Digha Hotel: Digha Tourist Lodge

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Digha Tourist Lodge. Photograph: Amit Biswas

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Goutam Mitra writes:

Last Friday (1st of June, 2008) we traveled to Digha without a hotel reservation. We just got up and drove to Digha, which is about 200 KMs from Kolkata. To our utter surprise we found all better hotels are full and especially A.C. rooms were just not available. They were all booked!!! The better private hotels were charging premium on room rent and the behaviour of the reception was totally changed. All this was because they were running to full capacity! The sweltering heat at Kolkata was driving people out to go to the beaches.

We looked for a room in about 12 or 13 hotels in Old & New Digha. They were all full. Then we decided to visit West Bengal Tourism's Digha Tourist Lodge. We had never gone there as it was govt. run and we had thought the service and rooms would be horrible. To our surprise we found the reception was extremely warm, rooms were spacious (at least 18' X 18'). The size of their 2 bathrooms would make the complete room in other better hotels. Wall to wall carpet, and AC was working. The rates? extremely reasonable. For a ground floor AC room we were charged Rs.700/- plus tax. In other hotels a room would be half the size and the rate would not be less than Rs 1200 or Rs 1500 plus tax per day (plus bad behaviour for free).

In other words, our stay was extremely comfortable in Digha Tourist Lodge, which we had underestimated. It is advisable to book a room well in advance during summer vacation (April end to mid June) of schools. As this place is now very well connected with Calcutta, it can be reached within 3 to 4 hours of drive and within equal time by train. So it remains crowded on weekends and holidays.

Unique Qualities: This place has a huge lawn, garden, stroll area, big rooms, big toilets, well made beds, good behaviour of the hotel staff members and so on. But every thing requires to be re-touched, re-painted. The restaurant & bar needs renovation, furniture needs to be polished, changed. In all it should be handed over to some professional who would make this place look good, feel good. I feel nobody would mind if the rates are increased about 10 to 15% to pay for better facilities. It is required as it was built in the 1960s to 1970s (when the crowd was fewer in number and the journey took 8-10 hours), with minor renovation from time to time. But now it requires to be renovated completely to give it at least a two star category look.

Our room charge was Rs. 800/- or about USD 18 per day. A second floor room is Rs 1000/- or USD 22 per day inclusive of taxes. And frankly speaking these are extremely good rates for the kind of room and service you get.

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

Amit Biswas writes:

This is the only govt. lodge in Digha. The rooms are nice, position is best and the food is excellent. 15mins in rickshaw from Digha railway station. It is beside the main road and the turning of SH-57

Digha Tourist Lodge Room. Photograph: Amit Biswas

Digha Tourist Lodge Hallway. Photograph: Amit Biswas

Digha Tourist Lodge Restaurant. Photograph: Amit Biswas

Digha Tourist Lodge, Tariff (October 20, 2013)

A.C. Standard Rs. 1200
A.C. Delux Double Bedded Room Rs. 1500
A.C. Super Delux Double Bedded Room Rs. 2000

How to contact Digha Tourist Lodge

Bakkhali Tourist Lodge
P.O. Laxmipur Prabartak
Dist. South 24-Parganas,
Pin : 743357
Phone : (03210) 211260
Mob : 9732510150
Bishnupur Tourist Lodge
P.O. Bishnupur,
Dist. Bankura
Pin : 722122
Phone : (03244) 252013
Mob : 9732100950
Baharampur Tourist Lodge
P.O. Baharampur,
Dist. Murshidabad,
Pin : 742181
Phone : (03482) 259711
Mob : 9732510031
Digha Tourist Lodge
P.O. Digha,
Dist. East Medinipur
Pin : 721428
Phone :(03220) 266255
Mob : 9732510134
Diamond Harbour Tourist Lodge
P.O. Diamond Harbour,
Dist. South 24-Parganas
Pin : 743331
Phone : (03174) 255246/255262
Mob : 9732510035
Darjeeling Tourist Lodge
Bhanu Sarani
P.O. Darjeeling,
Pin : 734101
Phone : (0354) 2254412
Mob : 9733008775
Hill Top Tourist Lodge
P.O. Kalimpong,
Dist. Darjeeling,
Pin :734301
Phone : (03552) 255654
Jaldapara Tourist Lodge
P.O. Madarihat,
Dist. Jalpaiguri,
Pin : 735220
Phone : (03563) 262230
Mob : 9733008795
Kurseong Tourist Lodge
P.O. Kurseong
Dist. Darjeeling,
Pin : 734283
Phone : (0354) 2345608
Mob : 9733008779
Kalimpong Tourist Lodge
(Morgan House)
P.O. Kalimpong,
Dist. Darjeeling
Pin : 734301
Phone : (03552) 255384
Mob : 9733008776
Mainak Tourist Lodge
Hill Cart Road, Siliguri,
Dist. Darjeeling
Pin : 734403
Phone : (0353) 2512859
Mob : 9733008780
Email : maitl@dte.vsnl.net.in
Malda Tourist Lodge
P.O. & Dist. Malda
Pin : 732101
Phone : (03512) 220911
Mob : 9733008792
Malbazar Tourist Lodge
P.O. Mal
Dist. Jalpaiguri
Pin : 735221
Phone : (03562) 257206
Mob : 9733008793
Maithan Tourist Lodge
P.O. Kalyaneswari,
Dist. Bardhaman
Pin : 713369
Phone : (0341) 2523894
Mob : 9732100940
Pathik Motel Durgapur
Gandhi More, P.O.Durgapur,
Dist. Bardhaman
Pin : 713216
Phone : (0343) 2546399
Mob : 9732100930
Raiganj Tourist Lodge
P.O. Madhupur,
Dist. Uttar Dinajpur
Pin : 733134
Phone: (03523) 225915
Mob : 9733008791
Rani Shiromony Paryatak Abas
Dakbanglow Road,
P.O. & Dist. Medinipur (West)
Pin : 721101
Phone : (03222) 266588
Mob : 9732510076
Santiniketan Tourist Lodge
Dist. Birbhum,
Pin : 731204
Phone : (03463) 252699,
Mob : 9732100920
Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge
P.O. Pakhiralaya,
P.S. Gosaba, Pin : 743379
Phone : (03218) 214960
Mob : 9732509925
Tarakeswar Tourist Lodge
Guest House Road,
Mandir Para
P.O. Tarakeswar, Dt. Hooghly,
Pin : 712410
Phone : (03212) 279332
Mob : 9732509927
Teesta Paryatak Abas
SJDA Composite Complex
P.O. Jalpaiguri,
Pin : 735121
Phone : (03561) 256158,
Mob : 9733008794
Udayachal Tourist Lodge
DG Block, Sector-II,
Salt Lake, Kolkata,
Pin : 700091,
Phone : (033) 23589347,
Mob : 9874026899

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