we needed a place to relax a bit.

So after a day at Gaurav’s house at Gulariya, Bardiya, we decided to go for a night stay at Bardiya National Park and do a jungle safari with the hope of seeing wild tigers.

During that time Saugat (A Local studying BTTM and our Futsal Keeper in Kathmandu) was at Bardiya Forest Resort as a manager, so he invited us to his resort and made an itinerary full of adventure activities and food hunting in local places.

According to the itinerary, he told us to reach the resort early in the morning at around 7:00 A.M. so that we could go on a jungle safari and enjoy the evening.

Off to Bardiya National Park

As per our plan we left Gulariya early in the morning and took a shortcut through the jungle and via Dalla Community Homestay.

Four of us (Gaurav, Pravin, Sagar and Me) reached the resort in time at around 8:00 in the morning. But the other two (Bibash and Bivek) were coming from Nepalgunj, so we had to wait for them.

In a while Saugat arrived after departing one of the clients.

At a first glance, he had become unrecognizable as he had gained some weight and kept his mustache long and short hair.

Looked like Ajay Devgam (Bollywood Ajay Devgam) from the movie Singham.

He greeted us and asked for tea/coffee and asked if everyone had arrived or not.

Since two of us were still to come, he said it’s late for a jungle safari so we will have to reschedule it for next day.

Then he updated the itinerary and planned activities for us that day.

Now, he made a plan for us to have tea on the river side and visit an elephant breeding center.

So, he ordered milk tea, put it in the thermos and brought it to the jeep with a couple of cups.

Then, we hopped in the jeep and went towards the river side.

Monkey in front of Bardia Forest Resort

Monkey in front of Bardia Forest Resort

Tea on the banks of River

As it was the beginning of winter it was chilly though it was late morning.

On the river side we could see groups of people who had come for a picnic, some with family and some from schools with students and teachers.

We went to the opposite side where there were no groups.

Then Saugat poured the tea for us and enjoyed the view of the river and jungle across the river.

He also told stories of various animal (tigers, rhinos, elephants, etc.) sightings in different locations.

And after we had tea, we moved towards the elephant breeding which was nearby.

Elephant Breeding Center

In the center, there were 3 adult elephants and a baby.

At that time they were being fed and prepared to take them to the jungle.

By the way, these animals are not kept for entertainment purposes, but for patrolling in the jungle to protect wild animals from poachers/traffickers.

I forgot but every one of them was given a name and they followed every order given by mahout.

As told by Saugat they’re trained so strictly that they fear mahout and wouldn’t dare to not follow the order of mahout.

It must have been hard for these animals to be trained in such a way  and it’s sad to see them chained on legs and kept in a place.

We were mesmerized by these huge beautiful creatures, admired their beauty and took some photos.

The baby was also playful, it used to come nearby us and we used to give him some plants and he would eat it.

Like a human baby, it wanted to play with us.

Elephants going to the jungle in Bardiya National Park

Elephants going to the jungle in Bardiya National Park

Soon, it was the time to leave for the jungle, so the mahouts came after having breakfast.

Then released and hopped on them and went towards the river.

We also followed them. The baby sometimes tried to chase us as well. It was so naughty.

Near the river, the children who came for a picnic also saw them leaving for the forest and started shouting.

Soon, they crossed the river and went to the jungle.

Then we also decided to go back to the resort.

First Sighting of the Killer Bengal Tiger

At the resort, we rested a bit then Saugat took us to the zoo and museum inside the Bardiya National Park.

Inside the zoo, first we went to see the tiger who ate humans. It was captured and kept here for rehabilitation.

It was scary big. We could feel its wrath outside the cage.

While we were looking at it, a bunch of kids also arrived for its sighting.

So we left the place and moved towards another section.

There we also spotted some deers, turtles and alligators.

Tortoises in Bardiya National Park

Tortoises in Bardiya National Park

Then we also went to the museum section where the skulls/horns and different animals were shown with their habitat and also the people living locally in the region.

And after sometime we exited the place as it started getting crowded.

It’s Saturday and winter, so the schools bring their students for an educational tour or picnic.

From there, Saugat took us for a bike ride along the forest (not inside the forest).

The vegetation and the small river flowing alongside was really beautiful.

Then we went off road where the forest looked amazing with its natural structure.

There we took a couple of pictures and returned towards the chowk as we got a call that other 2 friends had arrived.

