Bardiya National Park Safari, Best Tiger Spotting in Nepal

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Trip Grade: Leisurely Plus
  • Trip Start and End: Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Trip Area: Bardia National Park
  • Trip Style: Active Jungle Safari Tour
  • Age Group: 10 or Above
  • Trip Type: Private and Group
  • Trip Method: Guided
  • Booking Type: Instant Booking Confirmation
  • Max. Altitude: 1345
  • Best Season: September - May
  • Foot Print:Carbon Neutralleaf

Bardia National Park Safari is a four-day feat through the vast expanse of Bardia and its time-worn villages. This trip is to the grassy plains of a former royal sanctuary, which shelters a vast array of wildlife and indigenous flora. The Bardia jungle safari tour is a fine assortment of natural and cultural attractions, including wildlife-watching adventures, classical folk dances, and exploration of the enriching Tharu culture.

  • Embark on an immersive jungle safari across the Bardia National Park and witness its exotic wildlife, including spotted deer, Asian Elephants, and nilgai antelopes.
  • Experience the rich diversity and uniqueness of Bardia. Learn about the Tharu community and their vibrant culture.
  • Enjoy a bush walk into the riverine forests and look out for avian activity. Bird-watch an extensive number of bird species such as peafowl, jungle Prinia, striated grassbird, and Bengal florican.

You’ll encounter some of the most amazing wildlife on the Bardia jungle safari including the big three- Bengal Tiger spotting in Nepal, Asian Elephant, and one-horned rhino. Not just that, visitors to the Bardiya wildlife tour will also get to witness a breathtaking aquatic spectacle of fishes, gharial crocodiles, and Gangetic river dolphins.

Like the Chitwan National Park Safari, the Bardia National Park Safari also provides a chance to experience the unique culture and warm hospitality of the indigenous Nepalese people. It scouts visitors to the Tharu community so they can immerse themselves in the local culture and interact with people.

You’re treated to the magnificent display of traditional Tharu dance known as Lathi Nach or stick dance. Your visit to the local village of Thakurdwara at the park entrance will give you a taste of rural Nepalese life.

Our Bardiya National Park package begins with a short and scenic flight from the Kathmandu Airport (or any other airport in Nepal) to Nepalgunj, which lasts an hour. This comes with a picturesque view of the lowland Terai of midwestern Nepal and its wooded forests. Upon arrival, you’ll set out for Bardia and spend the evening in the comfort of your hotel.

On the second day, you’ll go on a full-day jungle safari into the Bardiya nature sanctuary. You’ll embark on a Jungle expedition in Bardiya, looking for as many wild animals as possible within the park. After that, you’ll make a quick stop at the crocodile breeding center to watch them in action and learn a thing or two about the program.

The day ends with a short tour of the Tharu Museum, which shines a light on the rural Tharu people and their vanishing culture. The museum gives you a chance to watch the traditional antiques up close and explore the local villages.

The next morning, you’ll go on a Bardiya forest safari for subtropical bird watching, including Bengal florican and bar-headed geese. You‘ll cruise on a dugout canoe, watch aquatic life, and feast on the local Tharu dance.

On the last day of the itinerary, you’ll return to Nepalgunj and take a flight back to Kathmandu. The return journey is equally rewarding with subtropical bushes and savanna along the way.

Rhino, Leopard, snake, and deer: Animals found in Bardiya National Park

Why Choose Bardiya National Park for Your Next Safari

1. Rich Biodiversity and Unique Wildlife

Bardia National Park is one of Nepal’s largest wilderness areas with a rich ecosystem. It sprawls across 968 sq. km. in the lowland Terai, preserving more than 600 faunal species and unspoiled riverine forests.

The park provides shelter to various wild animals, including Indian Rhinos and Bengal tigers, which sets up a stage for marvelous views. It’ll also take you to the inland water of Karnali-Babai and its tributaries, which has been a source of life for many aquatic species and Gharial crocodiles.

2. Cultural Immersion

The Bardia Jungle Safari Tour isn’t just a wild escapade, but a cultural exploration of the Tharu villages. It’s an excursion along the local community, which gives you an insight into the life of the Tharu people and their well-preserved culture.

The trip will also take you to the Tharu Museum, where you can see the historical artifacts and relics of the Tharu community. It puts up the traditional Tharu home and their vintage old tools into display.

3. Birdwatcher’s Paradise

Encompassed by a vast woodland, Bardia National Park is every birdwatcher’s wonderland. Its diverse landscapes, ranging from savannah to riverine are home to 407 species of birds and migratory wanderers, who seek refuge at the sanctuary.

Little wonder, the park spoils you with rare glimpses of Bengal florican, white-rumped vultures, and bar-headed geese. You can also spot other bird species such as saurus crane, lesser Florican, and striated grassbird, so don’t fear missing them out.

