Meghauli Serai Chitwan National Park - A Taj Safari Lodge
Meghauli, Ward No 1, Narayani Nager Palika, Chitwan National Park, 44207 Meghauli, Nepal

Meghauli Serai is found on the banks of the Rapti River at the astoundingly beautiful Chitwan National Park in the lowlands of Nepal. Chitwan translates as “Heart of the Jungle” and the national park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. If you’re a lover of nature you will be absolutely spoilt for choice at the newly opened Meghauli Serai. At how many other hotels can you find 543 species of birds and 605 species of animals on the steps of your villa and where would you get the chance to spot the rare and endangered one-horned rhinoceros? A chance of a lifetime holiday and only a 20 minute flight away from Kathmandu International Airport so there is no reason not to visit.

The Rooms

The 30 air conditioned rooms at Meghauli Serai are perched on the edge of the Rapti River so you will not only have amazing views of the wildlife but also of the Himalayan landscape. 16 of the Villas have private plunge pools and the decor is based on that of the local Tharu tribal homes with thatched roofs, mud walls and pebbled footpaths. Don’t forget to opt for the romantic bath turn downs!

BARS & RESTAURANTS

You won’t have to worry about finding somewhere to eat while at Meghauli Serai since they have a range of dining options available including eating under the stars and romantic candlelit dinners served on a deck right next to the river. The hotel operates an “anytime, anywhere” dining concept and offers local Nepali dishes and delicacies such as nettle soup and a stew made with over 70 types of local lentils.

After a day of wildlife spotting you’ll be looking for something more substantial so why not try the variety of grilled meats and fresh vegetables (served on a stone plate) from the organic garden. Lunch is typically continental with sandwiches, pastas and French fries. The pre-game-drive dawn breakfast includes oatmeal served with optional Grand Marnier or Bailey’s Irish Cream. For those who skip the game drive, breakfast at a more civilised hour comes with eggs, pancakes, and Indian or Nepali dishes.

Facilities

Apart from an amazing
choice of safaris on offer including Safaris in customised 4x 4 vehicles with naturalists (skilled experts who interpret the sights and sounds of the forest), Walking safaris amidst tall grasses and Elephant safaris you can also try out the Jiva Spa with its ancient wellness treatments. There’s also a well-stocked library, canoeing trips, pottery classes and don’t miss the chance to feed and bathe an elephant!

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