Where to stay
Located near Thakurdwara, Tiger Tops montre swatch Karnali Lodge is the finest hospitality option at Bardiya (Ph No. 4411225; www.tigertops.com). UGG sale Other available options are: Bardia Adventure montre homme Resort (Raj Kumar Bohara: 9848371999; www.bar.com),cheap fifa 15 coins Nepal Wildlife Resort (Bhim Shahi: 9812431897; www.nepalwildlife.net), Mango Tree Lodge (www.mangotreelodge.com).
Where and what to eat
Resorts offer similar cuisine, so all are worth a try. You can request the cook to make some Tharu dishes.repliques de montres The fish curry is a local specialty in Bardia, but make sure the fish is from the nearby rivers or streams. Don’t miss out on the village gossip, jungle adventures (who saw what and where), and analysis of national politics in the Thakurdwara teashops.
How much does it cost to get there?
There are daily flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (Rs.9000). Several buses leave daily for the Far-West Region (Rs.1000-1200). Daily budget for Thakurdwara is Rs.1500-2000 (excluding activities like rafting, elephant rides, or jeep safaris).
West on the East-West Highway toward Bardia district. Head south from Ambassa, from where Thakurdwara is 12km.
Things not to miss
Crocodile breeding center, Tharu Cultural Museum, and information center at the national park headquarters. Tharu handicrafts, especially baskets woven from dyed grass.
Bardia National Park has 426 species of birds, many of which can be seen in the gardens of your resorts, making binoculars an essential item. A good flashlight and insect repellent ointment are as indispensible in Bardia as your cell phone or a good sunscreen might be in the city. It is prudent to pack a first-aid kit.
Special things to remember
There is no denying that going on jungle walks is taking a risk. But it is a calculated risk. Your safety depends a lot on following your guide’s instructions. However, never put the desire to see animals before safety. Take what luck offers and do not ask guides to take risks just to increase your chances. Do not take your guide’s wisdom for granted. Some are known to go out of their way (and thus stray into harm’s way) to increase their client’s chances of spotting wildlife. Let them know if you feel uncomfortable about something.
On foot, backs, and wheels
This is the old school and most exciting way of seeing the jungle. It is also the riskiest, so select an experienced guide and follow his tips.
If you wish to explore the jungle in a majestic style, then there is nothing better than being perched on a pachyderm, rocking gently in unison to the giant’s lurching gait. Advance booking needs to be made at the national park headquarters.
This is only recommended if you have no wish for walking and do not mind missing out on the sounds of the jungle. The only argument in favor of jeep rides is that it allows you to cover a larger area within a limited time.
Canoeing and Rafting
Canoe rides and rafting are the quietest ways to approach the animals’ territory. Stealth is easy as you glide on the green waters of the slow rivers running through the park.
In and Around Thakurdwara
Thakur Baba Temple
The temple houses an image said to have been discovered by a farmer in his field.
Blackbuck Conservation Area
The blackbuck herd here is the northern most distribution of the species in the world. The antelopes saunter about in the grassland, giving ample opportunities for people to admire them at close quarters.
World Elephant Polo Championship
From the 23rd to 29th November, Tiger Tops’ Karnali Lodge is playing host to the 33rd World Elephant Polo Championship. If you are in Bardiya at the time do not miss out on this novel and exciting event.
Bardia is blessed with a diverse birdlife, ranging from forest dwelling to grassland species. Giant hornbills, Bengal floricans, several species of storks, kingfishers, and eagles are some of the feathered spectacles that are certain to leave birdwatchers with binoculars glued to their eyes.
Tharu Cultural Museum
Before setting out on a tour of the Tharu villages, it is advisable to acquaint yourself with their culture by visiting the Tharu Cultural Museum, which is located next to the main entrance to the national park.
Tharu Village Guided Visit
The Tharu villages are a picture of sustainable living. The interiors of their homes are like installation art, with convenience merging with craft to create huge abode grain containers and baskets hanging from the ceilings to save food from pests.
Visitors’ Information Center
Information on the park is displayed here with large photos of the animals found there.
Crocodile Breeding Center
Mugger crocodiles and gharials of all sizes and age lie about in the sand at the breeding center. Also in residence are little turtles.
Fishing and Angling
The Karnali and Babai rivers, which flow through the park, are ideal for fishing and angling, permits for which are available. The rivers are rich in the coveted golden mahaseer.