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).
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Temple Tiger Jungle Hotel Chitwan National Park