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Wildlife Resort & Wildlife Camp in Bardia National Park, Bardia
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In 1815, Nepal lost this region to the East India Company through the Sugauli Treaty. For 45 years it was a part of British India and returned to Nepal in 1860 in recognition for supporting the suppression of the Indian Independence movement in 1857. Today, this annexed area is still called Naya Muluk - newly acquired land. An area of 368 km2 was set aside as Royal Hunting Reserve in 1969 and gazetted as Royal Karnali Wildlife Reserve in 1976. In 1982, it was proclaimed as Royal Bardia Wildlife Reserve and extended to include the Babai River Valley in 1984. Finally in 1988, the protected area was gazetted as national park. The approximately 1500 people who used to live in this valley have been resettled elsewhere. Since farming has ceased in the Babai Valley, the natural regenerated vegetation makes the area a prime habitat for wildlife.
About 70% of the park is covered with forest with the balance a mixture of grassland, savannah and riverine forest. The park provides excellent habitat for endangered animals like the rhinoceros, wild elephant, tiger, swamp deer, black buck, gharial, marsh mugger crocodile and Gangetic dolphin. Endangered birds include the Bengal florican, lesser florican, silver-eared mesia and Sarus crane. More than 30 different mammals, over 200 species of birds, and many snakes, lizards and fish have been recorded in the park's forest, grassland and river habitats. A good number of resident and migratory birds are found in the park. It is also the home of two of the last known herds of wild Asian elephants.
This 968 sq km park in southwest Nepal is an interesting place to visit. There are over 30 different mammals including tigers, leopards, jungle cats, sloth bear, Nilgai (blue cows), blackbuck and rhesus and langar monkeys. There are also spotted hog, swamp, sambar and barking deer. You are more likely to see a tiger than any other place in Nepal, including Chitwan. The park is around 70% sal forest and the rest of the park is grassland, savanna and riverine forest. The grassland is great for viewing wildlife. The Asian one-horned rhinoceros were hunted to extinction in the beginning of the 20th century; some rhinos were moved to the park in 1986. Now there are around 45 rhinos in the park, which means most people will see one. There are around 50 tigers and 50 wild elephants in the park. One of the elephants, called Raja Gaj, is 11 feet 3 inches (3.4m) at the shoulders and may be the largest Asian elephant in the world. In the Geruwa River there are mugger and gharial crocodiles and the rare Gangetic dolphins.
There are over 300 species of birds including storks, parakeet, geese, herons, duck and some endangered species such as the sarus crane and Bengal florican. A common site in Bardia is the termite mounds, which can be up to 2.5m high. Some advantages of Bardia over Chitwan are it isolation and the fact that it has much less visitors and is more secluded. The problem with it is that it is so far from Kathmandu and takes a day to travel to it. It is over five hours from Chitwan. To come here you need a day to get to it, two days at the park and then a day to return to Kathmandu or Pokhara. It is also not well developed and the places to stay are limited, but there are some budget places. The Chure Hills is at the border in the north, and it is bordered on the west by the Geruwa River, which is a branch of the Karnali, a tributary of the Ganges.
Bardia National park is the largest national park in the lowland Terai covering on area of 968 sq.km. The park situated in Nepal's Western Terai was established to protect representative ecosystems and conserve tiger and its prey species. Initially, a small area was gazetted as the Karnali Wildlife Reserve in 1976. 1500 households of the Babai valley were resettled outside the park allowing the vegetation and wildlife to flourish. In 1982, it was renamed as Bardia Wildlife Reserve, and in 1984 it was extended to its current size. The reserve was given the status of a National Park in 1988. Greater One-horned Rhinoceros were translocated from Chitwan National Park in 1986, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.
In 1997, an area of 327 km2 surrounding the park was declared as a buffer zone, which consists of forests and private lands. The park and local communities jointly manage the buffer zone. Together they initiate community development activities and manage natural resources in the buffer zones. An elephant ride provides a different view of the park as one can go off the main trail, Morning and late afternoon is the ideal time to go on a ride. Karnali river is the suitable home for Gangetic dolphin. Babi valley is a majestic place to visit where flagship Rhino, tiger, elephant can be observed in the wilderness site.
The Babai valley extending from Parewa odar to Chepang (bridge) was included In the park in 1984. The pristine valley is characterized by rich biodiversity. The major vegetation and forest type are wooded grassland and the riverine forest. The translocated rhinoceros from Chitwan were reintroduced in this valley. The luxurious forests in the east of the park also provide a good habitat and corridor for several wildlife species. The Karnali river is home to the endangered Gharial crocodile and Marsh mugger. The blue waters also provide habitat for the endangered Gangetic dolphin. Large Mahasheer, a game fish, is considered an excellent catch.
The fast flowing water also provide excellent rafting expeditions that can stop in the park. Riverine forests along with the shores of the river creating prime habitat for birds such as Herons, Egrets, Black-necked, stork, and Little pratincole. The Tharu ethnic group is native to this area. Traditionally they are subsistence farmers and practice their own tribal religious. Handicrafts made by the community members could be bought as souvenirs.
The park has three distinct seasons, each providing a unique experience. Form October through early April the weather is dry. The days are warm, and the nights are cool and pleasant. From April to June the temperatures warm up, are peaking up to 450c in May. The hot sticky days give way to the monsoon rains that lasts until September.
