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General

Just 13 kilometres downriver from Tiger Tops Tharu Safari on the edge of Royal Chitwan National Park, Tiger Mountain Tharu Lodge is a resort in a tranquil garden setting overlooking lush green forests. The Lodge is inspired by the lifestyle and rich culture of the local Tharu people and offers a myriad of activities for the adventurous traveller, including elephant safaris , jungle walks, bird watching , village exploration by ox cart, sunset watches, horse riding, tennis, badminton,table tennis and swimming.River safaris are possible for guests staying 2 nights or more.

Traditional local dancing is performed by villagers and staff before dinner.Situated on high ground near the National Park, the Lodge is built in the ethnic architectural style of the indigenous Tharu people and consists of two ‘longhouses’ constructed with local materials — timber, elephant grass,mud, cow dung and clay.The twelve spacious and comfortable rooms have attached bathrooms with solar heated water. Each traditionally decorated room is furnished with one queen-sized and one single bed as well as ceiling fans. Nepalese and Western cuisine is prepared from Tiger Mountain Farms’ own fresh organic produce, and guests are welcome to visit the farm to see their dinner growing. A fully stocked bar is open until the last guest retires to bed. The Tharu Lodge takes pride in the highest standard of service and cuisine offered to guests achieved by Tiger Mountain over 30 years of pioneering adventure tourism in Nepal.The Tharu Lodge is one of 3 Tiger Mountain properties in the Royal Chitwan National Park area, and is an interesting 2 hour game trip by jeep, boat and ox cart from our main Tiger Tops Lodge. A popular itinerary combining several days’ stay at each of the operations, i.e. Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, Tiger Tops Tented Camp and Tharu Lodge offers a variety of character, atmosphere and activities where getting there is half the fun! (Transfers from one operation to the next are by jeep, boat, elephant, and ox cart).Itineraries for short visits of 1-2 days are possible, but trips of 3-7 days combining all three properties are recommended.

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge (TTTL), one of the three Tiger Mountain properties in the Chitwan area, is just 13 km downriver from Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, on the edge of Royal Chitwan National Park . Situated in a tranquil garden setting on high ground overlooking lush green forests and villages, it is inspired by the lifestyle and rich culture of the indigenous Tharu people. Tharu Lodge is a living diorama constructed in the traditional longhouse style, and built from local materials. The spacious and comfortable double rooms have en-suite bathrooms with solar-heated water and are stocked with hand-made herbal soap.

Tharu Lodge offers the best of both worlds: wildlife plus cultural and resort activities, including birdwatching, jungle walks, sunset strolls, ox cart rides and walks into the different ethnic villages (Tharu, Bote & Mushyar), swimming, tennis and badminton. Visits to The Tiger Mountain Organic Farm and Lodge projects are also posssible.Sunset river safaris are available for guests staying two nights or more. The Tharu Lodge grounds and gardens are the home to 200 bird species and frequent visitors to the area include the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros, Wild Boar, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Civet and Jungle Cats and many more. The elusive Royal Bengal Tiger is sometimes sighted.

Tiger Mountain, the pioneer of adventure tourism in Nepal with over 40 years experience, places a great emphasis on self-sufficiency at its lodges. Its own Tiger Mountain Organic Farms produce fresh ingredients for its award-wining Nepali and Western cuisine: Wild-Boar cross, poultry, seasonal vegetables and fruit, herbs, salads, honey. All bread, rolls, quiches, pastries, cookies and pies are freshly baked on the premises, and we serve home-made marmalade and jams, chutneys, muesli, yoghurt, pasta, sausage, pate, and fresh organic coffee and herbal teas.

Tharu Lodge is proud to be part of the Tiger Mountain ideal of environmentally responsible tourism with a conscience, and endeavours to blend and harmonize with the surrounding jungle and villages. In line with its ethic of putting something positive back into the areas where its lodges are located , your stay at Tharu Lodge will help fund various Charities,Community Development and Environmental Projects, including a free clinic, a school for underprivileged children (Tiger Tops Swissair Pre-School) and 4 other educational programmes, village irrigation, recycling, flood relief, agricultural and vocational training, women’s literacy and empowerment and anti-poaching and wildlife monitoring programmes.

