Nepal Jungle Adventure

Discover the other Nepal

Nepal is mostly famous for the Himalayas, Mt. Everest and it’s trekking opportunities. We propose you discover another very authentic and wild side of this incredible country. The jungle!


Nepal is a steep country starting in the south by the Terai plain (169 m) and rising until the highest mountain in the world,  Mt. Everest, in the North (8850 m). Bardia National Park is located in the heart of the Terai plain where a very rich ecosystem still exists. It is inhabited by the Tharu people, the people of the forest. They are warm and welcoming people with a complex cultural structure living close to nature. In Bardia you can find, Asiatic elephants, one horned rhinoceroses, many species of deer, more then 250 species of birds, monkeys (Macacas and Langurs), crocodiles, otters, tortoises, the rare Ganga dolphin, leopards, and the famous Royal Bengal tiger.

With this trip we will introduce you to another side of  Nepal emphasising on the jungle part. Being as close as possible to the local population and nature, and give some help to the local villages surrounding Bardia National Park to bring our share in the challenge of conserving this priceless ecosystem. In Bardia National Park, you will be cared for by local wildlife professionals with diplomas who know the jungle, the plants and the animals, their territories and habits. Since 15 years the park is visited by an average of only 4000 visitors every year and we promise you an unforgettable experience…

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The itinerary below may change or be modified according to weather, technical or political conditions at the time of your visit. Your guides will always strive to give you the best possible experience. The key word when attempting to spot wildlife and traveling in remote parts of the world like Nepal is “patience”.

Day 1:

Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport. Transfer to hotel in Thamel/Kathmandu. Dinner at hotel.

Day 2:

Visit to some of the main attractions of Kathmandu.  Swayambudnath, The Monkey Temple. Pasupatinath with the burning ghats.  Bodhnath Tibetan stupa. Durbar Square, the ancient royal quarters.

Day 3:

Drive to Pokhara (6 hours). Free afternoon to explore the Bazaar and the surroundings of the lake.

Day 4:

Early morning departure and drive to Sarangkot for views of the mighty Annapurna mountain range. Free afternoon to explore the Bazaar or go on a canoe trip across the lake.

Day 5:

Drive to Lumbini (7 hours). Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a large park with many beautiful Buddhist temples. Lumbini is also a top destination for bird watching with, among others, the rare Sarus crane.

Day 6:

Early morning departure and drive to Takurdwara (Bardia, 7 hours). Check in at Racy Shade Resort. Afternoon visit to traditional Tharu village, the local ethnical people of Terai. We will visit a typical Tharu house. These are long buildings where big families live and gather, they share income and work for the community. You will get an insight into local crafts and customs. We will also visit the Bardia National Park Visitor Centre. It has a crocodile farm where we can see the rare Garhial Crocodile.

Day 7:

Morning jeep safari into Bardia National Park. This is a great way to explore remote places of the park  that we cannot reach on other safaris. Along the way we stop by viewing towers called Machan,  hoping to spot deer, elephants, rhinos and more. Afternoon elephant back safari into the park looking for rhinos and other wildlife.

Day 8:

Full day walking safai in the Bardia Nation Park. We will be in small groups of 4 persons escorted by 2 specialist guides. We walk by the viewing towers and may use natural hides to wait and spot for wildlife. Along the way we will learn about the local flora and fauna. We hope to spot elephants, rhinos, deer, monkeys, crocodiles and a variety of birds. With some luck we might spot the majestic Bengal tiger.

Day 9:

Today we will begin our 2 day floating safari down the holy Karnali river. This is a mellow cruise with no rapids hoping to spot wildlife drinking from the river or having a cooling swim. We may see a variety of birds as well. In the afternoon we will pull out our inflatable rafts and set up camp on the river bank. In the evening we will visit a local Tharu village for a cultural experience. We try to include the local villagers involved and encourage them to help protect the national part and its wildlife. This is a remote village, away from the tourist trail and they will put on a very authentic performance showing the era; Tharu culture. An unforgettable experience!

Day 10:

We start the morning with a short jungle walk then continue our cruise down the river. Keep an eye out for the elusive Ganga river dolphin that can be spotted in the  Karnali river. After a picnic lunch we finish our floating safari and return to the resort.

Day 11:

Free day! Send the day relaxing at the resort or explore it garden. Take a walk through the local area or buy an additional jeep. elephant or walking safari.

Day 12:

Return to Kathmandu by bus and air plane (2 hours/1 hour). Time for a little shopping.

Day 13:

Transfer to Kathmandu Airport. End of trip.

(Optional early morning scenic Everest Mountain flight can be organised)



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Dates and cost

Ex: Kathmandu, Nepal

Duration: 13 Days

When to visit – From September through to end of June

“High season” for wildlife is from mid February to beginning June. Good time is also mid September to beginning December. June to September is monsoon season. December to February is the “cold” season.

Twin Share Single Supplement
AUD 3,500  AUD 800

Please contact us for costing Ex Australia. 

All tour costs are land only exclusive of international airfares and taxes.

Traveller’s Notes: Should you be travelling alone and wish to share, we will endeavour to match you with a roommate of the same gender. However, if this is not possible or the allotted roommate cancels you will be required to pay the single room supplement. The number of single rooms available on each tour is strictly limited.

