For those looking for adventure, most travels and tours can feel routine and unexciting. Nowadays, too many places are so commercialized that the true essence of a destination either fades into the background, or sadly, completely disappears.
But if you’re willing to get down and dirty, you may just find a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here’s where Bardiya, Nepal comes in.
Bardiya National Park
Located at the Bardiya district midwest of Nepal, this is the go-to place for folks passionate about nature. The Bardiya National Park is a protected national park established in 1988, and is the largest, most undisturbed park in the lowland region of Nepal.
With 70 percent of it still covered with forests, you can bet that it’s also teeming with wildlife. Aside from forests, the park also boasts of grasslands and savannahs. As it’s not developed, you need to be cautious and NEVER wander alone. Always have an expert guide with you, as animals here are free to roam.
That’s the best part, too. Here, you can walk to your heart’s content without being crowded by fellow tourists. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a rhino or a tiger! There are also a wide variety of birds, monkeys, and elephants.
Where to Stay at Bardiya
As the Bardiya National Park is protected, lodgings inside are strictly not allowed. It’s better to book at nearby villages or in areas outside of Thakurdwara town.
If you book early, you can score affordable rooms at homestays near the entrance of the park. They will also arrange guided tours for you. Depending on the type of accommodation you get, you may get to join locals in their everyday chores, such as fishing and farming.
The best times to visit Bardiya, Nepal are during the start of dry season, which is from February to July. You can also come from November to December, but it might be cold or rainy. If you want to spot tigers, be sure to visit during the dry season as they tend to appear at watering holes.
Out of the 20+ countries that I’ve been to, I have to say that Bardiya has some of the most heart warming people I have ever met. Here are three short and sweet video I made while I visited Bardiya. Enjoy!
Bardiya, Nepal Photos
Nepali women fishing in a village river.
Nepali woman catching fish with nets at sunset.
Young man in a village in Nepal looking at the camera while sitting on his bicycle.
Young Nepali kid in a white shirt smiling at the camera.
Small girl in a yellow shirt posing for a photograph.
Old wooden bridge over a small river in Nepal.
Close-up shot of a red bug crawling down a tree.
Old store selling snacks in a country side in Nepal.
Small buds starting to flower seen through tropical leaves.
School bus board with a guitar painted below it.
Old Nepali woman making firewood.
Woman sitting on the ground and cleaning black leather shoes.
Old Nepali kitchen with bowls full of spices.
Nepali man in a white robe squatting down on a rock while walking his cow.
Red vintage bus photographed from the front in a country side In Nepal.
Om symbol on top of a metal door photographed in low light.
Man holding a bamboo stick and leading a tour in a Nepali national park.
Nepali country side field photographed through a fence while a woman walks her cow.
Black sewing machine and a red jacket at a work desk.
Street sign giving directions to landmarks in the Bardiya National Park in Nepal.
Teal and red house in a Nepali country side.
Nepali lifestyle photography. People and goats enjoying the sun in a big field.
Welcome sign to Betahani Village with a big leopard on top.
Growing green bananas photographed in the sunlight.
Young kid and his grandpa moving bricks to a construction site in a village in Nepal.
Goat feeding next to a village house in Nepal.
Many construction bricks stacked in a pile.
Elephant photographed in a Nepali country side.
Fallen leaves in a pond at a Nepali national park.
Home in a village in Nepal with a water tank on top.
Close-up shot of enormous roots in the Bardiya National Park.
Stone wall and a tile roof on a Nepali home photographed in the sunlight.
Making chutney on a stone plate in a Nepali village.
Close-up photography of morning dew on green tropical leaves.
Tropical plants photographed in the sunlight.
Beautiful tree in the Bardiya National Park in Nepal.
Small newborn chick standing on a wooden table.
Food shop in a Nepali village.
Woman washing clothes at a water pump outside her house in a Nepali village.
White monkeys sitting on a tree in a Nepali national park.
Young Nepali girls posing for a photograph next to a dirt road.
Playing an evening board game in a Nepali village.
Amazing lush tropical greenery in the Bardiya National Park.
Dark green jeep for rent at a Nepali national park.
White rooster photographed in a Nepali country side.
Old red bike photographed in sunset light.
Young kids in a village in Nepal posing and smiling for a photo.
Small path surrounded by tall and lush trees in a Nepali national park.
Field flowers in the Bardiya National Park photographed from up close.
Young boy in a black and white shirt looking at the camera in a country side in Nepal.
Hanging clothes for drying on a tall clothesline.
Young boy kicking a soccer ball at a field in Nepal.
Cloudy sunset in amazing colors.
Young village girl showing a peace sign to the camera at a construction site.
Nepali woman fishing with bare hands.
Amazing nature photography of a small lake in a national park.
Sheep eating grass at the Bardiya National Park.
Woman catching fish with a big net at a Nepali village.