For wildlife lovers who want creature comforts alongside rhino, tiger and sloth bear sightings, Meghauli Serai, bordering Chitwan National Park, Nepal, provides pitch-perfect service— marrying hospitality from the Taj hotel group with ‘naturalists’ (park rangers) trained by South Africa’s &Beyond group.
The best activity on offer is getting into the shallow Rapti river to give Anjali the elephant a bath. The mahout makes the gentle pachyderm lie on her side, while delighted guests climb atop her to get sprayed with water. The resort makes clear that the elephant, which is owned by the mahout, is tame and humanely treated. Working with the elephants and their mahouts also aids in sustaining for their livelihood and providing care for the elephants.
Food & drink
Dinner includes inventive Nepali fare such as nettle soup and a stew made with over 70 types of local lentils. Served on a stone plate, the robust grilled meats and organic vegetables from the garden are delicious. Most diners opt to eat under the stars in the balmy weather. Romantic candlelit dinners can be served on a deck right next to the river.
Lunch is typically continental with sandwiches, pastas and French fries. The pre-game-drive dawn breakfast includes oatmeal served with optional Grand Marnier or Bailey’s Irish Cream. For those who skip the game drive, breakfast at a more civilised hour comes with eggs, pancakes, and Indian or Nepali dishes.
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