Beyond rafting - Jungle Safari
Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and altitudinal variation. The elevation of the country ranges from 60 m at sea level to the highest point on earth- Mt. Everest at 8,848 m, all within a distance of 150 km resulting in climate conditions from Sub-tropical to Arctic.
One of the major tourist attractions in Nepal is Jungle Safari!
Jungle activities in Nepal includes venturing into deep jungles on elephant back or four wheel drive to view wild animals in their natural habitat, canoe rides or rafting on the jungle rivers, nature walks, camping trips, bird watching, Dolphin sighting, fishing, Tiger tracking or wild Elephant tracking and village tour excursions etc.
Experiencing wildlife safari while in Nepal has always been a traveler's delight. The extreme geographical diversity of Nepal provides a wealth of flora and fauna unlike anywhere else in the world. If you travel south towards the Chitwan National Park, you will get ample opportunity to see the abundant wildlife in this beautiful natural preserve. One-horned Rhinoceros, Gaur (wild Oxen), Gharial and marsh mugger Crocodiles, Sloth Bear, Langur, Chital and the majestic Bengal Tigers are what one would be able to view during their visit to this pristine land. Exploring further through the villages and the farmlands of our Terai region, you will come across the magnificent Bardia National Park situated in the heart of west Nepal's remote but undisturbed wilderness. The uproaring Karnali River, flowing through the middle of this park, and the riverine forests and grasslands fed by its water are home to 32 species of mammals and some 250 bird species. Bardia is undoubtedly a majestic and unspoilt land of wildlife which provides for a high possibility of big game wildlife viewing, including the Royal Bengal Tiger, Wild Elephant and the rare Gangetic Dolphin.
The Chitwan National Park
The Chitwan National Park stands today as a successful testimony of nature conservation in South Asia. This is the first national park of Nepal established in 1973 to preserve a unique eco-system significantly valuable to the whole world. The park, covering the protected area of 932 sq. km., is situated in subtropical inner Terai lowlands of southern central part of Nepal. The park gained much wider recognition in the world when UNESCO included the area on the list of World Heritage Site in 1984. It should also be emphasized that only a very small part of the national park is used for tourism.
A great majority of the land, particularly in the hills, remains unvisited and therefore undisturbed. This is ideal for wildlife and also assists in preserving an element of mystery for humans as large areas are still unexplored and our knowledge of what birds and animals the park contains is by no means finalized. Thus, there is always the possibility of making new discoveries!
How to get to Chitwan National Park
The many different ways to get to the park, from Kathmandu, are great thrills in themselves.
The six hour's drive on the Kathmandu-Narayanghat Highway follows the Trishuli River or the six hour's drive on the Pokhara- Narayanghat Highway both offers you a continually changing landscape from the mountains of the Himalayas to the plains of Terai through colourful Tharu Villages.
One of the most exciting ways to travel to the Park is to raft down the Trishuli River (from Kathmandu) or Seti River (from Pokhara). For two or more days, you can float down the river while experiencing its numerous rapids and seeing a variety of village life, flora and fauna along its banks.
A 20 minutes flight will bring you from Kathmandu to Bharatpur or Megauli where you will be met by our naturalist and will be taken to the Park. If you are in a group, there are charter flights available from Pokhara, Biratnagar (Koshi Tappu), Bhairawa (Lumbini) and Nepalgunj (Bardia).
Special packages at the Chitwan National Park
- Chitwan National Park Jungle Safari ( 2 Nights / 3 Days)
- Chitwan National Park Jungle Safari (3 Nights / 4 Days)
- Sun Koshi Rafting and Chitwan Jungle safari (10 Nights / 11 Days)
- Seti Kayak Course and Chitwan Jungle Safari ( 5 Nights / 6 Days)
- Trishuli Rafting and Chitwan Jungle Safari (3 Nights / 4 Days)
- Tamur Rafting and Chitwan Jungle Safari (12 Nights / 13 Days)
Bardia National Park
The Bardia National Park, situated in the mid Far-Western region, covering an area of 968 sq. km., is the largest and most unspoilt wilderness area in the Terai. The park, a sub-tropical jungle, is thickly forested with Sal trees and carpeted with grass, savannah and riverine vegetation. The north is bordered by the Churia hill range, the west by the Karnali river, while the Babai river cuts its course almost through the middle of the park. On the southern fringe of the park are villages of the unique and indigenous Tharu people of Western Nepal. Considered as one of the most picturesque national parks in Asia, it teems with rich and diverse flora and fauna.
The park is home to more than 30 different mammals including Langur and Rhesus Monkeys, Civets, Hyenas, wild Dogs, Sloth Bears, Otters, Blue Bulls, Deer and wild Boars. It is a regenerated habitat for endangered animals like the Tigers, Rhinoceros, wild Elephants (the park harbours the biggest wild tusker in Asia), Black Bucks, Gharial and marsh mugger Crocodiles, the great game Fish-masher and the Gangetic Dolphins cavort in the river waters. The unique birds, which number over 350 species, include Cormorants, Egret, Storks, Geese, jungle Fowls, King-fishers and endangered species such as the Bengal Florican, silver-eared Mesia and the Saurus Crane, thus, making the park a truly bird watcher's paradise.
Within the park are several open grasslands (plants) where game viewing is excellent. Many of the forest tracks, throughout the park, also offer excellent game viewing and when you can take in the sights and sounds of the wild without necessarily having to give up on your creature comforts, what more could you ask for?
How to get to Bardia National Park
You can reserve a private transport and reach the park or alternatively, take an overnight or day bus plying on the route of Dhangadi, Mahendranagar or Karnali. Drop at Ambassa (the gateway of Bardia National Park), which is 15 hrs. from Kathmandu and 11hrs. from Pokhara and Chitwan. You will be greeted by our naturalist at the Ambassa stop who will also take you to the park, which is 15 kms away, by a private Jeep.
If you are rafting in the Karnali River, your ending point is at Chisapani bridge where you will be greeted by our naturalist who will take you to the park, which is 31 kms away, by a private Jeep.
If you choose to fly, there are daily flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, which is the nearest airport from the Bardia National Park. After flying for about an hour from Kathmandu, you will be received by our naturalist at the Nepalgunj Airport. From the airport you will be taken to Bardia National Park, which is 90 kms away, by a provate Jeep. If you are in a group, you can also charter flights from Pokhara, Bharatpur (Chitwan), Biratnagar (Koshi Tappu) and Bhairawa (Lumbini).
Special packages at the Bardia National Park
- Bardia National Park Jungle Safari ( 2 Nights / 3 Days)
- Bardia National Park Jungle Safari ( 3 Nights / 4 Days)
- Karnali Rafting and Bardia Jungle Safari (11 Nights / 12 Days)
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