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
From the first welcoming moment of drums, smiles and clapping to the fond adieu of collective waves by the team, Meghauli Serai is an experience in itself. The service was impeccable and the villas, utterly luxurious with absolute attention to detail and vignettes that are the quintessence of luxury. The bedroom and bathroom sport large spaces with amazing lookouts over a mini-infnity plunge pool overlooking the paddies. The scenery is calming as it is serene. Absolute privacy is guaranteed and if you don't want to go on a game drive, the resort just embraces you in luxurious care. From a four-legged bath, to an indoor shower and outdoor shower spout that includes a day bed bathed in sunlight, his and her sinks, lots of towels and good quality amenities, the bathroom is just one of those places you can even sit and read a book.The resort prides itself on having team members who are of the Tharu (jungle) tribe, showcasing their cuisine and cultural mores, legends and habits. Meals are plated which is a lovely exception to the buffets that are normal and a full on bar with an expert barman puts you in high spirits. True infinity is reflected in the massive swimming pool in which panoramic views are echoed. The architecture and interiors are extraordinarily beautiful, with alot of thought given to the overall look and feel of the resort. The naturalists are as attentive - taking you through paths, onto rivers and into the forests for your glimpses rhino and if you're lucky, leopard, elephant and tiger. To me, the entire resort spoke of sincere hospitality coupled with genuine warmth and need to make every guest very special
After a 7 hour drive from Kathmandu we arrived at Meghauli Serai. It was a tough journey. But as soon as we went through the gates of the property everything was forgotten. Staff welcomed us at reception clapping and singing. A soon as we arrived we got an upgrade to a villa with private pool. The staff was AMAZING. In the afternoon we did a boat safari with at the end drinks and snacks to see the sunset. In the evening locals came out to perform some local dances while we had dinner outside. Unfortunately the next day it was raining heavily and we had to turn back from our jeep safari. Special thanks to Sanjay for his explanation of the culture and the local foods. Treatinging us to local foods. Very delicious. Sanjay is a wonderful host, very proud of his legacy. Lekhraj, the cook, amazing what he can do with food. Very impressed. Also want to thank Chitra, Roshan, Camelle and Asbin the naturalist. We highly recommend this property from Taj. Lots of privacy. Beautiful setting.Don't be fooled by the way 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!!