Kathmandu Valley and Bardia Safari Tour

Trip Overview

This exciting Kathmandu Valley and Bardia Safari Tour finds a Kathmandu’s architectural and historical grandeur with the natural and wildlife wonders of the Bardia National Park in the Western Nepal. The mountains encircling the valley, historically as an important travel point for the traders and travelers from Tibet via Nepal, to other South Asian countries, surround three medieval cities – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur – blending different culture and lifestyle practiced in the region in its own way. Similarly, the Bardia National Park in the Western Terai of Nepal is a famous habitat for the wildlife in the region. The National Park which also includes the Babai River Valley preserves in its forest, grassland and river habitats for the rare species of flora and fauna – wildlife and birds – including rhinoceros, Wild elephants, The Royal Bengal Tiger, Swamp deer, Black buck, Gharial Crocodile, and Gangetic Dolphins. The tour encompasses both the cultural visits to Kathmandu valley’s ancient and medieval sites as well as activities like bird watching, jungle tour, elephant back Safari, and cultural programs inside the Bardia National Park. Comparatively, this is a quieter destination for wildlife adventure.

Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Griffon Travels. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary as planned; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Day to Day Activity

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Temple Tour in Kathmandu
Day 03: Patan Durbar Square and Bungmati, Khokana village Tour
Day 04: Fly to Nepalgunj and drive to Bardia National Park  
Day 05: Full Day Jungle Activities in Bardia National Park
Day 06: Nature walk and Elephant back Safari
Day 07:  Drive to Nepalgunj and fly back to Kathmandu
Day 08: Depart Kathmandu

Note: You only get Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu. You are on full board in Bardia National Park.


Trip Highlight

Kathmandu - Three different temple tour of Pashupatinath, Bodnath and Swayambhunath.

Visit Patan - Guided tour to well preserved medieval city of Patan Durbar Square a UNESCO world heritage site and typical Newari villages of Bungmati and Khokana.

Scenic flight
- An hour flight with magnificent views of Lang tang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna range.

Bardia N.P.
- Jungle activities and elephant back safari in search of the rare one-horned rhino.

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,
    Check in to your Hotel (Yak and Yeti) right in the centre of the town, just off Thamel. It’s easy to get all the important sights in Kathmandu valley.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 02: Temple tour in Kathmandu, 
    Today after breakfast, we start a guided tour to visit three different temples of Kathmandu valley, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. The Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple in the country along with the Aryaghat or Funeral Site near the Bagmati River. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest Stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage site and popular tourist destinations in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath meaning the "the self-existent" is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupas in the world. The stupa is also famous for being on the hilltop and is popular among the foreigners as the “Monkey Temple” owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 03: Patan Durbar Square and Bungmati, Khokana village Tour,
    Today we visit Patan Durbar Square a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Patan is also known as the City of Fine Arts. Patan Durbar Square is one of the places in the Kathmandu Valley where the medieval arts and architecture remain in its original state. The Durbar Square is full of ancient places, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings, mostly the Hindu and Buddhist monuments.

    After lunch, you will drive to the typical Newari villages of Bungmati and Khokana lies about 6 kilometers south of Patan and just outside the main city centre. According to the Legend Bungmati was founded in 7th century. Bungmati is a home for the temple of Machhindranath, the God of rain and compassion, worshipped equally by Hindus and Buddhists. Afterwards you’ll do 20 minutes walking to the village of  Khokana which is famous for its mustard oil, they still make in a traditional way which is still very popular in Kathmandu valley.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 04: Fly to Nepalgunj and drive to Bardia National Park,
    We take an hour's flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in Western Nepal, the nearest airport from the Bardia National Park. Nepalgunj itself is an interesting town in Terai region of Nepal with influences from the middle hills as well as local Hindu and Muslim cultures. The Bardia National Park is 90 kilometers far from Nepalgunj and a 2 hours' drive. Reaching Bardia, you will be transferred to your cottage room inside the National Park. There will be a briefing about the program at the National Park. In the evening, you join an ethnic Tharu village tour nearby, believed to be original inhabitants of the local jungle area.
    Overnight at lodge in the National Park, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 05: Full day jungle activities in Bardia National Park, 
    After breakfast we embark for a Jungle drive deep into the woods. The Bardia jungle is home to a number of wild animals including Asian Elephant, Great One Horn Rhinoceros, Spotted Deer or Chital, Hog Deer, Barking Deer, Samber, Swamp Deer or Barasingha, Nilgai, Black Buck, Wild Boar, Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Golden Jackal, and Striped Hyena, etc. Afterwards you will visit crocodile breeding centre and the Tharu Museum. There are also towers (Machan) at different places where you can wait for the unsuspecting wild lives to pass by so that you may shoot them (of course with your camera!). Our experienced nature guide would help you in tracking the wild life.
    Overnight at lodge in the National Park, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 06Nature walk and Elephant back Safari, 
    We have another full day for the wildlife exploration. In the morning, we go for a jungle walk, which would also serve the purpose of bird watching. An interesting feature of today's activities is the elephant back Safari into the deep and dense jungle. Apart from the fun, another benefit of elephant ride into the jungle is that there is a better chance of seeing wild animals from shorter distance, since the wild animals are less scared when you're on the top of their mammoth friend. Moreover, riding the elephant also saves you from any potential attacks by the wild animals. The elephants usually head northwest and you may see deer, langur monkeys, rhinos and wild boar. In the evening, watch the local cultural program and western Nepal Tharu dance organized by the villagers.
    Overnight at lodge in the National Park, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 07: Drive to Nepalgunj and fly back to Kathmandu,
    Today after breakfast we drive back to Nepalgunj to catch the flight to Kathmandu. Depending on the flight time, we can spend some time visiting nearby villages. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to Hotel Yak and Yeti or a similar category hotel. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or strolling around in the streets of hustling bustling Kathmandu valley.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 08: Depart Kathmandu,
    The trip ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport for the flight back home.
    Meals included: breakfast,


Price Includes:

» Arrival and departure-transfer
» Transport-Comfortable Bus, elephant, on foot, canoe,
» Accommodation – Hotels/ Lodge (twin share basis)
» All sightseeing in Kathmandu, Patan and jungle activities in Bardia National Park
» Local leader throughout the trip, local guide and naturalist
» All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), snacks, welcome drink, Tea/Coffee as listed in the itinerary
» Domestic flights to Nepalganj and back ( $340 round trip)
» All National Park permits and entrance fees
» Comprehensive medical kit

Price Excludes:

» Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage and laundry
» Meals in Kathmandu
» International flights and departure taxes
» Visa and passport fees
» Travel insurance
» Emergency evacuation
» Tips and gratuities
» Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Griffon Travel

Equipment List

You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you, if not it's worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipment's here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it. You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu(Thamel). 

Equipment List: 

  • Fleece beanie
  • Sun glasses
  • Chap stick/ Sunscreen
  • Face mask or Scarf
  • Hand towel
  • Wind stopper/ waterproof top and bottom
  • Cold weather jacket below waist for the winter departure (December to February)
  • Sweater
  • Thin trousers
  • T-Shirts(short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
  • Socks and under wears
  • Shoes/sandals
  • Runners
  • Head torch
  • Personal medical kit
  • Water Bottle/Camel Pak
  • Trekking/ Ski pole (Optional- handy for anyone with knee problem)
  • Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
  • Day pack
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Griffon Travel is an adventure company in Kathmandu, Nepal, which has been established by experience people from the Himalayas
Address: Minbhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal
Email: info@griffon-travel.com