Reunited with Friends

Finally Bibash and Bivek had arrived to Ambassa (Bardiya National Park Entry Point) from Nepalgunj.

At a tea shop they’re having breakfast, so we also had tea, stayed there for a while and returned to the resort.

Then we ordered lunch for everyone and rested for a while until it’s cooked.

Bardiya Forest Resort had a natural vibe as it’s full of greenery (plants everywhere).

And because of that you could see lots of birds inside the resort and just in front of a gate there’s a big tree where a bunch of white monkeys hangout.

Also Saugat told us that he had sightings of various wild animals at night inside the premises.

And even a great variety of birds were found by the clients on the premises.

He also said that he had seen leopards, pythons and many wild animals on the way to the resort from the highway.

Now our lunch was ready so we had a feast as we’re starving, then rested for a while.

Laer in the evening Saugat took us for another great adventure which was unimaginable in Bardiya.

Magical Sunset by the Geruwa River, Bardiya

So,  in the evening Saugat took us towards the Geruwa river where we came in the morning.

There people were having a picnic and enjoying their time.

We also sat by the river and relaxed for a bit. It’s really calm and relaxing.

Chakhewa (Ruddy Sheldock) at Geruwa River Bardiya National Park Nepal

Chakhewa (Ruddy Sheldock) at Geruwa River Bardiya National Park Nepal

On the river we could see the beautiful birds and I tried to take their pictures.

I wanted to get close to them and when I moved towards them they used to fly and move the other way.

Some friends went to the river to chill and take pictures.

Canoe Ride in Geruwa River

Later on the bank we saw a wooden canoe (boat) and asked for a ride.

Then a boy agreed to take us for a short ride.

It’s the plan of Bibash as he wanted to record video and take pictures of him while riding the canoe.

The water was shallow, we could see the bottom of the river from the top.

So me and Bibash went on the boat and the boy pushed the canoe from the bank and hopped in with the stilt.

The stilt (wooden pole) was used to push the boat ahead.

Traditional Wooden Canoe Ride in Geruwa River, Bardiya National Park

Traditional Wooden Canoe Ride in Geruwa River, Bardiya National Park

It was a great feeling to be on a traditional wooden canoe. I wanted to do this for a long time in Sauraha.

Finally it happened to be where I had never imagined. Is it Luck? 

I don’t know. But I enjoyed it very much.

On the boat, I took many pictures and videos of him.

And also the boat got closer to the bird I wanted to take a picture of but when I tried to take a shot.

The camera told me the card was full. Damn it!

I quickly deleted some photos and took the shot. Luckily I got couple of picture of that bird and returned to the bank/

By now, it’s the time for the sun to set.

And the environment was getting really pretty.

The red sun was making the sky and river both more beautiful.

And the reflection of the setting sun on the river was really magical.

At the same time, the elephants that left in the morning also returned.

And the moment of them returning and crossing the river while the sun was setting, so damn beautiful I don’t have words to describe.

Elephants Crossing River during Sunset at Bardiya National Park

Elephants Crossing River during Sunset at Bardiya National Park

To get the vibe and feel it, you need to be here.

And honestly I never imagined a sunset to be this amazing.

It’s one of the most beautiful sunsets of my life.

I tried to capture all these moments through my camera and here it is.

After the beautiful sunset Saugat took us for another food adventure.

Local Tharu Cuisine and Lifestyle in Bardiya

Saugat took us to a local place (Lal Jhaandi) to try local Tharu cuisine.

It’s a place of local fishermen who had 4 ponds for fishery. And in the middle of the ponds he has beautifully created an outer place to enjoy the food.

The floor was cleaned and polished with mud, on the side there’s a tree where the lights are placed. In the middle there’s a fireplace and we just sat around it.

And there you sit and eat locally. Forget Tables and Chairs.

You have to sit on a traditional mat like a local and eat with your hands.

Not only the place, but the surrounding itself was beautiful.

You could see fields full of mustard flowers and tall trees, and some village homes nearby.

We started the fire and enjoyed the peace and nature for a while.

And soon our hosts started bringing the Tharu delicacies.

Traditional Tharu Food in Bardiya

Traditional Tharu Food in Bardiya (Pakuwa, Spinach, Karela Fry, Fish Fry, Aaloo and Pickled Brinjal)

There were tons of varieties to try. Some spinach, some pickles, some potato balls and some fishes.

We even had something crunchy like papad but made of leaves (Poik Patiya). I forgot the name of the tree but it was delicious.

