Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge


Established in 1973, Chitwan National Park is the oldest national park in Nepal. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, it is home to a wealth of rare and endangered species- including the Bengal tiger, the one-horned rhinoceros and the sloth bear. It is a birder’s paradise, and a nature-lover’s haven. Situated on the boundary between the park and the surrounding townships, Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge was Chitwan’s first safari camp. Powered by solar energy and almost completely self-sufficient, Tharu Lodge offers its guests the opportunity to explore this beautiful jungle region through a range of safari options that includes elephant trekking, river cruises and jeep tours. It also abuts the rural village of Tharu, and works closely with the local community to allow guests an insight into traditional Nepalese life. 


  • Experience the thrill of encountering Nepal’s iconic wildlife on a Tharu elephant safari
  • Enjoy a sedate river cruise whilst keeping an eye out for the endangered gharial crocodile
  • Connect with the local Tharu people during a visit to Tiger Tops Swiss Air Primary School
  • Revel in the sumptuous cuisine produced by Tharu Lodge’s organic kitchen 


Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Best time to go

Between June and September, Nepal experiences heavy rains as part of its monsoon season. In terms of climate, the best times to visit Chitwan National Park are from September to November, and from March to May. 

Our thoughts

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge has become famous not only for the quality of its ethical elephant safaris, but also as an example of eco-tourism at its very best. Tharu follows rigorous sustainability policies designed to protect the environment in which it is located. Consequently, those that stay here can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from a truly authentic, low-impact safari experience. 

  • Swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Expert naturalists
  • Guided treks and safaris
  • Domestic elephants


The restaurant at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge uses only the freshest organic produce, much of which comes directly from the lodge’s own kitchen garden. Specialising in seasonal Nepalese and Continental cuisine, the restaurant’s meat and fish dishes are sustainably sourced, so that all meals are as ethical as they are delicious. Tharu Lodge focuses on creating mouth-watering, wholesome food that is good for both body and soul. 

In accordance with the lodge’s eco-friendly identity and safari aesthetic, accommodation at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge is simple yet comfortable. The main house comprises twelve fan-cooled bedrooms, all of which boast clean, spacious interiors and an en-suite shower-room. For those adventurous souls seeking to truly reconnect with nature, Tharu also offers twelve safari tents. 

  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Elephant safaris
  • Walking safaris
  • Jeep safaris
  • River cruises
  • Bird watching
  • Village tours
  • Primary school visits

Children are more than welcome at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, which prides itself on offering an awakening jungle experience to guests of all ages. In particular, children will relish the opportunity to interact with Tharu’s domestic elephants during feeding and bathing time. 

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