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Banke National Park: Wildlife Safari in Nepal

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Information:

Banke National Park was established in 2010 A.D. as 10th Park, which reflects Government’s commitment in Biodiversity conservation at the landscape level. It was also recognized as the gift to the earth in 1998. The Park is linked with Suhelwa Wildlife Sanctuary in India through national and community forests towards the south. It joins with Bardia National Park (BNP) towards west which further links with Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary of India via Khata corridor, national forest, and community forests. There is an Indigenous Tharu community; Brahmin, Chhetri, Magar, Tamang, Majhi, and Gurung are living in the buffer zone. All most people depend on agricultural labor.

Flora and Fauna:
This National Park contains an array of eight ecosystem types such as Sal forest, deciduous Riverine forest, Savannahs and grasslands, mixed hardwood forest, floodplain community, Bhabar and foothills of Chure range. It is a home to 124 plants, 34 mammals, more than 300 birds, 24 reptiles, 7 amphibians, and 58 fish species.

Climate:
The Park has three climate season; winter, summer, and monsoon, has different unique experience.
October-early April, the weather is dry, warm, and nights are cool and pleasant.
April-June, temperature grows up to 45degree Celsius in May/June. The hot humid days give way to monsoon rains that lasts until September.

Facilities:
There are available all most facilities like health post, hospital, residential hotel, homestay etc.

How to get there:
There are regular take by bus and flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. It takes approximately an hour drive on bus/taxi from Nepalgunj to Park’s head office. It takes about eight hours bus ride (270 Km) Mahendranagar and seven hours (250 Km) bus ride from Dhangadi to reach Park’s head office.

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