W.B.F.D.C: Buxa Jungle Lodge, Rajabhatkhawa

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WBFDC: Buxa Jungle Lodge, Rajabhatkhawa Nature Resort.
Photograph: Soma Banerjee
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WBFDC: Buxa Jungle Lodge, Tariff (December 1, 2013)

Room Name Bed Bath Type Tariff (Rs)
Bakul-First Floor (Non-A/C)(Unit-1) 4 Non-Attached Ba Family Room 1000
BlueJay (Non-A/C)(Unit-2) 6 Attached Bath Dormitory 1400
Eagal (Non-A/C)(Unit-2) 4 Attached Bath Gr. Fl. Family Room 2000
Kingfisher (A/C)(Unit-2) 2 Attached Bath Ground Floor Room 1800
Kingfisher (Non-A/C)(Unit-2) 2 Attached Bath Ground Floor Room 1100
Magpie (A/C)(Unit-2) 2 Attached Bath Ground Floor Room 1800
Magpie (Non-A/C)(Unit-2) 2 Attached Bath Ground Floor Room 1100
Mahagony (Non-A/C)(Unit-I) 2 Attached Bath Ground Floor Room 1400
Maina-First Floor (Non-A/C)(Unit-1) 2 Attached Bath Family Room 800
Minivet (A/C)(Unit-2) 2 Attached Bath Ground Floor Room 1800
Minivet (Non-A/C)(Unit-2) 2 Attached Bath Ground Floor Room 1100
Parakeet (N-A/C)(Unit-2) 6 Attached Bath Dormitory 1400
Redstart (Non-A/C)(Unit-2) 2 Attached Bath Ground Floor Room 1400
Shefali -First Floor(Non-A/C)(Unit-1) 4 Attached Bath Family Room 1000
Treepie (A/C)(Unit-2) 2 Attached Bath Ground Floor Room 1800
Treepie (Non-A/C)(Unit-2) 2 Attached Bath Ground Floor Room 1100
Bank Account Information (for advance payment)
STATE BANK OF INDIA
Hakimpara Branch, Siliguri
Branch Code: 7245
IFS Code: SBIN0007245
Name of the Account: WIND OZ
Type of Account: Current
Account Number: 32272244053
Siliguri Office Address
43 Sarat Bose Road , Hakimpara Siliguri – 734 001,
Dist.-Darjeeling,WB, India

Our Siliguri office is authorized by WBFDC to book rooms in any WBFDC resort.
Booking Procedure
Step 1. Send us a reservation request.
Step 2. We will send you an e-mail with availability information.
Step 3. Call our Siliguri office and confirm. Or send us a confirmation by e-mail
Step 4. Deposit tariff and tax to the bank account given above.

Tax: 7.42% for Non-AC, 12.42% for AC, 0% for below Rs 1000 room tariff
WBFDC requires us to collect the entire tariff and tax at the time of booking.
Step 5. Send us the following information by e-mail:
  1. Full Name
  2. Date of birth
  3. Full address (City, State, Pin Code)
  4. Mobile No
  5. ID proof no (Voter ID/PAN Card/Driving Licence/Adhar Card - any one).
Step 6. We will send you WBFDC booking documents. Govt photo id is needed for check-in in any hotel in Bengal.

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Buxa Jungle Lodge, Rajabhatkhawa, Bedroom
Photograph: Soma Banerjee


WBFDC: Buxa Jungle Lodge, Rajabhatkhawa: Lobby
Photograph: Soma Banerjee

Buxa Jungle Lodge, Rajabhatkhawa, Landscape
Photograph: Soma Banerjee


WBFDC: Buxa Jungle Lodge, Rajabhatkhawa, Hallway
Photograph: Bappaditya Paul


WBFDC: Buxa Jungle Lodge, Rajabhatkhawa.
Photograph: Soma Banerjee
Sunil Chakraborty from Agarpara, Kolkata, writes to Kolahal Travel Guide:
Date of visit: 02.01.2013


One day stay at WBFDC Buxa Jungle Lodge has given me immense pleasure. The lodge has a beautiful garden, lovely rooms & homely food at very much affordable price. I was simply moved by the scenic beauty of Rajabhatkhawa station, Jayanti river and the hills (a few kms from the lodge). During my trip to Jayanti I visited a natural pond climbing on a hill approximately 1100 ft high and watched big MAGUR fishes and tortoises which was a scene to remember. The behaviour of the lodge staff members was very pleasant for which I must thank them.
SOMEN SENGUPTA from Calcutta writes to Kolahal Travel Guide:
Date of visit: March 2012


The resort is nestled on the lap of nature & indeed has a picture post card back ground. The best thing is that there is no mobile signal available. The food is very ordinary & service is so so but people employed are cordial. Go there in a small group & ensure after the sundown you all assemble at courtyard with hot coffee & pakoda supplemented with the best ghost story that you can share - needless to say power cut is frequent there - so imagine how will it feel in dark !!!!

