Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge
Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge is located in the buffer area outside of Chitwan National Park in Nepal. It is exceptionally well run, with a wide range of excursions, superb food and attentive staff.
At a Glance
The lodge is due to have a complete refurbishment to be complete by October 2013
Small lodge located in the buffer area of Chitwan National Park
Resident Elephants which you can ride, feed and wander down to the river for a bath
Superb staff and excellent naturalists
Superb cultural interactions, through bullock-cart rides through local villages and a visit to the local school
Eco-friendly, with a wonderful sustainable tourism policy
Choose from up to 3 activities a day, such as the bathing the elephants, a boat ride, a nature walk, bird watching, bullock cart trips and a local tribal dance show.Scott Dunn team
Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge is a charming lodge located just outside of Chitwan National Park and providing an excellent base to blend a wildlife and cultural experience. The lodge has 12 rooms, each with en suite bathrooms and also some tented accomodation should you wish be closer to the sounds of nature. Rooms are built in the local rustic Tharu style from natural materials and have ceiling fans but not air-conditiioning ( as part of Tiger-Tops commitment to eco-tourism) Responsible Tourism is very much at the heart of what Tiger Tops do
The staff at Tharu Lodge ( may of whom are local) are very attentive, ensuring that your overall experience in the jungle is as good as it can be. The food comes from their organic garden and lazy lunches are taken al fresco by the pool. Dinners are generally served in the main dining/bar area or sometimes they set up tables and chairs outside should the weather be nice.
Guests at Tharu Lodge can also experience the daily life of the elephants and how they move, play, eat, and sleep. Follow the elephants on their morning walk to the Narayani river, watching these beautiful creatures grazing in the morning mist as you can enjoy a cup of Nepali tea. Later in the day enjoy the chance to learn how to make kuchis, traditional “elephant sandwiches”, and see how the mahouts interact with theses fascinating animals. There are also some tented rooms available at The Elephant Camp nearby for those wishing to wake up close to the elephants and follow their daily routine although we would generally only recomend these for a night to add some variation.
Wildlife experiences are varied, with a combination of river, walking and jeep safaris. You will probably see an array of bird life, rhino and gharial crocodile, but the big cats are a little elusive especially being concealed by Chitwan's long grass.
Tiger Tops have long championed a sustainable eco-friendly approach to running their lodges. Power comes from solar energy and they produce organic food. Tiger Tops supports a lot of social development projects in the local area they also do not chain or ride their elephants many of whom have been rescued and are in retirement.
Overall Tiger tops Tharu is it is a wonderful 2-3 day experience blending both cultural and wildlife aspects.
There are 12 rooms at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, all of which are en-suite.
There is a pool, a main dining room/bar and extensive grounds.
Location & Directions
Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Located outside of Chitwan National Park in the buffer area.
When to go
Nepal has a Monsoonal climate with four main seasons. Fall and spring are the two most favourable seasons for visiting Nepal. Fall (September to early December) brings in clear weather with sunny days and warm nights. Spring (March to May) with occasional rain falls. From June to September, is the monsoon season. Uncomfortable time to visit as the climate of Nepal at this time of year brings about hot weather and rain falls almost every day.