Monday, December 30, 2013

Jungle Villa begins full-fledged operation

KATHMANDU, Dec 27: Jungle Villa Resort, a deluxe jungle resort in Chitwan, has started full-fledged operation. The resort has 25 rooms in 14 huts equipped with all modern amenities.

Established at an investment of Rs 100 million, the resort is targeting both foreign and domestic visitors who want to enjoy jungle safari in a peaceful environment.
“Now we can accommodate 50 guests per night,” Ganesh Poudel, managing director of the resort, told Republica. “We can also accommodate more guests in tented camps.”

Poudel further informed that the resort was planning to 25 more rooms within a year keeping in view the growing number of guests visiting the resort.
Located near the Kasara-based headquarters of Chitwan National Park (CNP), the resort lies around 160 km south-west of Kathmandu.

Jungle Villa is sprawled over two hectares of well-managed private forest land on the banks of the Rapti River that adjoins CNP which is home to the endangered one-horned rhinos, Royal Bengal Tiger and other species of flora and fauna.

“Our guests can enjoy view of endangered wildlife and rare birds of CNP as well as Ghariyal crocodile in the Rapti River from our specially designed terrace,” claimed Poudel.
Jungle Villa organizes different activities like elephant ride, jungle drive, village tour, bird watching, jungle walk and cultural programs performed by indigenous Tharu and Darai communities. The resort also offers tour to Ghariyal breeding center and wildlife museum in CNP headquarters at Kasara.

The resort mainly offers two types of packages - one-night, two-day and two-night, three-day, for its visitors. The two-day, three-night package costs US$ 250 per person for foreign visitors and Rs 10,000 for Nepalis.

“We also design packages as per the interest of our visitors,” Poudel said, adding that the resort was soon announcing special offer for holidaymakers and winter vacationers.
Experienced naturalists and tour guides, who accompany visitors on jungle safari trips, provide detailed information about different species of flora and fauna available in CNP, according to Poudel.

The restaurant at Jungle Villa serves Continental, Indian, Chinese and Nepali cuisines prepared by experienced chefs. The resort is also building a well-equipped meeting hall to organize meetings and seminars.

In its bid to support local people, the resource has been sourcing chicken, mutton, eggs and vegetables from local farms. “Not only that, more than 75 percent of our 45-member staff are from local indigenous community,” added Poudel.

The resort is also involved in different social works. It has been distributing concrete rings to the local people free of cost to collect garbage. “We are also planning to award a local villager who makes remarkable contribution in environment conservation,” he added.

Published on 2013-12-28 03:35:19

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