Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge has two kinds of accommodation which are lodge rooms and safari tent accommodation. All rooms and tents have attached private bath with hot and cold showers. Please note they don’t offer traditional elephant back ride safaris. Tiger Tops is the first in Nepal to offer an elephant adventure which highlights the natural behavior of the elephants. They want to set an example on how to do elephant-friendly tourism and they make another leap towards more responsible and sustainable tourism. World Animal protection has also approved the highest standard of Elephant Welfare. There are only 12 venues in Asia which got this approval and Tiger Tops is one of them.
ITINERARY (02 Nights / 03 Days in Tiger Tops, Chitwan):
Day 01: Arrive Tharu lodge, Activity, and overnight at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge.
Day 02: Activity and overnight at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge.
Day 03: Morning activities and departure from Tharu lodge
US$ 755.00 per person for Tharu Lodge room and US$ 670.00 per person for Safari Tent on 2 in sharing basis.
The above cost includes:
2 nights accommodation at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge inclusive of all meals and activities such as jeep safari, jungle walk, birding tour, boat safari, a guided walk into the village, visit lodge’s organic farm/community-based program etc. all activities are escorted by our expert local naturalists/nature guides.
Land transport to from Chitwan (Tiger Tops)
Bharatpur – Kathmandu Flight Ticket.
National park/buffer zone fee and applicable taxes of US $ 30.00 per person per night. All applicable taxes (10% service tax and 13% government VAT)
The above cost excludes:
Any other items of personal nature (laundry, bar bills, personal insurance etc.).
List of activities offered at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge:
Elephant jungle walks
Walk alongside the elephants into the jungle and get close to the wildlife on foot while letting the elephants protect you. This is a unique opportunity to be close to elephants, watch how they move through the jungle, what they eat, and how they react to and interact with other wildlife. There is nothing quite like standing eye-to-eye with a rhino while knowing that you are safe, protected by the mighty jumbos by your side. This activity is available at all times.
Elephant grass cutting
Join the elephants and their mahouts as they walk to the grasslands in the morning to collect fodder for the rest of the day. Few people understand the close bond between the elephant and its mahout, and watching them work together to collect grass is a beautiful and direct experience of the symbioses that happens between the two. The guests can even join in and try for themselves the tough job of cutting the meters high elephant grass. This activity is available in the months of September to December.
Elephant river walk and bathing with sundowners
This is now one of our most celebrated activities and a great way to end a stay at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge. This is a short jungle or village walk with the elephants, which ends with the bank of the Narayani river. Here the elephants will be let loose to cool down in the water, while our staff is awaiting the guests with a sundowner picnic. Guests are often surprised and delighted to discover elephants are extremely playful and entertaining when left to themselves to enjoy their favorite activity: cooling down and feeling weightless in the water. This activity is available in the months of February through November (the water is too cold for the elephants in December and January and sometimes into mid-February).
Educational elephant talk and Kuchi making
This activity commences with an informative talk about elephants. This gives the guest a perfect opportunity to learn what the elephants eat, how they are cared for, their physiology and not least a chance to bond with the mahouts. After the talk, the guests will get to try out their mahout skills by helping to prepare the elephants’ snacks, known as kuchis. Guests are always welcome to be around the elephants. The large-scale enclosures allow the elephants to move around and socialize, and they are often highly entertaining to observe. This activity is available at all times.
Step aboard one of our restored open-top Land Rovers for a jungle jeep safari unlike any in Nepal. With an experienced driver and expert naturalist to lead the way, explore the mystery and magic of the jungle from the comfort of your seat. Go in search for the elusive Tiger and other rare animals as either a half day or full day activity. This activity is available throughout most of the year except during peak monsoon Mid-June to the beginning of September.
A river safari down the Narayani River can be both a soothing and exhilarating experience. Cruising on the wide expanse of the river, pockets of rapids propel the boats along, as gentle waves lap at the sides. Sitting inside a Tiger Tops 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. This activity is available throughout most of the year except during peak monsoon Mid-June to the beginning of September.
Nepal is considered a bird watching sanctuary, with an astounding 848 species identified across the country. In the company of an expert naturalist, Tiger Tops will guide you through an unbeatable bird watching tour, identifying species from grassland, farmland, forest and aquatic habitats. With a list of birds to tick off as you go, you’ll learn to recognize different species, their whistles and alarm calls. Beyond watching for birds, you’ll develop an insight into how birdlife are an integral part of Nepal’s abundant eco-systems. This activity is available at all times.
Enter the jungle on foot and go exploring with one of our naturalists. This is a great opportunity to spot wildlife, as it is much quieter than traveling by elephant or jeep. This means that there is the potential to encounter animals that may have otherwise have been scared off by the noisier modes of travel. It is also the perfect opportunity to take some macro shots or see up close the various foliage and smaller fauna around such as butterflies and insects. Walks can be done in the Buffer Zone or inside the National Park depending on interests and how long/far you would like to go for. Please discuss this with senior staff in advanced so that we may plan accordingly. This activity is available at all times.
Towards the East side of the lodge live the fishing communities. You will walk through two different types of communities; the Musahar and the Bote. These two communities have different dialects, physical features, and culture despite being so close to one another; see if you are able to notice the subtle differences that may otherwise go unnoticed. Along the way, you will pass many locals coming to or from fishing ponds that are protected by WWF for the local community. You will also pass many homestay accommodations that local people use to come on holiday and visit the area. Big crop fields surround the village and offer scenic views of the Mahabharat hills and the Annapurna mountain range in the backdrop. This activity is available at all times.
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