The all-inclusive rate covers the diverse array of in-house activities listed above, and room with full board (3 award-winning meals, full afternoon tea, and complimentary coffee or tea whenever…). Activities will be custom-tailored to suit your special interests and wishes, and accompanied by expert guides. Child-friendly meals are easily arranged (note: rate does not include Government taxes, National Park Entrance fees or airport transfers).

Charities, Community & Social Projects
Charities, Community & Social Projects administered by Tharu Lodge

  • Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge Village Clinic
  • Tiger Tops Swissair Pre-School
  • TTSA School Library Programme
  • TTSA School Tree Nursery Project
  • Jatropha Bio-diesel Project
  • Snowball Goat-breeding Project
  • Duff Kennedy Scholarship Fund
  • Provision of salaries for Bote and Tharu community teachers
  • Provision of salary for Mushyar village teacher and tutor
  • Mushyar Children’s Garden Project
  • Dhajaha Flood Relief Project
  • Construction of subsidised foot pumps for villagers, installation of hand pumps and related irrigation projects
  • Agricultural & Vocational Training programmes
  • Women’s Literacy & Empowerment
  • Assistance to Buffer Zone, National Park
  • Road/bridge building
  • Recycling programme

Tiger Mountain Organic Farms:

Tiger Mountain Farms currently comprise two farm stations, Tharu Farm in the vicinity of Tharu Lodge and Bhanga Farm about 5 km north of Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge. The total land area of the two stations is 28 ‘biga’ or 42 acres (16.5 hectares). The idea of growing food for the hotel operations was originally conceived in times when important food items like chicken or pork were not readily available in the local market. The farms still produce fresh poultry, meat and eggs, but over the years have shifted and concentrated their focus on high quality foods and specialities.

Vegetable growing is now fully organic; the use of mineral fertilisers and heavy duty chemical insecticides has been banned. Instead emphasis is put on high quality seeds to produce vegetable plants, and a compost economy for fertilizing and soil improvement. Pests and diseases are controlled through natural insecticides such as marigold, artemisia, neem (Antelaea azadirachta) and tobacco juice, and companion planting. A sophisticated crop rotation system is worked out in order to keep performance high and to reduce the probability of pests and diseases.

Apart from rice grown during the monsoon season, we are specializing in vegetables that cannot be found in the local market or the quality of which is not up to our standards. The hotel menus include fresh organic salads made from a variety of lettuces and greens. In season, aside from the more standard vegetables, the Farms produce asparagus, baby corn, broccoli, red cabbage, eggplant, beetroot, leek, okra and fennel, and a variety of spinaches and kales as well as herbs including basil, dill, chives, coriander, parsley, turmeric, ginger, lemon grass and peppermint. Pineapple, papaya, bananas, mulberries round out the offerings, topped off by coffee which will be ready to harvest by 2008.

Livestock is carefully reared, providing optimum space and feed to the individual animal. You will not see chicken in battery cages at the farms. Milk produced at the farm is used for making ice cream, yoghurt, and cheeses.

Aside from the aspect of being self-sufficient, the freshness of our products is one of our main advantages — all produce reaches the kitchens very soon after harvest (1½ hours). You will notice this while breakfasting, lunching or having dinner at the hotel.

A number of research and development activities have been implemented at the farms. We are crossbreeding genuine Wild Boar with domestic Large White-type pigs in order to gain more tasty pork. Quail meat and eggs have become very popular. They now are a regular feature on the hotel menus. By choosing a mobile bee-keeping system, i.e. moving the hives to the flowers, we have increased the amount of unifloral honey from our 20 hives. The quality of honey collected from wild flowers such as ‘Kapok’ and ‘Rudillo’ in the jungle has resulted in such a demand within the Tiger Mountain Group of Companies that we have had to increase production. Workshops introducing new products are offered to local villagers in the hopes of increasing crop yields (SRI rice), improving nutrition (mushrooms), and providing income generating possibilities.

