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Thakurdwar 5, Bardia National Park Nepal
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#3 of 25 Specialty lodging in Bardia National Park
Racy shade is a jungle lodge near Bardia national park in Terai region, west southern Nepal. We offer safari activities : Jeep, elephant back, boat and above all walking safaris. Our jungle is the home of elephants, rhinoceroses and tigers.We speak french english spanish nepali and Hindi.
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Thakurdwar 5, Bardia National Park Nepal
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Dolpa Airport112 miSee all flights
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Sarah Bella G wrote a review Nov 2020
London, United Kingdom38 contributions17 helpful votes
We travelled to Nepal early in March before England and Nepal had announced their respective lockdowns and we were enjoying a lovely time exploring a very quiet Nepal. However on arrival at racy shade it had been announced that day (during our long road journey to Bardia) that the country was shutting down meaning we would not be able to explore Bardia National Park :( :( looking for tigers, our main reason for travelling to Nepal, we were to be locked down at the resort with no option to fly back to Kathmandu (flights had been grounded) and our international flight was also looking extremely unlike it as borders had been closed! In spite of this, the reception at racy shade was welcoming and they did all they could to try and get us some trips into the park...to no avail. So we basically just enjoyed a chill out for the next few days at the hotel. And we were looked after very well, as the only guests and got to meet the lovely French owner of the hotel, Chris, who was also stuck! The hotel accommodation itself is very rustic and authentic and the grounds very beautiful with lots of lovely plants and flowers to sit amongst. We whiled away the hours reading our books in the peaceful serenity of the hotel grounds! Very nice, not quite the tiger safari that we had in mind but couldn't be helped... On our second day at the hotel I became unwell with sickness and diarrhoea and the hotel wee great at giving me the food I fancied (not much) and trying to get me well again and also cleaned our room whenever we requested to make it nice and fresh. the hotel also helped us out by doing a load of laundry for us! which was much needed as we ended up being stuck in Nepal for an additional 2 weeks extra, due to awaiting a repatriation flight...which was a long time coming... We also got to meet the current resident puppy dog, who we called Margaret, an absolutely adorable and friendly sleek black dog, who became our best friend during our stay, hanging out with us most of the day. I hope the hotel have continued to look after Margaret in our absence :) and I am sure when tourists are able to travel again she will be a hit with all who stay at racy shade! I really wanted to take her home and missed her a lot when we left.... We ended up having to stay some extra days at Bardia due to the lockdown and this was of course accommodated for by the hotel and we were also given a packed lunch to take with us when we did eventually leave the hotel to head back to Kathmandu by road, as they knew nothing much would be open. Our French host Chris had an urgent need to get back to Kathmandu when he found out about an international flight opportunity and luckily as our driver had the required paperwork to take us across the country we were also able to take Chris along with us and he made his flight...we still had a long wait ahead of us for ours! The staff at the hotel were lovely throughout our stay during very difficult circumstances. We were well cared for and they looked after me when I was poorly too. I can't thank the hotel, Margaret the puppy dog and Chris enough for all they did for us and helping us enjoy our stay even during a pandemic! We hope to get back to racy shade one day in the future and hopefully actually see the tigers and visit the national park this time...let's hope covid allows this sometime in the near future. I was also pregnant when we were in Nepal so we now have our little girl Skye to take back with us one day!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Seaplane wrote a review Oct 2019
Aarhus, Denmark121 contributions49 helpful votes
We arrived for at two-night stay with a voucher (completely unrealistic one). It was a bit of a shaky beginning as they really wouldn't tell us the program for the next day. The first day we had a four-hour game drive. My impression is you won't see much driving and we often stopped and 'chased' animals on the tracks. We saw armoured rhino close up and was very close to a tiger - we could hear it! Back home at dinner, the program for the next day was played out: a full day game walk to maximize the opportunity to see a tiger. We set off early morning with enough water for the day and a lunch pack - to return 10,5 hour later to the lodge. We had a great time with Daman and Sougat (our fantastic guides - very skilled, seriously interested in the animals and nature themselves, they even bought some camping chairs for us - we still miss them). The lodge is nice, good/decent food, staff friendly, atmosphere fine) - but never mind. The gamewalk was brilliant. Will be back if possible.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Lin C wrote a review Oct 2019
Taipei, Taiwan18 contributions1 helpful vote
Frankly safari in Bardia is hardcore, you need to walk in the jungles for hours and some days still see absolutely nothing, so compared with game drives in most African countries, the whole experience is simply different. Frankly Racy Shade is not a fancy resort as well. The facility is basic, at night you might have lovely animals visit your room, such as mouse, frogs, lizards and insects for me. After 5 full day of mosquito bites all over my body, countless waiting hours in the jungle, leech bites, sweating nonstop because of the hot and humid weather, and never dry laundry, I thought I would want to go home. But when the crew gathered at the gate to say goodbye to me, when they put their goodbye gifts on me, including one fresh flower necklace, two hibiscuses, one pearly necklace, 5 glass bracelets, and tika, I figured out I wasn’t ready to leave. I know the names of everyone in the team, they treated me just like their family. Everyday they woke up before the sunrises to make sure I got the best services, and everyday they said good night to me when they were still working. Every time I saw anyone of them they gave me the best biggest smiles. Even the people in the village next to the resort are extremely nice. Kids said namaste every time I passed by. If you consider to visit Bardia, please choose Racy Shade, their professional guides will make sure you have the best chances to see animals you want to see. I saw tiger, rhinos and elephant during my stay. Other guests into birds saw owls, eagles, king fishers, and hornbills. Please at least give it 4 days since jungles are fair, some days you see nothing and some days you hit the biggest prizes, staying for more than 3 days hugely boost your chances of seeing animals you want to see, and this resort is just too lovely, you won’t regret staying more days here!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Gerdie K wrote a review May 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands38 contributions4 helpful votes
As soon as we got of the bus, the arrival at the resort could not have been more welcoming and friendly, and this remained so for the duration of our stay. The owners and staff all make you really feel at home in the resort. The resort has a beautiful garden and the houses are nicely decorated and clean. Beds are very comfortable as well, with musquito nets provided for. We spent four nights here and did several full-day safaries (both jeep and walking) with Racy Shade. The guides are all knowledgable and experienced about the nature in the park and we enjoyed the safaries a lot. The stay includes breakfast, lunch and dinner and was also good. Something different is prepared for each meal each day. The food is very tasty with fresh fruits and vegetables, including from their own garden. The staff is very friendly. It actually feels like one big family and they made us veel very welcoming. The owners (Nepali and French) have a lot of experience in wildlife and really care about the environment. Our stay in Bardia could not have been better!
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Seema Rajouria wrote a review Jan 2019
Kathmandu, Nepal3 contributions1 helpful vote
Racy Shade was a pleasant surprise! I wasn't sure about the place when I heard the name, but I was proved wrong. It is a beautiful rustic place retaining the mystique of the jungle, the charm of the wild, and the customs of the Tharu community that lives in and around the resort. Racy Shade is one of the few resorts in the area that has assimilated natural local products in its architecture and design. It strives to give its guest a slice of nature mixed with adventure in the midst of the jungle.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: All rooms are rustic and designed to blend with the surrounding nature.
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$26 - $45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
NepalMid-Western RegionBheri ZoneBardia National Park
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Frequently Asked Questions about Racy Shade Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Racy Shade Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Racy Shade Resort?
Top room amenities include a desk, extra long beds, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Racy Shade Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Racy Shade Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Racy Shade Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Racy Shade Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Racy Shade Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Racy Shade Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.