Located in Mid-Western Region of country, Bardia National Park is largest National Park of Nepal. It covers an area of 968 square kilometer. It is a popular destination to see Royal Bengal Tiger, One-Horned Rhino and Swamp deer.
The park also inhabits around 23 species of aquatic animals and among them Mugger crocodile and Gangatic dolphin are popular ones. Two rivers, Karnali and Babai flow from the middle of the park. Several species of birds are sighted here. It is reported that more than 400 different varieties of birds are seen here. The Tharu culture and Tharu Museum adds new flavor to your trip.
Before going to Bardia National Park you will get opportunity to explore Kathamndu—City of Temples. Here you visit four UNESCO listed WORLD Hewritage Sites—Kathamndu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Bouddhanath Stupa.
A representative of Adventure White Mountain will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and will transfer you to the hotel. If you are fresh enough and not tired by journey, you can take short walk over Thamel and enjoy the evening. Overnight in a hotel.
The real fun begins from today as you will be visiting four UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu.
We visit Kathmandu Durbar Square in the beginning. Here you get chance to see century old palace called Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Lord Hanuman (Monkey God) is enshrined at the entrance of the palace and due to it the palace is named after it. The Durbar Square is stretched at an area of five acres. Entire Square is divided into two quadrangles—outer and inner.
The Hanuman Dhoka Palace is covered within inner part wehereas Kumari Ghar, Shiva-Parvati Temple, Kashtamandap, is located at outer part of the vicinity. Living Goddes (Kumari) lives in Kumari Ghar. She is worshipped as female energy and it the system of worshipping her was started many centuries ago when Malla dynasty ruled the Valley.
Before the quake of 25th April, 2015 there were 50 temples in this area and at present there are around 20 such sites including Hanuman Dhoka Palace.
From here we move towards Pashupatinath Temple. Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the form of Linga. It is the greatest Shrine of Hindu. The temple is located on the bank of Bagmati River.
Bouddhanath is another place of our visit today. No any exact record is found regarding the foundation date of Bouddhanath. Some believe that the stupa was built by one of the Kings of Lichhavi dynasty more than 2000 years ago.
The stupa is built in octagonal-mandala structure and is protected by wall from all side. There in the wall you can see 108 depiction of Amitabh Buddha.
From here we move towards Swoyambhunath. It is located in a hillock. It is said that the civilization of Kathmandu Valley started with Swoyambhunath. The literal meaning of Swoyambhunath is self-existing.
Legends say that Lord Buddha visited here and gave sermon to his disciples here.
Overnight at hotel.
Today after breakfast we drive to Tribhuvan International Airport. Here we catch flight to Neplagunj. Nepalgunj is one of the largest city of Nepal located in Mid-Western Region of the country.
From here our staff will drive you to Bardia National Park. It is around 90 km away from the airport and takes around one and half hour to reach there.
Our staff in the park will brief you about the activities that you will be experiencing here in upcoming days. At noon you will get chance to visit Tharu Museum and get acquaint with local culture.
It is a fun packed day today. We will penetrate jungle in a jeep or ride on elephant back. You will see One-Horned Rhino, Royal Bengla Tiger and many more species of mammals.
Boating in Karnali River will show you Mugger crocodile and Gangatic Dolphin. You will see many more aquatic and amphibian species.
Overnight in a resort.
Today, early in the morning we will be watching birds in Bardia National Park. We will go deep inside the jungle for this.
After lunch we get back to Nepalgunj and catch connecting flight to Kathmandu. In capital you will get some time to stroll around THamel. In the evening Adventure White Mountain will offer you farewell dinner.
Here ends your trekking today. A representative of Adventure White Mountain will drop you to the airport three hours before your arranged flight to help you reach your destination.