Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge - INTRODUCTION
Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, situated 75 miles south west of Kathmandu, at an elevation of 450 feet above sea level, is in the heart of Royal Chitwan National Park, a 500 square miles area of tall grassland and magnificent forests and wetlands.All the double rooms, many in tree-houses or private bungalows, are attractively furnished with solar shower, fan and lighting.The Gol Ghar (Round House) forms the centre of the lodge and contains the dining hall and lounge area. With its huge domed roof and central open hearth it will be your special place for relaxation. Nepalese and Western cuisineis served and a fully stocked bar is open till the last guest retires to bed.
Activities at the Lodge and Tented Camp include safaris on elephant and by river boat, jungle walks, birdwatching excursions, and expeditions by Landrover. Our renowned naturalists, (some of whom have over 30 years' experience), will introduce you to the fantastic array of flora and fauna in the Park. (They will be at hand all times to answer your questions.) The wildlife of Chitwan includes the endangered Greater One Horned rhinoceros, several species of deer, sloth bear, wild boar, fresh water dolphin, the marsh mugger and gharial crocodiles, over 450 species of birds, leopards and the elusive, Royal Bengal tiger.
Established in the early 60s in the lush sub-tropical jungles of the Terai of Nepal for wildlife enthusiasts, Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge is the pioneer wildlife safari lodge of Nepal and Asia . Tiger Tops is located in the heart of Nepal ’s premier Royal 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 iExplore, rated this park as one of the best “Wildlife Safari Destinations of the World”.
Established in the early 60s in the lush sub-tropical jungles of the Terai of Nepal for wildlife enthusiasts, Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge is the pioneer wildlife safari lodge of Nepal and Asia . Tiger Tops 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 iExplore, rated this park as one of the best “Wildlife Safari Destinations of the World”.
Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge (TTJL), in common with the entire Tiger Mountain Group, practices environmentally responsible and sustainable conservation tourism. Our lodges and camps are used as models throughout Asia . Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge’s famous tree houses and bungalows are built with sustainable natural materials. The lodge has twenty guest rooms with double, single and triple bed options available. Each room has solar powered reading lamps, ceiling fans, attached modern bathrooms equipped with solar-heated showers. The Lodge’s photovoltaic solar power plant is the largest in Nepal.
A feature of the lodge is the circular Dining Hall and Bar called a Gol Ghar with its huge domed roof and central open hearth; a special place to relax with friends and discuss the day’s adventures and wildlife seen. The lodge has a reputed kitchen that serves a range of western and Nepali cuisine utilizing fresh organic food supplies, some from Tiger Mountain Organic Farms – the company’s organic demonstration and development farms are located just outside the park at Meghauli and adjacent toTiger Tops Tharu Lodge. All meals, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and light snacks are included in the rate. Special menus are available for children, those with special dietary needs and the kitchen can also supply a range of Japanese dishes on request. The fully stocked bar will provide international cocktails and a range of special local ones such as the renowned Tiger Tops Special. A selection of wines is also available. Each evening a range of complimentary snacks and nibbles are provided to go with evening drinks before dinner. The bar remains open until the last guest retires.
As the focus of the Lodge is wildlife safaris, you can expect the finest naturalists and guides available in Nepal. Unlike any other lodge in Chitwan, all Tiger Tops’ naturalists have passed a rigorous examination and have more individual years’ experience than the combined expertise of many other organizations. With highly trained elephants, environmentally cared-for vehicles and safe river boats, safaris can cover the surrounding jungles in search of Chitwan’s wildlife – the Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian One-horned Rhinoceros, Indian bison – known as Gaur in Nepal – Sloth Bear, Leopard, Golden backed Jackal, four deer species and a wealth of bird life. One of the highlights of a visit to Tiger Tops is a jungle walk with an expert naturalist to spot rare birds and learn the diverse uses of local plants for medical and culinary purposes.
Apart from being a tourism organization, Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge is also the initiator of “Responsible” or “Sustainable Tourism” in Nepal long before Ecotourism became a buzzword. Tiger Tops, in association with the UK charity International Trust for Nature Conservation (ITNC), conducts a range of research programmes and data collection, making this available to national authorities, individual researchers and other charities. The lodge has been recognized internationally as a leader in anti-poaching, wildlife crime and conservation activities.
Tiger Tops, although located in the remote jungle, employs many local staff and is honoured to have been part of the community for over 40 years. The Lodge organizes and supports a range of community programmes, education, rural health, family planning and other activities to enhance rural livelihoods and sustainability of the community.
Nothing can quite capture the mystical experience of travelling through the primeval grasslands of Chitwan atop an elephant that is rumbling its suspicions that a tiger is on the prowl in the first light of day. Come and experience this magic with Nepal ’s leading conservation organisation supported through tourism.
Tiger Sighting at Tiger Tops (Jan-May 2008)
Between January and May, Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge had fifty-seven guest tiger sightings. Some guests saw up to three tigers at one time although we count that as a single sighting. The highest number of sightings was in May when nineteen were seen—every other day. Tiger Tops Tented Camp guests saw one or more tiger thirty-eight times between January and May. The highest was in March when thirteen were spotted. Sightings were divided between elephant safaris and jungle drives with a weighting towards safaris this season. Four sightings were from the camp itself and a couple while on jungle walks –- the ultimate sighting!
Tiger & Leopard Sightings Sept. 2006 - Dec. 2007
Between September 2006 and May 2007, guests from the Jungle Lodge in Chitwan spotted a tiger 47 times while there were 7 leopard sightings in the same period. From October 2006 to May 2007 guests from the Tented Camp spotted a tiger 33 times while there were 3 leopard sightings. Between September 2007 and December 2007, there were 17 tiger sightings by guests from the Jungle Lodge. Meanwhile guests from the Tented Camp reported 10 tiger sightings between October 2007 and 11th December 2007.
Tiger Mountain Charities
As part of its commitment to sustainable and environmentally responsible conservation tourism, all Tiger Mountain properties value tourism with a conscience.
There are a range of charitable organisations supported by the group as well as projects run directly by various Tiger Mountain Properties. These are all projects identified by the community and tend to focus on health, education and the environment. Tiger Mountain provides administrative and logistic support as well as funding and gratefully acknowledges the magnificent support of our many guests from around the world who have assisted in so many projects. There are too many supporters to enumerate here but we are immensely indebted to them all for their commitment to the development of Nepal.
Projects at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge
Projects at Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge
Projects at The International Trust for Nature Conservation
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