Bardia Tiger tracking tour is a unique trip to experience in the plains of Nepal. Nepal is known for its priceless topography from the highest mountains to gigantic plains. Thousands of tourists visit Nepal for amazing trekking in the majestic mountains such as the great Mt. Annapurna Circuit trek, Mt. Everest, Mt. Machhapuchhre and many more. There are different types of tours in Nepal due to the diverse geography. Except for trekking and other adventures, there are numerous adventures that you can take part in such as Motorbike tours, cultural tours, Buddhist tours, and many more.
Bardia Tiger tracking is gaining a lot of attraction among people these days. In the Tiger tracking tour, the main focus is on finding a tiger in its natural habitat without harming or captivating them. Tiger tracking is one of the most thrilling activities that you can do in the gigantic plains of Nepal. On this tour, you will encounter one of the most ferocious creatures that is the Royal Bengal Tiger. The Royal Bengal Tiger is not only beautiful but also one of the endangered animal species that are present in Nepal.
This trip is especially for animal lovers and for those who want to learn about these majestic animals. On this trip, you'll travel to Bardia National park to track down the Royal Bengal Tiger along with other gorgeous animals such as Wild Elephants, great one-horned rhinos, black bucks, swamp deer and many more. The Royal Bengal Tiger is one of the endangered animals only found in a few parts of Asia among which Nepal is one.
Bardia tiger tracking tour not only includes breathtaking adventures like tiger tracking but also includes other jungle activities inside the national park premises such as river safari, jeep safari, traditional Tharu dance inside the hotel/resort premises and many more extraordinary activities that will make you feel alive. During the River safari, you will get a golden opportunity to witness the Gharial crocodile in its natural habitat which is also one of the endangered reptiles.
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- Thrilling wildlife activity inside the Bardia national park.
- Asia’s best part for sporting wildlife and jungle activities.
- Canoeing and aquatic life observation.
- Spot the majestic Royal Bengal tiger and glorious Elephants.
- Jungle walk to track down some of the endangered animals.
- Tiger tracking in their natural habitat.
Bardia National Park Facts:
968 Square Kilometers
Endangered Species of Mammals
Swamp Deer, Gangetic Dolphin, Royal Bengal Tiger
Endangered Species of Birds
Peafowl, Sarus Crane, etc.
Species of Birds
Species of Mammals
This trip is ideal for all age groups who want to see the biggest cats (Panthera Tigris Tigris / The Royal Bengal Tiger) in Asia. The Royal Bengal tigers are only found in a few parts of Eastern South Asia such as Nepal, India, Bhutan and Bangladesh. This trip will provide you with an ideal chance to learn and explore the native Tharu culture and the opportunity to see the most stunning and savage cats of all time, the Royal Bengal Tigers. On the Bardia Tiger tracking tour, you will get to experience a lifetime moment to see the Tiger in its natural habitat without animal cruelty.
Where is Bardia National Park?
Bardia National park is one protected area inside Nepal similar to Chitwan National park. It was established in 1976 as Royal Bardia National Park. The national park covers a total area of 968 km2 which makes it the largest and most unspoiled national park in Nepal’s Terai region. It is situated in western terai in Bardia district. The national park mostly lies in the Bardia district however, it also occupies some areas of the Banke and Surkhet districts. It is 582 km far from the capital city - Kathmandu.
It is near the eastern banks of the Karnali River and the Babai river divides it from the Bardia district. The Bardia National park protects wild animals such as the Royal Bengal Tiger, Wild Elephants, Great One - Horned rhinos, Swamp deer and many more. Bardia National park is a paradise for flora and fauna both native and other migrating birds. It is the best place to witness the stunning wildlife in its natural habitat. Here you will be able to see different kinds of animals easily compared to the city areas and other urban areas.
What to expect from the Bardia Tiger Tracking Tour?
This trip is specially designed for people who want to witness the Royal Bengal Tiger with their own eyes. This trip provides a lifetime experience of seeing majestic animals in their natural environment without captivating or any kind of animal cruelty. The Bardia Tiger Tracking tour gives you an absolute opportunity to learn about the beautiful Tharu culture and have a great time in the jungle doing jungle activities.
Nepal is one of the most hospitable countries in the world as a result you will be welcomed at the airport and welcomed in a typical Nepali style. As soon as you finish your baggage collection and paperwork our office representative will escort you to your respective hotel and help you check in. The sparkling city lights will mesmerize you with their beauty. On the next day you will fly to Nepalgunj which will take around 50 mins. As you reach the domestic airport Nepalgunj you will get a warm welcome by our local representative and escort you to your respective resort. The distance between the airport and the airport Bardia National Park is just 86 km which will take around 2 hours. You will pass through the borderline of the Bardia National park so there is a good chance to see wildlife on the way like deer, monkeys, and other common animals.