4. Recreational Adventure

Bardia National Park is one big playground for outdoor enthusiasts to watch the wildlife and enjoy some fun activities. You can canoe on the Karnali-Babai River to watch mugger crocodiles and rhinos, who come to fetch water. Apart from that, you can go river rafting, which is optional but fun.

How much does it cost for the Bardia Jungle Safari Tour?

The cost for Bardia National Park Safari starts from USD 1200 per person. The fee covers the cost of your accommodation, transportation, tour guide, and entry fee to Bardia National Park.

Of course, the cost isn’t standard and varies depending on the length of the tour. The duration of your stay has a big say on your accommodation and food, which builds up the cost.

Nonetheless, it saves you enough to splurge on the local delicacies and souvenirs.

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Bardiya National Park Safari, Best Tiger Spotting in Nepal Itinerary

  • Day 1:Fly to Nepalgunj and Drive to Bardia
  • Day 2:Full-Day Jungle Safari
  • Day 3:More Exploration, More Fun in Bardia National Park
  • Day 4:Departure

Day 1:Fly to Nepalgunj and Drive to Bardia

  • Accommodation4-Star Hotel
  • MealsLunch and Dinner

Wake up early and take a morning flight to Nepalgunj. This will take about an hour, but the aerial view of changing landscapes with sweeping rivers will keep you occupied all along the way.

On arrival, you’ll embark on a two-hour drive to Bardia, enjoying the spectacular view of charming towns and unspoiled wilderness. Upon reaching the city, you’ll have dinner and spend the night at a four-star hotel.

Day 2:Full-Day Jungle Safari

  • Accommodation4-Star Hotel
  • MealsBLD

After breakfast, you’ll join our guide for an epic wildlife safari in the Bardiya National Park. You’ll jeep ride the dirt trail while keeping your eyes peeled on the bushes. It’s just a matter of time before you’re rewarded with a rare sight of amazing creatures like the Bengal Tiger, Barasingha, and fishing cat.

Once the safari is done, you can grab your lunch and have it amidst the serene atmosphere. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the crocodile breeding center to watch different species of crocodiles and turtles. Later, you’ll go to Tharu Museum to get an insight into the local culture and people.

After an exciting day, you’ll return to your hotel and enjoy the evening dinner with the group. You can rest well now and recoup energy.

Day 3:More Exploration, More Fun in Bardia National Park

  • Accommodation4-Star Hotel
  • MealsBLD

Today, you’ll explore the Bardia National Park and discover the wildlife that exists within. Early morning, you’ll venture off the community forest to go birdwatching. On the way, you’ll have a chance to spot elusive birds like pale-footed bush warbler Bengal florican,bar-headed geese, and striated grassbird.

In the daytime, you’ll cruise the Karnali River in a canoe to witness mugger crocodiles, along with Indian rhinoceros and other reptiles that inhibit on the river bank. If you’re lucky, you may even spot Gangetic Dolphin which rarely comes into sight

You’ll finish the day by watching a cultural show that highlights the magnificent customs and traditions of the Tharu people. Then you’ll enjoy some delicious Nepalese dishes for dinner before taking a rest.

Day 4:Departure

  • MealsBreakfast and Lunch

After breakfast, you’ll leave the hotel and drive back to Nepalgunj. From there, you’ll catch a flight to Kathmandu, which takes about an hour. Upon arrival, we’ll drive back to your hotel and finish the adventure.

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Cost Details


Pick up from Nepaljung airport and drop to Nepalgunj airport after the tour

3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

3 nights Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge accommodation

Jungle Safari Transport

All the activities as per the itinerary

A qualified & licenced jungle safari guide

Entrance fees for the national park and  other entrance fees 

Addons: flight fare from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and return ( Available on add-ons section)


Lachohalic drinks at Tiger Tops Resort 

Tipping for safari staff

Land transport to the National park

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Trip Essential Information

When is the best time to take a Bardia Jungle Safari?

Bardia has pleasant weather year-round, so any time is a good time for the jungle safari tour. However, if you seek a warmer climate with better wildlife views, spring (between March and May) is the time to go on a tour.

The season is largely dry and humid, increasing your chances of spotting wild animals and birds. Visitors can find a significant presence of wildlife around the water sources or in the bushes, searching for hunt. Remember, April and May are the hottest months in the calendar, with temperatures reaching up to 40 Degrees Celsius.

Autumn is another safari season, although it’s much cooler and milder. There may be some light rainfall at the beginning of this season, but nowhere near the extent of monsoon. The season is partially dry so you can easily catch a glimpse of animals while they are basking or hydrating themselves.

Even the smaller animals attract attention during the autumn tour as the vegetation tends to die. Moreover, you can get up close to the animals like elephants, deer, rhinos, and tigers as they wander through the thin bushes.

