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Jaldapara Jungle Camp
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Birpara
Reviewed November 22, 2013

We travelled through India visiting Delhi, then Rajasthan on Royal Enfield Motorcycles with a support vehicle, Indian Driver and assistant. The hotels booked were a mixed standard between very basic shower and beds to 5 star western luxuries. Highlights of our trip were the Taj Mahal at dawn, Ranakpur Jain temples, Pushkar Camel fair, Udaipur Lake and palaces, Diwali fireworks in Delhi and Jaipur.
Our second week was spent visiting Sikkim and West Bengal and Calcutta, including mountain monastery trek, white water rafting, Jaldapara Park and Elephant ride, and night train to Calcutta. All in all a very busy but exciting 2 week vacation in India, fantastic culture, peoples and places visited.
The camp is a mix of lodges and a building, all very clean and tidy. Bathrooms are basic, Indian style with no hot shower. The adjoined restaurant serves good food. The Elephant ride is superb in the park 30 mins drive away.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Myself and 4 friends stayed for 2 nights on our way to Bhutan. It's a great place to break that journey. The 'camp' is a reasonably comfortable series of wooden huts / chalets set a little into the jungle. Stand out though is the hospitality of Biswajit and the amazing food, some of the best we have encountered in India !

The entertaining elephant safari was efficiently arranged by our host and he also sorted our onward trip to the Bhutanese border. all in all, a fun place to stay.

Room Tip: Probably best are the chalets furthest from the restaurant, most into the jungle.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Chris E
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

It was a great trip for all of us...We are 6 friend and one child..The Jungle camp was good..food was excellent..and best part of the camp, BISWAJIT DA he is not a owner, a great person.. He knows JUNGLE very well..He knows the animal behavior.. If you want to visit real JALDAPARA then you should contract to him because he knows some places that nobody ever thought.. We picnic at a place just unbleaveable.. it was Torsa river bank..and many of places we can't cover for time..
Thank YOU BISWAJIT DA once agin for a great trip......

Room Tip: "Corner suites are good nearest to Jungle"
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

We were a group of 8, with a small child. Our visit was unplanned and we had to spend only one entire day at Jaldapara. The owner Mr. Saha has arranged for jeep safari in a very short notice which was very pleasant. But the best part of the trip was a dayout at the bank of river Torsa. It was a life time memorable picnic, which was very nicely planned along with vehicle and excellent food. The picnic spot was simply awesome, surrounded by wild Torsa river and Bhutan Hills. Nobody was there to disturb us, we took bath at the river, had tea and lunch. A garden umbrella was also provided to us. We had lots of fun there all the day and came back in the evening. We thank the owner for this unforgettable trip.
Coming to the low lights, the accommodation was not up to the mark. The rooms were not very good, may be made better. Advice to all, if you want to stay inside the jungle, want better rooms and food, then prefer the Government guest house at Jaldapara. But if you want to plan any picnic or outings other than jungle safari, then this may be the best one at Madarihat. They are also having one day package to tribal village visit, tea garden visit and other activities.
Over all we were having good experience only with Jaldapara Jungle Camp.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

The Camp was an absolutely lovely place to unwind after 2 days travelling from Darwin, via Singapore and Kolkata. My stay here was for 5 nights and 4 days. I arrived very late at night, and the next morning, I was delighted to wake up within the surrounds of the camp, amidst teak tree's, peace and quiet. Although Biswajit was away in Kolkata on business during my stay, I was provided with very efficient service and care by Biswajit's supervisor (elderley man - name I don't recall), who was running the office/restaurant. I undertook a number of various safari trips - the ubiquitous elephant safari ride and coming across several rhinocerous; a Gypsy ride in the National Park one afternoon with a herd of wild elephant as a key highlight; a safari trip to the less visited Chilapatri Forest reserve where a Rhino, along with leopard, Indian buffalo and jackals made their appearance; and an exhilarating day trip to Buxa-Jaynty Tiger Reserve, with a challenging but worthwhile trek to the old fort high up in the hills, passing through tidy and scenic villages on foot-tracks, winding through fields, patches of forest inter-spersed with streams, followed by late lunch down at the scenic Jaynty riverbed, with the foothills separating us from Bhutan over the border. My final day was a leisurely drive through rural roads and villages to the South Kyhbairi Rescue Centre to view retired tiger's (whom once were paraded in Circus's around India until recent years, along with rescued/injured leopards whom cannot be released back into the wild due to past human inter-actions). I greatly appreciated the efforts of all the staff at Jaldapara, particularly Pisanti, (the driver) who drove over atrocious roads at times, but always delivered me safely to destinations and back to camp again. It was great to also engage the services of Kylan, a registered guide, who offered a splendid narrative of the towns, the wildlife and history of the region on some of these safari's. I must say that I would have liked so much to spend another 2/3 days after all this activity to just relax, however due to further travel plans pending, I was compelled to leave. I was fortunate to meet Biswajit on my final evening before departure, as he had just returned from Kolkata. I would recommend this camp to anybody, wanting an authentic stay, along with excellent optional acitivities (for travellers without independant transport and particularly foreigners) which the camp will arrange with no fuss but excellent care and consideration and lovely bengali food. I visited the camp Mid-December, when there was no excessive heat or mosquitoes. The attic room I stayed in was unique, cute, and great for a roof over my head each night. It was cold in the evenings, but then it was the winter season, so winter woolies are essential at this time. I look forward to returning one day, and will have to bring some family members and/or friends to share this camp experience, over-seen by Biswajit, whom holds a strong passion and interest in this town, for the environment, the beauty and majesty of the wildlife along with providing valuable employment to locals. A destination of the beaten track, but well worth it!!!