After you check into the hotel you will get fresh and have lunch at the resort while enjoying a chilled beverage. After a while, you will take part in an exciting activity that is Jeep Safari. In the evening there is a good chance to see wild animals such as deer, one-horned rhinos and if lucky enough Tiger as well. (Duration 2 hours). After your jeep safari, you will be welcomed by a delicious meal followed by a traditional Tharu dance inside the resort premises. The peaceful sound from the forest will grant you ultimate peace.
On the 3rd day of your breathtaking trip, you will devote your entire day to the jungle to catch a glimpse of the Tiger. You will go on a dusk jeep into the jungle and stop at a point and start walking. As you start to walk into the heart of the jungle you will notice different kinds of animals grazing on fresh grass and sunbathing gracing your eyes with their presence. The peaceful nature will surely fascinate you with its neverending tranquility. The chipping of the birds will bless your ears while in the jungle. The guide will take you to the possible location of the tiger so that you can see a tiger. You will spend your whole day in the forest and return to the hotel/ resort in the evening.
River and Jeep Safari (Dolphins and Crocodiles)
On your fourth day you will take part in a must-do activity while in Bardia which is Boating the Karnali river and exciting jeep safari. You will cruise on a hand-crafted boat called the Patela. As you sail in the Karnali River you will see wild ducks floating in the peaceful river. You will get to see the aquatic life in the river which includes (Platanista Gangetica / freshwater Dolphins), endangered Gharial crocodiles and marsh Mugger, and many more. Different species of birds migrate in the wetland of Bardia in the winter season which means you will get to see exclusive birds as well.
After you cross the river, hop on the jeep and start your jeep safari. Explore the native flora and fauna near you. You will get to see wild animals like dees, One-horned Rhinos, wild elephants, and even the tiger as well. Have some snaps of the wildlife without disturbing them and enjoy your jungle excursion. The sound of various insects and animals will make your trip more memorable and give you a real jungle vibe.
Tiger Tracking On Foot
On the fifth day of your Bardia Tiger tracking program, you will go out to the judge and follow the guide. Today you will explore other routes of the jungle where you can get a possible chance to see the Tiger. The guide will look out for clues such as scats, pugmarks, scratch marks on a tree, and so on. This will help you to identify the exact location of the Tiger. On the way, you will have your delicious packed lunch and rest for a while in the safe spot chosen by your naturalist. After you have your lunch you will again advance towards the deep jungle in search of the Royal Bengal Tiger.
Bardia Tiger Tracking tour will expose you to raw nature and its stunning wilderness. You will be accompanied by a professional tiger tracer who will help you track down the tiger and observe movement of the Tiger. Once your guide finds the perfect spot the waiting game begins. You will patiently wait for the tiger to show up at the chosen location. Once the tiger appears, satisfy your eyes and have some pictures to witness the amazing moment of your life. Enjoy the amazing creation of nature and appreciate the moment and at the moment. End your day with a beautiful sunset view from the Jungle and return to your respective hotel and get refreshed and enjoy an exclusive bonfire dinner accompanied by gentle cool air.
Today you will start your morning with the euphonious sound of the birds chirping. Go on a morning walk with your binoculars. Spend some time watching birds and return to the resort for a refreshing breakfast. Pack your bags and head towards Nepalgunj airport to catch a flight to Kathmandu. Say the last goodbye to the place that made your entire trip memorable and provided you with a lifetime experience. After you reach Kathmandu, rest your bags at the hotel and self-explore the streets of Kathmandu, or just relax at a cozy coffee shop. We will meet in the evening to have a traditional Nepali dinner, normally a Thakali cuisine with a live performance of the folk songs as your farewell.
For your departure, you will check out after your breakfast. You will be dropped off at the airport 3 hours before your upcoming flight time. Have a safe flight with loads of unforgettable memories of your royal Bengal tiger encounter.
Kathmandu Arrival, Welcome to Nepal!
Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you in typical Nepali style at Kathmandu airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
At 06: 00 PM: We will meet for a coffee talk at your hotel and brief you on the details of your ongoing trip itinerary. If your arrival is late after 5 PM we will meet the following day during breakfast.
