I’ve made my way to Sauraha on three times: 1997, 1998 and 2003. It’s that nice of a place. It’s tranquil, scenically awesome, and there’s real wild animals about: tigers, rhinos, along with an elephant breading center. I’d even managed to forge some close friendships with local Nepalis there during my first visit in 1997.
Here’s what UNESCO has to say about Chitwan:
At the foot of the Himalayas, Chitwan is one of the few remaining undisturbed vestiges of the ‘Terai’ region, which formerly extended over the foothills of India and Nepal. It has a particularly rich flora and fauna. One of the last populations of single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros lives in the park, which is also one of the last refuges of the Bengal tiger. Entry into Chitwan is usually made through the village of Sauraha, home of Nepal’s elephant breading center and sanctuary.