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Sauraha is a town on the border of the Chitwan National Park.
Sauraha, Chitwan District, lies just across the Rapti River from the Chitwan National Park. It is the eastern gateway to the Park. The town provides tourism services including jungle safaris and primarily caters to budget, mid-priced and 3-4 star tourists. Beginning literally as small and very quaint Tharu village of mud and daub huts and houses, with a half dozen mud and daub hotels, it has grown, for good or bad, into a small quiet town full of western style hotels/resorts, restaurants, internet cafes, and gift shops.
In addition to good road access, Sauraha has good air connections through Bharatpur airport with regular daily air services from Pokhara and Kathmandu. The airport lies just 15 km to the west of Sauraha. Will need to change to bus, jeep, taxi for connection to Sauraha. Bharatpur Airport is the country's 4th busiest. It is the main tourist gateway to Chitwan National Park.
Bharatpur Airport (Nepali: भरतपुर विमानस्थल) (IATA: BHR, ICAO: VNBP) is in the Chitwan district of Narayani zone. The airport is located 1.6 km (1 mi) southwest of Bharatpu. It is operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).
Via Kathmandu There are three types of buses available. Cheaper Birganj bound buses which will drop you at Tadi Bazaar about 4 km north of Sunauli where you can easily get local bus, taxi, rickshaws, tanga/pony carts. These second bit more expensive type is the direct tourist buses that are no more comfortable than normal intercity except they are full of tourists. A third type are more comfortable aircondition buses (Greenline, etc). All buses will travel via Mugling, Narayangarh/Bharatpur, Tadi Bazaar, Sauraha. 4-5 hr.
Jungle and wildlife safaris by foot, jeep and elephant. You may see the great one horned rhinoceros (there are hundreds of them in Chitwan). Also many types of deer, monkeys, and much much much rarely Sher Khan, the great Indian Tiger.
Bird watching in and around the jungle. Especially Dashajar Tal (20,000 lakes) wetlands area approximately 10 km north west from Sauraha.
There are a dozen or more gift shops around the main bazaar area.
Tharu wares like dhokiya-woven colourful baskets are made locally from rice straw.