I’ll try to find someone and find the names of the dishes.

Home Made Alcohol of Tharu Cuisine

Along with the starter we also heard that they had home made wine and moonshine made of Mauwa tree.

It’s a homemade alcoholic beverage specifically found in the Terai region and in the homes of local Tharu people.

So we wanted to try both (wine and moonshine) with the starters. And they brought it in a wooden pot.

And first we tried the wine which was light white in color and a bit sour and sweet in taste.

Later we tried a bit of moonshine (alcohol) which was hard like vodka and had a color of sprite when poured on glass.

By the side of the fire, enjoying the local organic food and home made drink with the friends, it was really a moment of a lifetime.

We talked about our lives, plans for upcoming days and mostly we enjoyed the evening.

Soon after having the snacks, our hosts brought rice with fish curry (fish caught from their own pond) and some chutney and radish for salad (radish grown just back of the house).

So we had our dinner there, the taste was like at home.

While we were eating Bibash was still enjoying his drink, not touching his rice.

And as it was getting late we told him to eat the dinner first or it would get cold and we also had to go back to the resort.

Soon he started eating and finished after some time.

Then we thanked our host for giving us such a pleasant opportunity to try the Tharu delicacies which I had not tried yet before and may or may not get such another chance.

When asked for the bill, Saugat told us that we could pay it back in our resort.

Then we hopped in our jeep and came back to our resort.

By now it was already night, so it was quiet all the way.

Back in the resort, we decided to light a fire and enjoy the evening there as well.

So Saugat vai brought some firewood and lit it.

While we were enjoying peace, some nepali on the other resort were singing and playing music loudly.

It was really embarrassing in front of other foreigners.

There was not a sign of stopping the music anytime soon.

So, we stayed near the fire for a while and went to bed as we had to wake up early for our jungle safari.

Bardiya National Park: Wildlife and Eco-Adventure

We woke up at around 6 in the morning and headed towards the resort’s restaurant for breakfast. For breakfast we had coffee, toast, potatoes and omelet. 

Then Saugat told us to take sticks.

It was a prerequisite to enter the forest for safari. It’s to protect yourself in case of an attack by wild animals.

Everyone took a stick each and put a couple of bottles of water in a bag and left the resort with our guide.

Then we entered the national park and made entry at the army check post and officially entered the forest.

First we crossed the river over a small wooden stilts.

And then our guide told us the rules, information about the national park and things to do in case of attacks by different animals.

And most importantly he told us to keep quiet.

Bardiya National Park lies in Bardiya District of Far Western Nepal. The park covers an area of 932 square kilometers (360 sq mi).

It is home to a variety of wildlife, including tigers, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants, crocodiles, and a variety of birds. 

The park is also home to a number of endangered species, such as the Bengal tiger and the Gharial crocodile.

Bardiya National Park is a popular tourist destination, and offers a variety of activities, such as jungle safaris, bird watching, and hiking.

Here are some of the species of animals, birds, plants, and reptiles found in Bardiya National Park:

  • Animals: Tigers, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants, crocodiles, wild boars, deer, monkeys, and a variety of birds.
  • Birds: Sarus cranes, flamingos, pelicans, storks, herons, and a variety of other birds.
  • Plants: Sal trees, bamboo, teak, and a variety of other plants.
  • Reptiles: Gharial crocodiles, pythons, cobras, and a variety of other reptiles.

Then we headed deep into the forest. At first it was a jeep track among the tall grassland and tall trees, then we went into the wild and dense forest.

The guide took us through small foot trails deep into the forest.

It’s really scary inside the forest as it was dark (sunlight blocked by tall trees). And it felt like any wild animal would attack from anywhere anytime soon.

Though we’re scared inside, we were excited to see the wild Royal Bengal tiger in the forest.

And with hope we continued to walk inside the forest.

In various places inside the forest, wooden towers were made to watchout the animals. It’s called Machaan in local terms.

Watchout for Tigers

We also went to the top of one of the Machaan. It was modern built with cement and bricks.

The guide told us that it was one of the best places for the sighting of Wild Bengal Tigers as it was near the river.

And the tigers come quite often to cool themselves when the sun is out.

So we waited there for around an hour.

Getting a sight of the Bengal Tiger in the wild is luck and patience. Sometimes you may need to wait in a location for a couple of days or even weeks to get a sight of the beast.

As we couldn’t get the sighting of the tiger, we decided to move to another most probable location.

