Diphlu River Lodge

Kaziranga National Park

Set amongst verdant farmland, patches of bird-rich forest and slow meandering streams, the ambience of the Diphlu River Lodge makes it a retreat in the true sense of the word. The luxurious, but rustic and eco-friendly lodge was built to adapt to the existing foliage and terrain. The cottages are built on stilts and their thatch-covered roofs are supported by thick bamboo pillars. Diphlu River Lodge is separated from the Kaziranga National Park by the river Diphlu, giving the cottages a close view of the wildlife-stocked jungle beyond it. You are asked to keep your lights and sounds low for the wildlife that comes to drink there. The grounds of the lodge include a lotus pond, barbecue and dancing area, and an observation hut. The spacious main building, called Machan, has a library, a restaurant, sitting areas and a large verandah with gorgeous views of the park beyond the river. Well-trained naturalists assist you in understanding the private lives of the creatures that you encounter around the lodge or in the park.

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Rooms

Twelve straw-thatched cottages, raised on stilts above the ground, each sleeping two. Made of bamboo and thatch, they beautifully blend in with the stunning surroundings. The cottages are air-conditioned and have been tastefully furnished with Assamese and Naga artefacts.

Meals

Our cuisine is a hard to define blend of Indian, Assamese and continental that rarely disappoints; and the homemade marmalade gets very good reports.

Facilities

Restaurant; bar; laundry service; internet (one guest at a time); front-facing safari jeep; 4 in-house naturalists; library; observation hut; Konyak Shop with regional handicrafts, books and Assam tea . In the rooms mini-bar with facility for making tea and coffee.

Activities

Dolphin Boat Safari (Oct-end June) to view Gangetic dolphins with additional visit to a 11th century Durga temple in the hills and shopping in Tezpur; Open jeep safaris and nature walks accompanied by resident naturalist; elephant safaris (need to be booked a day in advance); village visits to Mising, Bodo and Karbi, all unique in their dialect, traditions and attire; tribal dances around a bonfire with barbeque (for groups only); Rubber Plantation walk with Kaziranga National Park in-house biologist or trained naturalist; Tea Plantation visit (note tea manufacture stops mid Dec-mid March).

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