Room Tip: The 2 chalets at the rear are great - away from the main road,from other chalets as well.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

We were a group of five families and each family means couple and a kid. Let me give you where I come from - I have travelled across India from Manipur and Assam to Goa and Jaisalmer, Delhi to Vizag etc. as well as abroad (one can get that from my reviews in tripadvisor) in Hawaii islands.
I well understood ahead of oour trip that jungle hut provides basic stay but that did not make me think that we will have to compromise with a decent stay. Let me put in the positives first:
1. Planned for us a trip to the Tea gardens nearby and a riverbed ride upto Bhutan border
2. On the last day the owner approached us and took us for a hike in the jungle at the back of the property.

Well thats that; now what has made the trip so pathetic:
1. Vehicles: No a.c vehicles could be arranged for pick up from New Jalpaiguri and drop to Jalpaiguri. It was mid April and in the sweltering heat the whole mood was damped. Also, the road to Chilapata WLS was pathetic with mineral rich dust flying around and 5 of our group including 2 kids started having allergic fever. its 2013 and there are no AC cars are you joking??
2. Toilets were pathetic fit only for hobbits! My 4 year old son refused to sit on the toilet seat for once during the span of 3 nights stay! It was full of spots as remnants of previous usages...the bathroom mirror was fit on top of a ricketty wash basin which again you have to close your eyes to use. the door was an old moist piece of wood you would feel repulsive to touch. There is just one very old man for housekeeping of the entire property
3. There was no cupboard in the room...one wooden plank with a mirror stood as an apology of a dressing table with about an inch thick dust. Rooms were more or less clean, though you would prefer wearing your slippers without fail.
4. The restaurant (!) if you call it so - no cold water, no soft drinks, no beer etc. forget wine and barbeques. Only four fans at four corners and in April heat the lunch was a tearsome affair.
5. Food - Nothing to praise about, except the fact that the fish curry/ chicken/ dal/ veg could be had by the children. We went for it with the best sauce that we could have - hunger. The restaurant staff were even initially reluctant to clean the table after the children had their food and asked us to move to a second table. It took one of us to burst out in anger to change their attitude. Snacks, pakoras provided in the evening were average.
6. Forget the location! There is petrol pump by its side. It is straight on the highway which has lost its asphalt and if you happen to try n' sit on the front lawn (!) you will be grey in no time with dirt. Also, remember that you mar have to carry old newspapers to make the concrete benches sittable and also you will have to clean the plastic chairs, in case the staff provide you with any as they will simply say these are clean enough. Even if you manage to sit forget chatting as truck will do all honking for you!. From the next day we tried sitting at the back arena of the property and it was far better.

All in all a very forgettable stay and we got nothing but distressed by this visit more so with the attitude of the owner who seemed to be a meeting busy person amidst and never even cared to asked whether at all the entire group is alright - never ever refer this to anyone

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

The "Jungle Camp" was definitely a good place to stay during our visit to Jaldapara WS just before it got closed from 16th June onwards due to the rainy season. The location was quite good as it was very near to the Jaldapara WS entry point. The AC room were quite good although little housekeeping would do good. The amenities were good. The lawn was quite well maintained and also the backyard. We got to see different birds, butterflies & dragonflies. Regarding the food & rooms service, we were quite pleased. The staffs were nice to us & also the owner, Mr Biswajit Saha. He briefed us about his activities regarding the Jungle Camps & also showed us his collections.
Our safaris in the Jaldapara were handled by Mr Saha and all went off quite good and we luckily spotted most of the animals the Jaldapara has been famous for. And since it was my first Jungle Safari, I was more than happy.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Anirban B
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Address: Post Madarihat District Jalpaiguri | Madrihat, New Jalpaigudi,, Birpara 735220, India
Location: India > West Bengal > Alipurduar District > Birpara
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Birpara
Price Range: $19 - $33 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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Jaldapara Jungle Camp India/West Bengal

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