Bardia National Park holiday, Nepal

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Bardia National Park holiday, Nepal

Environment

The lodge aims to demonstrate as many eco-friendly practices as possible. These include the first and so far only composting toilets in Bardia, which are combined with gravel drain fields. We are encouraging other lodges to try out this system which has proved very successful.
Electricity is generated through solar panels, with a backup from local hydroelectric mains power. Hot water is also provided via solar heating.
All buildings have been constructed from re-used local materials using traditional local Tharu building techniques with our own twist (for example we've used a mud brick base to the walls of the cottages to allow for larger windows and more light, while the majority of the construction remains from mud, grass and bamboo). Thatch for the roofs of the cottages and dining hall comes from the annual grass cut inside the park itself. Any new timber used (eg. window frames) comes from approved local sources.
Nearly all food is sourced and grown locally with only a few staples brought in. We are also developing our own kitchen garden and try to grow as many fruit trees within our gardens as possible (though during off season the local wild elephants do take their toll on these!). The lodge gardens are planted with native shade trees and as many flowering plants and bushes as possible to encourage insects and birdlife to visit.
Tourists staying with us also contribute to the protection of the local wildlife through their visits into the park and the income this generates for the park authorities.

Community

Profits from the operation of the lodge are re-invested in the local area and in supporting the national park and local community projects.
We use crafts people from the surrounding villages to make as many things for the lodge as possible. This has included using carpenters to make bed frames, tables, chairs, and bamboo bedroom furniture. Bedding in the cottages has also been sewn and produced by local women. Local farmers benefit directly as nearly all food used is grown nearby and purchased in Thakurdwara village market or directly from the farmers themselves.
The lodge was constructed completely by local craftsmen and labourers, with no electricity or power tools used. Construction materials were purchased from local villages (including some derelict houses which we bought, dismantled, moved and re-used).
We employ as many staff as possible who grew up within the immediate local area.
Our guests are encouraged to explore the local villages and farmsteads, not just to explore the park, and to make contact with the local community during their stay.
We are keen members of the Bardia tourist lodge association which promotes and encourages good relations between the tourist lodges, surrounding villages and the park management.

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