A team of up to 40 staff is working at the two stations. Most of the work is done manually, oxen are used for ploughing and oxen carts fullfill our transport needs. Important decisions such as the timing of rice planting are made jointly thus profiting from local knowledge about climate and other general natural conditions. All staff is permanently trained on the job hence improving their knowledge in vegetable growing and farm management.

You are very welcome to visit the farm, just mention it to our hotel staff, they will arrange for you to literally see your dinner growing.

Facilities

  • Minibar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pay-per-view Channels
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Telephone
  • TV

Services

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge (TTTL), one of the three Tiger Mountain properties in the Chitwan area, is just 13 km downriver from Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, on the edge of Royal Chitwan National Park . Situated in a tranquil garden setting on high ground overlooking lush green forests and villages, it is inspired by the lifestyle and rich culture of the indigenous Tharu people. Tharu Lodge is a living diorama constructed in the traditional longhouse style, and built from local materials. The spacious and comfortable double rooms have en-suite bathrooms with solar-heated water and are stocked with hand-made herbal soap.

Tharu Lodge offers the best of both worlds: wildlife plus cultural and resort activities, including birdwatching, jungle walks, sunset strolls, ox cart rides and walks into the different ethnic villages (Tharu, Bote & Mushyar), swimming, tennis and badminton. Visits to The Tiger Mountain Organic Farm and Lodge projects are also posssible.Sunset river safaris are available for guests staying two nights or more. The Tharu Lodge grounds and gardens are the home to 200 bird species and frequent visitors to the area include the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros, Wild Boar, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Civet and Jungle Cats and many more. The elusive Royal Bengal Tiger is sometimes sighted.

Tiger Mountain , the pioneer of adventure tourism in Nepal with over 40 years experience, places a great emphasis on self-sufficiency at its lodges. Its own Tiger Mountain Organic Farms produce fresh ingredients for its award-wining Nepali and Western cuisine: Wild-Boar cross, poultry, seasonal vegetables and fruit, herbs, salads, honey. All bread, rolls, quiches, pastries, cookies and pies are freshly baked on the premises, and we serve home-made marmalade and jams, chutneys, muesli, yoghurt, pasta, sausage, pate, and fresh organic coffee and herbal teas.

Tharu Lodge is proud to be part of the Tiger Mountain ideal of environmentally responsible tourism with a conscience, and endeavours to blend and harmonize with the surrounding jungle and villages. In line with its ethic of putting something positive back into the areas where its lodges are located , your stay at Tharu Lodge will help fund various Charities,Community Development and Environmental Projects, including a free clinic, a school for underprivileged children (Tiger Tops Swissair Pre-School) and 4 other educational programmes, village irrigation, recycling, flood relief, agricultural and vocational training, women's literacy and empowerment and anti-poaching and wildlife monitoring programmes.

The all-inclusive rate covers the diverse array of in-house activities listed above, and room with full board (3 award-winning meals, full afternoon tea, and complimentary coffee or tea whenever...). Activities will be custom-tailored to suit your special interests and wishes, and accompanied by expert guides. Child-friendly meals are easily arranged (note: rate does not include Government taxes, National Park Entrance fees or airport transfers).

A Day at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge:

SAMPLE ITINERARY:
Tiger Mountain's three operations in Chitwan all share the same high standard of quality and service, but have very distinct characters; thus a stay at all three is highly recommended to sample their different locations and styles. Two nights at each - Tiger Tops Tented Camp, Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge and then a float downriver to Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge is ideal.

The numerous activities are tailored to suit every guest's interest and level of fitness and are escorted by expert local guides, but a sample two days at Tharu might be:

Arrive by road, flight from Kathmandu or Pokhara, or by river from Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge or Tented Camp. The trip from the Jungle Lodge or Tented Camp will offer you a jeep safari through Royal Chitwan National Park, followed by a peaceful 30 minute float down the Narayani River by boat, with opportunities to spot wildlife en route -- including the endangered Gharial crocodile. A relaxing twenty-minute ox cart ride to Tharu Lodge completes the journey.

