Bakkhali Hotel: Bakkhali Tourist Lodge

Bakkhali Tourist Lodge. Photograph: W.B.T.D.C.
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Nibedita Chakravarty from Kolkata writes to Kolahal Travel Guide:

My husband and I visited Bakkhali during Jan 28-30, 2015.
I must compliment the WBTDC collective at Bakkhali and Kolahal / WIND OZ for their superb services which surpassed our imagination (normally critical of Govt concerns).

The room was absolutely clean along with the linens. Toilet was sparkling and Geyser was functioning perfectly. We did not use the AC as there was no need. Food was fresh and hot with clean crockeries served in a very well maintained restaurant. Cost however was on the higher side but we were willing to pay for the excellent quality.

House staff were very courteous and cooperative right from the security personnel at gate, the gardener, reception staff and other attendants.
This once again proves that an organisation is as good as its people.
Please keep up the good work. I suggested few improvements in the feed back form. The only problem (though not your issue) is the reliability of bus service from Kolkata. I was informed cancellation of one of the two available morning buses is a common affair. We faced the problem on return.

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Bakkhali Tourist Lodge, Tariff (May 10, 2015)

A.C. Standard Double Bed Rs 1900
A.C. Cottage Rs. 2500
Free Breakfast
Extra Person Charge:
An extra person can stay in a double-bed room in every WBTDC lodge.
The extra person charge is 20% of room tariff without a cot.
The extra person charge is 30% of room tariff with a cot.
The extra person charge is taxable at the same rate as the room tariff.
The extra person charge is payable at the time of check-in/check-out.
Room tax (13.42%) is paid at the same time.
Your WBTDC booking document will not contain any information about the extra person.
Cancellation Rules:
1. More than clear 16 (Sixteen) days: 20% of the room rent will be deducted.
2. Between Clear 08 (Eight) days & clear 15 (Fifteen) days: 40% of the room rent will be deducted
3. Between Clear 04 (Four) days & clear 07 (Seven) days: 80% of the room rent will be deducted.
4. Less than or equal to 03 (Three) days: No refund
“Clear Days”- means that the date of occupation and the date of cancellation would not be counted. Moreover, Sunday & Holidays would not be excluded for calculation of cancellation charges.
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 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. Age
  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.

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Siddhartha Paul from Kolkata writes to Kolahal Travel Guide:
Date of visit: 20th April 2013

The Tourist Lodge has been built in an exquisite way. Before heading for the trip we had taken the information from the WBTDC if there is any accommodation available for 5 people. They informed that we can take the dormitory with 8 beds @ Rs 150/bed/night. After reaching there we came to know that the charge is Rs 282/bed/night and that we would have to take all 8 beds. So a total of Rs 2256 was charged. On enquiring about the Rs 150 charge they said the rate had been revised which the people from Kolkata Head office may not be knowing. Also heard that the dormitory will soon get discontinued and only AC rooms will be available. Otherwise the staff members of the lodge were very cooperative.

We started at 5:30 AM on 20th April and reached the lodge at about 11:30 AM as 1 hour and 45 minutes were lost in the long queue of Jetty crossing. We preferred to have our lunch and dinner outside the lodge as it was a bit expensive compared to restaurants outside. Fish was expensive as fishing remains closed during these months of the year till the monsoon as this is the peak breeding time of the fishes. The Fraserganj fish harbour was a devastated area due to this. There were very few tourists there at this time but the crowd was a decent one unlike that of Digha. Both the days were more or less cloudy. Hence spent a wonderful weekend trip.

Bakkhali Tourist Lodge: Bed Room. Photograph: W.B.T.D.C.

Bakkhali Tourist Lodge

Bakkhali Tourist Lodge Hallway.
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Bakkhali Tourist Lodge. Entrance

Bakkhali Tourist Lodge. Lobby

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