Kaziranga

Kaziranga is a remarkable success story of conservation of the one horned India rhinoceros and other wild lives in the North East India. It is not only the homeland of the great Indian one horned rhinoceros, but also provides shelter to a variety of wild lives.

Kaziranga is a vast expanse of tall elephant grass, marshland, and dense tropical moist broad leaf forests, crisscrossed by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra. Moreover, the park includes numerous small bodies of water. Kaziranga has been the theme of several books, songs, and documentaries. The park celebrated its centennial in 2005 after its establishment in 1905 as a reserve forest. A World Heritage Site, the park hosts two-thirds of the world's great one-horned rhinoceroses. Kaziranga boasts the highest density of tigers among protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. The park is home to large breeding population of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. Kaziranga is recognised as an important bird area by Birdlife International for conservation of avifaunal species.

It is one of the significant natural habitats for conservation of biological biodiversity of universal value. The values and criteria made Kaziranga National Park to get inscribed in the World Heritage Site List 1985. The Kaziranga National Park area consists of 429.93 sq. km. with an additional area of 429.40 sq. km. and situated in the two districts of Assam, namely Golaghat and Nagaon. The total area of the park within Nagaon district is 175 sq. km., out of which 135 sq. km. falls under Bagori Forest Range office and 40 sq. km. falls within Ghorakati Forest Range office.

Diphlu River Lodge - Kaziranga

Diphlu River Lodge, Kaziranga National Park Set amongst verdant farmland, patches of bird-rich forest and slow meandering streams, the ambience of the Diphlu River Lodge makes it a retreat in the true sense of the word. The luxurious, but rustic and eco-friendly lodge was built to adapt to the existing foliage and terrain. The cottages are built on stilts and their thatch-covered roofs are supported by thick bamboo pillars. Diphlu River Lodge is separated from the Kaziranga National Park by the river Diphlu, giving the cottages a close view of the wildlife-stocked jungle beyond it. You are asked to keep your lights and sounds low for the wildlife that comes to drink there. The grounds of the lodge include a lotus pond, barbecue and dancing area, and an observation hut. The spacious main building, called Machan, has a library, a restaurant, sitting areas and a large verandah with gorgeous views of the park beyond the river. Well-trained naturalists assist you in understanding the private lives of the creatures that you encounter around the lodge or in the park.

Rooms / Cottages

Twelve straw-thatched cottages, raised on stilts above the ground, each sleeping two. Made of bamboo and thatch, they beautifully blend in with the stunning surroundings. The cottages are air-conditioned and have been tastefully furnished with Assamese and Naga artefacts.

Meals

Our cuisine is a hard to define blend of Indian, Assamese and continental that rarely disappoints; and the homemade marmalade gets very good reports.

We are normally on a Buffet presentation at meals.

Facilities

Restaurant; bar; laundry service; internet (one guest at a time); front-facing safari jeep; 4 in-house naturalists; library; observation hut; Konyak Shop with regional handicrafts, books and Assam tea . In the rooms mini-bar with facility for making tea and coffee.

Activities

Dolphin Boat Safari (Oct-end June) to view Gangetic dolphins with additional visit to a 11th century Durga temple in the hills and shopping in Tezpur; Open jeep safaris and nature walks accompanied by resident naturalist; elephant safaris (need to be booked a day in advance); village visits to Mising, Bodo and Karbi, all unique in their dialect, traditions and attire; tribal dances around a bonfire with barbeque (for groups only); Rubber Plantation walk with Kaziranga National Park in-house biologist or trained naturalist; Tea Plantation visit (note tea manufacture stops mid Dec-mid March).

Staff / Staff Residence

The Lodge Team, in all its sections including the Naturalists, is made up of local village and tribal youth. All brought up with in-house training. They provide our visitors with a personal experience of our nature, culture and traditions in ways that lead to greater understanding and appreciation. Raw youth are trained by their seniors and we may honestly boast from visitors complimentary reports on their interactions and conversations with them. It has also been brought to our notice regarding the discretion yet friendliness of our staff.

Diphlu River Lodge is also

Member of TOFT: http://www.toftigers.org/accommodations/Diphlu%20River%20Lodge

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