Cultural Encounters, Jungle Walks, Elephant Rides

Overview

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 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

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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

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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.

Details

Length: 3 days
Cost From: $720  
Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
Depart: Kathmandu, 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