Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge - INTRODUCTION
Temple Tiger Jungle Lodges and Wildlife Camps one of the finest in Asia, is situated in the heart of Royal Chitwan National Park on the far western side and has the enviable distinction of being the best located property inside the National Park. This is proven by the record sightings of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, one horned Rhinoceros, crocodile and Gharial.
The territory of this fantastic reserve appeals to wildlife enthusiasts as well as visiting Ornithologists who consider our area a paradise for bird watching as both resident and migratory birds visit here in abundance.
Temple Tiger is the only Lodge inside the National Park of Chitwan, from where you can witness the natural game of prey and predator, from the hanging platform itself. This viewing deck, constructed above a huge man-made swamp provides a fantastic display of animals visiting the swamp or on the land.
Besides the view from your balcony, we also arrange jungle safaris on elephant back or by land rover. Nature walks accompanied by well-trained naturalists are very popular among nature lovers. Canoeing on the Narayani River provides an opportunity to watch gharial, dolphins and crocodiles from close quarters.
The Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge has tried and succeeded in creating a truly relaxing and welcoming atmosphere without disturbing the surrounding tranquillity of the jungle. There are 32 individual super deluxe jungle lodges. These wooden lodges or villas as they are called are on stilts and are equipped with all 5 star amenities and have a private balcony over-looking the grassland. The tastefully decorated rooms with Tharu artifacts have wall to wall carpets, a sofa and international size twin/ double bed, The spacious, attached bathrooms with running hot and cold water are a beautiful blend of wood, marble and bamboo (rattan). The thatched roofs of the villas are made from the abundant Siru grass therefore they blend easily into the surroundings. The tented camps are situated in the vicinity of the jungle lodges.
Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge (TTJL), one exotic jungle lodge in Chitwan National Park practices environmentally responsible and sustainable conservation tourism. We guarantee the maximum number of animal sightings. The lodge has plenty of guest rooms with double, single and tent house options available. Each room has attached modern bathrooms equipped with solar-heated showers & fans.
Established in the early 80s in the lush sub-tropical jungles of the Terai of Nepal for wildlife enthusiasts. Temple Tiger is located in the heart of Nepal ’s premier Chitwan National Park; a world heritage site and provides sensible comfort and skilled staff to ensure the finest wildlife safaris in Asia today. Chitwan is one of Asia’s richest and most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries and in 2003, rated this park as one of the best “Wildlife Safari Destinations of the World”. The location is among the best in the Chitwan National Park from wheremaximum animal sighting is guaranteed.
The Name Temple Tiger
Jim Corbett was a famous hunter and conservationist who lived in the region of Terai and Kumaon, in North India during the mid part of the 20th century. Being born in this region, he grew up in a mountainous & forest region, so was familiar with it. He loved the jungle, was very comfortable inside the forest, and could track down animals easily. He became very famous as a hunter, but he was not keen on the thrill of killing wild animals instead he killed those who were man-eaters only.
Some of the animals especially tigers and leopards that Jim Corbett killed were those who terrorized villages killing people as they moved around after dark. These animals had typically lost the ability to hunt their native prey, being either weak, or having suffered some wounds in battle, or having been shot and injured; in such a state, hunting humans was far easier than trying to kill their traditional prey. Villagers would call Jim Corbett to hunt down such animals, and he would track them, sometimes alone (accompanied by his dog) and hunt them down.
Splendid isolation has afforded rich pickings at Temple Tiger; set above a natural watering hole, our guests can enjoy unrivalled game viewing – from possible ‘prize’ tiger sightings, to crocodiles and antelopes, to the endangered Asiatic one-horned rhinos. Nature can be admired from the comfort of one’s own villa or from exciting customized trips on elephant-back or in open – top safari vehicles. The 31 villas offer sensible comfort in the very heart of the jungle. All our villas are built with sustainable natural materials. Each room has reading lamps, and attached modern bathrooms with solar heated showers.
Depending on time available and preferences, a number of options are available for the discerning traveler. International arrivals are all via Tribhuban Airport in Kathmandu(1300mtrs.) the capital city and heart of the culture of Nepal. Two hundred kilometres west lies Pokhara (1000mtrs.) at the foot of the great Annapurna mountain range. Between these two and in the lowlands to the south, is Chitwan National Park(200mtrs.)home to Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge.
By Air : The Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge in the Royal Chitwan National Park can be reached either by domestic airlines or the land route. 3-4 domestic airlines fly to Bharatpur which is a 25 minute flight. You will be met at the airport and driven to the Amaltari Ghat by a TTJL representative which will take 1hour 20minutes. On reaching the Ghat on the banks of the Narayani River, your jungle oddessy begins. Upon arrival, the guests will be transferred by riverboats and elephants/landrovers to the Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge.
By Land Route : Roads leading west from Kathmandu, or east from Pokhara meet midway between the two at Mugling. The main road turns south from here following the course of the Narayani through the middle hills to the Terai (lowlands) belt 35 kms south. At Narayanghat, we meet the Mahendra Highway and turn east through Chitwan. After about 50 kms, we drive south on a dirt road for the 15 kms drive to Amaltarighat.
The 190 kms. drive gives a fascinating view of life in rural Nepal, rivers, and villages, rice terraces and forested hillsides. A good option is to drive one way, fly the other.
By Raft : A thrilling activity can be incorporated into the drive About 2 ½ hrs. after leaving Kathmandu Charaundi is reached, from where the rafting begins. After 3 hours white water rafting on the Trishuli river, we arrive at Kurintar. There a packed lunch will be provided. Another 3hr. drive will take you to AmaltariGhat, on the banks of River Narayani. Variation in the rafting itineary can be arranged with trips lasting upto three days, camping enroute. For visitors from Pokhara it would be an overnight stay at a lodge and rafting on the Seti River. Special rafting itineraries ranging from a day to 15 days with all camping facilities can also be arranged. (see our special section on rafting).
All the guides possess knowledge about emergency medical treatment, on the flora & fauna and also about the geology & history of Nepal. River trips vary from one to ten days and from scenic floating to some of the most challenging white water rafting available in the world. All the equipment meet highest standards of comfort and safety including life jacket waterproof bags, ammo boxes & camping gears.