What’s included

  • Transfer to hotel in Kathmandu on arrival
  • All hotels and lodges (camping during Floating Safari)
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 13
  • All transportation during the trip (busses, jeep and return flight to Katmandu)
  • All entry fees and guided tours as per itinarary
  • All activities as per itinarary

What’s not included

  • International air-tickets and taxes
  • Excess baggage on any flight, vaccination costs, visa fees and personal travel insurance
  • Any other meals or sightseeing not specified in the detailed itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone and other communication charges, personal gratuities to local guides and driver(s)
  • Optional activities on Day 12, Free day
  • Any other item not specifically mentioned as being included

How to Book

The completion and return of the booking form is mandatory to the acceptance of reservation. We advise that you book as far ahead as possible. To initiate your reservation, please complete the Booking Form which must be signed and returned to Adventure Associates along with your deposit of 20%. Reservations are established only when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the Booking Form and deposit payment.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions.


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Royal Bardia National Park

The Royal Bardia National Park is situated in the mid far western Terai region of Nepal, east of the Karnali River. The Royal Bardia National Park was established in 1988 and covers an area of 968 square kms. It is the largest and most undisturbed park in the Terai lowlands. About 1500 people who used to live in this valley have been resettled elsewhere. Most of the part of the park is covered with Sal trees, grasslands, savanna and riverine forests. The one-horned rhino, tiger, wild elephant, black buck, swamp deer, gharial crocodile, marsh mugger, Gangetic dolphin, snakes, lizards and fishes are the major attractions of this park. More than 200 species of resident and migratory birds including the Bengal florican, lesser florican and Sarus crane can also be seen in this park.

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A smart system already in place

Many western NGOs tried to find solutions thinking they were more inspired than the locals. Without putting into account the mentalities, the culture, the social rules and hierarchies, very few of them survived. The government created “the buffer zone system”. Nature conservation is only possible with the participation of the local population. Committing  them is only possible if they get some direct benefit from the National park. The villages, directly situated near the border of the park are gathered into associations which are managed by local people. They decide their own community projects and programs (social, education, urbanism…) Furthermore, each association owns a small portion of forest where locals can, for a small fee, fetch what they need so they don’t go in the national park. When you visit Bardia NP, 50% of your permit price goes to these local associations. It is then clear for villagers that nature is more valuable when untouched.

When joining our Nepal Jungle Trip, you impact directly a to smart system where locals decide for themselves and take part of the protection of their nature. Further to its direct impact on the village economy,everything is bought locally and the staff is local. Racy Shade resort and the participants of the Nepal jungle Trip are directly and indirectly involved in the improvement of the local level of life in Takurdwara village.


Racy Shade Resort – Bardia National Park

The Racy Shade resort team has 15 years of experience in the art of welcoming foreigners and offering them unforgettable experiences in Bardia National Park and with the Tharu people. It is situated near the entrance of Bardia National Park, in the small village of Bethani (Takurdwara). This lodge was created by locals in the traditional Tharu style. 12 double rooms with private bathroom, thatched roof and mud walls. Cleanliness is our motto. Each room is equipped with electricity, solar hot water, mosquito net, table, cupboard. The ambiance is local, warm and friendly. Some steps away from the gate you can have a refreshing dip in a small stream and the flowers and fruit trees of our garden will provide you with a peaceful environment. The bar and the restaurant will offer you local and international food in respect with the highest hygienic standards. Our team is composed of local people of the region and all our guides are qualified by the Nepali NGO “National trust for nature conservation” which works closely with the national park authorities. They are passionate naturalists and will offer you an experience of a lifetime.

Hotel Norbu Linka – Kathmandu

The ambience you witness here almost stands true to its name “Norbu Linka” itself meaning “Jeweled Garden” for a summer retreat of Dalai Lama in Lhasa, Tibet.
Hotel Norbu Linka creates a pleasant ambience with a delicate balance between the functional requirements and aesthetic appeal. Hotel Norbu Linka preserves an age-old tradition of extending warmth and hospitality to its guests, with excellent service provided by our amicable and experienced staffs. With a fascination of its own, we embrace our guest with a warm welcome that comes straight from the heart. Hotel Norbu Linka is known for its aesthetically appealing ambience, clean and hygienic food, unrivaled location and affordability. Hotel Norbu Linka unfailingly maintains a delicate balance between sun and shade. Little wonder that it is a confluence of diverse people from all parts of the globe and those who visit it once, tend to carry with them forever a longing to return.


Hotel Blue Horizon – Kathmandu

Close to the heart of the popular and famed Thamel shopping area, but secluded enough to escape the noise, the Blue Horizon Hotel is the perfect place to unwind and take a break from the maddening crowds. It is conveniently located near two major banks, an international library and a taxi stand. Our rooftop garden and dining area offer enchanting views of Kathmandu, the valley and the surrounding hills.

Nepal Guest House – Pokhara

Nepal Guest House is located in peace and quiet part of lakeside from where you can see the clear snow-capped mountains and crystal clear Fewa Lake. It is located just opposite to the beautiful Basundhara public park.

Lumbini Buddha Garden – Lumbini

Lumbini Buddha Garden is a quiet and tranquil Resort close to the birthplace of Lord Buddha, at Lumbini in south-central Nepal. The garden boasts a private haven of tranquillity surrounding the resort, in a sense a spiritual ‘buffer zone’ from the outside world for visiting tourists. Visitors to the garden find an environment where they can meditate and relax in peace, as well as learning about Buddhism should they wish to do so.

Note – The hotels/lodges are not luxurious but they are clean, comfortable and functional, with private bathroom and hot water in the room. The hotels/lodges mentioned above may change if fully booked. In such case we will endeavour to find a place of similar standard and comfort.