Taj Safaris, the creators of India’s first luxury wildlife travel circuit in Madhya Pradesh, today announced the opening of its first lodge outside India: Meghauli Serai at UNESCO World Heritage listed Chitwan National Park, Nepal.
The jungle jewel of an ancient kingdom
In a land of snow peaks and sherpas, yaks and yetis, monasteries and mantras, where ancient temples, shrines, palaces and monuments offer a glimpse into the past, Chitwan National Park is a real jewel. Its dramatic landscapes of dense Sal groves, thick grasslands and meandering water bodies, coupled with the breathtaking wildlife, make it one of the most sought after destinations in Nepal. From its prime position nestled on the banks of the Rapti river, Meghauli Serai offers spectacular views of the park across the river from its 30 rooms and suites.
Chitwan National Park is home to an astounding 550 native bird species, including the Great Hornbill, Ruddy Shelduck and Pied Kingfisher, and approximately 68 species of mammals. The majestic Royal Bengal tiger, leopards, wild dogs and sloth bears are in abundance in this natural paradise, but the park’s main attraction is the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros. With its armour-like body plates and a solitary horn, the rhino is the Park’s local celebrity.
Rohit Khosla, Sr. Vice President – Operations, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces said: “We are delighted to extend the legendary Taj hospitality to guests in Nepal. The Taj group has a pioneering reputation for creating destinations and we are very proud to present the latest Taj Safaris’ Meghauli Serai Jungle Lodge at Chitwan National Park. We are committed to adding value to the community and the region.”
Local meets luxury at Meghauli Serai
From its 13 well-appointed rooms that offer elevated views over the jungle-scape to the 16 independent villas each with their own private plunge pools and the plush Rapti Mahal presidential suite, the lodge takes local traditions to a luxurious setting. Meghauli Serai has incorporated local hues into its design and operations for truly sustainable touches. From its Newari and Tharu-inspired front doors and the use of natural earthy tones that reflect the landscape, to the locally-sourced ingredients that foreground Tharu tastes in inventive cuisine, the lodge offers a relaxing setting for discovery.
Interpretive wildlife experiences allow guests to discover and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Nepal. Safaris on elephant-back, by jeep and jungle walks give a whole new perspective on jungle life. Walks through the local Tharu village showcase traditional village life, where guests can learn the tricks of moonshining for traditional brews or get a taste of fresh homemade Nepalese pickle. Canoeing on the Rapti river or trekking through the awe-inspiring Himalayan foothills will satisfy the adventure-seekers. When it’s time to relax, nowhere is more suitable than with the signature spa treatments or by the cool water of the infinity pool, overlooking the tranquil flow of the Rapti river.
Mridula Tangirala, Director of Operations at Taj Safaris said: “Taj Safaris believes that the best wildlife experience is interpretive and rooted in the local wildlife and community through a proven sustainable ecotourism model. Our four luxury jungle safari lodges in Madhya Pradesh’s tiger country created India’s first luxury wildlife travel circuit. With this exciting opening in Nepal, we are looking forward to welcoming guests for immersive wildlife experiences in the ‘heart of the jungle’ at our newest destination, Meghauli Serai.”
Meghauli is easily accessible from Kathmandu by road or by flight. It takes a short 20 minute flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur airport, followed by a 45 minute or 30 kms drive to Meghauli Serai Jungle Lodge in Chitwan National Park.
An alternative is to take a private charter from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, to the Meghauli Airstrip in Chitwan. Helicopter charters are also available from Kathmandu to Meghauli Serai Jungle Lodge.