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 stops 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. The National Park 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. With any luck, you’ll see a tiger! Bardia National Park is home to at least 30 other mammal species, including the one-horned rhino, the wild elephant, swamp deer and the endangered Ganges river dolphin. Additionally, more than 407 bird species can be found in the park. Among them: the Bengal florican, the white-rumped vulture, the peafowl, the bar-headed goose and the Sarus crane.
The Crocodile Breeding Centre offers a closer look at the park’s reptiles, like turtles, marsh muggers and gharial crocodiles. South of the park headquarters, you can visit the Elephant Breeding Centre. It is 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.