Taking a jungle safari tour in winter can be equally fun, especially in the daytime with warm weather and clear skies. You can enjoy some lovely sunshine and breathtaking landscapes. Birdwatchers will be overjoyed to witness a cluster of migratory birds like the Bengal florican, Northern Shoveler, peafowl, and Saurus crane.

Although it’s possible to go on a jungle safari in summer, we don’t recommend it due to the possibility of blazing heat and downpours. There’s frequent rainfall at this time, making it impossible to get good visibility.

The monsoon also brings a lot of rain, providing enough water for the wildlife. As a result, most waterholes are abandoned during the season. The tall thick forests also make it harder to spot the animals.


Bardia has a wide range of accommodation options for visitors willing to go on a jungle safari tour. There are plenty of lodges, homestays, and guesthouses, right outside the vicinity of the park, which are super affordable and convenient.

This is the same for the four-star hotel, where you’ll stay during the jungle safari tour. The upscale hotel in Bardia provides a high-end service for food and accommodation. It takes care of your all essentials with comfort in mind.

They offer a well-facilitated room with an air conditioning system and an attached bathroom. Most of these hotels are equipped with a hot shower and swimming pool, where you can relax and catch a break from the blazing heat.

What to bring on the Bardia Jungle Safari Tour?

Preparing for a Bardia National Park Tour isn’t intimidating as long as you know, which essentials to bring and what to leave behind. Of course, you need to consider weather when packing these items, since Bardia stumbles across every climate. It’s important to get things right the first time so here are a few recommendations for the trip, that is insightful and streamlined.

  • Lightweight clothing: Bardia has warm weather in general, so it’s easy to understand the necessity of light clothes.
  • Insect repellent: It’s required to protect against insect bites.
  • Sun protection: Weather-appropriate sun hat and sunscreen are essential to withstand UV rays.
  • Water Bottle: Bring a reusable water bottle to hydrate yourself.
  • Extra cash: Extra cash is recommended if you need to buy drinks and souvenirs.
  • Travel documents: Your passport, wallet, and other essential items.
  • Comfortable footwear: A pair or two of sturdy walking shoes will come in handy during the tour.
  • Prescription meds: A prescribed medication is needed just in case the worst happens or your health deteriorates.
  • Camera and charger: Bring a portable camera to capture fond moments and magnificent wildlife.


  • No, Bardia National Park remains open throughout the week. The park is open to visitors all year round. However, if you wish to make the most of your time and spot as many animals as possible, visit the park in the dry season.

  • Yes, the safari region is safe except for some potential risks associated with the adventure. Our trip operators will always make sure that you are safe. We recommend you do some research regarding the park. If you feel unsafe you can always cancel the trip.

  • No, your accommodation will be outside the safari region.

  • You don’t necessarily have to make an early reservation for the tour. However, we advise doing it beforehand, especially in the peak season when the hotels book out quickly. This will give us enough time for key prepping and arrange the accommodation of your choice.

  • Yes, there are several other options to get to Bardia. You can take a direct flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu, then drive to Bardia, or set off by a jeep. This will take an entire day but will provide you with a marvelous view of stunning villages and towns.

  • A regular breakfast-style meal with a warm tea or coffee is served on the tour. While on the trip, you’re catered to a delicious packed lunch with Nepalese dishes. For dinner, you’re offered a classic Nepali Dal-Bhat thali, which consists of steamed rice, lentil soup, fried vegetables, and pickles. Western and European options may also be available if you want to feel at home.

  • Avoid any bright-colored clothing that may frighten or infuriate the wildlife. Also, leave white clothes behind as they will get grime on the dusty trail. Rather, you should opt for neutral colors like beige or khaki, which help disguise you.

  • There are plenty of shuttle services available to experience the jungle safari. Among the most common and affordable options are jeep, elephant, and canoe.

Bardiya National Park Safari, Best Tiger Spotting in Nepal Reviews

5.0based on 2 reviews
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    Malie RheedersApril 10, 2023

    Unforgettable Nepal tour.

    Ram and his team organised an excellent tour. Ram went out of his way, we went to Bardiya National Park to track Tigers, when we didn’t see any after 2 days he arranged and changed our flights that we could stay longer. I will recommend Sublime Trails for anyone.
    Malie and Anthoon from South Africa

  • James Stubbs
    James StubbsOctober 18, 2017

    Best tour for animal lovers

    I have been in love with animals since I was a child and the kid inside me was screaming with joy when I got to spend those awesome time at Bardia National Park. While my stay in Nepal last time, I went to Chitwan National Park, it was awesome but Bardia has captivated me. Sublime Trails also played a major role to make this a fun trip. If it wasn't for them, I would be all lost and I wouldn't even know what Bardia was. They took care of everything from hotels to documents to anything that I needed help in. They always were polite and had a charm on their face. Thanks Buddies!!

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