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Tharu Lodge

About the lodge

Immersive elephant and wildlife safari experiences on the edge of the famous Chitwan National Park

Nestled beside lush forests and overlooking idyllic Terai landscapes, Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides an ideal space to explore the jungles of Nepal. The Lodge presents a harmonious blend of exhilarating wildlife activities, pioneering ethical interactions with our herd of captive elephants, and authentic cultural experiences.

Drawing inspiration from the traditional longhouse style of Tharu architecture and utilizing locally- sourced materials, the 12 room lodge offers a unique and comfortable immersion into the Nepalese village life and culture. Adventure-seeking guests can choose one of our 9 safari tents for a true jungle experience, surrounded by the captivating sounds of the forest at night. Tharu Lodge is a small and intimate operation, placing your experience and comfort at the forefront of our priorities.

In the lodge garden, you will discover an idyllic haven for serene lunches, afternoon relaxation, and evening bonfires. Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance as you indulge in al fresco dining under the shade of a mango tree. For a refreshing respite, take a leisurely dip in the pool, or sway gently in a hammock, serenaded by the afternoon breeze.


Tharu Lodge offers 12 Traditional Rooms built using local materials and with local Tharu building techniques. All rooms are very spacious and come with en suite bathrooms. Additionally the Lodge has 9 safari tents providing guests with a more intimate experience with nature without comprising on comfort. All tents have attached fixed bathrooms.

Things to do at
Tharu Lodge

Tharu Lodge offers a diverse array of activities that provide a unique and immersive experience in and around the National Park and surrounding villages. Guests have the opportunity to partake in a range of safari experiences led by our knowledgeable naturalists or dedicate a day to acquaint yourself with our herd of elephants alongside their mahouts.

Elephant Experiences

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge invites you to embark on an intimate journey with our herd of 12 Asiatic elephants. Guided by our philosophy of creating an immersive and forward-thinking elephant experience, we aim to foster personal, profound, and unobtrusive connections between guests and these magnificent creatures. Whether you choose to engage in various elephant activities or simply spend time observing the herd, you'll have the opportunity to intimately familiarize yourself with their unique personalities, behaviors, and routines.

For more information on how we look after our herd please click here

Elephant sundowners

End your day by the bank of the Narayani river watching one of Nepal's famous sunsets. Here the elephants will be let loose to cool down in the water and relax, while our bar staff are on hand with cold drinks of your choice.

Elephant Camp Immersion

Allow yourself some time to simply be around the elephants and observe and learn from them.

Walking with elephants

Join our elephants and their mahouts on their daily walk through the jungle close to the lodge.

Fodder Collection

Guests can either sit back and enjoy a picnic breakfast or even join in and try for themselves the tough job of cutting the meters high elephant grass.

Wildlife Experiences

In addition to our immersive elephant experiences, we strive to deliver you into the heart of the jungle in search for some of the world’s rarest species including the Bengal Tiger, One-horned Rhino, critically endangered Gharial Crocodile and over 500 species of bird amongst a plethora of other flora and fauna. Our highly knowledgeable and respected naturalists play a crucial role in guiding and enlightening you throughout your stay with us. We take immense pride in their expertise, ensuring that you have an enriching and educational experience.

Jeep safari

Step aboard one of our restored iconic open-top Landrovers for a jungle jeep safari unlike any in Nepal.

Boat safari

A boat safari down the Narayani River can be both a soothing and exhilarating experience.

Bird Watching

Nepal is considered a bird watching sanctuary, with an astounding 848 species identified across the country.

Walking Safaris

Immerse yourself in local Tharu culture by taking a guided tour of the local villages.

Useful Information


February-April, October-December, January, May-September

  • Lodge room
    US $ 250.00 per person per night
  • Safari Tent
    US $ 220.00 per person per night

The above rates are on a per person per night on twin sharing basis and inclusive of 13% government tax (VAT). Single supplement is an additional 50% of the rate.

The above rates include all meals and accommodation and exclude safari activities, items of a personal nature and national park fees. Children age 0-3 years are complimentary, 4-11 years get a 50% discount on above rates, and 12 years and above are standard rates.

Note: We also offer full jungle package with activities included.

  • Empowering local communities through social development projects is an important way that Tiger Tops strives to give back to the society
  • Click below to learn more about Tiger Tops's Conservation Projects


  • Loved my stay. The food was delicious, the communal vibe was lovely and they catered to my food allergies without any fuss. The safari tent was luxurious and the elephants are well looked after as is the whole venue. Not a plastic bottle or single use paper towel in sight which I adored.
  • My partner and I stayed here for 1 night 26-27 November and the experience we encountered was phenomenal ! The elephants were extremely well taken care for and the activities they provided were very special. The service from staff were top quality and the environment was well looked after!
  • It’s difficult to capture the Tiger Tops experience in a few mere words, on so many different levels an incredibly unique experience from the elegance of elephants to warmth of geniue heartfelt hospitality. You sense that Tiger Tops are really leading the way in terms of sustainable nature based tourism with importantly a real connection with the local villagers. There support to the local school typifies this connection. Coming from an Australian national parks background, Jack and his team are to be commended. Brilliant. An outstanding experience.
  • We stayed three nights at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge in October 2018. We chose them because of their switch from elephant-riding safaris to elephant walks in the jungle. It was great each morning to walk with, watch, and touch these amazing creatures, as well as to watch them frolic in the water with the sundowners at the beach (a must do).

    The lodge itself is nice, considering you're in the middle of the jungle, and the food and service was outstanding, as was the correspondence before and after our arrival.

  • Stayed for three nights, two at the Tharu Lodge one at elephant camp. This was our second visit to Tiger Tops after seventeen years. I’d have to say the magic is still there. For those who visited before, You will notice some changes in the activities. Nevertheless, they are well thought through, forward thinking in terms of ethical treatment of animals and enjoyable thoroughly. Staffs are amazing and very helpful to your every needs. Stay at the Legendary Tiger Tops, you’ll love it!
  • Tharu Lodge

    Tiger Tops (P) Ltd.
    Kawasoti, Nawalparasi, Nepal

  • Tel:
    +977 9702544402

Planning a
memorable trip?

Tiger Tops reservation staff will help you craft an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Nepalese jungle, a trip that will be designed to suit your tastes and needs.

Lakshmi Lama
Phone: +977 (0)1 4511 225,
EXT(16), +977 9851030275
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