The town Ambassa and the village Thakurdwara are good access points to Bardia National Park.
There are two buses per day from Dhangadhi to Thakurdwara (4-5h). Daily buses also run from Mahendranagar to Kathmandu and Nepalgunj with stop in Ambassa (5-6h). Contact your lodge for a pick up from the bus stop and direct transfer to your destination!
Bardia National Park is the biggest untouched wilderness in the Terai. It covers an area of 968 km² of sal forest and grassland and protects one of Asia’s largest stretches of tiger habitat. A population of 50 tigers was counted in 2013, a record high number in the park’s history, but it needs some luck to see a tiger. Bardia National Park is home to, at least, 30 other mammal species including one-horned rhino, wild elephant, swamp deer and the endangered Ganges river dolphin. Additionally, more than 407 bird species, among them the Bengal florican, white-rumped vulture, peafowl, bar-headed goose and Sarus crane, can be found in the park.
The Crocodile Breeding Centre offers a closer look at the park’s reptiles like turtles, marsh mugger and gharial crocodiles. South of the park headquarters, the Elephant Breeding Centre can be visit. It is the best to go there in the afternoon, when the elephants come back from grazing in the park. Finally, it is a good area to explore the customs and rituals of Tharu people, the earliest inhabitants of the Terai, during a visit of the Tharu Cultural Museum.