Royal Bardiya National Park

Designated a national park in 1988 and covering an area of 968 sq. km., Royal Bardiya National Park is situated in the Western Terai, east of the Karnali River.

The main objective of the park are to preserve a representative ecosystem of the Western Terai, particularly the tiger and its prey species. Within the park are several open grassland areas (phanta) where game viewing is excellent. The quality of game viewing surpass that of Royal Chitwan National Park, but due to Bardiya's remote location, the park is much less frequented by tourists.

In cooperation with one of the best and internationally recognized safari operators in Nepal, we are happy to offer you a chance to visit this wonderful national park. Please contact us for program details.

Geographic Features

The Geruwa, a branch of the Karnali River, forms the park's western boundary, while the crest of the Churia range (Siwalik Hills) demarcates the northern limits. Part of the very scenic Babai River valley is included within the park.


The park is the largest and most undisturbed wilderness area in the Terai. About 70% of the park is covered by sal forest, with the remaining area a mixture of grassland, savanna and riverine forest. Altitudes vary from 152 m. to 1441 m. at Sukarmala on the crest of the Churia range.


Since the incorporation of Babai valley into the park in 1984, agriculture has ceased. As a result, the regeneration of natural vegetation is increasing rapidly, making it an area of prime habitat for wildlife.

The park provides excellent habitat for endangered animals like the rhinoceros, wild elephant, tiger, swamp deer, Blackbuck, Gharial crocodile, marsh mugger crocodile and Gangetic dolphin.

Endangered birds include the Bengal florican, Lesser florican, silver-eared mesia and Sarus crane.

More than 30 different mammals, over 250 species of birds, and many snakes, lizards and fish have been recorded in the park's forests, grasslands and river habitats. A good number of migratory birds are also found in the park.


Due to the effect of summer monsoon, the best time to visit are between October and early April when the weather is warm and dry. From April onwards the temperatures rise, peaking at around 45 degree C in May, pre-monsoon thunderstorms are frequent. The monsoon rains usually begin in June and continue until late September. During this time most roads and rivers become impassable.

National Parks

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