W.B.F.D.C: Hollong Tourist Lodge

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Shibnath Mukherjee from Kolkata writes to Kolahal Travel Guide:
Dates of visit: February 1, 2016 - February 5, 2016

I must say that the stay in Buxa Tourist Lodge, Hollong Jungle Lodge and Jaldapara Tourist Lodge gave me life time happiness. The rooms and bathrooms in all three lodges were in excellent condition with all modern fittings. The food served at Hollong was the best. Then Jaldapara followed by Buxa. I am happy enough with the staff members of Hollong and Jaldapara. There is scope to improve at Buxa.

One hired car was with me all through for sightseeing and transfer.

The elephant ride at Hollong was marvellous. During the ride, we found rhino, sambar deer, peacock, jungle boar. During the stay at Hollong, the night was just awesome. Plenty of bison, sambar deer, rhino came across in the front garden and the staff of the lodge showed us by spot lights.

The light and sound show in Jaldapara Lodge was very bad. Lights were not working. Buxa lodge gave us sounds of railways only.

Overall experience was very good. Thanks for everything.

Suddhasattwa Datta from Kolkata writes to Kolahal Travel Guide:
Date of visit: 29th May 2015

We have throughly enjoyed our one night stay at the Jaldapara Madarihat Hollong Forest bungalow. We are really looking forward to revisit the place once again.
Staying within the jungle in a high class well furnished room with clean washroom is really a great experience. All staff members are very friendly, polite and courteous.

Regarding food, though it's tasty but I personally feel is too highly priced.
An omelette and 4 pieces of bread cost Rs 83.
Also if you don't book your personal car throughout your entire stay at Hollong then there would be a big financial blow on your wallet because if you seek a drop facility from Hollong to Madarihat (6.5 kms) then spending Rs 675 (Rs 275 entry charges + Rs 400 for taking you to Madarihat from Hollong) is a bit costly. If you can afford all these Hollong should be a must visit destination for all tourists.

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Hollong Tourist Lodge, Tariff (September 4, 2014)

Non A.C. Delux Double Bed Rs. 2500
Bank Account Information (for advance payment)
Hakir Siliguri office and confirm. Or send us a confirmation by e-mail
Step 4. Deposit tariff amount to the bank account given above.

Tax: Room tax should be paid at the lodge at the time of check in.
WBTDC requires us to collect the entire tariff amount 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 WBTDC booking documents. Govt photo id is needed for check-in in any hotel in Bengal.

Hollong Tourist Lodge: Landscape
Photograph: Sayantan Thakur

Photo Album - Hollong Tourist Lodge

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A Room in Hollong Tourist Lodge
Photograph: Sayantan Thakur

A Baby Elephant Checks Out Hollong Tourist Lodge
Photograph: Sayantan Thakur

Hollong Tourist Lodge: Three Peacocks walk around the salt-pit
Photograph: Sayantan Thakur

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Hollong Tourist Lodge
Sayantan Thakur

My wife and I spent one night at Hollong in December, 2013.
It was a mesmerizing experience to us. When we were at the gate of the forest check post, 7 km away (through the dense forest) from Hollong Tourist Lodge, to show our booking permit, ID proof etc, we started to listen to the ancient music of the forest.

We were coming from Murti, about 80 km away from Hollong. We hired a local Alto car to drop us. The cost was 1500 INR. If you want to come directly then your nearest railway station is Hasimara. You may contact a local person, named Mr. Bishwajit (9733141091) to drop you at Hollong.
He is extremely helpful and punctual. A very good and reliable person indeed.

We paid an entry fee of INR 250 for the lodge. After completing all formalities we started for the Hollong Tourist Lodge. The road was narrow, a deep silence around us, my cell phone signals were just starting to say good bye! Yes, we were in the land of nature. We remained silent and observed the forest. Ancient trees and innumerable birds were ready to welcome us!
Fallen leaves of the winter were on the road.

Ah! We were in the front of a British-style green colored bungalow!
That was our destination. Hollong river was flowing in front of the lodge.
Just opposite to the river there was a salt-pit, maximum 30-40 feet wide!
Three peacocks welcomed us from the salt-pit!

After showing all the paperwork at the reception, we got a room at the first floor (Room no. 5, name: Kingfisher). The second floor was reserved for the V.I.P.s. And I think Room no. 5 is the best room for the general tourist.
Room allocation system (after confirmed reservation) is on first come first serve basis.

After entering the room, we were spellbound! It was a huge room with marvelous interior. The main attraction was a big window and in front of it was the salt-pit! The prime location to watch wildlife.

After getting refreshed, we had a walk around the bungalow! Walking around was prohibited in evening. We found one small baby elephant at pilkhana. After coming back we were called for lunch (Lunch should br ordered early). The lunch was delicious with local fish and it was affordable (200 INR per plate). The head cook is a very gentle man, named Mr. Bachhu Babu. He is very knowledgeable about the wildlife. The charge for evening tea/snacks, dinner, bed tea and breakfast is mandatory and very affordable: INR 400 for each person. The food was delicious and superb. And I must say something about the room service: It was really really great!

Oh! We booked our elephant ride at 6 A.M. for the next morning.

At 3 P.M., the sun was getting close to the horizon. The forest guard poured fresh salt at the salt-pit. Now the show started! At 5 P.M. we saw from our room, a lazy Indian bison came and after few minutes the whole herd! There was the full moon and my 300 mm zoom lens was ready! But I forgot to click!

The yellow moon, the surreal mist and a one-horned rhino with the wild smell! We forgot to utter any word! The show went on through the night!
A young rhino entered the bungalow premises around 10 P.M. He was bold enough not to leave, even with the searchlight on him!

Immersed in the darkness of the mystic night, we spent our time in the lap of nature. Oh! Our dinner was served in the room at 8 P.M. sharp and before that at 5:30 P.M. evening tea and snacks were served!

The next morning we were called at 5 A.M. sharp for the elephant safari and bed tea was served. At 6 we started our elephant safari and entered into a dense forest. Trees, the morning mist, birds, sambar, barking deer, elephant, the rising sun...it was out of the world! My nikon captured these but I believe the world's best lens, my eyes, captured them forever!

Some Quick tips:
  1. Try to stay at least two night.
  2. Avoid Thursday for online booking, it is reserved for local booking
  3. Order lunch before you reach
  4. Carry some light colored/dull colored cloth
  5. Try not to smoke
  6. Expect not only wildlife but enjoy nature itself
Last but not the least, the staff are very cooperative and humble.
Specially, Mr. Ranjit babu, the officer in charge of the lodge, is really humble and a gentleman.

Photo Album - Hollong Tourist Lodge

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