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
Upon arrival after a 45 min drive from airport, we were greeted by the whole team. The entrance and lobby is amazing looking at the beautiful swimming pool. Behind the swimming pool is the river. Complete silence and quiet.
Rooms are very nice and I have to say the website is under estimating the rooms. Decor is nice .
They have a very nice library next to ten lobby.service is excellent .
2 points I would like to mentikn: we did a boat ride over the river. At the landing point we walked and then they prepRed drinks and a bite but stinks we chargeable. This should not be. Its not suitable for this level of hotel. Doht do it or give drinks you can bear the cost but dong charge.
The food at restaurant was ok. But can be improved. Otherwise a real escape. The safari is not as in Adrica bit stil.is a very nice experience. The naturalists are knowledgeable and its interesting.
We were 2 families all together 9 people. All adults. When making the booking we did not realize how amazing is the place. Isolated on the river bank with amazing view wherever you go. We stayed there for 2 nights and took advantage of all activities. Boat ride was great. Elephant ride in the morning was amazing. 2 hours in the jungle. Big wow. We even manage to see the rhinos. All followed by bathing with the elephants, an experience we never had before. In the afternoon we had the safari ride. Not too many animals but still great.
Service was amazing. All tried to assist. There was nothing we asked for and didn't get.
We didnt book the villas and were happy with the choice as our rooms where at the 3 floor with amazing view.
Food was ok. We probably has enough with local food.
Overall this is a great and laxurious resort where you can spend at least 2 nights or more both to relax and or enjoy the jungle around.
Very highly recommended
Me and seven of my friends stayed here for a night and the experience was awesome. Wish we could stay here for little longer. Roshan was amazing in providing us everything we needed and Sanjay made sure the food served were delicious. Hoping to visit again. The rooms were clean and spacious and the pool was breathtaking.
Within hours of my arrival, I fell from a stoop outside my room door. I fractured the 5th metatarsal bone in my foot, broke two fingers and severe bruising from my hip. All because of an unnecessary dangerous step at the hotel room door. I have tried repeatedly to get the Taj Group to have their insurance company pay for the bills. They have not returned my emails and completely ignored my requests for financial recovery on this. Four months into this and I am now on a bone stimulator to try to heal the break.
The hotel has dug in their heals to not help. The stoop outside the door should have been marked with some type of caution tape and signage inside and outside the room door. This would have alerted me to the dangerously small step. They didn’t even offer to put me in a lower floor, after the break, So I had to climb the 3 flights of stairs each time to my room. No elevators in this hotel. Complete negligence on their part and I would not recommend this resort due to its negligence. Taj Hotels thinks they can hide in India while having a worldwide presence. I cant imagine if you stayed in any of their hotels around the world; and if any accident might happen to the guest, they would ignore you. What a shame. You are taking your life in your own hands, staying with any Taj Hotel.
The elephant ride for $40 is a rip. You are wandering on elephant back for 45 minutes, through areas that the local villagers are working the river banks and no chance to see a Rhino with all that human presence out there. You have no choice but to eat at the hotel with expensive prices on food. All their excursions are overpriced. Steer away from this resort unless you have a fat wallet.
Best part. The staff were outstanding and only saving grace for this place.
You will not find service of this calibre anywhere in Nepal. I visited this property for my birthday and was surprised at every turn by thoughtfulness, consideration, and care. The team here goes above and beyond to make sure guests are satisfied and happy --- as a result, I experienced a magical celebration and an unforgettable stay. If you are celebrating a special occasion, Meghauli can't be beat. Beautiful setting, delicious F&B, top-notch hospitality, and flawless housekeeping. Highly recommended.