Diphlu River Lodge opened in January 2008, providing much-needed top-class accommodation at Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage Site. The position of the lodge is second to none: only the boundary river separates its extensive grounds from the National Park itself, and the jungle views are exceptional. Assam Bengal Navigation runs the lodge to the same exacting standards of their well-established river cruises on the Brahmaputra and the Hugli, while their Bansbari Lodge at Manas National Park on the Bhutan border offers simpler but comfortable accommodation for another wildlife experience.
KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK, ASSAM
The National Park covers about 430 sq kms, bordered on the north by the Brahmaputra River and on the south by the Karbi Anglong hills. The largest number of one-horned rhinoceros in the world roams its swamps, grasslands with tall thickets of elephant grass and areas of mixed deciduous and tropical semi-evergreen forest. It is home to a wide variety of other animals and birds, and the open vistas make it relatively easy to see many species of wildlife in a day.
As well as the Indian rhino, the Park contains about 35 major mammals, including wild elephant, tiger, small population of hoolock gibbon, capped langur, bristly hare, hog badger, otter, leopard, wild boar, sambar, swamp deer, hog deer, muntjac, water buffalo and gaur. Among the rich birdlife are the rare greater adjutant stork, Bengal florican, black-necked stork, lesser adjutant stork, Pallas's fish eagle, swamp partridge, grey peacock-pheasant, great pied hornbill, green imperial pigeon, babblers and thousands of migratory birds, seasonally attracted to the various water areas of the park from as far away as Siberia.
INR 10,000 per person per night sharing. Single supplement INR 5,000 nett
Luxury accommodation in air conditioned cottages
All safari activities including, elephant and jeep safari
All meals, soft drinks and mineral water
All Park entrance fees, amateur still camera charge (up to Rs.500 per person per day) and government taxes
Transport to elephant ride point, jeep pick-up point, or for activities listed
Services of resident English-speaking naturalist
Assam Bengal Navigation trained hospitality staff
Other activities: camp fire, dugout canoe ride (government approval required), tribal dance, village visits, bicycle rides, bird watching, nature and river walks, tea garden walk.
FacilityAccommodation : 4 individual cottages and 4 semi-detached cottages. Made of bamboo and thatch, the air-conditioned cottages are built on stilts above the ground. All cottages sleep 2 and have been beautifully designed to make full use of local materials and artifacts and blend in with the stunning natural surroundings. All are well-appointed and charmingly furnished with individual interiors. Each has a seating area with comfortable cane furniture, a writing desk, mini-bar, safe, small fridge and tea & coffee machine as well as top-quality beds and mattresses.
High above the river is the Machan. (Machan, pronounced ma chaan, means "jungle platform".) This has air-conditioned sitting and dining areas opening onto a large verandah with high thatch ceiling and bamboo floor. Guests can congregate here to swap the day's jungle stories over a drink or a delicious meal, sink onto sofas with a book from the library, relax by the fireplace, enjoy an al fresco breakfast on the verandah after returning from early morning safari, watch for birds or scan the opposite bank for wild animals.
Further along the river bank a jetty will enable our guests to embark on river trips in dugout canoes, from which they can look out for otters and for buffalo, deer or rhino grazing on the far bank.
This River Bank area is also perfect for the barbecues and camp fires we arrange - or as just another idyllic spot for a sundowner while watching the vivid colours of sunset across the river.
NR 10,000 per person Per Night sharing. Single supplement INR 5,000 nettIncludes:
- Luxury accommodation in air conditioned cottages All safari activities including, elephant and jeep safariAll meals, soft drinks and mineral water All Park entrance fees, amateur still camera charge (up to Rs.500 per person per day) and government taxes Transport to elephant ride point, jeep pick-up point, or for activities listed
- Services of resident English-speaking naturalist Assam Bengal Navigation trained hospitality staff
Other activities: camp fire, dugout canoe ride (government approval required), tribal dance, village visits, bicycle rides, bird watching, nature and river walks, tea garden walk.Not included:
- Transfers outside the immediate areaWine, spirits or alcoholic drinks
- Park video and professional camera charges, gratuities, Safari Shop purchases, telephone calls, etc
Diphlu River Lodge
1A Mandovi Apartments,
G.N.B. Road, Ambari,
Guwahati 781001, Assam, India.