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4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Kaziranga National Park, Kuthuri, | Near Bagori Police Outpost,, Kaziranga National Park 782136, India   |  
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“It felt like home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

After spending 3 nights there, we felt at home. The manager and the staff are so friendly and helpful, we were able to sit and chat with several of them. The boxed breakfasts were wonderful, and they were kind enough to make us a box lunch when we left. Our room was large and beautifully done, and very comfortable. By far the best part was the game drives. We got so many great pictures of animals and birds. Riding the elephant was a real joy and surprisingly comfortable. But the best thing that happened in our whole 3-week tour of India was getting to play with an 18-day-old baby elephant. Our naturalist Bu was great. We enjoyed this park more than the others we visited and highly recommend it. The only disappointment was that the Lodge is just off the noisy highway - do not expect to be in a remote area.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Paris, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

A very nice lodge, very closed to the western gate of the national park

This place is so pleasant, organized around a paddy field visited by open bill stork every morning!
Stilt bungalows are comfortable and spacious, cooking is delicious.
A special mention to all the staff, so kind and efficient!

Game drives and elephant rides in the misty morning of february are great memories !

Definitively a place to come back

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Can be mentioned one of the best Safari lodge in India. Located next to Diphlu river has beautiful cottages on stilts. Some are big room and some are small. But very nicely done. Food is always excellent. Bar and sit out is beautiful. If you are lucky you can see Rhinos from the lodge at late evenings and early mornings. Good bird life around the river. If Staff and Management can be more proactive this place can be top class.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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31 hotel reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Diphlu has a beautiful setting of 12 cottages (4 river facing independent, 4 jungle facing independent and 2 double joint). The entire property especially the restaurant building is very tastefully done. You can vividly see the attention to detail in the interiors and can't refrain from admiring.

The rooms are very spacious with an extra large double bed and an excellently designed washroom with an open shower. Varieties of tea, cookies(very less sweet) and complimentary chocolates are there in the room. It makes for a perfect luxury setting in the wild. The food at the restaurant was delicious and homely.

The River Facing cottages have a completely different charm. You can relax for hours in the balcony and be one with nature. Its a paradise for bird lovers especially professional photographers. The serene river is what separates this property from the National Park. Rightly said by Mr. Ronesh, the manager, from dawn to dusk is the way to enjoy life there. Elephant bathing and dolphin sighting are some other activities arranged by the lodge.

Coming to the negatives the lodge is 20 kms away from the Central Range(which is the main range for tiger sighting and elephant safaris) Few of the staff members were not outrightly helpful and friendly. We were supposed to be taken to the central range for the elephant safari by a vehicle from the lodge which they did not provide. In stark contrast to the interiors, attention to detail in service was very much lacking. The amount of money you are splurging here you really expect more on this front.

Our Naturalist, the angry young Mr. Bumoni, was excellent in guiding us for all our activities. His love for the wilderness was very evident and we enjoyed his company and stories.

This is the perfect place to stay if you are in Kaziranga for being up close with nature.

Room Tip: Go for the River Facing Cottages 5 , 6 , 7 , 8.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Monrovia, Liberia
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

This is an absolutely charming set of cottage rooms set around a garden with a lotus pond. The rooms are beautiful complete with semi-open showers. All the usual luxuries are there and then some. The food is good and service is excellent. The park is close and safaris arranged by the lodge are marvellous. There's a lot of bird watching in the Park if you're interested. We even saw a tiger in the Eastern Range. The very elusive Indian Roller was also sighted whilst sitting atop an elephant. Oh! And the lodge also arranged a Brahmaputra cruise to sight Dolphins for us and gave us lunch on a river island. 'Twas magical!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a river view!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Itanagar, India
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

If one looks for luxury amidst the verdant natural surroundings, this is the place. The quote 'appearances are deceptive' perfectly fits the bill for DRL. Even in his wildest imaginations, one cannot dream to be in the lap of such unbridled luxury reigned by silence and unspoiled wildlife.For the avid wildlife fans and others who want to take a break from from the humdrum of city life, DRL is the place to be. For the bird watchers, it's paradise. Located on the banks of the River Diphlu and conveniently hidden from the NH 37, it has ten luxurious cottages with all amenities (minus a television though!!). For those expecting swimming pools and other recreation stalls made of concrete, this is not the place for them!! Don't be surprised if you fail to see any signboard or advertisement promoting the place anywhere in any form. While driving along the NH 37, there are chances that you may miss the place altogether as there are no markers indicating the road leading to it, except for a small board tucked deep inside stating ''Private Property.'' They remain private to remain exclusive; they don't promote because they don't need to!!! But their clientele include the National Geographic Society, WWF and numerous overseas groups and individuals who come all the way to Kaziranga. The food too is delectably sumptuous.

Have absolutely no hesitation to recommend this place highly.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We had a wonderful stay at the lodge and easy accessibility to Kaziranga National Park. The rooms were adequately spacious with all available amenities necessary in such a location. The built of the Lodge brings closer to nature and typical villas seen in Assam. The staff were very helpful and awesome. Hope to visit again in future. Kids enjoyed a lot.

Room Tip: All roms of the villas are same and good
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kaziranga National Park, Kuthuri, | Near Bagori Police Outpost,, Kaziranga National Park 782136, India
Location: India > Assam > Kaziranga National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Kaziranga National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Diphlu River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Diphlu River Lodge is the only lodge at Kaziranga N.P. that is situated right at the border of the park. We offer all-inclusive stays from three to ten days. Or well-trained naturalists take you out into the park by jeep, elephant or even on foot. We also offer jungle and river walks, village visits and boat rides on the Brahamaputra on which you may see the rare Ganges Dolphin. ... more   less 

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