Bardia National Park and Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve Tour

Bardia National Park and Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve Tour


Bardia, which is the Tharu word for "herder," is one of the finest wild areas of Nepal. It is flawless in respect of its natural beauty and faunal diversity. The Bardia National Park covers an astounding 968 sq. km, making it the biggest national park in Nepal's Terai region. Similarly, another stunning wilderness sheltering the far-western Terai region of Nepal is the Shukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve, which covers an entire area of 305 sq. km of open grassland, forests, riverbeds, and tropical wetlands. These areas are significantly paramount to wildlife enthusiasts who adore to disappear in the wilderness and to researchers as well.

It is an interesting fact given that Bardia gloats of a noteworthy 37 mammals, the majority of them excessively adorable. You will get fanatical about them even when they are not in sight. You can see guides conversing with each other to get some information about tigers and rhinos rather than about their families. These incorporate the huge three: the royal Bengal tiger, the Asian elephant, and the one-horned rhinoceros. Deer species, i.e., chital (spotted deer), hoard deer, and woofing deer, are all roaming around. Another inhabitant is the four-horned antelope and Nilgai.

Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve's open grassland is the perfect setting for amusement and wilderness safaris for guests. The Royal Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve in Mahendranagar is a tremendous area of plain meadows and sal woodlands. The park that was initially saved as a hunting reserve was later changed over into an untamed wildlife reserve to secure swamp deer. The hold now protects just about 2,000 swamp deer, wild pigs, panthers, jackals, langurs, and rhesus monkeys. You can reach Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve either by drive or flight from where the regional headquarter is just eight kilometers south. Another choice is to travel to Dhangadi from Kathmandu and, after that, drive to the wildlife reserve by means of Mahendranagar.

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrival & Immersion

Upon your arrival at Nepalgunj Airport, our airport staff will warmly greet you. From there, we'll proceed towards Thakurdwara, Bardiya. After reaching Bardia, you'll have some time to refresh yourself and relax. Later in the day, a guided tour to the Tharu community awaits you.

The tour will take you to a preserved traditional Tharu home, where you'll experience the rich culture and heritage of the Tharu people. Admire the intricate paintings hanging on the walls and the woven baskets adorning the ceiling, each telling a story of the community's traditions and way of life. 

Immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere of the Tharu village as your guide provides insights into their customs, rituals, and daily activities. It's a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the local culture and forge connections with the warm and hospitable Tharu community.

Overnight stay at a resort or something similar, including dinner.


Day 2:  Jungle Quest

After breakfast, we embark on an adventure to Bardia National Park, where we'll spend the entire day immersed in thrilling jungle safaris. As soon as you awaken to the symphony of the forest, our journey begins.

Set off on an exhilarating jungle stroll through dense Sal woods and expansive meadows, keeping your senses alert for sightings of magnificent rhinos, elephants, and tigers. The wilderness beckons, promising encounters with the diverse wildlife that calls Bardia home.

Upon returning for a hearty meal, get ready for another thrilling experience—a Jeep safari or a jungle hike awaits. Prepare to uncover unexpected surprises around every corner as you traverse the untamed landscapes of Bardia National Park.

Overnight stay at a resort or similar on a full-board basis.


Day 3: Bird watching, crocodile breeding center visit, and Elephant ride

Today's adventure unfolds with a guided tour around Bardia National Park, focusing on the exquisite avian residents thriving in the jungle's pristine environment. Led by knowledgeable guides, you'll have the opportunity to observe and admire the diverse birdlife that inhabits this biodiverse ecosystem.

For those interested in encountering gharials and crocodiles, our journey takes us to the Crocodile Center, where these ancient reptiles bask in the sun, showcasing their majestic presence. Get ready for a fascinating glimpse into their natural habitat and behaviors.

Moreover, an elephant back ride offers a unique perspective as we traverse the jungle atop these gentle giants. From this elevated vantage point, you'll enjoy panoramic views of the park's surroundings, perfect for capturing stunning photographs and creating lasting memories.

As we explore the wonders of Bardia National Park, each moment promises to be filled with excitement, discovery, and awe-inspiring encounters with the captivating wildlife and landscapes of this remarkable sanctuary.

Overnight stay at a resort or similar on a full-board basis.


Day 4: Camping in Babai valley

In the morning, following a hearty breakfast, we embark on a journey towards the camping site nestled in the picturesque Babai Valley, named after the meandering Babai River. Our adventure begins with a scenic drive through the countryside, immersing ourselves in the natural beauty of the landscape.

Upon reaching our destination, we set out for a leisurely walk in the riverine forest, where we'll have the opportunity to spot some of the region's iconic wildlife, including majestic rhinos and a plethora of bird species. The tranquil ambiance of the forest provides the perfect backdrop for wildlife observation and birdwatching, allowing us to connect with nature on a deeper level.

