At Tigertops, the product is the jungle. We want you to be in the jungle for the most of the time you spend with us. Our naturalists, their knowledge and expertise is our pride and their skills are widely respected. Our lodges are simple, in keeping with the local environment, to make you feel as close to the local culture as possible.
Adjacent to Chitwan National Park, Tharu Lodge offers guests the opportunity to escape the rat-race and experience Nepali village life, the jungle, and our tweleve resident elephants elephants. We recommend a minimum of three nights at Tharu lodge to allow for the full experience. Located on the edge of the Western part of Chitwan National park in Amaaltari, Nawalparasi, the drive from Bharatpur airport is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.
Breakfast is served al fresco beneath our shady mango trees - freshfruit , yoghurt , eggs and bacon to get the day off to a perfect start. After breakfast, prepare for a river safar in the Narayani river.The outing commences with a nature walk or bullock cart ride through the riverine forest, followed by a scenic float down the river. Cruising on the wide expanse of the river, pockets of rapids propel the boats along as gentle waves lap at th e sides. Sitting inside a hand - carved boat , keep your eyes peeled for a variety of birdlife and wildlife . Top of the list is the endangered fish - eating Gharial crocodile and its more sinister relative , the Marsh - Mugger.
A Nepali - style lunch will be served back at the Lodge , after which you might want to head to the hammock with your book for relaxation . Later in the afternoon , when the weather is cooler and the animals become active , meet with our naturalist for a jeep safari in the national park to get a taste of the jungle. Donot hesitate to ask questions . Our naturalist are extremely knowledgeable on the animals and the history of Chitwan National Park. During the safari you will encounter wildlife such as different species deer, birds , monkeys , and the endangered one - horned rhinoceros and hopefully the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger.
This evening , the dancing troupe from the village will come and dance before dinner - with their brightly coloured costumes and infectious rhythms , you’ll soon find your feet tapping along !
Wake up early and prepare for the day’s adentures with a hearty breakfast . Then strap on your walking boots , take a sturdy bamboo walking stick and prepare for a day of pure exploration and excitement! There will be a premade lunch ready along with refreshments to keep you going through the day. A Land Rover will take you to the National Park Entrance and in to the very heart of the national park . Your day will be spent in the Land Rover and on foot scouting out the undergrowth for that elusive big cats.
Walking down a jungle path enclosed by the Saltrees , listen out for the sounds of orioles and hornbills . We will take you to one of the many “hides ”, where patience is key, as you settled own with a cup of tea and wait for any movement , maybe a rhino, maybe a jungle cat... maybe something else! After the hide , jump back in the Lnad Rover and allow the guide to give you a tour of the parts of the jungle. See a varied range of not only diferent kinds of habitats but of wildlife also. By now your finger will be worn out frm all of the clicking and photo taking but keep it strong - early evening around dusk is a great time for spotting leopard and other big cats. Keep an eye out during your trip the for clawmarks on trees left by tigers who were sharpening their claws and marking their territory.
Stop for a drink from the coolbox, soak up the last of the rays bursting their way through the canopy as you headback to the lodge. This is the last chance to scan for glimpse of a slothbear or wild boar. Back at the lodg, kickoff the walking boots, and put your feet up before dinner is served!
This morning after another leisurely breakfast, your luggage will be loaded aboard one of our vehicles ready to transfer you on the 1 hour and 15 minutes to Bharatpur airport in good time for your scheduled light aircraft flight back to Kathmandu.