We took two local buses and for 4 days didn't see any tourists to the last village in Madi and Chitwan National Park called Tamta Bazar. After the quaint village it's all jungle until you reach India. The buses get searched coming out of these villages because of drug smuggling and other contraband. Natasha joked "imagine if we got caught with something." This is a Nepali two story nature lodge this passionate and proud man named Ramakanta built. He was born and raised on this land and his ancestors walked 8 days with all their belongings to built on this land. As the oldest boy he inherited the land and raised 3 children with his wife Deepa. One year the river overflowed and flooded their rice and crops. With no subsistence, him and his family had to move away to Pokhara. He said that he shed tears that day and vowed he will return to this land and prosper again. He became a mountain guide in the Annapurna range and soon saved enough to buy a boat for tourism on Phewa lake. When he started building on his land, his family and villagers thought he was crazy and no one would come with village being so remote and absolutely no tourist infrastructure nearby. He officially opened on 2015 and he has very little customers because of earthquake that year and then 2016 buses stopped running all over Nepal because of oil trade issues with India. We are so happy to hear that with Airbnb and increase in tourism the last two years, his business is picking up. Ramakanta is really fun to hang out with and his enthusiasm infectious. Deepa makes incredible dal bhat and all the veggies are home grown and local. This room is the lesse dai room and has a wrapping porch all around it. We meditated, read, did yoga, edited photos, applied for visas, went for jungle walks and learned a lot from Ramakanta. Please visit Shantaghar if you can, it's a very special place with special people. I will post some photos of the village next.