As the Babai Valley is rural and isolated, devoid of resorts, we'll embrace the spirit of adventure by setting up our own camp for the night. Surrounded by the pristine wilderness and under the starlit sky, we'll create a cozy campsite, complete with tents and campfires, for a memorable overnight experience amidst nature's embrace.

Camping at Babai Valley includes 3 meals a day.


Day 5: Fishing in Babai River and driving to Mahendranagar

In the serene morning atmosphere, we set out to the Babai River, eager to enjoy a peaceful fishing excursion lasting 2 or 3 hours. As we cast our lines into the gentle waters, we must exercise caution not to venture too close to the riverbank in our pursuit of the perfect catch. Immersed in the tranquility of nature, we relish the simple joys of fishing, surrounded by the pristine beauty of the Babai Valley.

After our rewarding fishing experience, we continue our journey towards Mahendranagar, savoring the scenic landscapes that unfold along the way. Our lunch stop at Chisapani provides a welcome respite, where we indulge in delicious meals amidst the natural beauty of the surroundings.

As we resume our drive, we are treated to breathtaking views of Ghodaghodi Tal, a renowned lake nestled in the far-western region of Nepal. The tranquil waters of the lake and the surrounding lush greenery create a mesmerizing sight, offering a moment of awe and appreciation for the natural wonders of Nepal's countryside.

With each passing mile, our journey unfolds with new experiences and encounters, leaving us with cherished memories of our exploration through the picturesque landscapes of the Babai Valley and beyond.

overnight stay at a resort or similar on a full-board basis.


Day 6: Visit the Sukla Phanta wildlife heritage

In the early morning light, we embark on an exhilarating jeep safari through the Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve. Our journey takes us deep into the heart of this pristine wilderness, where we have the opportunity to explore the famous grasslands, serene lakes, and ancient Tharu village nestled within the reserve.

As we traverse the rugged terrain in our jeep, the beauty of the natural landscape unfolds before us. We witness the majestic wildlife in their natural habitat, observing as they roam freely and playfully interact with their surroundings. The sight of wild animals in their element is truly awe-inspiring, offering a glimpse into the untamed beauty of Sukla Phanta.

In the evening, we have the option to visit the suspension bridge, where we can immerse ourselves in the tranquil atmosphere and relish the surrounding beauty. The suspension bridge provides a perfect vantage point to admire the scenic vistas and marvel at the natural wonders of the area.

Throughout our adventure in Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve, each moment is filled with excitement, discovery, and appreciation for the remarkable wilderness that surrounds us. As the day draws to a close, we reflect on the memories made and the unforgettable experiences shared in this extraordinary corner of Nepal.

Overnight stay at a resort or similar on a full-board basis.


Day 7: Depart to Kathmandu

On this final day of our journey, we bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes of Mahendranagar as we make our way back to Kathmandu. After a satisfying breakfast, we set out on the road towards airport, where we board a flight bound for Kathmandu.

As we soar through the skies, we reflect on the memories created during our time in the wilderness of Nepal's far-western region. The sights and sounds of the journey linger in our minds, reminding us of the beauty and tranquility of the places we've explored.

Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, we have the opportunity to spend the afternoon exploring the vibrant streets and cultural landmarks of the city one last time. Whether it's browsing through bustling markets, visiting ancient temples, or simply soaking in the ambiance of the city, there's always something new to discover in Kathmandu.

As the day draws to a close, we bid farewell to Kathmandu and prepare to embark on our next adventure. Whether it's returning home or continuing our travels elsewhere, the memories of our time in Nepal will stay with us forever, serving as a reminder of the incredible experiences we've shared together.

Meals include breakfast and lunch.


Trip Inclusion

What is included?

  • All airport pickup and drop-off is done by private transportation.
  • Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and back to Kathmandu by flight.
  • All necessary transport as per the itinerary.
  • All jungle activities and national park entry fees.
  • Three meals a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the safari.
  • Accommodation on a twin/double sharing basis at a resort or similar for 3 nights at Bardia and 2 nights at Shuklaphanta.
  • All necessary camping equipment and arrangements in Babai Valley for one day.
  • Safari activities as per the given itinerary with a nature guide.
  • First aid and medical kit.

What is not included?

  • Personal expenses,bar bills, tips, and travel insurance.
  • International air fares to and from Nepal.
  • All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu (we do provide on your request with an extra charge).
  • Personal travel and health insurance.
  • Emergency evacuation. 
  • Extra expenses due to flight delay, strikes, weather conditions, or any events that are out of control.
  • Anything not included in the Includes column.


All conditions stated in the itinerary are for the visitors who prefer full package programme. At the same time, we also serve you based on your choice. The selection of itineraries and the staff depends on your choice and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement regarding your interest and financial condition.

Trip Price

US $ 930 per person

Trip Summary

Trip Information

  • Trip Duration : 6 night 7 days
  • Best Season : January to June & Late September to December
  • Country : Nepal
  • Group size : Min 1 Pax

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