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Sauraha Chitwan

Sauraha Chitwan

Sauraha is a village in Chitwan District of Nepal situated close by the Rapti River and the Chitwan National Park. It is the eastern gateway to Chitwan National Park and jungle safaris for the budget, mid-priced and 3-4 star tourists. Beginning literally as minuscule and very quaint Tharu village of mud and daub huts and houses, with a moiety dozen mud and daub hotels, it has grown into a diminutive quiet town full of western style hotels and resorts, restaurants, internet cafes, and gift shops. Sauraha Chitwan

Jungle/wildlife safaris by foot, jeep, and elephant. You are for sure to optically discern the rhinoceros. Additionally many types of deer, monkeys, and Bengal tiger. Bird optically canvassing in and around the jungle. Especially Bish Hajar Taal (20,000 lakes) wetlands area approximately 10 kilometers north-west from Sauraha.

Visit Sauraha Chitwan

An expeditiously growing but still minuscule village that caters to the desiderata of the visitors to Chitwan National Park, the best-kenned safari park in Nepal. It is located 160 km by road from Kathmandu, 155 km by road from Pokhara and 160 km by road from the Indian border at Sunauli. The Chitwan National Park (R500 ingress fee) is home to Bengal tigers, rhinoceroses, bears, leopards, crocodiles and monkeys amongst others, and hundreds of species of birds and butterflies. The village of Sauraha is disunited from the national park by the Rapti River, which is safe to swim in. During the dry season, one can wander the sand dunes of the shrunken river. It is possible to ambulate for miles along the mud roads west, north and east of the village to other, rural Tharu villages.

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Elephant Bath at Sauraha (Pic by Sagar Giri)

When to go:

The dry season would be best (November-April) and March would be the ideal time. The daytime temperature is not too sultry and the elephant grass in the national park has been cut, sanctioning for better animal spotting.

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How long:

You might genuinely like the laid-back atmosphere and stay longer than you had pristinely orchestrated. The diminutive village has a few restaurants a la Pokhara and Thamel, but local-style eateries as well. There are no asphalt roads here, just dirt/mud tracks and scarcely any traffic. Life is tranquil here. You will operate to spend at least one day in the national park, and a couple more days to ambulate/bike around about. Give yourself at least a minimum of three days.

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What to do at Sauraha Chitwan

Watch the sunset over the National Park / Go for a ride on an elephant / Birdwatch on the aberrantly-designated 20,000 lake / Stay overnight in the jungle spotting wild animals from the lookout tower / Watch a Tharu cultural show/Hire a bike and wander about Tharu villages / Swim in the river and optically canvass the elephants being bathed / Drink cool potations at one of the “beach” bars / Go for a jungle safari on foot, by elephant or by jeep / Go for a canoe trip on the river.

What you may not like:

Mosquitoes at certain times of the year (nets are provided in hotels/lodges) / The overzealous hotel touts at the bus park (simply board any jeep that will take you the 3 km to the village. If you stay in the hotel the jeep goes to the ride is free. If you don’t relish the look of the lodge, hand the driver R30 for the ride and operate another place).

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Rapti River, Sauraha Chitwan

Where to stay:

Twenty years ago when Sauraha was a one-horse village, the only places to stay were the lodges inside the national park, and these are not exactly cheap accommodation. There are more than 100 hotels and resorts in Sauraha. Sauraha and Chitwan National Park is popular for Jungle Activities like Elephant Safari, Bird Visually examining, Nature Walk, Canoe Ride, Tharu Culture and Art etc.

Where to eat?

Probably not in your lodge/hotel restaurant where the prices incline to be too high. Fairly rudimental repasts can be had at the three beach bars. There are more than 100 hotels and resorts in Sauraha.

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