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by samratmit on April 10, 2019
Hollong tourist lodge is one of the best forest bungalow of India.located at the core of jaldapara wild life sanctuary, west bengal.this place has got a salt pit in front of the bungalow which is frequented by wild life like elephants,rhinos,bison,deers, peacock,wild boar, beautiful birds.the bungalow is beautiful and staff behavior is very good.excellent food quality.you have to maintain silence and discipline as it is inside the forest.dont disturb wildlife and save wild life.
by Debby B on February 24, 2019
We enjoyed three days of wildlife, delicious food (no menu, you get what's being cooked that day and it's all good), warm hospitality, an early-morning elephant ride and a spontaneous jeep safari suggested and arranged on the spot by the manager. The room was comfortable and the staff polite, friendly and helpful. I have deducted a point for the loose soap dish in the bathroom, un-reliable electrical sockets and the bees' nest under the stairs, especially as my husband got stung. Otherwise, a wonderful stay in a remote and beautiful location.
by goutamsanyal on February 13, 2019
Hollong, its my third review as there is nothing new to review about Hollong as this tourist spot is one of most desired tourist destination in West Bengal. Without waste much words I would like to upload some snaps which I captured during my last visit in December 2018. Apart from lunch, combined dinner and elephant ride price escalation nothing has changed. Everything is dam as I saw during my first visit.
by Arup G on January 27, 2019
Six of us were visiting Jaldapara National Park and we stayed at this Lodge. Government owned accommodations in our country are not renowned for good maintenance. But this lodge was such a pleasant surprise. Probably the best maintained Government owned accommodation I have stayed at ever. Decades old two storied wooden structure perched on stone and concrete plinth. Shining polished wood inside. Painted green outside to somewhat blend into the greenery all around. The rooms offer all the creature comforts you would want. The forest closing in on all sides. Plenty of animals and birds. Wild rustic ambience. The place more than lives upto expectations. Location & Access: Madarihat Gate and Salkumar Gate are the two entrances to Jaldapara National Park. This lodge is accessible from either gate. It is located about 7 kms inside the Park from the Madarihat Gate and a little more from the Salkumar Gate. Most people enter from the Madarihat Gate, just as we did. From the gate its a lovely drive on an unpaved road through the forest to the lodge. They have an electrified fence on one side of the road to keep wild animals away from the road. Every time we went up and down that road we saw wild animals foraging in the forest, Indian Bison, Wild Boar, Sambhar etc. At the Madarihat and Salkumar Gate they check the Lodge booking papers and photo id before allowing in. Entry exit through these Gates are usually from 6 am to 6 pm. However in an emergency they allow entry and exit till 10 pm. After that the Gate is closed till sunrise the next day. That means, if there is an emergency at night it would be very difficult to come out of the forest to seek help. Ambience & Layout The forest roads passes by quarters of the forest staff, a group of buildings where the safari elephants and the forests working elephants stay with their keepers and then to the Lodge. At the Lodge there are signs warning that Rhinos often come onto the front lawn and that there are other animals all around. Theres a salt lick right in front of the lodge and through the day and night wild animals come to lick the salt. The Lodge staff replenishes that salt every day around noon. At night the Lodge staff hands out powerful searchlights and you can see the animals at the salt lick. In India, this is probably the closest you can get to the African experience of luxury stay in deep bush surrounded by wildlife. Accommodation: The Lodge itself is a two story wooden building on stone and concrete pillars. There are 4 rooms on each floor i.e. a total of 8 rooms. There are two common rooms on each floor facing the salt-lick, offering wonderful views and animal sighting. Room 1 and 2 on the upper floor and Room 5 and 6 on the lower floor offer direct views of the salt lick. These are the best rooms. Room 4 on the upper floor and Room 8 on the lower floor over overlooks the forest at right. Room 3 on the upper floor and Room 7 on the lower floor has windows overlooking the kitchen and