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Diphlu River Lodge
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Reviewed March 21, 2011

We booked one night here as an extension of a 7-night cruise on the Brahmaputra River on board of RV Charaidew, operated by Assam Bengal Navigation which also owns this lodge that really exceeded our expectations, at least as far as accommodation and the knowledge and enthusiasm of the resident naturalist are concerned. Our bungalow (is it also called a bungalow when it stands on stilts?) was meticulously clean, spacious, tastefully decorated and furnished while the adjacent bathroom featured a shower cabin that was completely surrounded by glass walls that gave a perfect jungle feel without being bitten by bugs. However, the food could have been spicier to our taste, though it was varied and well-prepared. If there is one disadvantage, it is the sound of the traffic. During the day, you don’t hear it – but at night you do since the lodge is located not so far off the main highway. But don’t let this deter you from making this your temporary headquarters near Kaziranga NP as this also implies it lies conveniently close to the park’s different ranges. If we ever go back to this area, we will definitely go back to this lodge.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2011

We stayed there for 3 days over new years and Diphlu surpassed all expectations. Kaziranga is situated in the remote North East India and poses a challenge to anyone trying to set up quality hospitality venue and from that perspective, Diphlu deserve great praise.The resort and rooms are exquisitely designed, every ride and each meal time are personally catered for and lodge itself is superbly situated and quiet. Overall, this is superb value.
If there was one area lacking. Replace the buffets with fixed multicourse meals?

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank indianbayrum
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Reviewed November 27, 2010

Two nights at Diphlu River Lodge with a day of safari in Kaziranga. This is a small boutique property with a dozen rooms all in cottages on stilts surrounding a central area that is used to grow rice in season. The rooms are large and comfortable - very clean. No TVs - this is a gettaway place. The whole resort is on the banks of a river overlooking Kaziranga Park.

We arrived earlier than expected and were welcomed in person by the manager who arranged for us to go for a short nature walk while a meal was prepared. Within the first ten minutes we had seen group of seven rhinos from the banks of the river. That evening there was a BBQ and a local dance presentation.

All the safaris were well organised and comfortable with an early start and breakfast in the park. The accompanying naturalist was knowledgable and very good at spotting hard to see wildlife as was the driver.

The service was excellent, very personalised, with very good food - the last night we had Naga and Assamese specialities - very good. There's little about this place to improve - all in all a fantastic stay in a comfortable, well run place in beautiful surroundings.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with friends
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9  Thank emmbrook
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Reviewed June 21, 2010

The Diphlu River Lodge reminds you of a typical lodge in the African parks with independent thatched roof cottages on stilts arranged around a paddy field . This aspect is something that the owners need to be commended for , since it really gives the place a unique and memorable character . It is on the banks of a Brahmaputra tributary , the Diphlu River and the staff told us that its common to sight game on the opposite bank .
The rooms are very comfortable and the design and the structure retain the jungle touch . The common area , which includes the bar and the restaurant , has a stunning view of the river and one can spend some quality time there soaking in nature when not visiting the sanctuary .
The staff is attentive and courteous without being obtrusive .
Easily the best place in Kaziranga , and by a wide margin .

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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10  Thank hedgefund007
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Reviewed June 8, 2010

We arrived in late july and stayed a few days. The personel was ever so nice and friendly and took the best care of us as our stomacks adjusted to the climate. The kitchen is just under the restaurant and every day we had different dishes, impressive! For breakfast every morning we had the best omelette. This is a place to rest in and to look at the wildlife around. Here you find peace and quiet. You have to think a bit about how you behave as you share the place with wild animals (sometimes). So there are e.g. no strong lights that will scare the animals off at night. All of our family liked Diphlu River Lodge very much and would very much recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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10  Thank coldandhot
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Reviewed March 6, 2010

I disagree with the previous reviewer because I had a great time at the Diphlu River Lodge around late December! Assam is a great place to visit around the end of December, the temperatures being quite "mild" for us foreigners (10-15 C or so). I was traveling en solo but there were others from the Charaidew Brahmaputra Cruise as well, which is owned by the same company - Assam Bengal Navigation.

