Bardia and Back (hopefully)
I bet nobody visits Bardia National Park on a whim- the logistics need serious attention! To opt for a 17+ hour bus ride- or a pricey 360$ flight? Fall back on the painless version- a smooth four hour ride to heavily touristed but accessible Chitwan National Park- or book a car? Or go for a package tour??
After trawling the travel agencies in Pokhara for a few days and crunching some numbers, we chose Bardia and put together our very own custom tailored National Park package. Great decision! The western Terai and Bardia National Park are worth every dollar and every effort it takes to get there
At the latest when your rental car or your jeep pickup bulldozes bravely across a wide and rocky riverbed at sundown you’ll realize- you’re in for an adventure….
A few words about accommodation at the park: You are generally expected to eat meals at your guesthouse and you’re expected to explore the wilderness with guides from there too. So it’s worth doing some research beforehand. We couldn’t have made a better choice than the Bardia Adventure Resort: The location is ideal, right at the edge of the park buffer zone. Their lofty watchtower overlooks the forest
and is an inviting perch for safari style wildlife spotting with early morning coffee, or a cold one. But it was the wilderness-savvy, unshakably cheerful staff who made our stay so special and memorable
Later, deep in the forest, all senses on high alert- bittersweet leaf smells, myriad bird calls. A sudden hush- shhhhhh…. Have we just gone and disturbed two tigers during their morning tête a tête?? Yup.
Click click click click click…. In one powerful movement the male rears up on his haunches, a long-drawn-out roar vibrates through the forest and deep into the marrow of my bones, and a pungent musky odor fills my throat. For a few long seconds not a single camera clicks- a timeless moment of awe