Chitwan is very popular for tasty Taas (Nepali: तास) a spicy fried goat-meat lunch dish served with Bhuja or Cheura available in many restaurants. Momo, Sukuti Khaja Set and other Newa Cuisine also available. Dal bhat is the staple food of the area, and meat and dairy products are also widely consumed. For centuries, traditional fermented foods and beverages have constituted about 20 per cent of the local diet. Depending on altitudinal variation, finger millet, wheat, buckwheat, barley, vegetable, potato, and soybeans are grown.
Twenty years ago when Sauraha was a one horse village, the only places to stay were the lodges inside the national park, and these are not exactly cheap accommodation. Now there are upwards of fifty hotels/lodges in and around the village and the competition for guests is fierce. Except in the peak season, you will find a room for a very good price. The most convenient places are on the main track that leads into the village or, once you get to the river, turn right and choose a lodge along the river bank (especially if you want to watch the sun set from your lodge/hotel). Find Hotels to Stay.
Probably not in your lodge/hotel restaurant where the prices tend to be too high. Fairly basic meals can be had at the three beach bars. In the village Peacock Restaurant serves decent multi-continental food at good prices. If you fancy American or Mexican fare then you can give Hotel California's Terrace Restaurant a go. It is found in the heart of the village. Those on a tight budget can eat well in the small, local eateries found on the main drag as you exit the village. Find Restaurants.