In essence, the place is heaven on earth. You're in the midst of lush greenery, surrounded by the exotic Assamese flora (and fauna - I did spot an occasional rhino or two at around midnight from the room's balcony, mostly around late afternoon and midnight), savouring great food from friendly persons, and relaxing in quiet bliss.

Here I must highlight, it would be the excellent service at this lodge. Young, aspiring, ever-smiling, local youths are at your beck and call. Although their grasp of English is not spectacular, the genuine cheerfulness of the staff at the lodge makes this place wonderful (especially if you're traveling alone, like I did!).

If there's one thing that did not meet my high expectations of this lodge, it would be the absence of a swimming pool. Even though in December, one does not feel the need to go for a swim, I imagine that the swimming pool would be of great help in the summers!

All in all, I had a great time at the Diphlu River Lodge! I definitely recommend it!

p.s - unfortunately, I can't post any pictures as I lost my camera in the airport :(

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled solo
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10  Thank dubliner12
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Reviewed July 12, 2009

We visited this lodge after a 7 night cruise on the Brahmaputra River with Assam Bengal Navigation who also own the lodge. They cut short our cruise by 2 nights due to their bad planning and moved us to the, empty, lodge with the rest of our group from the boat. The lodge cost less than the boat and it has taken me 5 months to recover the difference. We had also intended to stay there two nights after the 7 night cruise and had paid up front for the whole thing. We also stayed at their Basnabari Lodge in Manas NP before the cruise for two nights, a big mistake, I will review this seperatly.

The owners of Assam Bengal Navigation set themselves up as high end holiday providers but fail dismally in service, customer relations, value for money and communication. They are happy to charge top dollar and when they do not provide the service paid for and refuse to refund. They still owe us in the region of US$800
( for the two nights accommodation we did not take, we gave them 96 hours notice of our decision to leave) and have point blank refused to refund it.

Now to the lodge - It is quite new and has been designed to look authentic with huts on stilts. It is near a busy road and not in Kaziranga NP. You can hear a lot of road noise. The river runs behind it. An idiot has decided to make the central area of the lodge into a paddy field. Assam is an area of high risk for malaria and even in January there were lots of mosquitos. I can not imagine what the risk will be in the warmer months. Madness!!

The restaurant and bar are in a seperate area. They cooked our food elsewhere and brought it up to the restaurant. It was then left on platters warmed by night lights which kept it somewhere between warm and luke warm. Most of our group developed sickness and diarrohea within 12 hours of arriving and we stopped eating except for bread and omlettes as the ones that were not ill were terrified the rest of their holiday would be ruined. Many were touring other areas of India. Noone at the lodge was prepared to discuss the problems as the staff are all young, poorly trained and with no back up from the owners.

Do not travel with Assam Bengal Navigation. You will be ripped off and will probably become ill. We paid over £3500 in total for our experience.Our fellow passengers comments ranged from a mild 'I would not let any of my friends or family come on this holiday', 'best to put it behind us and move on' to 'this company should be sued by us all'.

India is a wonderful country and its people, including those we met in Assam welcomed us with friendship and charm. Assam Bengal Navigation has let them all down.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Kaziranga National Park, Kuthuri, | Near Bagori Police Outpost,, Kaziranga National Park 782136, India
Location: India > Assam > Nagaon District > Kaziranga National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Kaziranga National Park
Price Range: $46 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 National Park that is situated right at the border of the park. We offer all-inclusive stays from three to ten days. Our 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 Brahmaputra river where you may also get to view the rare Gangetic River Dolphin. With only twelve twin-bedded cottages, eight of which are individual and four semi-detached, Diphlu River Lodge is intimate in size and built using natural materials (like bamboo, thatch, etc.). Besides comfortable beds, each cottage has a pleasant sit-out as well as a writing desk, mini-bar and a small fridge. A complimentary selection of tea and coffee and an electric kettle is also at hand for when you need a cuppa. The bathroom has a rain shower and a roomy dressing area with a fitted wardrobe. ... more   less 

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