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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.

Get in

By air

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).

By bus

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.

Via Sunauli / Bhairahawa on a eastern bound (Birganj/Biratnagar)buses traveling through Butwal, Bharatpur, Tadi Bazaar. Change to local bus, jeep, pony cart, rickshaw to Sauraha 3-4 hr.

Via Pokhara, like Kathmandu, direct tourist buses are available via Mugling, Narayangarh/Bharatpur, Tadi Bazaar, Sauraha. 3-4 hr.

Get around


  • Rare one horned Rhino in Chitwan National Park ( and many more wild animals )
  • Elephant Breeding Centre
  • Tharu Cultural Museum
  • Seraichuli the chepang Hill Trek
  • Devghat - a hindu religious destination
  • Chitwan national park and the 20,000 lakes (many more natural lakes inside)
  • International Elephant Race (During December)
  • Elephant polo


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.



  • Hamro Resturant. Typical Nepali food (Dal Bhat)
  • Samjhana Resturant. Typical Nepali food (Dal Bhat
  • Madipure's Resturant. Typical Nepali food (Dal Bhat)


  • Hotel Park Side Terrace Restaurant.
  • Jungle Pub.
  • Jungle View Restaurant.
  • Kc's Restaurant.
  • Hungery Eye.
  • Park View Restaurant, (Opposite the visitors center at the end of Sauraha). It doesn't look like much from the outside but the chef Chitra was trained in one of the expensive resorts. The prices are much lower then in the resorts. You might have to wait a while until it's done. Arrak or beer available. Chicken steak sizzler, chicken burger or lasagna.
  • Sweet Memory, Sauraha (Halfway through the town opposite the big field). 7AM-10PM. Small familyrun restaurant, decorated in local style, with lots of surprises on the menu. Best coffee in town.





  • Chitwan Gaida Lodge, (Next to the entrance gate of Chitwan National Park). For budget travellers and backpackers. Owned and managed by an ornithologist from South Asia.
  • Jungle Wildlife Camp, Chitwan, +977 56 580093, [1]. checkin: 11AM; checkout: 11AM. On the banks of the Raptiriver opposite the National Park. Peaceful with sunset views. Budget and luxury rooms, all with view onto the park. Colourful and easygoing Dutch and Nepali management. NR 2,000.




Get out

  • Bharatpu
  • Mugling
  • Narayangarh
  • Tadi Bazaar

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