On the way we even saw the fresh paw marks of the tiger.

So we decided to wait on another spot near the river.

As we were on the ground waiting, our guide climbed on a tree to look for the tiger with his binoculars. Along with him, Bibash also climbed the tree.

We waited there for almost an hour but couldn’t see the tiger. So we moved on and on the way we saw the paw marks of tigers and rhinoceros but didn’t see the animals.

Our guide was also calling his other friends to ask whether they had seen the animals or not.

And one of them said it was seen just for sometime at a spot.

In Search of Tigers at Bardiya National Park

So we headed there.

On the way our guide also gave us a pep talk as some of us were not quiet.

Then we reached the banks of the river where other groups were also patiently waiting.

Then we also waited there with the hope of seeing the tiger.

But on the other side of the river, there was a crocodile sleeping on the banks.

After a while we followed another small dried river.

There we could see hundreds of paw marks of deers, and some tiger paw marks as well.

And with the hope of getting to see the tiger we walked in the jungle.

Wild Berries in Bardiya National Park

Soon, we reached the grassland where there were bushes of wild Bayer fruit (Ziziphus mauritiana, also known as Indian jujube, Indian plum, Chinese date, Chinese apple, ber, beri and dunks).

By now everyone was starving after a long walk, so we devoured the fruits like we were the cavemen and it’s the only food we would be getting for the day.

We moved from one bush to another and ate the fruit till we were full and then decided to return to the resort as some of us were tired of walking by now.

Though the sighting of the expected Wild Bengal Tiger, rhino and wild elephants were unsuccessful, we got to know the diverse vegetation, birds and then dense forest of Bardiya.

And also we got tons of fresh Oxygen while walking in the forest as told by the guide while entering the forest. He even gave us the number (amount) of oxygen we would be getting while walking in the forest.

While we’re exiting the Bardiya National Park, we saw tons of monkeys gathering as someone was distributing food to them.

We took a couple of pictures of them and headed towards the resort.

There we rested for a while and packed our bags as we decided to have lunch at Chisapani, Karnali.

Then we paid the bills, thanked Saugat vai for the exceptional stay and with the promise of coming again to see the Bengal Tigers in the wild (no matter how long I may have to stay), we left the Bardiya Forest Resort and moved towards Chisapani, Karnali.

Fish of Karnali River

Since Chisapani, Karnali was not that far from Bardiya National Park, we had decided to have lunch there.

And it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for me as well as it’s far from the capital and I don’t get to visit this part that much. It was the first time for me to travel to the Far Western Region of Nepal.

So I didn’t want to miss any opportunity to visit the places. And with locals it’s more fun as they know the best places in the region.

After a couple of hours on a motorbike through the forest of National Park, we reached the famous bridge of Chisapani.

The river was really big, like a sea for our landlocked country.

Right now we did not have much time to roam around there because we had to find the place to have lunch first.

So, Gaurav suggested that there was a place on the road towards Baadi gau (taken right from the highway, following the Karnali river) which served fresh local fishes from Karnali river.

Then we moved in search of the place.

But the road condition was not so good, mostly gravel roads and under construction.

With difficulty we went ahead, but felt like we missed the place. Though there were more fine restaurants, we wanted that original place though it was small.

Because the place where most people go (specially where the buses stop for lunch) do not serve the original fish of Karnali river.

Only the small local places serve the original fish of Karnali river.

It’s common sense that big hotels cannot meet the demand of customers as the fish from the river cannot be caught in huge quantities. So only small local places have the good fishes from Karnali river.

After going far ahead, we returned and looked for the place on the way.

Then there it was, unrecognizable as it was not big and not visual boards. First we asked whether they served the fish or not, once confirmed we came inside and sat on chairs.

So we ordered the fried fish and fish curry with rice first and then ordered some tea as well.

Soon our tea arrived and asked for some biscuits as all of us were starving and it was late evening (around 3:00).

For now we killed our hunger with tea and biscuits and waited patiently for our lunch.

After a while our lunch was ready and the restaurant’s aunt brought rice with fish curry and fish fry.

As soon as it came we started eating as we were starving. And the weather is also cold so the food can get cold soon.

And the fish curry (jhol) tastes better when it’s eaten hot.

The fish was so good (both curry and fried). It’s because first the fish is fresh from Karnali river and cooked locally like in our homes, no fancy stuff.

