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“For wildlife fantastic but some pretty major issues!”

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Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge
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“For wildlife fantastic but some pretty major issues!”
Reviewed 9 November 2011

As others have said temple tiger is located well within the park (canoe ride and jeep to get to it) and because of this the location is just brilliant for wildlife. For the three nights we stayed for we had a good time with great bird sightings, lots of rhinos, some other mammals/reptiles/insects.

The naturalists at the camp varied greatly in quality. On the first evening during a walk we had two very experienced naturalists and they were good. Two days later we had the operations manager go on a bird walk with us as well and he was also excellent. These experienced naturalists were continually pointing things out on the ground, on the bushes and in the trees. As you would expect from experts they could identify birds from just their calls. Regrettably for most of the time there we had a rather inexperienced chap who normally saw things after we had, was corrected by the elephant driver one time and identified a snake incorrectly (well he at least is going against all the opinions and images we have now seen on google). When trekking through the jungle for two hours he failed to point any wildlife out - I can't believe that there was no insect, bird, reptile or mammal there! At one time I asked him a question and he just didn't know so I tried the operations manager who gave a fascinating response about how that particular insect lived. I feel because of him we probably missed out on so much.

When staying here you need to be careful if a big tour group is also residing because the place just gets swamped out. With a tour groups of over 50 the quiet tranquility of the place was lost as happened on one of the nights we stayed.

The accommodation is also not in the best of condition and the place needs to have some money spent on it (or at least some of the hefty room rates put back into it!). The thatching of the lodges roofs looks as though they could do with being redone and the tarpaulin sheets covering a lot of the lodges (to make waterproof?) didn't inspire too much confidence. I have stayed in jungle type lodges before and this was by far the most basic accommodation I have experienced in this price bracket.

We were woken in the middle of the night by a strange noise. To begin with I thought (hoped) it was just a bird outside the window but using the torch provided slowly peered out of all of the windows to see if anything was outside but nothing was there. After several more loud noises, where it became more and more obvious that something was inside the bathroom I made first contact with Freddy the rat; well I think it was a rat as it had a long tail, big body and scampered around like one. At around the point that I was thinking of making it plainly obvious to Freddy that he wasn't welcome in the bathroom by throwing something at him I think he understood my thoughts and ran like hell behind the toilet and out of the bathroom. This wasn't a particularly nice experience and I guess the extra quieter noises we could hear in the roof were probably more of them. My wife seemed to think that there were rat droppings in the bathroom as well. That night was one that I really wished the room had permanent electricity so the lights could have been turned on but they always turned the electricity off at night. I don't know why a rat wanted to come into the room because we had no food there etc. Luckily we were moved to another room without even asking for the remaining nights!

It should be noted that some rooms are far better than others in terms of either getting an excellent view over the lake or a rather bad view straight into the camp.

I also have mixed feelings over the elephant safaris we went on. On the one hand it was brilliant going through the forest, grass land and river on elephant back and a truly unique experience. Where I began to have issues though was when we were given a talk on elephants where it was explained they were extremely intelligent animals. This made it even harder for me to accept them being chained up for a good portion of their life. I also found it very painful to watch one elephant driver prefer not to use the wooden stick to get the elephant to move but to vigorously beat the skull with a large metal rod and to also poke with the spike at the end. He removed a 5cm^2 area of the elephants skin when beating the elephant. He seemed to be the exception though as the other elephant drivers seemed to make do using just a wooden stick (which still wasn't that pleasant to watch).

Room Tip: Make sure you get a lodge facing onto the lake so you can see the rhinos from your balcony.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

The fact that this lodge is inside the park is a huge plus. Outside it would be just okay. However there have been rumors for about two years that a Maoist govt would remove all private lodges with in the park, so it is worth a visit while you can. I have been to Temple Tiger three times in the last two years. The food is good but not great - decent continental and tasty Nepali but mildly spiced for Western palates. The birding and naturalists are excellent. We saw a trogon - many people come just to see this one bird, so we were happy the third time. The staff try to meet your needs for early and late jungle walks in addition to the planned elephant excursions. Dress warmly in winter and for hot weather in summer--views of animals are best when the grass is shorter. We have seen many many rhinos, water birds, wild pigs, deer, snakes and even tarantulas! Hot water is limited as is electricity -we did not mind this. We did like the hot water bottles and having morning tea and coffee brought to the room. Little luxuries...

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

My partner and I spent two nights at this Eco resort and had a wonderful time.

