Temple Tiger Lodge, Chitwan
Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge is situated in the forests of Royal Chitwan National Park, on the banks of the Narayani River.
There are 33 individual jungle lodges ('villas') built on stilts (below right); each has a private balcony overlooking the grasslands. The tastefully decorated rooms with Tharu artifacts have wall to wall carpets, a sofa and international size twin or double bed. There are attached bathrooms with running hot and cold water.
There are two areas for dining: the Square Dining Hall and the smaller Round Dining Hall, both constructed in authentic gazebo-style to blend with the jungle,
The lodge was conceived as an environment friendly endeavour. Not a single tree has been cut down to accommodate the buildings and construction has been completed with minimum destruction to Nature. The original inhabitants of the jungle, the Tharus, have been relocated in villages around the jungle and have been educated on conservation issues. There is a shop on the Temple Tiger premises promoting and selling Tharu artifacts of which 50% of the sale goes towards the development of the community. Various other such schemes have been taken up by Temple Tiger in a bid to promote local development.
The Temple Tiger team of professionals provide excellent service, organising activities like rafting, bird-watching or elephant back excursions (below).