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Bardia sunset

Journey to Bardia National Park

After breakfast we checked out of the Nepali Gaur hotel, this time for the last time. We were at the airport in good time but if we’d been late it wouldn’t have mattered, as our flight was considerably delayed due to poor weather at our destination, Nepalgunj.

Eventually we took off and I watched as the scenery outside changed from snow-capped mountains to flat farmland and finally to forest.

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On the flight to Nepalgunj

We landed at the small airport and were met by a driver from the lodge who helped us find our luggage in the scrum around a table that stood in for the more usual conveyer belt.

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A VIP welcome?!

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Baggage claim (Chris's red backpack is the one he bargained for a few days earlier in Bandipur!)

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Outside the airport

The drive to our Bardia NP lodge took about two hours on road that was excellent by Nepali standards. We drove through a restricted wildlife zone with speed limits and frequent warnings about the presence of various animals, although all we saw here were monkeys (macaques I think).

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On the road from Nepalgunj to Bardia
Spot the monkeys in the last photo!

Tiger Tops Karnali

We arrived to a friendly welcome, and were immediately impressed by the building and set-up. Although this is another in the small Tiger Tops chain, it is newer than Tharu where we stayed on our visit to Chitwan NP. What’s more we received a room upgrade, to a large and very attractive ‘signature’ room. Was this in compensation for having to settle for a tent at Tharu I wondered, or just a coincidence? Either way, it was very welcome.

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Our room

We had a late lunch in garden and met the only other guest staying there that night (more would arrive tomorrow). James works for a travel company and was combining business with pleasure, checking out the lodge while also enjoying a few days’ stay there..

Later we went for sundowner drinks by river, which was 30 minutes drive away. Locals were carrying huge bundles of grass across the river to be used as animal feed. We saw various birds including pond heron, common greenshank, pied bush chat, ruddy shelducks, and watched a pied kingfisher fishing.

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Carrying grass for his buffalos

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Pond heron

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Common greenshank

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Pied bush chat

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Sunset

On the way back to the lodge we were treated to a partial eclipse of the moon – wow!

Dinner was served in the central building. We had been told 7.30 but that seemed to be a bit elastic as it was nearer 8.00 by the time we ate. The food was plentiful and delicious, with bottle gourd soup, chicken in lemongrass sauce plus vegetables and mashed potatoes, and banana cake. We sat by the fireplace for a while afterwards to make use of the WiFi but didn’t linger too long as we didn’t want to keep the staff late.

Posted by ToonSarah 10:24 Archived in Nepal Tagged birds sunset hotel flight roads nepal national_park

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Another great story, thanks for sharing, Sarah!

by Vic_IV

Thanks for stopping by, Vic :)

by ToonSarah

Beautiful sunset, moon eclipse photos.

by irenevt

Thank you Irene, although all those photos are of the sunset - the moon eclipse would have been impossible to photograph without a tripod I reckon!

by ToonSarah

Nice surprise to get a better room! :)

Never tried banana cake, was it good? :)

by hennaonthetrek

You've never had banana cake?! Yes, it was good! Banana cakes and bread are very popular here in the UK, using up over-ripe bananas :)

by ToonSarah

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