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Things to do in Bardiya National Park

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Bardiya National Park, located in the heart of Karnali River of south-western Nepal, is flocked by wildlife lover and natural enthusiasts every year. Covering an area of 968 sq km, this park extends from the Churia hills southward to the fair slope of Bhabhar area. The western end of the park is bordered by the numerous waterways of the rushing Karnali River, creating many large and small island. This blog features the list of the things to do in Bardiya National Park.

The tour to Bardiya National Park offers the fascinating glimpse of animals, many of inhabits in and around the National Park. More than 30 species of birds, 200 species of mammals and plenty of snakes, fish and lizards’ species are recorded with in the park. More than 350 species of birds have been recorded so for, making it truly a bird watcher’s paradise. Both resident and migratory inhabits within the parks boundaries.

Here is the list of the Things to do in Bardiya National Park

SN Things to do in Bardiya National Park
5 Stay at a Local Community Homestay
4 Enjoy the Tharu Culture
3 Witness the Magical Sunset
2 Night stay at a Tree House (Machhan)
1 Jeep Safari

5. Stay at a Local Community Homestay

The homestay accommodation at Bardiya is basic, but meets travellers’ essential needs. The houses you stay in are made the traditional way out of mud and wood, so you will really feel like you’re having a rural adventure. As with all Community Homestays across Nepal, you will have your own private room, separate from your hosts, who stay nearby.

The Bardiya Community Homestay is run by local women of the community. Running the homestays gives them valuable skills and self-confidence, as well as an independent source of income. It also gives guests an opportunity to interact with ordinary Nepali women, which can be hard in other parts of the country as businesses, accommodation, and tour activities are more often than not dominated by men.

Bardiya Community Homestay

4. Enjoy the Tharu Culture

Be entertained by the traditional song and dance of Tharu villagers in their cultural dress, and end the evening on a high by joining in the dancing yourself.

Enjoy an evening’s entertainment while learning more about the local Tharu culture of the Bardiya area. Young Tharu men and women will perform traditional folk music and dances in their ethnic dress. The stories told through music and dance revolve around rural and cultural life, such as the animals, the harvest, and religious festivals.

Things to do in Bardiya Community Homestay
Tharu Cultural Dance in Bardiya Community Homestay

3. Witness the Magical Sunset

The best way to end a day in a state of complete serenity is to watch a wonderful sunset on the Karnali river where you can see a few dug-out canoes crossing the golden reflect of the sun on the water. Even more interesting, is to watch some domestic buffalos crossing the river. The sound and magical atmosphere created by these animals walking in the gold color water will stay in your memory for a long time.

Things to do in Bardiya Community Homestay
Magical Sunset in Bardiya National Park

2. Night stay at a Tree House (Machhan)

Be surrounded by the wildness of the forest by spending a night in a watchtower, high above the forest floor, while animals and birds meander by. To really immerse yourself in nature and feel the wild all around you, spend a night in a ‘machhan’ in the community forest, in the buffer zone beside the Bardiya National Park. A machhan is a watchtower, located high above the forest floor on stilts or built like a treehouse. From the balconies, you can sit, watch, and listen to animals like rhinos, elephants, and tigers in safety.

Things to do in Bardiya Community Homestay
Machhan (a tree house)

1. Jeep Safari

Jungle Safari is one of the Major Highlights at Bardiya National Park in general. Bardiya National Park is one of the best sites for National Park activities and Jungle experiences. Lesser known to foreign travellers, Bardiya National Park is probably the best place to see Bengal Tigers, alongside more than 30 species of mammals and 250 species of birds, including the endangered Bengal florican and sarus crane.

Things to do in Bardiya Community Homestay
Jeep Safari at Bardiya National Park

 

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