After being welcomed and shown your rooms in the stylized traditional longhouse, you will be served an authentic Nepali lunch on bronze thalis in the swimming pool garden. Afternoon activities might include a walk or ox-cart into the Tharu, Bote or Mushyar villages, a jungle walk, bird-watching, a game of tennis or badminton, a swim or just a laze in the hammock with a book from the library.

In the evening, gather in the dining room for a drink and a traditional dance performance, followed by a three-course Continental dinner which, if the weather is fine, will be served al fresco.

Your morning wake up call will be sounded by flute, and bed tea will be brought to your room, if you wish. Pre-breakfast activities give early risers a second chance at trips not taken the previous afternoon. After breakfast, perhaps walk to the Lodge's organic farm and on to the school for Underprivileged children. Return to the Lodge for a relaxing lunch by the pool.

For those staying 2 nights or more an all-day jungle walk combined with a river safari offers opportunities to see larger mammals and reptiles, as well as critically endangered bird species. Along the way, stop for a drink on the riverbank to catch the sun setting on the river.

The following morning fly back to Kathmandu or journey onward by road to Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge, perched on a hillside overlooking the magnificent Himalayas.

Climate,Clothing & Tips:

Climate:
March to early June are hot with temperatures reaching their peak in May, June. Nights can be oddly cool despite high daytime temperatures. Dust from the plains is suspended in the air and obscures the mountains, but sunrises and sunsets and silhouettes are spectacular. Humidity is lowest in March. Sudden thunderstorms make spectacular appearances in April and May.

Monsoon:
Hot, humid days, but good wildlife viewing. The end of May brings pre-monsoon storms increasing in frequency into June. Mid-June ushers in the full monsoon which lasts until September and accounts for 80% of the total rainfall. Rain is usually not continuous but humidity is high, rivers are swollen and the jungle is alive. The post-monsoon period in early October is marked by hot, humid days.

Winter:
October to January bring cool northerly winds and good mountain views. January is the coldest month and is characterized by an ethereal mist and dew in the mornings, cold nights and warm days. Sweaters and warm jackets for mornings and evenings.

Spring:
February through April is marked by warm days and cool evenings and excellent wildlife viewing. This is the best season for birdwatching. Mountain views are also good in February.

Clothing & Shoes:

  • Casual clothes of jungle colours such as beige, brown, khaki and green that are least disturbing to the environment and most appropriate for wildlife viewing.
  • Natural fibre clothing is best in the often humid conditions in the jungle.
  • Trousers are best for jungle activities
  • Cotton full shirts, T-shirts
  • Swimming costume
  • Fleece jacket, sweater, warm jacket for winter
  • Shoes easy for walking - heavy walking boots are not needed
  • Flip-flops or similar light shoes for use in the lodge

Accessories:

  • Binoculars are recommended for detailed wildlife viewing.
  • Personal medical requirements and insect repellent
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Sunhat
  • Sun-glasses
  • Camera
  • Battery
  • Charger
  • Film Rolls

We strongly recommend that you bring a small bag or suitcase, equivalent to aircraft carry on baggage rules, for your stay in Chitwan. Most hotels in Kathmandu can store your main luggage until your return. Tiger Mountain's Head Office or your local Travel Agent in Nepal, may also be able to assist.

For visits during March to September and early October light summer clothing is needed and raingear is useful. During November to February sweaters and warm jackets are required for the mornings and evenings.

We discourage guests giving sweets or money to village children, as it encourages begging. Should you wish, you may bring coloured pencils, pencils or school supplies which we can distribute to the children through our various village projects.

Note: Our shop at the Tharu Lodge have a selection of safari shirts, T-shirts, sunhats etc.

Tarrif

ROOM RATE
per person per night on twin sharing basis US $ 250.00
Single supplement  US $ 125.00
National Park fee US $ 20.00
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  • All the above rates are exclusive of 10 % service charge and 13 % government taxes.
  • The above rates are subject to change without prior notice.
  • All major credit cards are accepted - Visa Card, Master Card and American Express.