Bardiya National Park
The park has an area of 968 square kilometers.
Flora and fauna
The park hosts tens of different mammals species and hundreds of different bird species.
The best season to visit the Bardiya park is from March to June. Though the temperatures are highest during that period (up to and exceeding 42°C), it's the best time of year to see animals (especially tigers) since a lack of water in the jungle drives them to predictable watering holes, and tall grass and other foliage is at a minimum. The rainy season is fromn July to September.
There are buses from both Pokhara(~12hrs) and Kathmandu(~17hrs) directly to Bardia or to Nepalgunj which is another couple hours by bus from the entrance of the park. Buses from Nepalgunj and other surrounding cities just going by the park can drop you at Ambassa/Aambassa which is another 16km away from the entrance, but any hotel will come pick you up there for free. You can ask to be let off at Kohalpur from buses headed to Nepalgunj and then get a bus from there to Ambassa or directly to the park entrance if you're lucky.
You can fly to Nepalgunj and then follow the instructions above for getting to the park. Hiring a private taxi from Nepalgunj to the park entrance is also possible.
The fee for foreigners is 1130rs per day which should be included with any jungle walk/jeep safari/rafting package.
Volunteer. Ask around locally & in the guesthouses.Your might ask to Kumar Khadka, a hotel owner of Bardia Jungle Cottage,who usually organize volunteering at Bardia National Park as well as other parts of Nepal. Mr.B would be a great help here and almost anybody in the village would be able to help out and recommend something or somebody. There are an incredible number of schools between Thakurdwara and the highway junction at Ambassa for such a short distance and English speakers/teachers are obviously always welcomed enthusiastically, generously and with wide, open arms. So, basically just turn up and do the ground work when you arrive. Shouldn't take more than a few days to sort something out.
Any hotel should be able to provide a guided jungle trek. The guide will have lots of useful information and be a pro at spotting animals and directing you through the park.
Eat and drink in town as much as you can. Some great tea shops in the 'centre' of town (ie the three all next door to each other) over the bridge. Reputedly the best tea in town. All much of a muchness though. Dal Bhaat around 100Rs. Grab a plate of chaana, chola samosas, a chia and watch the village ramble by.
Heading down the road towards the National Park entrance on the right(about 200metres from the shops above) next to the pharmacy and little book shop is another excellent tea shop. Tea, samosas, doughnuts also here.
Shop at the south end of the market (in front of the school and next to the bridge) known to overcharge foreigners. Avoid
Local alcohol. Rice Wine(roxi) and rice beer(chaang).
Sunset View. Behind elephant breeding centre. Great masala tea, real coffee, ice cold drinks, campfire at night and good tunes.
There are some resort which provide tourist accommodation.
Night bus Bardia Tiger Chowk - Kathmandu : 15.30 Night bus Ambassa - Pokhara : 15.00 (Ambassa is 30 minute jeep journey from Bardia - 800-1000 Rs jeep or 09:00 bus from Tiger Chowk to Ambassa)
For more information on buses see the very helpful Krishna Thapa at the bus stand (Tiger Chowk) open mornings and mid-afternoon (984-826-2128)