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Here we go - Bardia National Park
At. 08:00 AM: Have your morning meal at the hotel and pack your bags for your flight to Nepalgunj. You will be escorted to the domestic airport on private transportation. (The distance between Kathmandu and Nepalgunj is just 522km/ 40 mins by flight) You will be welcomed by the local representative at the airport at Nepalgunj airport and pick you up from there and transfer you to your respective hotel in Bardia. (Distance from the airport to Bardia is 83 km and can be covered in around 2 hours. On the way to your hotel, you can try the famous street food and explore the food from the new region.
Nepalgunj is near the border of India, meaning you can get to try some of the famous Indian street food on the way to the resort. If you choose to take the Ratna Rajmarga it will take just around 2 hours. On the way, you will cross the Babai river and go through the Bardia jungle. You may encounter some animals on the way to the resort such as deer and other wild animals as you will pass through the borderline of the Bardia national park.
You will be welcomed at the resort in typical Nepali style. Enjoy the fresh air at the resort and prepare for the upcoming evening activities. You will head out for a jeep safari in the national park in search of exclusive big cats such as tiger and leopard in their natural habitat. The safari will last for 2 hours and you will be accompanied by an expert local naturalist/Tiger tracker.
River and Jeep Safari
At. 08:30 AM: Have breakfast in bed served by the resort and prepare for a river safari on the Karnali River on a hand-crafted boat cruising on the wide expanses of the river. You will encounter a variety of birds and aquatic animals such as freshwater Dolphins, along with an endangered reptile species called the Gharial crocodile sunbathing on the bank of the Karnali river. Take some sans the stunning fauna you see on the way to make it more memorable. You will get to see animals such as deer, Mugger crocodiles while you enjoy your River safari. Thai river safari will take around 2-3 hours. You will return to the lodge for lunch, get some rest and enjoy accommodations provided by the resort.
Get ready to explore the jungle of the Bardia. You will start your jeep safari, an expert local naturalist will accompany you and provide in-depth knowledge about the local flora and fauna. During the safari, you will encounter different species of deer, exotic birds, monkeys, and the majestic One-Horned Rhino. Bardia is among the few places where Royal Bengal tigers are found and you will patiently search for any clues about their location. In the evening time, the big cats usually get out which means it is a good opportunity to track the Royal Bengal Tiger. You will get to see the Tigers during the evening time as these animals hunt at this time of the day.
After your full day of thrilling activity, you will return to the resort where you will be welcomed with a warm traditional meal and rest for the upcoming adventurous day.
A Full-Day Tiger Tracking
At. 08:00 AM: Have your breakfast at the resort and get ready for an exciting day in the jungle among the beautiful nature and free animals. Get yourself good sunscreen so that you can spend your whole day in the jungle without any worries. Today you will go on a dusk jeep into the jungle then stop at a certain spot and start walking quietly to see the tiger trail to pinpoint their location. You will follow the instructions given by the professional tiger tracker while in the jungle to get the best possible chance to see a tiger. You will search for the trails such as scat, scratch marks on the trees, Pugmarks, Alarm calls and many more with a little bit of Luck.
Once your guide makes sure of the tiger's location then the waiting game begins. Stay at a safe spot and wait for the delightful glimpse of the Majestic beast - The Royal Bengal Tiger. Live in the moment and witness the glorious view of the most awaited moment. Spot other animals that are hard to find such as Blackbucks (Krishnasr), leopards and other wildlife. In the evening return back to the resort, get refreshed, and enjoy your meal with an exclusive bonfire dinner. End your day with a good late-night chat about your breathtaking day in the jungle with your friends/ family/ partner. Rest well for the next day.
Encounter the Royal Bengal Tiger
At. 08:00 AM: Munch on your fresh breakfast and put on your comfortable shoes for yet another enthusiastic day in the lively jungle at Bardia. Get your binoculars as you will need them later in the jungle to see the colorful birds and exclusive animals.
Today you will devote your precious time in the jungle searching for wild animals along with the exclusive birds. You will be accompanied by a local expert naturalist. If you have any queries you can ask your guide. Today you will again track down the tiger but in a different location. You will follow the skillful guide and search for the Big cat (Tiger). Walk around the forest exploring the surrounding vegetation. The luxurious forest of the park provides food matter to the herbivores of the jungle. You will get to see animals chomping on them such as One-horned rhinos, swamp deers, giant Elephants, and other mind-blowing creatures.
Have your packed lunch at the safe spot hand-picked by your guide. Soak in the tranquility of the place while you have your lunch. Take some snaps of the surroundings as a reminder of this trip. After you finish your lunch, continue your jungle walk. After a few miles stop and patiently wait for the Tiger. Witness the tiger with your own eyes from a distance and have some pictures of it.
