Bardia, the National Park

Bardia is the biggest National Park that lies in Terai region of Nepal. It has an area of 38 square kilometres and perfect park for Tiger watching. Some of the parts of NP lies in between Karnali, the country’s longest river and Babai river. Hence, it has become a good natural habitat for animals.

A rhino in Bardia National Park
A rhino in Bardia National Park

The 70 percent of the NP is covered by Sal tree (Shorea robusta) and it’s sub-species. The remaining 30 percentage of NP is a grassy pastureland. The NP has 54 species of Mammals, 400 species of birds, 25 species of reptiles and more than 60 species of fish.

Not only the National Park, Bardia is famous for it’s Tharu communities and their cultures. The homestay of Bhadgown and the Thakurdwara Temple near the NP are famous tourist destinations for both local and foreign visitors. The Thakurdwara temples have statues of Malla Dynasty and it’s one of the famous religious sites of Mid-Western development region. Usually, mela is organised during the Maghe Sankranti festival.

Karnali Chisapani Bridge
Karnali Chisapani Bridge

How to reach Bardia?

You can reach to Bardia by two hours bus journey from Nepalgunj. The Bardia NP is 16 kilometres far from the Ambasa, a place located on East-West Highway.

Pathivara, the Temple and Taplejung District

Pathivara Temple in the Taplejung district is one of the famous temples for religious tourists coming from India as well as from the West. Thousands of thousands pilgrimage flocks to this temple each year. Pathivara Temple is situated at an altitude of 3798 meters above the sea level. Mount Kumbhakarna looks beautiful when you see from here.

 

Mt. Kumbhakarna or aka Kumbhakarna Himal as seen from Pathivara Temple.
Mt. Kumbhakarna or aka Kumbhakarna Himal as seen from Pathivara Temple.

Ashoj – Kartik is said to be the best season to visit this area. The locals say, most of the snowfall happens at this time and the weather will also be good.

 

How to reach Pathivara, Taplejung District?

You can go to Pathivara Temple directly but we have some good ways to make your Nepal travel more awesome. If you are travelling from Kathmandu or Pokhara, then don’t forget to visit Ilam first and head towards Pathivara. In this way, you will collect the amazing memory of the Ilam Team garden also. A flight from Kathmandu to Suketara and then walking 6 hours by foot you can reach here. You can also travel 2 days by bus and reach to Phedi (Fedi). It takes 5 hours of walk before you reach Pathivara Temple. There are several routes to get there. You can catch any public transportation or book a private vehicle.