We felt the isolation fairly early on when we were driven past a country town leading to a forest by the river. From there we were taken on a 30min canoe ride across the river followed by a 30 min bumpy jeep ride. We were met by the temple tiger team and the very friendly manager Pikash who went out of his way to ensure our needs were met.

We were given a small hut with separate beds. The hut was comfortable albeit warm given it was 28 degrees. All resorts in the national park are only allowed to have electricity I.e. Lights, hot water and fans between 5-8.30 in the morning and 6-10 at night. We had to request a fan on the second night as our hut did not have one. Given the hot climate ensure you have a bug repellant. Also the huts don't have a lock so ensure you bring your own for your valuables.

The food was simple but tasty, morning and dinner was continental fare whilst lunch was Nepali. Snacks throughout the day included tea coffee and popcorn.

The activities were wonderful. We had three elephant rides, a jeep ride, elephant briefing and a nature walk. The guides were quite knowledgeable and helpful. We saw many rhinos, monkeys, deer, crocodiles and so many birds. This is the deepest lodge in the national park so the likelihood of seeing more animals is increased. We also narrowly missed seeing a tiger, which our guide saw the tail end of.

Whilst there is a strong Eco friendly vibe there is potential to build on that given more funding. I definitely recommend this place!

  • Stayed October 2011
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 7 April 2011

Temple Tiger Lodge is located inside Chitwan National Park. The rooms are adequate and clean but don't expect luxurious. The best part of our stay was the elephant safaris. Unlike Parks in India, elephants are the primary transportation for game viewing. They can go where there are no roads, on the beach and through the forest. You should expect to spend 2-3 hours a day on elephant back. The boat rides are good but not that great for photography this time of year. The service is also outstanding, starting with tea and coffee service with your personal wake up call in the morning. Food was served buffet style but was very good.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2011

We had a good time here but we were here for the birds and we really lucked out with a great bird guide - without that it would have been hard to enjoy ourselves. The food here is absolutely awful. We have been to many safari locations over the years and while I understand that food preparation can be a challenge in more remote locations there really was no excuse for how bad the food was here - please tell me how you can manage to make toast taste bad?!?!?

The rooms are in depserate need of a reno and it is really obvious that the owner has lost interest in the place ( he lives in Kathmandu) because nothing has been updated in a long time.

Having said that, the staff are doing a great job with what they have - they are friendly, helpful, knowledgable and eager to please - and getting here includes a wonderful canoe ride across a beautiful river which is rather a nice start to your visit.

One note, they only take cash - although no-one tell you that - so make sure you have enough to cover your bar bill!!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 27 February 2011

Located deep inside the jungles, Temple Tiger is one of the finest wildlife lodges I ever visited. Reaching this camp itself is an experience - from the park gate you drive inside about 2km before getting into a boat to cross the Narayani river. A safari jeep waits on the other side which takes you through the safari tracks to the camp. En route, you are bound to see a lot of wildlife - birds, crocodiles, deer and even rhinos. The camp is set deep inside the forest with no fencing and no electricity. The accomodations are in individual cottages which are reasonably comfortable but very small in size. The camp runs various forms of jungle explorations - walking safari, elephant safari, jeep safari and boat safari. This camp is a must-include in any Nepal itinerary for adventure-loving travellers.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 December 2010

We stayed at Temple Tiger for three night and really enjoyed our stay.The en-suite cabins are basic but the location makes up for this even from the view point over the lake we saw rhino one evening and every elephant & jeep safari we saw rhino deer ect.The food and service was really good and the staff are very friendly.December in Chitwan can get cold at nights so while eating the evening meal or taking a drink at the bar camp fire the staff go and put hot water bottles in everyones beds.If you want Luxury then dont go there.but if you are happy with a clean simple cabin with good service and food and exelent rangers and wildlife viewing then temple tiger meets all these requirements.It does get damp in the mornings in December so teke warm clothes.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge
Address: Chitwan National Park | PO BOX 3968, Kamaladai, Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Region: Nepal > Central Region > Narayani Zone > Chitwan District > Chitwan National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Chitwan National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Temple Tiger is the only lodge inside the National Park of Chitwan from where you can witness the natural game of prey and predator, from the hanging platform itself. The viewing deck, constructed above a huge man-made swamp provides a fantastic display of animals visiting the swamp or on the land. Besides the view from your balcony, we also arrange jungle safaris on elephant back or by Land Rovers. Nature walks accompanied by well-trained naturalists are very popular among nature lovers. Canoeing on the Narayani River provides an opportunity to watch dolphins and gharial and mugger crocodiles from close quarters. ... more   less 
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Temple Tiger Jungle Hotel Chitwan National Park

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