Kathmandu- Raute- Rara & Bardiya National Park (Round trip)
The Bardiya-Raute-Rara Tour offers a unique opportunity to explore and engage with an indigenous community in Nepal that has preserved its culture and ancient practices despite the challenges of modernization. This community consists of indigenous people and nomads who have managed to thrive in a rapidly changing world while still adhering to their traditional way of life.
5 Things About Raute:-
- Indigenous Community: The indigenous community in this region has successfully sustained their cultural heritage and ancient traditions. They have embraced modernization to some extent while striving to maintain their identity in the contemporary context. Despite the changes around them, these indigenous people continue to exist and thrive.
- Nomadic Lifestyle: The nomadic members of this community are entirely detached from political and community structures. They are deeply rooted in their cultural practices, which involve living in the jungle and migrating periodically. This migration typically occurs when someone passes away or when there is a shortage of food within their commune. This unique lifestyle has historical roots and is mainly found in the western hilly areas of Nepal, particularly in Dailekh and Salyan.
- Raute, The ‘Kings of the forest’: The Raute people are historical descendants who are often referred to as the “kings of the forests.” They are known for their artistic and creative skills in wooden carving. They exchange their wooden products and art in return for food from nearby communities, which allows them to sustain their jungle lifestyle. Since they do not stay in one place for long periods, their houses are small and temporary in nature.
- Religious and cultural Practices: Despite their detachment from political and social institutions, the nomadic community has its own religious and cultural institutions. They follow a Shamanic belief system and participate in festivals and rituals that are shared with the broader population. Being a Raute offers a profound opportunity to learn about communion with nature, as they prioritize a simple, abundant, and natural way of life over economic pursuits and wealth accumulation.
- Current Population: As of the latest information available, there are approximately 145 Raute nomads in existence. These individuals continue to live their unique way of life, maintaining their deep connection with nature and their cultural heritage. Visiting this region and engaging with the Bardiya-Raute-Rara community provides a fascinating glimpse into a world where tradition, nature, and artistry are intertwined, offering valuable lessons about sustainable living and cultural preservation.
Rara Lake: Rara Lake, also known as Rara Taal, is a natural jewel nestled in the remote regions of western Nepal. It is the largest lake in Nepal and is often referred to as the “Queen of Lakes” due to its stunning beauty. This pristine alpine lake is situated at an elevation of approximately 2,990 meters (9,810 feet) above sea level, surrounded by lush forests and snow-capped peaks. The lake covers an area of about 10.8 square kilometers and is known for its crystal-clear waters, which reflect the surrounding hills and sky, creating a picturesque landscape.
Visiting Rara Lake during the Bardiya-Raute-Rara Tour allows travelers to immerse themselves in the tranquility and serenity of this remote destination. The lake area is rich in biodiversity, making it an ideal spot for birdwatching and wildlife enthusiasts. You can spot a variety of bird species and even encounter some wildlife while hiking around the lake. The pristine environment and the crisp mountain air provide an excellent opportunity for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Bardiya National Park: Bardiya National Park is one of Nepal’s most renowned wildlife sanctuaries and a must-visit destination for nature lovers. Located in the western Terai region of Nepal, this park covers an extensive area and offers a diverse range of flora and fauna. It is home to numerous endangered species, including the Bengal tiger, one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephant, and Gangetic dolphin.
Exploring Bardiya National Park as part of the Bardiya-Raute-Rara Tour allows travelers to experience thrilling jungle safaris. The park offers a variety of activities, including jeep safaris, elephant safaris, and guided nature walks, providing opportunities to spot the incredible wildlife that calls this park home. The park’s lush forests, grasslands, and riverine ecosystems create a rich and vibrant environment for these animals.
Additionally, Bardiya National Park is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 400 species of birds, making it an excellent destination for ornithologists and bird enthusiasts.
Incorporating visits to Rara Lake and Bardiya National Park into the tour provides a well-rounded experience that combines cultural immersion with the natural beauty and wildlife diversity that Nepal has to offer. Travelers can witness the coexistence of indigenous traditions, pristine natural landscapes, and thriving wildlife habitats, making it a truly unforgettable journey.
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Good morning! After breakfast early we move on to site seeing on various location of Kathmand, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur district of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath, Swayambhu (monkey Temple), Boudhanath, Bhaktapur palace, Patan palace, Bashantapur palace, Royal Narayanhity Museum are remarkable and historical places to visit.
After choice of site seeing, we move on to hotel and the dinner.
Good morning! The breakfast at hotel and move in to the Tribhuwan Domestic Airport. Flight around 7-9 am to Birendranagar Surketh or Nepalgunj. Lunch around 1 pm in respective destination. After Lunch we travel to Dailekh. Birendranagar-Dailekh is approx. 87 km around 4-5 hrs. road trip. Nepaljung to Dailekh is approx.119 km around 7-8 hrs. road trip.
Hotel Stay at Dailekh dinner at hotel.
