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Mumbai, 15 February 2017: Meghauli Serai, the luxury safari lodge located in the heart of Nepal’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chitwan National Park, has been named one of the most exciting new openings of the past year on the definite Travel + Leisure It List.

Ritesh Bhatt, General Manager, Meghauli Serai said: “We are delighted to be named as one of the most exciting openings of 2016 by Travel + Leisure. Meghauli Serai offers an interpretative wildlife experience that is one of its kind in Nepal. Since opening in April 2016 we have worked hard to ensure that the experience that we offer our guests is sustainably rooted in the community of Chitwan; from the farm-to-fork menus and trained local naturalists to the local tribal influences of our design.”

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 and 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 and takes local traditions to a luxurious setting.

Its 13 well-appointed rooms offer elevated views over the jungle-scape and the 16 independent villas and plush Rapti Mahal presidential suite all have their own private plunge pools. 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.

Travel + Leisure looks at all the major hotel openings around the globe and uses its wide network of editors and contributors to determine the highly selective It List. Every property on the Travel + Leisure It List contains a unique quality, whether it's redefining a neighborhood, displaying innovative design or shaking up the culinary scene.

To find out more about the interpretive wildlife experiences available at Meghauli Serai, please visit www.tajhotels.com.

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About Taj Safaris

Taj Safaris is a joint venture between Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris and &Beyond, which provides guests with the ultimate interpretive wildlife experience, based on a proven sustainable ecotourism model. & Beyond's collaboration with Taj Hotels rests on decades of expertise in operating luxury jungle safari lodges offering unique wildlife experiences, coupled with legendary service in hospitality.

The first lodge in the Taj tiger circuit in Madhya Pradesh, Mahua Kothi, opened for guests on 1 November 2006. Three more lodges were added to the circuit portfolio, Baghvan—Pench National Park, Pashan Garh – Panna National Park and Banjaar Tola – Kanha National Park, which completed the tiger circuit on 18 February 2009. In April 2016, Taj Safaris launched Meghauli Serai, its first safari lodge outside India in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chitwan National Park.