Patihani, Chitwan National Park,Chitwan,, Nepal
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Nestled on the border of Nepal’s famed Chitwan National Park is Kasara Resort, a brand-new luxury retreat. Simplicity and harmony with nature are the order of the day here, with 35 enormous villas that seem to melt into the jungle beyond. Stepping outside the thatched stone walls, you’ll discover an emerald swimming pool and a dedicated spa, as well as a breezy restaurant and bar-lounge.
The main draw here however, is what lies just outside the resort; namely over 900 acres of UNESCO World Heritage-listed national park, teeming with wildlife that includes the magnificent one-horned rhino and elusive Bengal tiger. Join the resort’s experienced guides, naturalists and mahouts on an elephant or jeep safari or visit nearby Tharu Village for an evening of cultural performances. In short, if you’re looking to experience Mother Nature's charms without sacrificing on modern luxury, it’s hard to go wrong with this.
- Bicycle rental
- Business centre
- Laundry & dry-cleaning
- Luggage storage
- Water sports
- Free WiFi
- Airport transfers
- Swimming pool
- 24 hour front desk
- 24 hour medical assistance
- Meeting rooms
- Multi-lingual staff
- Breakfast menu
- Room service
- Non-smoking rooms
- 24-hour security
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- Recommended for:
- Romance & Honeymoon
- Back to Nature
- Spa Time
- Luxury Life
What to Know
- Fans of minimalism will love the understated, low-key design and thoughtfully laid-out rooms.
- The activities on offer here are some of the best we found anywhere in Chitwan. We loved our sunrise safari to spot rhinos (successfully), while kids will adore the elephant baths.
- As beautiful as the resort is, it’s the staff that truly made our stay: everyone we met, from General Manager Gaurie down to the swimming pool attendants went out of their way to ensure that we were comfortable, while the friendly and knowledgeable naturalists and guides knew the jungle like the back of their hand.
KEEP IN MIND
- You’re in a National Park, surrounded by nature: during our stay, we spotted toads, geckos and all manner of six-legged creatures living in friendly co-existence. All were friendly, but if you’re the squeamish sort, you may want to reconsider.
- The resort is close to the park but far from any major town, which means there aren’t many activities apart from wildlife safaris.
- It’s a bit of a struggle to get to: the resort provides a transfer service from the local airport, but you are still in for a bumpy 40 minute ride along the dirt roads.
IN YOUR ROOM
Each of Kasara Resort's 35 villas are designed as spacious, standalone pavilions, built around an intimate private courtyard. Even the smallest villas cover a whopping 130 sq. m. (1400 sq. ft.), with a living space of 55 sq. m. (600 sq. ft.). Inside, you'll find earthy accents such as jute cushions and raw wood furniture create a relaxed, Zen-like atmosphere that blends in with the outdoors. The enclosed bedrooms come with king-sized or twin beds, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi, although there's no TV – the point here is to disconnect from the modern world. Just outside, a sun deck furnished with day beds overlooks a tranquil water-garden that's perfect for meditating, relaxation or a private meal. Finally, an attached, open-concept bathroom boasts roomy walk-in showers and built-in soaking tubs surrounded by lush tropical plants.
Most of the villas have similar views and layouts. If you're travelling in a group, the three-bedroom Jungle View Villas feature private pools and outdoor showers, inspired by the former Kasara Palace that once stood nearby.
Stylish tropical villas that seamlessly blend into Chitwan National Park next door, complete with private water gardens, a spa and swimming pool.
Food & Drink
A variety of light and healthy meals are served in the Zen-like Main Café restaurant, with its tastefully subtle wood décor. On the menu, you'll find a variety of local Nepalese specialities as well as a selection of Continental and Chinese dishes. The food is wonderfully fresh, with most ingredients sourced from local farmers or harvested from the resort’s own organic vegetable and fruit garden. Don’t miss their signature river fish, freshly caught from the rivers in the area. Pick a seat overlooking the park where, if you’re lucky, you can spot endangered one-horned rhinos over your evening meal.
The breezy Bar Lounge is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of outdoor adventures. Choose from a wide selection of local and imported beers and spirits, as well as a comprehensive wine list from as far away as France, Chile and Australia.
An a-la-carte or buffet-style breakfast is served every morning at the Main Café, depending on the number of guests. Our helping of scrambled eggs with sausages, baked tomatoes and potatoes was hearty enough to see us through a morning of elephant rides.
If you're feeling tired after a day of safari adventure, in-room dining is available from 12 noon until 10pm.
Cool off from your day's excursions with a dip in the 25 metre swimming pool.
After a long day of hiking or elephant riding, treat yourself to a heavenly massage or spa treatment at the in-house spa. The Ayurvedic treatments make use of organic Himalayan ingredients to heal and pamper, while the steam bath and sauna are great for detoxifying. In the mornings, salute the morning sun with daily yoga classes in the breezy open-air yoga studio.
Help feed and bathe the friendly elephants at the resort’s elephant stable, guided by the expert mahouts. In the evenings, enjoy a traditional cultural performance by villagers from the Tharu community and join in the dancing and festivities besides an outdoor fire pit.
Hop on a bicycle and explore the nearby Tharu Village, home to one of Nepal's indigenous tribes.
Experience the wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chitwan National Park on a guided nature walk or jeep safari with Kasara Resort's experienced guides and naturalists. For a truly authentic experience however, choose the classic mode of transport: a magnificent elephant, accompanied by an experienced mahout. If you’re lucky, you can spot the ‘big six’ – wild elephants, endangered one-horned rhinos, sloth bears, bison, leopards and, if you hit the jackpot, even a wild Bengal tiger.
In the early mornings or evenings, take a canoe tour along the Narayani River and observe the surrounding wildlife, including rare Mugger and Gharial crocodiles as well as fish and water birds. Later on, set out on a bird watching tour to spot rare bird species, including Cormorants, Dater, Cinnamon Bittern, Black-Crowned Night, Purple Herons and Kingfishers migrating from as far away as Siberia.
Your Booking Makes a Difference
For every booking that you make at Kasara Resort, Indistay will donate 1% of profits to the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust to fund the post-earthquake reconstruction of Nepal's historic monuments.Learn More
Flying from Kathmandu to Bharatpur is quite easy and provides a short, hassle-free option. Domestic companies like Yeti Airlines or Buddha Air offer a 30-min way-in for 100-130 dollars twice a day. Note that some flights might be cancelled during the off season because of low booking or bad weather. From the airport, factor in at least 30 to 50 minutes by car to reach your resort, or 30 minutes to reach Bharatpur or Sauraha.
FROM THE AIRPORT
Kasara Resort provides an airport transfer for US$20++ per person, one-way. We strongly recommend taking this as the resort can be hard to find.
The easiest way to travel by road is to book a jeep with a driver. Kasara Resort is approximately 5 hours from Kathmandu and 3.5 hours from Pokhara.
In The Area
Kasara Resort is located on the border of Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s oldest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The surrounding jungles and marshes are home to a rich biodiversity, including at least 43 species of mammals and rare birds.
Chitwan National Park: 10 minutes by car
Nearest village: 10 minutes walk
Airport: 40 minutes by car
Kathmandu: 4.5 hours by car, 30 minutes by plane
Pokhara: 4 hours by car
Bandipur: 2.5 hours by car