A nice place for 2 nights & for newly married even 7 days will be cool.
Mr. Sengupta's article on Lepchajagat appears on the Lepchajagat page of kolahal.com. His other articles and photographs can be found on his website www.somensengupta.com


Bappaditya Paul writes:


At around 11 am, the train halted at our destination – the tiny Rajabhatkhawa station. From there, a 5 – 7 minute walk along the rails took us to the Buxa Jungle Lodge, which has been developed by the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation.

The very first glimpse of the new building of the jungle lodge left everyone spellbound, as none expected to see such lavishness amidst a forest. Marbled floors, decently decorated interiors and sophisticated bathrooms equipped with modern gadgets – what else could one ask for in a place like this?

The newly constructed lodge, inaugurated on 29 January this year (2006), has 24 – hours check – in facility and accommodates five large double bedrooms and one 12–bedded dormitory with a lovely surrounding veranda. For the sake of information, a double bedroom costs Rs 800 per day while the dormitory comes for Rs 1200. The rooms can be booked in advance at any West Bengal tourism department counter.

On the east of the lodge lie broad–gauge rail tracks. On the western fringe is a vulture culture centre of the forest department and a few old lodges. The south is covered by dense forests and in the north lies the narrow trail that connects the lodge with the lone village market. Santhalabari – the last human habitat on the way to Buxa Sanctuary, is located at a distance of around 15 km from Rajabhatkhawa village. Jayanti and Buxa Road – the other two tourist spots in the vicinity, are located at 15 and 10 km respectively.

After sipping two rounds of refreshing tea served by the lodge canteen, it was time for lunch. And here, it would be unfair if one does not take time off to describe the food served and the hospitality of the concerned staffs. Meals at the Buxa Forest Lodge would remind one of homemade delicacies. Although the usual fare could be called a non-vegetarian’s delight, the canteen readily dishes out vegetarian and even continental stuff on request. The general air of cordiality adds much to the feeling of well – being and enjoyment.

It seemed as if time stood still as we loitered across the nearby forest, all through the afternoon – listening to the whispers of wilderness. A small bridge in the vicinity lent itself as a perfect rendezvous while we watched the sun sailing into oblivion.

There are a few sites one should not forget to visit while at Rajabhatkhawa – the Forest Interpretation Centre, the sprawling garden of herbs and the animal rescue centre – where injured wild tigers and leopards rescued from the Buxa forests are treated.

The next morning dawned earlier than usual; we were to start our journey into the Buxa forests by 7 am. But with due honour to the Indian Standard Time or the IST, we finally took off an hour late – as the gongs from a nearby tea garden suggested.

Prior to entering the Buxa territory, it is necessary to obtain pass from the WBFDC tourist registration gate located at the Rajabhatkhawa T – point. Charges are nominal – Rs 10 for an adult and Rs 25 for a vehicle.

The 15 – km journey up to Santhalabari would seem like a 150 – km ride on camelback – if not more. The road is simply terrible. However, one does not end up blaming the state government, as it is this very road condition that suits the ambience most; after all, one is deep inside a jungle and not on a Delhi expressway!

Wonder of wonders – the cell phones that flashed “no network” message at Rajabhatkhawa, suddenly become functional at Santhalabari. Due to being located at a higher altitude, this is the lone spot enroute the Buxa where from one can make calls.

At Santhalabari, prior to intruding into the deep woods, it is mandatory to register names with the Sasastra Seema Bal’s 23 Battalion post located there. This facilitates the tracking of tourist inflow into the Buxa and at the same time works as a database in case of any untoward happening.

From Santhalabari, one is required to chart the expedition on foot. It is now a five – kilometre uphill walk along the narrow serpentine path. And before long, the fascinating Buxa Fort is in view – to reward the day’s hard work.

The author is a journalist with The Statesman, India, and this article is sourced from his blogsite – marginalmatters.wordpress.com – with due consent.





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