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
We arrived on May 19th and were very warmly welcomed by the staff of the hotel who were waiting for us waving. We were offered a towel to clean ourselves and a fresh juice. After check in we were shown our room and the view from our room was so lovely that we really fell in love with the place. Overlooking the forest and the flowing rapti river we could just relax sitting on our sit out. Hospitality was really good, food was also excellent. May 20th was our wedding anniversary and they really surprised us with decoration in our room and a very special dinner.
Everytime we went for a safari and came back the staff were waiting with towels and juice and we were really pampered.
Over all our trip to chitwan was a very memorable one which was made possible by the staff of meghauli serai.
The hotel was an enjoyable experience; the safari ain't like being in Africa!
The hotel restuarant meals were excellent. Service great. Accomodations were excelent. If you are into Rhinos, the safari was OK too! Rhinos, peacocks were in abundance.
Bottom line: If you are in Nepal do make the trip to Chitwan National Park and choose this hotel.
First, Chitwan National Park is not to be missed if you're in Nepal, and this hotel (sometimes referred to as the Taj) was unique and wonderful. Although the room was small-ish and the bathroom was roomy but laid out oddly, those were minor. The staff were phenomenal, catering to our needs--almost anticipating them. The guide associated with the hotel, who took us on a jungle walk and 4-hour jeep ride was probably the best game preserve guide we've had (including those at Kruger in South Africa and Chobe in Botswana). Great food, great staff, great experience.
I went there with my family and it was really nice . The beds were very comfortable and I had a very nice sleep. There were also boat rides which were very peaceful. One thing that they should of had was a shallow end of the swimming pool as there was only a deep bit and a really shallow bit. Other than that, it was one of the best hotels I have ever been in!
What an amazing hotel -Thanks to komal, roshan, chef (lekhraj), hemraj, Arjun, Sanjay and all the staff at this resort, they welcomed us and shared their food, culture and wildlife and what an incredible gift.
My husband and I stayed 4 nights here and had a fantastic time. Would definitely recommend the wildlife safari plan, the food included is amazing, and they were really happy to cater our vegetarian and vegan dietary requirements.
Special thanks to Arjun, our fantastic guide sharing the delights of chitwan forest. We saw loads of rhinos, monkeys, crocodiles, deers and loads of other animals and birds on our whole day walk and multiple jeep safari
Also particularly thanks to Sanjay, who went above and beyond to give us an amazing time. We were so happy with the private dinner that they organised for us. It was a small additional fee but Sanjay set up a beautiful, romantic setting, and the chef, lekhraj prepared an amazing surprise 4 course Italian meal.
Also we were incredibly touched when Sanjay and the staff brought forward some of their holi celebrations so we wouldn’t miss out!