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“Amazing Resort with great service”
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Wild Grass Lodge
Bengaluru, India
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Amazing Resort with great service”
Reviewed November 18, 2011

We recently stayed for 4 nights in Wild Grass resort and were totally bowled over by the hospitality. The room is very spacious and has comfortable beds. The bathroom is old fashionable but no complaints. The best part of this resort is the staff who go out of their way to make your stay comfortable. The naturalists are so knowledgeable and take genuine interest in making your visits to the park memorable. The owner - Mr Manju Barua needs a special mention for taking care of his guests personally.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

There are now 50 or more places to stay around Kaziranga National Park. This Resort was the first in the area and, by those in the know, WG is still the best place to stay. It is owned and managed by Manju Barua.
The property is large with several buildings providing accommodation, recreation and dining. The grounds are filled with different trees and plants, all marked with their English and Latin names. Many of the staff have had their families’ work at WG for a couple of generations and the atmosphere of the place is befitting of a Country Club / Jungle Lodge.
We found the rooms clean and comfortable and everything worked properly in the bathroom. The food is good and plentiful and the service efficient. Sitting out in the veranda next to the dining room to read a book or have tea between safaris is wonderfully relaxing.
WG has 8 experienced guides and Nekib who travelled with us is a born naturalist. His knowledge of birds, mammals and plant life is impressive. I believe this is yet another way in which WG distinguishes itself from other establishments. Taking all these factors into account, our 3-day stay here were clearly the best part of our 10-day trip in Assam
A word of warning to all wild life visitors to Kaziranga - no matter where you stay. Avoid weekends like the plague. That is the time local tourists, more interested in partying than wildlife, dominate the hotels and disturb other guests as well as the animals in the Park. This, unfortunately, is true for all the great wild life Parks and Reserves in India.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

The Wildgrass Lodge is unlike any other I've stayed at in india (of course, Kaziranga Park is quite unlike any other wildlife park I've been to in India, as well). There is a certain museum-like quality to the whole complex. When you enter the main dining hall and reception area, you are immediately struck by the very tall ceilings in this wood and brick building. Assamese masks, or traditional masks from nearby areas, adorn the walls. It is these masks, the tall ceinlings, the tall windows, and the heavy, classic wooden furniture that just give this dining hall that certain museum-"esque" touch.

The food is excellent and served promptly at all meal times. A good soup precedes each the main course. Vegetarian dishes, chicken or fish, and tasty rice are the mainstay of all meals. There is a decided Chinese influence in some of the dishes. I recommend that you try the catfish. It is very tasty.

The two main lodging buildings are built atop cement columns (no doubt a way of keeping the waters out of the building when the Bramaputra River floods during the monsoom). Though very sturdily constructed, the wooden staircase creaks a bit as you ascend it. This adds to the aura of the whole experience. On the way up, be sure to stop at the various levels to see the ancient masks featured in glass cases. Each has a description of the origin of that mask and its significance in the culture that it was once a part of.

Rooms are opened with a large, old fashioned key. Like the dining hall, the ceilings of the room are very tall. Tall French windows wrap around the three walls farthest from the entrance. Beds are comfortable. Tea and bisquits are brought to the room at 5:30 a.m. or so. The bathrooms are HUGE from top to bottom (tallest ceiling I have ever seen in a bathroom).

Needless to say, the wildlife viewing is incredible. In 3.5 days, we saw many greater Asian one-horned rhinoceroses, several herds of elephants (got one to chase our jeep... lots of fun!), hog deer, Barasingha, Gangetic dolphins, smooth-coated otters, numerous wild Asian buffalos, wild pigs, Rhesus macaques, red-capped langur monkeys, and a plethora of bird life. Among the bird life was a sighting of four great Indian hornbills on the westyern end of the park (we were looking for the hoolock gibbon, India's only ape species, when we chanced into the hornbills). Nothing short of amazing.

Our guide, Harun, is an expert naturalist and never tired of searching for wildlife. Besides the rhinoceroses, elephants, and great Indian hornbills, we managed to find a fishing cat! It was such an unexpected and very welcome surprise for us. Seeing the rare fishing cat more than made up for the fact that tigers, though abundant in Kaziranga Park, are hard to find because these big cats are so easily hidden in the elephant grass (which is occasionally even taller than the adult elephnats). We saw no tigers during our stay, but you don't come to Kaziranga to see tigers only. This is rhino country! It was especially great to see a mother with a 15-day old baby.

Be sure to take in the enjoyment of the Assamese dancers who provide entertainment in the evening. It is a very colorful display and the traditional music is riveting.

