3 recommended wildlife locations.The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.
Bardia National Park is a remote reserve, that was set up in the 1980’s with the aim of protecting the Bengal tiger and their prey in an important lowland ecosystem. A large area of surrounding riverine forest and private land was later designated as a buffer zone, creating a remote wilderness experience.
Where: Bardia district
Ideal for viewing: Asian one-horned rhino, Gangetic river dolphin, Gharial crocodile, Marsh mugger crocodile, Blackbuck
Nepal’s foremost national park lies in the sub-tropical lowlands of the Terai. The former royal hunting reserve consists of sal forest and riverine jungle on the floodplain of three rivers, and with over 350 bird species and many mammals contains a greater variety of wildlife than any other area in the country.
Where: Chitwan District
Ideal for viewing: Bengal tiger, Asian one-horned rhino, Leopard, Sloth bear, Gharial crocodile
Koshi Tappu Reserve is Nepal’s top birding destination. In the shadow of Makalu (the world’s 5th highest mountain) it consists of the floodplain of Sapta- Koshi, the country’s largest river, a dammed expanse of open water and a patchwork of marsh, lagoon, sandbank and mudflat. It is one of North Asia’s finest wetlands.
Where: Saptari & Sunsari districts
Ideal for viewing: Gangetic river dolphin, Water buffalo, Smooth-coated otter, Golden jackal, Black-necked stork
Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Birdwatching
2 recommended locations for extending your wildlife trip.
The old city of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an eclectic warren of palaces, courtyards and temples. On the outskirts the hilltop Buddhist temple complex of Swayambunath has fine views of snow-covered mountains, while nearby the forested slopes of Phulchoki offer excellent birding.
Pokhara is Nepal’s centre of nature and adventure activities such as trekking and rafting. It is an enchanting city of remarkable natural beauty, nestled in a tranquil valley, beside the shores of Lake Phewa. Rising behind are the magnificent Himalayan Peaks, and there are many different treks and walks in the area.