Bardia national Park is the largest park in the terai region of Nepal. It is Established in 1988, it receives just a fraction of the tourist numbers that the better-known Chitwan receives. For those with a sense of adventure and an urge to get away from the crowds, a long drive or a flight to Nepalgunj is rewarded with a real sense of wilderness and sometimes whole days to search the park for tiger and rhino without encountering another tourist!
About 70% of the park is sal forest, but there is grassland and savannah to explore, too, as well as riverine forests of acacia and rosewood. This provides excellent habitat for six species of deer, more than anywhere else in Nepal, as well as the rhino, tiger and leopard.
The two main rivers within the park are the Babai and the Geruwa, a tributary of the great Karnali that has swept down from Mount Kailash from over the border in Tibet; drift down these rivers and you might spot endangered gharials or even gangetic dolphins.