For me, Wildgrass was the perfect lodge to stay at for a trip to Kaziranga Park. Make sure you bring your camera, binoculars, and wildlife enthusiasm. You will not be disappointed in this park nor in the Wildgrass servives.

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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

There are some places that welcomes you immediately as you walk into them. So as you take the turn to reach the resort from the main world the world beyond shuts itself out, while not isolating you from the surroundings. Whether it is the unknown flowers which dot the property all year round or the old world wooden living quarters or the unotrusive staff who are always ready to help it is really a brilliant experience.
The different knick & knacks strewn all round the hotel gives you a slice of life it was, when the hotel started in a different time.
The meals which are well cooked, ample proportion and served in style.They give an impression that the managment knows its business & are confident of what they plate. The menu changes regularly & has a lot of thoughtful touches.
There are 2 experiences which are rather uncommon but greatly enhances the experience of staying in this heritage property. One is a photo with the lamps lit up against a dark night which sway in the wind & gives the place quite a etherial experience.The other though a little difficult to obtain is a lightning seen against a silhouete of windows which have grass or plant prints on the curtains. Keep at least one window open if you are lucky & can catch this view, donot worry all of them have nets on them to keep the creepy crawlies out. This would surely make your trip more memorable.
Wildlife safaris are well appointed, but their real USP is that they can almost get you on the elephant or the distant eastern & less visited range of Agratoli. This has a fair number of tigers but the chances of spotting them is negliglibe with long elephant grass all around. Though we could see some nail marks high on the trees & an armed guard accompanies the jeep, which is a sure indication of the presence of the big cats.
I am told it is also fantastic for birders but not being one cannot comment on it.
Another hidden gem is the service of Dilip which is worth his weight in gold & more. He not only gets you the best rates in transfers & gets the best of what you require if you give him adequate advance notice.
Be there as fast as you can, before the paddy fields start encroaching the jungles & mindless irrigation projects reduce the flooding of the park, thereby minimising the diversity which greatly depend on the fresh soil for its survival & development.
Kaziranga is one of the most generous jungles of the country which gives you a feel of dropping into a animal planet programme.
Best of luck.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Mumbai
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

Woo hoo - good to be back again

Assam is great in the winter, and this lodge near the Kaziranga lets you sit back and just chill

For those of with a taste for bengali/ assamese food - especially river fish - this place gives you an authentic home cooked assamese "cuisine" experience.

The service as always was warm and friendly - the rooms continue to be basis, but I like the rustic charm - and the winter sun makes up for many many ills!

Stay here for good access to the kaziranga, homely food and friendly service

They serve beer but you need to get your own spirits

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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Mumbai
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Reviewed June 8, 2011

The main idea of the holiday was to visit national park. So we zeroed in for this resort by default as not too many choices are there. But at the end i must say we were happy to have spent the time here.

This hotel has cottages spread across the small area they have. The room is very basic and there is no room service. But the owner takes personal interest in every visitor which is quite helpful. He ususally moves around the resort chatting to his guests. When he found form us that we would have couple of hours in Guwahati on our way back he took personal interest in arranging for a person at Guwahait and ensure that we visit few places there. That extra effort is what makes a difference for this resort.

Another thing that i feel is very important for such resort are the guides they can provide for the park. Wild grass have some very good ones.We took the open jeeps and both time the guide were very helpful and enthusiastic. They are as eager as us to help us spot animals which is what is essential.

Food is served in the common hall and needs to be ordered in advance. They have cultural activities in the night which is short but nice. There are no frills like swimming pool etc

Overall recommended if your focus is the national park.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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New Delhi, India
Level 6 Contributor
171 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 614 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2011

It is difficult to say anything nasty about this resort esp after the tremendous help we got on the net from Manju Barua much before we landed in Guwahati . She helped us plan our entire holiday including Tawang which we travelled to later . They do not make outlandish claims about the place ; the USP of Wild Grass is the Jeep and Elephant safari - they are organized with clinical precision accompanied by very canny and sharp eyed spotters . No doubt about that . The resort is somewhat haphazard and rambling ; there is no pool now and no culture shows either . No big deal about that . You go to Kaziranga for the 3 zone Jeep safaris and the elephant ride - you will get your money's worth . The occasional touches like complimentary desserts or hot savouries on a cold day are very nice indeed , more than compensating for the somewhat gloomy outlook in some previous reviews . The trees in the compound are delightfully labelled and can be rewarding to a diehard birder .

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Wild Grass Lodge
Address: Bochagaon village, Kaziranga National Park 785609, India
Location: India > Assam > Nagaon District > Kaziranga National Park
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Ranked #5 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Kaziranga National Park
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Wild Grass Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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Wild Grass Hotel Kaziranga National Park

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