Chitwan & Bardia

Chitwan National Park

The last surviving example of the natural ecosystems of Nepal’s sub-tropical lowland ‘Terai’ region.

Chitwan is wedged between two river valleys at the base of the Siwalik range of the outer Himalaya and is an excellent place to view one-horned rhino and Indian elephant as well as hundreds of different species of birds.

Chitwan became a national park in 1973 and was granted a World Heritage Site in 1984 since when the populations of rhino and tiger have increased. You will undoubtedly see rhino, and possibly other large mammals such as sloth bear, wild boar, sambar, spotted deer, gaur, mongoose and a large numbers of langur monkeys but tiger remain extremely elusive and sightings are rare.

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How to explore Chitwan National Park

The park can be explored in a variety of ways; on foot, by boat and on elephant back during morning and afternoon safaris. You'll be woken early to set off into the cold and mist through the grasslands and sal forest. As the sun gets stronger and the fug lifts, on a clear day your wildlife viewings may be against the backdrop of the Himalaya in the far distance - wonderful and quite extraordinary.

Top camp in Chitwan

Tharu Lodge

Nestled beside lush forest and overlooking idyllic Terai landscapes

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Bardia National Park

The largest and most undisturbed expanse of wilderness in southern Nepal.

It's the place to come for the most authentic safari experience in Nepal.

Most of the park is covered with sal forest with smaller areas of grassland, savannah and riverine forest typical of the Terai. Originally a hunting reserve, more than 30 different mammals and over 200 species of birds have been recorded here.

Tiger often remain elusive but wild elephant and one-horned rhinoceros are more often seen. The Karnali River is home to the endangered gharial crocodile and marsh mugger as well as Gangetic dolphin and the best way to try and spot these are from an inflatable raft. The buffer zone surrounding the park is managed jointly with local communities including the native ethnic Tharu who practice subsistence agriculture and produce handicrafts for visitors to supplement their income.

Though getting to Bardia takes more of an effort to reach than Chitwan this helps to keep visitor numbers lower meaning that those who do make it here have a far more meaningful safari experience.

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Top Camp in Bardia

Karnali Lodge

Intimate lodge with ultra personal service and expert guiding

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