dining hall at the rear. Probably the worst rooms however, these are the only two rooms which have double king size beds and the toilets are very large. These two are also the warmest room with sun shining in thru the large windows all day. Thats a terrific advantage in winter. All other rooms have two single beds with medium sized toilets. The quality of bed linen, pillows, blankets, towels etc are reasonably good and clean. All the electric points, the ACs and Geysers work. The floors, walls and ceilings are polished wood lending a warm ambience. But there is no tea/coffee service and the only toiletries they provide are toilet paper and soap. F&B: They have a package for bed tea, breakfast, evening tea and dinner at Rs 650 per head per day. Breakfast is a choice of Puri + Sabji, Bread + butter + jam, Eggs made to order, Bananas, Bengali sweets (rasgullas) and Tea/coffee. Evening tea is Tea/coffee, Biscuits, Savouries (seu or namkeen or dalmoth) and Cake. Dinner is Rice/roti, Daal, Two varieties of sanbji (fried brinjals, fried potatos, cabbage, cauliflower, beans etc), a Paneer dish for vegetarians and Chicken/egg for non-vegetarians. Lunch is optional at an extra cost and is outside the food package. Chef Gopal Rao does a competent job and takes good care of the guests. Quite often he himself would serve and attend you during meal times. One day Gopal suggested Chicken stew and that was indeed done very well. Theres not much of an option for getting nibbles like pakoras with your evening drinks. However if the lodge is not fully booked (i.e. if Gopal has the time in his hand) he does rustle up salad and papad if yu feel puckish in the evening. Alcohol, soft drinks, juices etc are not available. Best to carry you own. In any case, its quite amazing that good food is made available inside a forest at what is essentially a forest lodge. Service & Staff: Housekeeping is excellent. The two housekeeping staff led by Babon are eager and energetic. However, please remember that this is a Government owned forest lodge. Theres no room service except bed tea and evening nibbles (if the kitchen staff has the time to rustle up). In case of any housekeeping issue, Babon or the other person is quick to assist. Wild Life: Excellent bird life and birding at the Lodge itself. At the Lodge grounds we saw Oriental Pied Hornbill, Indian Roller, Sunbirds, Shrikes etc. At the salt-lick opposite the Lodge we saw Imperial Green-pigeon, Yellow-footed Green-pigeon, Alexandrine Parakeet, Grey-headed Shrike, Long-tailed Shrike, Brown Shrike, Pied Myna, Jungle Myna, Common Myna, Indian Roller, Crested Serpent-eagle etc. Also at the salt-lick we saw One-horned Rhino that Jaldapara is famous for. During our 3 nights stay we saw Rhino thrice (on one occasion a lone Rhino was grazing at and around the salt-lick from 7-11 am, for full 4 hrs), Indian Bison five times (twice during the day and thrice during night, even large herds), Wild Boar once, Sambhar about six/seven times, Spotted deer once etc. The notable experience was the Elephant Safari. If one stays outside the Park then one has to pre-book elephant safaris a day or two in advance. However guests at Hollong Lodge get preference for elephant rides. One can book just a day in advance or even after reaching the lodge. This one hour ride is through the forest and not on any designated trail or path. Swaying through the dense forest, avoiding branches, every now and then chancing upon Bison, Deer or Rhino is an exciting experience. Well worth the Rs 800 per head fee. In contrast the Gypsy safari is a bit of disappointment. We didnt see anything beyond whatever we saw at the salt-lick. And wherever we went there were large noisy crowds. Hardly conducive to wildlife viewing.
by Pradipranjan D on December 7, 2018
Holong tourist banglow or resort whatever one call it,is within 7km of Jaldapara forest.The only such accomodation within jungle. Total nmber of rooms are nine only, out of which four rooms are with West Bengal forest dept and five rooms are ith West Bengal Tourism wing. One room remain locked for vvip's only.Room booking starts three months before and from 12 night. It filled up within one day normally. aElephant riding for jungle starts from here only. Food is little costly but quite testy. Worth staying here for two nights. Animals like Elephants, Rhinos, Dears are all coming near the salt pit here kept just outside the resort. I would recommend surely, all animal lovers to stay here atleast once and enjoy the core of jungle even at dead of night.
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