5 Reasons to Escape the Everyday Grind and Book a Room At This Nepal Hotel

A visit to Nepal, India, is made extra special when you stay at the Taj Hotel’s Meghauli Serai. Located inside Chitwan National Park, which is well known for its wildlife viewing, Meghauli Serai offers guests the experience of a real exotic animal encounter right outside their door.

Room/suite prices range from $110 to $200 per night, and the safari experiences—available as a 4×4 jeep ride or a canoe excursion down the Rapti River—range from $120 to $225 per person.

There’s nothing like being on a safari and watching exotic creatures up close and personal in their own environment. Not in Africa—but Nepal.

Here are five reasons to book a room at the Meghauli Serai.

Comfortable Accommodations and Amenities


It’s not a huge hotel (there are fewer than 30 rooms for rent), which makes it feel more like a community than a resort. But even with so few guests, there were plenty of options for dining and amenities.

If you didn’t have the view outside to remind you that you’re in the jungle, you’d never know you were in the jungle. The rooms are comfortable and cool, the food is excellent, and the services at the spa provide the icing on the cake to an all-around amazing experience.

(Meghauli Serai suite. Image: Aniesia Williams)
(Meghauli Serai bathroom. Image: Aniesia Williams)



Excellent Guest Services


The amount of wildlife here certainly makes this hotel stand out from other Taj hotels. But even without the elephants and tigers roaming about, the hotel itself provided a wonderful experience.

From the moment you arrive until the time you say goodbye, you’ll feel like every single staff member you encounter here is interested in making your stay phenomenal. Not just good, but truly phenomenal. From bonfire dinners to well-planned activities, the staff here goes above and beyond to ensure every visit is the best you’ve ever had.

(Meghauli Serai lobby. Image: Aniesia Williams)



Being One With Nature


There are no major highways or shopping centers, no sounds of cars zipping by your window, and none of the typical city noises that many have grown accustomed to. Look up and you’ll see a sky brimming with stars that haven’t been shuttered by glaring streetlights. Listen closely and you’ll hear the hums and murmurs of insects, predators, and other fauna nearby.

If you’ve ever wanted to truly get away from the daily hustle and bustle, the Meghauli Serai can deliver, but without having to sacrifice hot showers, good food, and other modern conveniences.

(Meghauli Serai outdoor shower, Image: Aniesia Williams)



Safaris That Rival Those in East Africa

Elephants, Bengal tigers, rare one-horned rhinos, over 540 species of birds, Ghariyals (a type of crocodile), sloth bears, leopards, and hundreds of other animals await you on one of several safari options at the hotel. Whether you prefer to cruise in a Jeep, 4×4, or atop of an elephant, you’ll get closer to these animals in their natural habitat than you ever thought possible.

The Meghauli Serai offers a variety of safari tours to suit every taste, including bird watching, exotic animals, and other wildlife. And while you may have to get out of bed early for some of these tours, the visual rewards are well worth it.

(Entrance to safari experience outside Meghauli Serai. Image: Aniesia Williams)



A Lifetime of Memories


The things you will see and do during your stay at the Meghauli Serai will not soon be forgotten. From up-close animal encounters to elephant rides through the jungle to guided tours and unique dining experiences, most people only dream of the opportunities that await you here. You’ll want to capture every moment on camera and treasure them for years to come.

(Safari experience canoe. Image: Aniesia Williams)

Young Black Men Excel: In the Foreign Service of the U.S. State Department

On Labor Day weekend Black Enterprise will be holding its first ever Black Men XCEL Summit, a “combination of empowerment, inspiration, networking, and entertainment” that celebrates the leadership and excellence of black men.

Leading up to the event I thought it would be fun to profile young black men who are excelling by doing what’s out of the ordinary.

Our first Q&A is with Larry Harris, who last week was sworn into the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, which executes the foreign policy of the United States. Harris will serve in a career appointment as a diplomat.

(Larry Harris. Image: Chavez Adams)


Harris is a graduate of the University of Illinois and American University, where he earned a Master of Arts in International Relations.

I recently spoke with him to find out more about this new chapter in his life.

How did you learn about the Foreign Service?

Larry Harris: When I was a sophomore in college I was giving a speech at the United Nations on culture diplomacy. There were several foreign service officers there—that was the first time I heard about it.

Wait a minute! You’re a college sophomore giving a speech at the U.N.? How did that happen?

LH: (Laughs) My professor had asked me to introduce Guy Djoken, chairman of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Clubs, Centers & Associations, who had come to my school to inaugurate our UNESCO chapter. Afterward he asked me to come to New York and speak at the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers & Associations conference. I was completely taken aback by the invitation.

Tell me a little bit about your background.

LH: My dad is a retired Chicago city bus driver and my mother worked in medical records. I attended Chicago public schools that were severely lacking in resources and had outdated books. But I had teachers who took an interest in my education and served as mentors. My parents also had a huge impact on my life. They always said there were no barriers to achieving what I wanted and were 100% supportive of my endeavors.

Tell me about your undergraduate experience.

LH: Undergrad was fantastic—I recommend the University of Illinois highly. I formed strong bonds with my professors and remain in contact with them today. They genuinely had a strong interest in seeing their students succeed. We had professors of all ethnicities but most of my professors were white.

How does one become part of the Foreign Service?

LH: There is a testing process—a written test on American history, the U.S. constitution—a range of subjects that covers every facet of U.S. life and culture and the world as well. If you pass the written test you’re invited to the oral examination. If you pass the oral, you go through a security clearance process and a health clearance process.

I actually came in through the [Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program]. [The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program] and Rangel fellowships facilitate the entry of underrepresented groups into the Foreign Service. They ensure that the Foreign Service reflects the rich diversity of our country, so every race, religion, and socioeconomic status must be represented. The Foreign Service must look like America.

Do Fellows have to take the written and oral exams?

LH: Fellows actually get vetted twice—we go through a selection process to receive the fellowship, and then also through the exam process. The Rangel Fellowship selects 30 students from across the country every year. It provides funds to finance your graduate education, your internship on Capitol Hill, and your internship at an industry abroad. Once you’ve satisfied these requirements you enter the Foreign Service.

Do you need to know a foreign language?

LH: The Foreign Service will teach you. But I learned Kiswahili at the University of Illinois. That was the language I tested out of at the American University School of International Service.

What are your goals as a diplomat?

LH: While serving my country I hope to learn something new every day from my colleagues, from the culture, from my position. I want to build mutual understanding between my country and the country in which I’ll be serving. I want to build a more prosperous world and new bridges between nations.

Your parents must be proud of you.

LH: They’re super proud, though my mother is a little concerned. U.S. diplomats can serve in dangerous places.

You survived growing up in Chicago.

LH: (Laughs) That’s true.


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