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
Thank you to Natalie and the whole team for making me feel so welcome as a solo traveller. The location is fantastic, the service and attention to your every need is almost presient! The jungle safari and boat trip, complete with surprise ending, will stay with me forever. Thanks for a truly memorable visit.
Absolutely beautiful place and setting right on the banks of the Rapti River. Great, spacious and comfortable accommodations with great food. Staff couldn't be more attentive and sweet. My specific shout outs to Roshan, Buddhi and Natalie. The safari choices are plentiful and fantastic.
As a professional traveller, being a tour guide, I must say that very few lodges and I have visited a lot, can compare to the Meghauli serai.
The location amazing. The personalized service impeccable.
The activities perfectly organized.
Last but not least the team of staff. EXCELLENT.!!!
On behalf of my group thank you for the memorable experience.
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