Meghauli Serai, A Taj Safari Lodge
What We Love
- Rhino and crocodile sightings are practically guaranteed
- The lodge’s “anywhere, anytime” dining philosophy
- Private plunge pools in every villa
- Guests can assist a mahout bathe the resident elephant, Anjali
What To Know
- Though there is no spa, the Taj brand’s signature Jiva treatments are offered in the comfort of your room
- The park rangers here were trained by South Africa’s knowledgeable andBeyond group
- The concierge can coordinate village visits with the local Tharu community
- The lodge can arrange for chauffer-driven pick-ups from the three closest airports
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Sure, the days at this natural sanctuary begin at the crack of dawn—it’s the ideal time to explore the property’s awe-inducing backyard, the grasslands and forests of Chitwan National Park—but your exceedingly early start is sweetened with a breakfast of Grand Marnier-spiked oatmeal. (You’re in Taj territory, after all.) Combining extra-attentive service with under-the-radar settings is a matter of pride for this century-old Indian hotel chain. Here, the illustrious brand’s latest act unfolds in the lowlands of Nepal with 16 river-facing villas inspired by the local Tharu tribe (brush paintings on the walls; grass mats on the floors; outdoor Nepali showers known as dhunge dharas), all clad with contemporary creature comforts like claw-footed tubs and seamless Wi-Fi that make sure you’re adequately spoiled between your safari drives and jungle walks. Once you’ve had your fill of the area’s VIPs—one-horned rhinos, Bengal tigers, and over 500 bird species—devour an authentic Newari dinner, which might include masala-barbecued chicken and nettle soup, on the banks of the Rapti. Then sip a nightcap at the cozy library, well stocked with tomes on its enchanting subtropical backdrop.
In the Area
It’s best to fly into Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, then hop on a 30-minute flight to Bharatpur, where you’ll be picked up by a lodge-sponsored van (refreshments included) for the two-hour drive to Meghauli Serai. Though Chitwan Natinonal Park, which gained UNESCO World Heritage status over thirty years ago, remains the main attraction of the Terai region (virtually untouched by the catastrophic 2015 earthquake), as these lowlands are known, you can also venture on day trips to nearby Bhaktapur and Patan, ancient cities and once independent kingdoms of their own with carefully preserved royal palaces, temples, and art collections.
How to Get There
Where to begin?!? The accommodations are outstanding. We had a suite - each has its own private view to the river and a mini pool. The room was huge and very well appointed down to the hand painted walls. The bath had an outdoor shower option, which is always a plus for us.
The main area has a huge negative edge pool, lovely bar, and plenty of comfortable seating. Meals were all delicious! The chefs they have are incredible, especially considering how remote this place is.
And the staff!!! Our guide Man was friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about the environment and animals. Sanjay made sure we were delighted with extras, like the floating bar in the pool and a romantic dinner for two one night. We came back to the room to find a lovely bubble bath drawn in the claw-footed tub and two glasses of wine!
The highlights for us (yes, there’s more!) was seeing so many rhinos and taking the elephant bath - they showered us and then we got to bathe them. The elephants are rescues from an Indian park and are very well treated, which made us feel comfortable.
I could go on for paragraphs. Do not miss this opportunity if you are visiting Nepal!!
Meghauli Serai, A Taj Safari is exceptional. You will be greeted by music and warmly welcomed to the property. In my stay, half-board and daily a safari excursion was included. First day, we spotted a crocodile and a wild elefant during a short boat safair (with some drink and snack at the river ath the end of it), the other day some rhinos as well as deers, birds of course and some wild peacocks. In the first evening, we were served a local menue after performance of some local dances; the second evening I was served a candle light local dinner on the hotel terrace, lovely and very tasty. The service was incredible and our naturalist accompanying us during the safaris was a very modest and wise young man one could have excellent conversations with. The rooms are well appointed and stylish, mine had a plunge pool I truly loved and the walls of the rooms are painted with motives of local life painted by a local artist. I loved every minute of my stay here and wish I could have been staying more then two nights, just to relax. A big thank you goes to all the staff taking care of the guests.
hi a trip to Nepal chitwan was the most memorable one.. would cherish throughout life.. we were at this property for 4 days...many things to explore...room were big with private parking and also helipad just near to room.. Mr Sanjay the senior butler is full of energy and he keeps smiling all the time ..he planned a surprise candle light dinner for mom and it was amazing.. was overwhelmed.. Ms Pabitra from front desk guided us to reach hotel and was constantly in touch with us as we drove from India and was caring.. Mr Roshan too was very caring and happy to assist 24/7.. we felt like we are in home.. chef Kapil was amazing too... and naturalist Suman was amazing too...everyone took a very good care for us...
Thank you Taj meghauli