Bardia National Park is one of Nepal's best kept secrets. Due to it's remoteness in the far West, it has remained relatively unvisited and has evaded the over saturation of tourism which has been the pitfall of Chitwan. Bardia National Parks's pristine forests, grasslands and rivers support a huge diversity of wildlife and is one of the best places in the world to see a truly wild bengal tiger, and has good populations of One Horned Rhino and Asian Elephants. The bird diversity exceeds 500 species and includes rare and endangered species such as the Great Hornbill, Great Slaty Woodpecker and the Grey Headed Fish Eagle. The rivers support the Gangetic River Dolphin and large populations of fish including the legendry Golden Masheer and 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 the fields in the village are golden yellow from mustard flowers. As spring heats up through March, April and May the chance to spot wildlife is at it's best due to their need for water. In June the monsoon rains arrive turning the fields in the village vibrant green as the Tharu people begin planting their rice. During the monsoon the fireflies start their nightly light show and the rare Gangetic River Dolphins move into the smaller river channels and can be seen more easily. The monsoon brings heat, humidity and he rains which bring out the huge variety of amphibians and reptiles which reside in the park. By September the rains slowly reside giving way to nice weather conditions and good wildlife viewing opportunities.