Discover luxury and boutique hotels in Bardiya National Park
Adventure gear at the ready – Bardiya National Park in Nepal’s southern Terai is a jungle runner’s playground. The park’s lush forests and sweeping savanna are largely uninhabited, save for the locals you’ll be keen to meet – Bengal tigers, elephants, rhinos and more call this untamed terrain home. Go full intrepid explorer with a guided hike into the heart of the jungle, or safari in style with a jeep or boat trip to the park’s tiger-tracking hotspots, then row, row, row your boat gently into an Impressionist masterpiece on the lily-padded lakes of Ghodaghodi Tal.
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When to go
Give monsoon season (June to August) a miss – the downpours can make the park inaccessible. For the best animal-spotting chances, visit between mid-September and mid-December, or between February and May.
PlanesTouching down at Nepalgunj Airport – a short flight from Kathmandu – is by far the best way to reach the park. From there, hop on a bus to the park entrance at Tahudwara or arrange a private transfer (the journey should take three to four hours). Alternatively, fly in to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from Asian cities including Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi and Seoul, then sit back, relax and enjoy a long but superbly scenic bus ride to the park.
AutomobilesDaily buses run from Kathmandu to Ambassa, near the entrance to the park. At 15 hours a ride, they take commitment, but you’ll be rewarded with en-route entertainment in the form of mountain, forest and savanna views.