Royal Bardia National Park
With over 1,000 square kilometers to explore, a trip to the Royal Bardia National Park will take anyone several days to take in the sights. The park situated in Nepal’s Western Terai, the Royal Bardia National Park offers the viewing of some of the finest animals that Nepal has to offer including the majestic Bengal Tiger, the One-Horned Rhinoceros as well as the Wild Elephant.
It was in 1976 when the area was to become the Royal Karnali Wildlife Reserve in which over 1,500 people were relocated to make way for the protection of the majestic animals living within its borders. By 1982 the area was renamed to the current Royal Bardia National Park and two years later would be extended to its current size. The rhinos were not originally located in this park, but were in fact relocated from the Royal Chitwan National Park in 1986, 1991 as well as 1999.
The region has one of the last known heard of wild Asian elephants which freely roam the jungles of the preserves 1,000 square kilometers. Although relatively small in size and only featuring just under a dozen elephants, it is a rarity for one to see a completely wild elephant in its natural surroundings like what can be seen here at the Royal Bardia National Park.
The Royal Bardia National Park also features six species of deer which is the greatest number of deer species of any Nepali’s National Park. The deer which can be seen in the Royal Bardia National Park include the Hog Deer, Chital, Sambhar, Swamp Deer, Barking Deer as well as the Barasingha. This has given the park the right to boast about not only having the largest deer species in Nepal, but also the smallest all in the same preserve.
Located throughout the Royal Bardia National Park one can also expect to find a great number of smaller animals like the mongoose as well as the rabbit. There is also a great number of crocodiles as well as birds and plant life for one to see while visiting this wildlife preserve. The only problem is that with so much to see, how can you ever find enough time to see it all.
Although the park is considered to be fairly isolated, it is still accessible via air, train as well as by bus depending on how long you are willing to travel for upon arriving at the closest junction to the Royal Bardia National Park.