Return to your resort and kick off your walking shoes and rest your feet. Refresh yourself at the resort and enjoy the excellent accommodation at the resort. Enjoy your dinner and rest under the clear sky along with the chill breeze.
Fly back to Kathmandu
At. 09:30 AM: Today you will start your day with Birdwatching. Bardia is an ideal place for birdwatching as various exotic species of birds migrate to the wetlands of Bardia. After gracing your eyes with the beautiful scenario you will return to the hotel for breakfast.
Pack your bags and get ready for your flight back to Kathmandu. You will be dropped off at the domestic airport from the resort. (Time duration from the resort to Nepalgunj airport 83.5 km/ around 2 hours by drive) you will reach Kathmandu in just 50mins. As soon as you land in Kathmandu you will be welcomed by our office representative and transfer you to your respective hotel.
Relax and explore the streets of Kathmandu. There are plenty of good cafes inside Kathmandu that you can visit and have a cozy time on your own. Try some of the iconic comfort foods of Nepal like Mo: Mo, and other street foods. In the evening meet us for a traditional Nepali dinner with a live performance at the folktale as your farewell.
Farewell, we love to see you again!
Have a safe home return! You will have leisure time in Kathmandu after breakfast at your hotel. Our office representative will escort you to the Kathmandu airport 3 hours before on time to board your flight. We hope you enjoyed the trip with us!
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Frequently Asked Questions
How can you track down the Royal Bengal Tiger?
Tracking down a Tiger takes years of practice and training. According to the professional tiger tracker, some clues lead to the tiger's location such as scat, scratch marks, and Pugmarks. It takes a lot of patients and a little bit of luck to see the Tiger in front of your own eyes.
What is the best time to visit Bardia National park for tiger tracking?
To encounter the Royal Bengal Tiger winter seasons from September to December are best as the big cats get out of their den to sunbathe in the open area. The number of Tigers has also increased significantly meaning it's easier to see a tiger than before. The warm season is March, April and May. It is possible to see them but due to the hot weather, most animals do not show up in the sun and rest in the shade including the Tigers.
What kind of cultural programs do we get to see on the resort premises?
You will get to see the Tharu dance inside the hotel premises or in a nearby village area. Laath Nach is a traditional dance done by the Tharu people and is also called the Tharu stick dance. In this live performance, a group of people are gathered together with sticks in both hands and dance to their traditional folk song.
How long does it take to get to Bardia by flight from kathmandu?
One can reach Bardia national park either by drive or by flight. It takes around 50 minutes by flight to reach Nepalgunj and another 2 hours (90 KM) of drive to get into Bardia national park from Kathmandu. The complete drive-reaching option by taking private or public transportation from Kathmandu required 12/14 hours. The driving distance is about 580 KM.
What kind of culture is found in Bardia?
Bardia is mainly inhabited by indigenous Danguara Tharu people. These people have their native language, custom, festivals, and traditions. This place is also well known for Tharu cuisine. They can be identified from their architectural settlement to their traditional garments. The authentic cuisine of the Tharu community is called Anadi Chamal.
What is Bardia national park known for?
Bardia national park is home to the endangered Royal Bengal tiger and other famous animals such as One-Horned rhinos. The unspoiled Sal forest and grassland are also major attractions of Bardia. Most people visit Bardia to see the majestic big cats - Tiger and other beautiful creatures like Blackbuck. It is also one of the unspoiled protected areas with abundant flora and fauna.
What should we bring for the Tiger tracking program?
As you will be out the sun the entire day we suggest you get yourself a nice sunscreen, hat, or cap to cover your head and avoid the headache, Binoculars (Optional) to see animals without going near to them, sunglasses, and insect repellant as you will walk inside the dense forest among various insects hat also including mosquitoes.
What kind of clothes should I wear during Jungle Safari?
During your Jungle walk / Jungle Safari you should avoid bright-colored clothing as it will scare off the animals. Instead you should wear neutral-colored clothes such as dark green clothes which work as good camouflage. It will not scare wild animals and allow you to closely observe the animals.
- All required airport arrivals and departures.
- All (6 nights) accommodations at the mentioned hotel/resorts at respective places.
- Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, Nepalgunj to Kathmandu, transfer by domestic flight.
- Daily breakfast at the hotel from the next day of your arrival.
- Lunch and Dinner have been included as mentioned in the itinerary.
- All mentioned jungle activities in Bardia national park.
- National parks entrance fees.
- All mentioned activities will be escorted by expert local naturalists/nature guides from the resorts.
- One local SIM card (returnable, if required) during your stay.
- All government and local taxes.
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
Tips to the drivers and guides. (not required but recommended)
Services that aren’t mentioned above.