Tiger Tops Tharu Safari - INTRODUCTION
Just 13 kilometres downriver from Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge 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
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.