Taj Safaris’ new Meghauli Serai Lodge at Chitwan National Park in Nepal aims to bring the brand’s offering of luxury wildlife travel to guests whilst ensuring that it remains harmonious with, and nurtures, the environment and local communities.
Committed to improving the quality of life of its local communities through its focus on Livelihoods, Neighbourhoods and Welfare; and EARTH (Environment Awareness and Renewal at Taj Hotels) the lodge employs 95% of its staff from nearby villages and incorporates décor made by local Tharu women.
Working with local farmers all menu ingredients at the resort are sourced from within a 50 mile radius, including its two on-site gardens.
The hotel also boasts its own sewage treatment plant, one of the few hotels in Nepal that have this facility, which helps conserve water from the river Rapti. Marking the company’s first foray into wildlife destinations outside of India, the lodge offers 13 well-appointed rooms that offer elevated views over the jungle-scape, 16 independent villas each with their own private plunge pools and the Rapti Mahal presidential suite.
Over and above wildlife safaris other resort activities include canoeing down the river Rapti, spa treatments, learning how to use a potter’s wheel, and visits to nearby Tharu villages for an immersive experience of the indigenous culture and life.