What a find it was...right from the booking formalities to the check out we experienced top quality service. I had to reschedule the booking dates due to some personal emergency and Mr. Bijoy at Mumbai office helpwed me out with booking as well as the car booking. When I landed at Tezpur, the car was waiting for us to take us to the Missing Village for an ethnic Assamese lunch at the house of the Village Head's house. It was just delightful with varieties of pork, fishes, veggies, chicken and a domestically brewed rice wine which added the punch to the lunch.
We stayed in the Golden Tips Bungalow with two persons always ready to attend our needs. We got pampered for everything, right from having an umbrella ready for a stroll in the day to having torch for the evening walk to the Glass Houe. The Golden Tips was tastefully decorated with thematic handicrafts and we had plenty of coffee table side books and wildlife encyclopedias to browse through. In the evening we had an invitation to tea tasting session which we had not planned of and was a pleasant surprise. Mr. Durreez Ahmed (the manager) was kind enough to give us a call in time to attend this session which was being hosted for a group of tea-tourists. It was a rare experience right out of the Travel and Living Channel! Getting to know the tastes of the tea right from the comon CTC up to the best of Darjeeling. Then there was the mischief round, as they call it, where they brew the same tea with a different spice and one has to guess it from the flavor an dtaste. We figured the fennel, cardamom, honey-ginger, clove, mint etc. The session was particularly fun with the wonderful company of the tea-tourist group and Mr. Ahmed's presence.
The dinner was a never ending affair...delectable dishes just came on coming and coming...they had a nice collection of wines to choose from and served it along with starters in the grand luxurious lounge where we were spoilt with music wine and kebabs.
The next day was the village market day and someone had thoughtfully place the umbrella at the living room before we went out in the sun. The breakfast was stieting and every minute details were taken care of, like the preference of the egg preparation etc.
In the afternoon we got two bicycles as soon as we requested for them for a visit to the tea garden. The person (sorry, forgot his name) who accompined us on his bike was a perfect guide with knowledge of local wildlife, tea plantation nitty gritties.
The dinner as usual was grand affair and the library is good enough to happily spend a quite a few lazy mornings and afternoons going through encyclopedias, fictions, old photographs, journals and even some very interesting table top games.
All in all a dream place to be to recharge yourself away from the madding crowd. Its an unbelievable value for money as well.
Great place great people running it...awesome job...keep it up!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wild Mahseer Tea Planter BungalowsAward Winning Heritage Home Stay – Where History Is Your Host!Wild Mahseer is a combination of old -world charm and gracious living, set in lush surroundings with a vast range of activities,which make Wild Mahseer the ideal getaway. Wild Mahseer is the perfect place to relax and be pampered between forays out to witness Assam’s breathtaking pristine scenery, discover its rare and abundant wildlife, meet its eclectic mix of people and savour its flavourful multi-cultural cuisine.There are 5 independent Bungalows with 14 spacious double bedrooms and suites with individually attached bathrooms.Every room is decorated with an array of exquisite ornaments, paintings and wall hangings personally selected and shipped from every corner of the world, highlighting the different faces of Asia and making the Heritage Bungalow a perfect place to experience the fast disappearing lifestyle of the British sahib and memsahib tea planters of Assam. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wild Mahseer Balipara, Assam