Early morning breakfast at hotel and we head unto the Raute community in Dailekh District. As RAUTE are the typical Nepali nomads the do not stay in fixed location so they travel across the district inside the hills there. We have to travel or hike according their current location of stay. This is the specialty of this community that we have to go find them rather than our part of exact travel rule. Have Lunch in Dailekh or on the way. After Visit move on to either Nepaljung or Surkhet. Overnight stay at Surketh or Nepalgunj and dinner at hotel.
Good morning! Breakfast at hotel. Flight time usually 8:30 am to 1 pm. We pack some warm clothes and trekking shoes as the geography and weather-climatic conditions. Camp Fire Dinner at RARA Eco Resort.
Good morning! From Rara. Warm Herbal Tea and Warm water is served for room service due to chilling cold on the morning however you have to wake up early in the morning for breakfast and get refreshed. We get ready with comfortable hike shoes and go on to check out for Murma Cultural village exploration and Murma Top Panoramic View. After Village Exploration aprox. 2-3 hr it takes to reach to the top. We need a good horse ride or abit physically challenging hike to the top. We reach to the Hotel Rara Ecoresort II located in periphery of the Murma top, the hotel located in the highest altitude in the district there. Evening Tea and Dinner-Camp Fire and stary Nights, and extreme snow in the winter-depends on the climate.
Good morning! From the Murma top. The Golden Hour is magnificently beautiful from here. At an altitude of 3770 meters, the breathtaking Murma Top unfolds before us. From this vantage point, we witness the magnificent panoramic view of Rara Lake, alongside Kanjirowa Himal, Sisne Himal, Koiki Himal, Chankheli Himal, Chhayannath Temple, Tibet, Karnali River, Humla, Jamla, Kalikot, Dolpa, and parts of the far-western region. The panoramic mountain ranges also grant glimpses of Saipal range, Khaptad, Badimalika, Bajura, Achham, Bajhang, and Darchula districts. Tourists often feel their journey to Rara would be incomplete without hiking to Murma Top. Back Rara Eco Resort I have Lunch and go for rara lake side exploration.
Good morning! Rara. Early morning breakfast and herbal tea we move on for boating and moving on for Karnali river exploration. Religious sites, culture and eco diversity exploration. Boating time: 45 minutes and we reach to Mili chaur – From Mile Cahur to Gamgadi Bazar we drive on jeep for karnali river and the area around there. On the way we can see through many local villages like Talcha, Tuma, Topla, Ruga…. The exploration lasts till evening. Dinner and Camp fire in Ghamgadi Bazar.
Good morning-Break Fast in the hotel-We drive approx. 1-2 hr to talcha airport from Gamgadi Bazar to take a flight to Nepalgunj. The flight time is around 8:30-1 pm so we have to done early. Lunch in Nepalgunj airport and we move for Karnali River Bridge site seeing- Bardiya is west of terai-river karnali that flows in hilly district gets to its maximum width here-it is breathtaking to look at. The river side is warm and wind.
Good morning from Bardiya, We are in terai belt of west Nepal-the climatic condition is humid and warm except the winter/Nov-Dec and rainy (June-July). We ride for Jungle Safari in Bardiya National Park. This National Park is well-recognized for its breeding center. They have tiger, crocodile, elephant breeding center. The park is famous for tiger, one-horned rhino, elephant, black monkey, bear, deer, snakes. The jungle safari time and National Park headquarters visit: 3hrs. approx. Museum visit in the late afternoon, after that we visit tharu community in the evening. Tharu community are the indigenous and real farmers of terai region. Their culture is well preserved till now for instance wooden housing pattern and farming style. Dinner in cultural setting or Hotel as preferred.
Good morning! from Bardiya. Breakfast in the hotel and we move to Nepalgunj approx. distance-100km(2-3hrs). The flight time around 11 am to 2 pm. Lunch at hotel in Kathmandu. Farewell Dinner. Airport drop Service.
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- Air Ticket/Hotel/Airport Pick & Drop in Kathmandu by Private vehicle, Jeep round trip.
- Welcome/Farewell dinner with Cultural Program as listed in itinerary.
- Tourist Standard Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, Surkhet & Dailekh.
- Kathmandu-Nepalgung, Surkhet or Surkhet, Nepalgunj - Kathmandu round flight ticket with Airport TAX.
- Lodge/Guest House Accommodation (Best available) during the travel.
- Full board meals 3 times (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) while on the travel.
- Permit Fees.
- Professional & Highly expertise government licensed holder Local trekking Guide.
- All expenses of the Staffs (Guides/porters) that includes food, Accommodation, Salary, Insurance, Equipment during your travel period.
- All the necessary travel gear for porters like jacket/trousers, trekking shoes, gloves, shocks, sunglasses etc.
- Comprehensive First Aid Kit.
- Group Travel Gears.
- All our government tax, vat, tourist service Chardge.
- Travel map.
- Personal Expenses.
- Overstay Due to Any Natural Climates/Strikes/Flight Cancelation.
- Extra Night hotel in Kathmandu.
- Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue & Evacuation.
- International Airfare and airport departure tax.
- Any expense of personal nature.
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
- Personal travel equipment.
- Due to the natural disaster & flight Cancel Extra day Cost.
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Inclusive cost heading.
𝐖HAT TO BRING?
Warm clothes (Down Jackets, Sweater etc.), Gloves, Woolen cap, Medicines