The more you try to make it fancy, the more it loses its taste. Because the more ingredients kills (hides) the original taste of fish.

I won’t ever forget the taste of this fish ever.

And we ate an extra amount of rice as well.

After having lunch we thanked the aunty, paid the bills and moved towards the Chisapani Bridge as it’s already getting late (around 5:00 P.M.).

So if you’re in Chisapani, Karnali, I recommend you to visit this place. 

It’s a small hotel in a place called Pitmari.

Chisapani – Karnali Bridge and Sunset

By the time we came to Chisapani Karnali Bridge, It’s already late evening and the sun was about to set.

First we got off the bike before reaching the bridge to take a photo of it as it was looking so beautiful.

Then we went to the bridge. 

When we’re in the middle of the bridge, the red orange like sun was already on the horizon, ready to disappear.

So I got off in the middle, took out my camera and captured the picture.

The scene, red sun on the horizon, huge Karnali river with its reflection and the traditional wooden canoes, it’s dreamy like in some wonderland.

I tried to capture the moment with my camera and here it is 👇.

I captured the moment with my camera but by the time Gaurav parked his bike and came, the sun had already disappeared. Anyway one of us had the moment captured and it was lucky me because the next time I may or may not come here again.

Magical Sunset at Karnali Chisapani

Magical Sunset at Karnali Chisapani

But Gaurav and others will always get the next chance as they are from Bardiya.

Then we took some photos in front of the bridge for memory and headed back to home as it’s getting dark and you know the terror of the Bengal Tiger.

It’s a long ride through the jungle and some gravel roads.

But finally at around 8:00 in the evening we reached home in one piece. 

Bad Luck for the Tiger.

Kishnasaar (Blackbuck) Conservation Area, Bardiya

The next day in the evening we decided to visit the most overlooked place in Bardiya, Krishnasar (Blackbuck) Conservation, which is just a few kilometers from Gulariya.

I had heard the name of this place before but didn’t know much about it. So it’s the best opportunity for me to explore when I was in Bardiya.

So in the evening at around 5:45 we went to the place but it was already getting dark as the sun was about to set.

But anyhow we bought the tickets and went inside. Just near the gate we saw a couple of Blackbucks grazing quietly. It was the first time I had seen that many deers/Blackbucks at one place. 

I loved it very much. And wanted to see them more.

Blackubcks at Krishnasar Conservation Area, Bardiya, Nepal

Blackubcks at Krishnasar Conservation Area, Bardiya, Nepal

Since it’s flat grassland with very few trees, I could see other groups of Blackbucks far away. So I wanted to go close to them but by now the sun was gone and it’s dark. And I couldn’t get any good photos.

We decided to come again the next day. So we went to the counter and requested the office to let us come the next day with the same tickets as we just remained for 10-15 minutes today.

And he agreed and told us to visit the next day.

Thank God Our Ticket money was saved for the next day.

Again with the hope of getting better pictures of Blackbucks, we visited the next evening, earlier than before, not much earlier.

Today also the sun was red and ready to set. 

So I quickly set my camera and started following the groups of Blackbucks during the golden hour.

And successfully captured some in action. Some while grazing, Some while resting and some while jumping.

I had never seen any Deer or Black Buck jump so high in real life.

I was really amazed by their jumping skills.

Krishnasar Blackbucks Jumping so high at conservation area Khairapur Bardiya

Krishnasar Blackbucks Jumping so high at Conservation Area, Khairapur, Bardiya

I also took some pictures of the sunset at Krishnasar, Bardiya.

And really enjoyed the place.

It’s the best place to see the Blackbucks in a group from very close. I felt like watching them forever.

I’d love to visit here again some day and recommend anyone to visit here as it is not overcrowded by tourists.

You’ll get to explore the conservation area without any disturbance and won’t be disappointed I can guarantee.

Most tourists know about the Bardiya National Park but very few people know about Krishnasar Conservation Area being so close to the National Park.

So I recommend everyone visiting Bardiya National Park to visit here as well. And in just 1 extra day you can enjoy the place and have the amazing sighting of the Blackbucks for sure

Unlike Tiger Sighting, you can easily see as many Black Bucks as you want from very close as long as you don’t scare them away.

My Only suggestion is, visit the conservation area at least 1 to 1.5 hrs prior to the sunset so that you have enough time to find the best group of Blackbucks and set up your camera for the perfect pictures.