Flora and Fauna
The park offers a variety of experiences in its vast undisturbed wilderness. About 70% of the forest consists of Sal trees with a mixture of grassland and riverine forests.Sal leaves are used in festival and religious offering. The park is home to endangered animals such as the Royal Bengal tiger, wild elephant, Greater one-horned rhinoceros, swamp deer, and black buck, The other endangered species include gharial-crocodile, marsh mugger and Gangetic dolphin. Endangered birds found in the park are Bengal florican, lesser florican and sarus crane, More that 30 different mammals, over 230 species of birds and several species of snakes, lizard and fish have been recorded In the park's forest, grassland and river. In addition to the resident species, several migratory birds visit the park,
Museum and Tharu culture are available for visitors at HQ. The wireless radio communication facility at the park headquarters, could be used in emergency, If you are traveling by private vehicle make sure that you have ample amount of fuel. Be advised to carry a comprehensive first-aid kit including medicines for intestinal problems. There is a community health post at Thakurdwara. You can spend your nights at the lodges surrounding the pork. These lodges provide service to tourists.
How to get there
You can take a bus from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj or take the doily flight. From Nepalgunj bus service is available to the park HQ at Thakurdwara during the dry season,
The headquarters of the park are at Thakurdwara, around 20km southwest of Anbassa on the Mahendra Highway. Most visitors spend their time in the western part of the park, where there are grasslands and forests near the Geruwa River. Not many people visit the eastern part of the park.
Thakurdwara, the park headquarters, is 12km off the main highway. It is near the Geruwa River and there is a good amount of wildlife. Most of the lodges are close to Thakurdwara, and there is not much else here. This is where the bus stops. It does not have electricity. At the park headquarters there is a breeding place for gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles, which are bred until they get big enough and then are released into the river.
The park is open from 6.30 am to 6 pm (7 pm in the summer). The park office is open daily from 8 to 10 am and 2 to 5 pm. Admission is Rs 1000 are valid for three consecutive days. Entry tickets are purchased at the ticket office at the headquarters office at Thakurdwara, or your lodge can arrange the ticket.
Elephant rides are booked at the park headquarters. It takes about 30 minutes by elephant to reach the core area of the park, before you are likely to see any wildlife. The longer the ride the deeper you go into the park and the better the chance of seeing wildlife are. Elephants should be reserved at least one day in advance. Elephants depart in the early morning and late afternoon from the park headquarters. The elephants usually head northwest and you may see deer, langur monkeys, rhinos and boar. You are less likely to see a tiger or bear.
You can also take a walking tour, but you need to have an experienced guide with you. This can often be arranged through your lodge for Rs 300 to 350 for half a day. Often during walk you have to wade over some streams, so it would be handy to have some sandal with you. After the thatch is cut in mid-January visibility increases.
A jeep can bring you further into the park than an elephant. You book a jeep ride through your lodge. The price of the jeep per person depends on how many passengers there are.
Where to Stay
The places here are mainly very basic. There is no electricity. It is a pleasant place. The budget places are in Thakurdwara, north and south of the park entrance. The food is fairly basic at most of the places. Bardia Jungle Cottage and Forest Hideaway Hotel are the most popular places.
There are no restaurants in Thakurdwara except for the ones in the hotels.
- Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge, Bardia National Park, Bardia, Nepal: is right next to the border of the park. There arrange an elephant ride and a boat ride on the river which is great for bird watching. Staying at both places is a worth while experience. They are $ 250/325 + tax per person per night and include all meals, an elephant ride and guided walk. The lodge is open all year, but the camp closes from the middle of April to the end of September.
- Forest Hideaway Cottages, Bardia National Park, Bardia, Nepal: is located near the park headquarters on the north side of the park. It is well-managed by a Scottish–Nepali couple. They can change cash and travelers cheques here legally. It has a pleasant shady garden. It has basic mud and thatch cottages with common bath a larger comfortable cottage with common bath and a cottage with a bathroom shared between two cottages. There are tents also. They can arrange jeep safaris also. It has some of the best food in Thakurdwara.
- Rhino Lodges, Bardia National Park, Bardia, Nepal: about 3km south of the park entrance, has cottages. It has a garden, but not much shade. It exists mainly because of package tours.
- Hotel Bardia Natural Park, Bardia National Park, Bardia, Nepal: 500m from the entrance to the park, has really basic mud and thatch cottages.
- Wildlife Neighbors Cottages, Bardia National Park, Bardia, Nepal: is a family-run really basic place. It has good shade.
- Tree Top Lodge, Bardia National Park, Bardia, Nepal: is a well-located friendly budget place.
- Hotel Racy Shade, Bardia National Park, Bardia, Nepal: nearby, has really basic mud and thatch cottages.
- Bardia Jungle Cottages, Bardia National Park, Bardia, Nepal: across from the entrance to the park, is a nice place that has cottage with common bath and with bath. It has food. It has a pleasant shady garden. It rent bicycles and jeeps.
- Bardia Wildlife Paradise, Bardia National Park, Bardia, Nepal: is south along the river, 1km south of the park HQ, has mud and thatch cottages with common bath and with bath. It has a nice garden. It has a restaurant. It can be a little hard to reach without your own transportation.
- Dolphin Manor, Bardia National Park, Bardia, Nepal: nearby 1km south of the park headquarters, has deluxe tents and stone cottages. Meals are eaten in the central hall.
A great way to get to Bardia National Park is by taking a raft down the Karnali River. Organized rafting trips down the Karnali usually include an option to spend some time at Bardia after the trip. Air The closest airport is in Nepalganj. From there you can get a jeep to Thakurdwara. Bus The park headquarters at Thakurdwara is around a 2½ hour (longer by local bus) drive west of the park. It is an interesting drive through some villages. Bus depart from Nepalganj to Thakurdwara (3 or 4 hr, Rs 75) at 11 am and 2 pm. Buses depart from Thakurdwara to Nepalganj at 8 and 9 am.
Village Development Committees VDC's of Bardiya District:
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