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BARDIA NATIONAL PARK


 

Bardia National Park is one of Nepal's best kept secrets. Due to it's location in the far West of the country, it has remained largeley unknown to outside visitors. Unlike the better known Chitwan Nationbal Park, it has escaped the negative effects of over exposure to tourism. The Pristine forests, grasslands and rivers of Bardia National Park support an immense vareity of wildlife. It offers one of the best opportunities, worldwide, to observe truly wild tigers - 50 tigers are known to be currently resident in the park and their numbers are increasing. The Greater One Horned Rhino and the Asiatic Elephant are present here in significant numbers too. The bird diversity of Bardia National Park exceeds 400 species and includes  rare species such as the Great Hornbill and the Bengal Florican. The rivers support the Gangetic River Dolphin and large populations of fish including the legendary Golden Masheer (which can reach weights of upto 80kg) and also a giant catfish called the Goonch.

Bardia changes throughout the season. Winter being cool and misty giving the forest an etherial beauty. At this time of year village fields are golden yellow with mustard flowers. Spring brings a flurry of animal activity. This is the ideal time for fishing, with the yearly spawning migration of the Golden Masheer, offering excellent sport in both the Karnali and Babai rivers. With temperature rising during April and May, opportunities for observing wildlife are at their best. Herds of Swamp Deer feed on water plants growing in the many river channels. In the heat, Tigers, Rhino and Elephnat all visit the channels to drink or cool off. In June the monsoon rains arrive. The village fields become a vibrant green as the Tharu people start to plant their rice. During the monsoon, the rare Gangetic River Dolphins move into the smaller tributaries offering great veiwing opportunities. The rains also bring out many species of amphibians and reptiles, notably the Burmese Python, which can grow to lengths of over 5 meters. By September the monsoon rains have normally subsided bringing favourable weather for trekking and wildlife watching.

 

 

 
 
     
             
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