After the beautiful sunset and amazing shots of Black Buck, we returned home and prepared to return to Kathmandu after around 20 days of exploring Far-West Nepal.

Last but not the least, I found huge diversity in Bardiya, far more than I had thought of.

Whenever we hear the word Bardiya (even being a Nepali), we only think of the tigers, nothing more. In school we studied about the Bardiya National Park and knew about the tiger, and the news channel also only showed us about the Tiger Attack in Bardiya.

But After visiting here, I have found that Bardiya has more to offer. The huge dense forest, diverse plants, fruits, birds and animals are the most known things but apart from it there is diversity in culture, tradition and food.

The Tharu people and their original local cuisine is unforgettable, the magnificent sunset over giant karnali river is mesmerizing, local fish of Karnali river is incomparable to any other fish, Black Bucks of Krishnasar and their jumps are jaw dropping, the taste of local Halwa Paratha (Sweet Breakfast) is Mama Mia, and mostly the people of Bardiya are so humble and respectful.

I’m amazed by the way the people show respect and love has won my heart.

Things that remained this time were the sighting of the Bengal Tiger, Traditional Tharu Cultural Program and Other Rural Life of local people like traditional fishing and would love to engage more with the locals who are living the life sustainably in traditional and would love to explore other diversity that Bardiya has to offer.

I’d love to explore them and share them with the world.

So, for sure I’d love to visit Bardiya again whenever I get a chance. 

Thank You Everyone! 

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Bardiya FAQs

Where is Bardiya National Park?

Bardiya National Park lies in western Nepal (Province 5&6), around 570 km from the capital, Kathmandu.

When was Bardiya National Park Established?

Bardiya National Park was established in 1988 as Bardiya National Park (968 sq. KM) but has been a Royal Karnali WildlifeReserve (348 km²) since 1976.

What is Bardiya famous for?

Bardiya is famous for Royal Bengal Tigers, Asian Wild Elephant, Greater One-horned Rhinoceros, Gangetic Dolphin, Swamp Deer, For-Horned Antelope.

What are the Things to do in Bardiya?

1. Jungle Safari (Either Hike of Jeep Safari)
2. Beautiful sunsets on the banks of Babai River
3. Explore Tharu Lifestyle, Culture and Cuisine
4. Visit the Chisapani Karnali Bridge for the perfect sunset and enjoy the local fish of Karnali River
5. Visit Krishnasar (Blackbuck) Conservation Area

How far is Bardiya National Park from Kathmandu?

Bardiya National Park is approximately 570 KM from Kathmandu and can take around 16-17 hrs by bus.

How to Reach Bardiya National Park?

By Plane
You can fly to Nepalgunj Airport (nearest airport) in Banke district of Bheri Zone which is 50 minutes from Kathmandu. Then you can take a bus to Bardiya which can take you around 3 hours.
By Bus
You can take a bus from Kathmandu. Get on a bus that goes to Dhangadhi or Khaptad and get off at Ambassa. Bus ride can take you around 16-17 hrs.

Where is Krishnasar (Blackbuck) Conservation Area?

Krishnasar (Blackuck) Conservation Area is located at Khairapur, Gularia of Bardiya District of Mid-Western Region, Nepal.

When was Krishnasar (Blackbuck) Conservation Area Established?

The Krishnasar (Blackbuck) Conservation Area was established in 2009 A.D. to conserve the endangered Blackbuck.

When is the best time to visit Krishnasar (Blackbuck) Conservation Area?

October-April is the best time to visit Krishnasar (Blackbuck) Conservation Area. And you can visit the area throughout the year as it lies in Terai (lowland) regions.
But Monsoon is not a recommended time to travel in the low lying area due to dazzling heat and immense precipitation.

How to reach Krishnasar?

You can either fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu and drive for another 3 hrs to reach Krishnasar Conservation Area.
Or you can take a direct bus to Bardiya, Gularia (Khairapur) which is around 530 KM.

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  1. Saugat Sharma

    I had a great time serving vijay dai and his friends while they are at bardiya. And this blog was helpful for people who wanted to visit bardiya. Hope to get you guys soon again in here.

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    Vijay Thapa

    It’s our pleasure for your (Saugat) plan and management in Bardiya. Without your plan we never would have explored all those activities (Sunset by the Geruwa River looking at the Elephants and Chakhewa, boating in the river, Trying authentic Tharu cuisine sitting between the ponds, Jungle Walk, etc.) in a short time.
    And I’d love to be there again for more adventures.

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