Into the Wild Eco Resort is located in one of the quieter areas of Chitwan National Park, on the banks of the Rapti River. Outwardly the resort's cottages resemble traditional Tharu dwellings made of mud and thatch. Once inside you'll see that mod cons such as electricity, Wi-Fi and hot and cold running water have been incorporated to make your stay as comfortable as possible, and the balcony is an ideal place to rest and enjoy the tranquil scene.
Wildlife and nature are the main reasons for coming here, and you'll be able to explore by jeep and on elephant back as you seek out the park's animals and birds which include, of course, the Bengal tiger. Jungle and bird watching walks and canoe trips offer chances to get close to nature, and all excursions are led by resident naturalists. Staff can arrange visits to a local village for an insight into Tharu daily life and culture.
At the resort's restaurant you can sample tasty dishes created from produce grown in the organic gardens, and there's a terrace where you can talk to other guests as you enjoy views of the river. On some evenings there are slide shows about Chitwan's flora and fauna, and at other times you can watch Tharu dance performances.
Open: The resort is open all year. Reception is staffed 24 hours a day.
Location: Into the Wild is to the west of Sauraha in Chitwan National Park, overlooking the Rapti River. Bharatpur airport is about 15kms away.
Rooms: There are 14 cottages, all with en-suite bathrooms with full running water, shower, wash basin and flush toilet. Bedrooms are cooled by fans and lead out to private balconies.
Activities: Youâ€™ll have a choice of jeep drives, elephant-back rides, canoe trips on the river, nature walks and bird watching trips, all led by enthusiastic naturalist guides. Guides present slide shows on some evenings, to compliment the dayâ€™s activities. Staff organise guided trips to the local Tharu village, travelling by ox cart.
Facilities: The restaurant serves local, Indian, Chinese and continental dishes. There are regular displays of Tharu music and dance in the evening. The terrace has sofas and coffee tables and is a good place to relax with a drink between activities, and indoors thereâ€™s a lounge and bar. The resort is set in peasant gardens. The resort offers a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are eaten at individual or group tables in the restaurant.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in guest cottages, the reception area and restaurant.
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