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Indian citizens do not require a visa to travel to Nepal. Indian citizens are required to carry their passports or voter ID card to travel to Nepal.
Sauraha is a village in the Chitwan District of southern Nepal. It is located close to the Rapti River and the Chitwan National Park. The famous Chitwan National Park borders the village. People use Sauraha as a gateway to enjoy the pre-meditated jungle excursions which are one of the best things to do in Sauraha town visit.
Every year, thousands of tourists flock the destinations to enjoy its serene beauty. Sauraha village provides many budget accommodation options to the jungle safari tourists, specifically 3-4-star properties. The town today boasts of small and pleasant tourist life in its quaint surroundings, which consists of modern and comfortable hotels, resorts, restaurants and gift shops.
Sauraha’s points of interest that tourists must visit include:
Sauraha has good air connectivity through Bharatpur airport. One can fly directly from Pokhara and Kathmandu to reach Sauraha. The airport is at a distance of 15 km from the town. The tourists to Sauraha need to interchange bus, taxi, jeep to connect to Sauraha.
From Kathmandu, there are on-board buses to reach Sauraha. The cheaper Birganj bound buses will help you reach up to
Tadi Bazar and then, you need to take a local bus, pony cart, rickshaw or jeep.
The fastest route to Sauraha is the short 25-minute flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur airport. The distance between Lumbini (the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha and a World Heritage Site) to Sauraha is 155km, and from Pokhara to Sauraha, the distance is about 145km. Sauraha- Kathmandu via Pokhara is a scenic drive of five-hours.
Sauraha village can be best explored on foot. It is a small town and to hop on to the next village; tourists can use bicycles or enjoy the pleasant ride of a buffalo cart. There are taxis, tricycles and tour operated vehicles available too. Mopeds can also be rented.
Sauraha is situated on the Nepal plains, and thus, the climate is mostly warmer than the rest of the country. November to February is the winter season. During the winter time, the mornings and the nights are cold with an average temperature of around 10 degrees. However, the weather is clear and pleasant during the day.
March to June is hot and humid especially during the day hours, thus, making it difficult to indulge in outdoor activities.
July to September is monsoon season, and the jungle and roads are full of mud and leaches. So, one needs to be wary of the treacherous route.
October to November has clear skies overboard. Because of the warm months, the autumn period makes the peak tourist season of Sauraha. This is the time when many people together undertake the trails in the Everest, and the Nepal accommodation is overall busy and expensive.
March to April is also the best time to visit Sauraha. Spring is the bloom time in the jungle. The monsoon season is the low season. However, under the heavy rains, Sauraha looks mesmerizing. Jungle safaris can be initiated in confidence, and the accommodation is also cheap at this time.
There are several river-side restaurants in Sauraha which offer local Nepal Terai delicacies served by the local community (Tharu) prepare the delicious traditional food palate. Great hospitality is a bonus. Some dishes one must try are:
The main bazaar area has many gift speciality shops. You can buy Tharu wares like dhokiya-woven colourful baskets made at home using rice straw.
Pasa Store in Chitwan National Park offers you unique products to shop for. You can also spend on home maintenance products like paints, electric items, and glue. Moreover, there are also cooking spices, chocolate and cookies to shop at very affordable prices.
Some of the best healthcare centres to contact during an emergency include:
Tourists can buy a to get the best services during an emergency. In case of an accident or ailment, tourists need to inform the insurer who would suggest some good nearby hospitals where they can seek treatment.
The local currency is called Nepalese Rupees and is available in the denomination of five, 10, 100, 500 and 1,000 rupees. Smaller units are called paisa and are found in both coin and banknote form. It is managed by the central bank, the Nepal Rastra Bank. The paisa is available in the denominations of one, two and five paise.
It is recommended not to buy the local currency from the airport as the service charges can be high. Lower rates are offered in the city. Private bank rate is much more generous. There are ATMs to withdraw cash instantly.
Nepali is the most spoken language in Nepal. In places close to Kathmandu, the traditional language was Newari even though Nepali has replaced most of it. Newari is spoken only by few or at home. Hindi is also spoken by the locals, while English is slowly gaining popularity. Here are some simple phrases to be familiar with:
|Good Morning||Śubha - prabhāta|
|My Name is||Mērō nāma... Hō|
|Where is||Kahām̐ cha|
|How much is this||Yō Kati cha?|
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