Tharu Lodge Extension

Cultural Encounters, Jungle Walks, Elephant Rides

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $660  
Length: 3 days
Arrive: Bharatpur, Nepal
Depart: Bharatpur, Nepal
Lodging: 2 nights at Tharu Lodge, with en suite rooms
Meals: All meals at Tharu Lodge
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Photography
Trip Level: Walking, Cultural Adventures
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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

Adjacent to Chitwan National Park in Nepal’s southern Terai zone, Tharu Lodge offers the perfect blend of a quiet wilderness retreat fused with local cultural encounters. Built in the longhouse style of Tharu architecture, the lodge is nestled into lush forest overlooking idyllic Terai landscapes. Dine al fresco under the shade of a mango tree, take a refreshing dip in Tharu’s pool, play a spot of tennis, ride an elephant, or stretch your legs on a jungle walk. We offer a 2-night, 3-day extension (see below) or a 3-night, 4-day extension (call for details).

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Kathmandu / Bharatpur / Tharu Lodge

Transfer to the Kathmandu airport in the morning and fly by light aircraft to Bharatpur (about a 20-minute flight), where you are met by a Tharu Lodge representative for a scenic drive to the property (about 1.5 hours). Enjoy lunch on arrival and the afternoon to settle in and explore the grounds or enjoy a swim in the pool.  After tea and biscuits later in the afternoon, we suggest a stroll to the village with one of our naturalists before returning to the lodge for dinner. Overnight at Tharu Lodge...LD

Day 2
Tharu Lodge

After breakfast (usually fresh fruit, yogurt, eggs, and bacon), you can choose your day's activities. With five resident elephants, lodge guests can enjoy an elephant safari into the community forest and past the green rice paddy fields. Afterwards, enjoy a gentle boating safari down the peaceful Narayani River, keeping an eye out for marsh muggers or the endangered gharial crocodile resting on the banks. You can also stretch your legs on a jungle walk, take a bullock cart ride through the surrounding villages to experience rural life in a Nepali farming community, or visit the Tiger Tops-Swiss Air Primary School, one of Tharu Lodge’s sites of community engagement.  A Nepali-style lunch will be served back at the lodge. This evening, the dancing troupe from the village will come and dance before dinner in their brightly colored costumes....BLD

Day 3
Bharatpur / Kathmandu

This morning after a leisurely breakfast, your luggage will be loaded aboard one of our vehicles ready to transfer you to Bharatpur airport in time for your scheduled light aircraft flight back to Kathmandu, where you are met for transfer to the hotel...B

Note: This is a sample itinerary. The exact order of activities may change upon your arrival at the lodge.

What the Trip is Like

All activities are optional and include guided jungle walks, a gentle river safari by boat, a chance to ride elephants, and a visit to the local school. Accommodations are in comfortable en suite rooms with ceiling fans and mosquito netting for the beds, with meals served in a dining room or al fresco in the evening around a roaring fire.

Explanation of Trip Levels

Extension Cost

Prices are for 2015
$660 per person, double occupancy
Solo Traveler: $910
Single supplement: $250
Internal airfare: $220 (subject to change)

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Services of local English-speaking guide
  • Accommodations
  • All meals at Tharu Lodge
  • Activities as indicated
  • Ground transportation and transfers as indicated

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare; any additional hotel nights that may be needed before or after your extension; airport departure taxes; any meals not specified after each itinerary day; gratuities to local guides, drivers, and transfer agents; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations; visa fees (if applicable); travel insurance; any other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, sodas, laundry, etc.).

Tharu Lodge

Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Peacefully set among the rural villages surrounding Chitwan National Park, Tharu Lodge has great charm, with large, simple rooms and excellent food served in the lovely garden or around the fire under the stars in the evenings. Most of the kitchen’s vegetables are supplied from their own organic farm (which you can tour). Activities include elephant rides, village walks, ox-cart rides, and sunset river safaris, a chance to spot sun-bathing crocodiles and incredible butterflies and birdlife. There is a swimming pool and well stocked bar. Service at Tharu is of a very high quality.

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.