Hollong Tourist Lodge, Jaldapara
P.O. Madarihat Dist: Jalpaiguri Jaldapara
Ranked 4 amongst 15 hotels in Jaldapara
Hollong Tourist Lodge Reviews
What can be bad about a place which counts as its frequent guests President to Chief Ministers? Very well maintained rooms (given it is inside Jaldapara Forest), prompt service and greatest location where you can see animals come to the salt pit (located bang opposite the hotel) right through window, through day and night. In fact, at night some animals, cross the Holong river and roam around in the hotel compound. I had dinner with one such wandering one horned rhino. The hotel gives a strategic waiting room that allows all its guests to look straight into the salt pit at all times. Being the only salt pit in Jaldapara forest, you stand a high chance to view animals. Both the elephant safari and jeep safari start from this lodge, making it very convenient for its boarders. There are two problems - (a) with only five rooms and very high VIP visits, rooms are tough to get and one needs to book online at least 120 days in advance, (b) being a prime location inside the forest, it has a lot of hidden costs (like 250 rupees every vehicle entry), making the total cost much higher than average. I loved it. So I didn't mind much.
We wanted to spend few days in the lap of forest so Hollong Tourist Lodge seemed to be the perfect destination. The experience was ever memorable! The lodge is made by West Bengal forest department and run by West Bengal tourism. It's beautifully constructed bungalow with wooden interior, all are very well-maintained. The service and behavior of the staff are beyond questions. Foods are simple and tasty, its awesome viewing wildlife while sitting in the adjacent lawn holding a cup of tea!! A must go place for all nature lovers!
The hotel was situated in outskirts of the city and I did not face any difficulty in reaching. The interior and exterior appearance of the hotel was good. The staff at the hotel were specialized and obliging. The room was spacious, dirt free and well-maintained with all the conveniences at good condition. I didn't face any delay during check-in and check-out. The food at the hotel was good. The money spent on the hotel was valuable within my budget. I would like to recommend this hotel to other travellers.
There was no any difficulty to reach the hotel but while booking we had problem because there was only four rooms. The appearance of the hotel was excellent and attractive. The room was spacious and well maintained. Had good view from room. I had very good quality of food at this hotel. There was no any delay during check-in and check-out. I visited this hotel with my friends for relaxation purpose in the month of February. There were no any activities and we had an elephant ride. And the hotel was value for money and once again if I get chance I will definitely visit the hotel and I had mind blowing experience. I will recommend to other travellers, but we need to book the rooms before three months.
Satisfy with hotel. It was conveniently located. It is in the forest so no shopping mall was there. Parking space was there. Staff behavior was good. They quick to attend all request. Interior and exterior was too good. Room was very well maintained. Food quality was very good. Veg and non veg food was provided. There was no delay during check in and check out. Swimming pool was there. It was family trip.
If you want to spend some time in heaven, just be there. A fantastic lodge by WB government. A cup of evening tea in front of rhino, sambar, gaurs, what else you want?. Experience the jungle life. The room was pretty fantastic. The food was delicious and healthy. They treat their guest like home. The chef was very friendly and wanted to know what we wanted in food. We love their humble hospitality. I will be there every time.
A known acquaintance of the Forest Department booked this Lodge for me from their office in SN Bose Road, and I faced no problem at check in and check out. This lodge is about 7-8 Kms inside the Jaldapara forest area. No doubt it was a good location. From the rooms one can see the animals roaming around as also they come to the river for drinking water; a nostalgic view. I stayed here for one day. There is a canteen from where food was taken. Since we were out the whole day, therefore, lunch was taken outside. The rooms and service was good. The staff behaviour was good and helpful; they would respond to our calls quickly and gave us good guidance for sightseeing. The rooms had a TV, chairs, table, etc. The food from the canteen was good. I made a visit with my friends to the forest in October 2012.
If you can get perfect jungle experience, then I suggest staying at Hollong lodge at Jaldapara Madarihat, Alipurduars. Recently Jan 2014, I was visited Jaldapara with my family and stayed at Hollong lodge for 2 night. It was marvellous experience about wildlife. We saw one horned rhino, bison, sambhars, peacocks and deer. We really wanted to see bunch of elephant and tiger but unfortunately we couldn't. Early morning thrilling elephant safari was so good enjoyable experience. Hollong lodge is situated 14 Km inside the Jungle and it is maintained by West Bengal Tourism. On line booking facility are available in WBTDC official site and booking open before 4 month from date. Double bed one room 2500/- per day, extra person extra charges, food charges 400/- (evening tea, snacks, dinner, bed tea, breakfast) compulsory per head. Lunch 150/- optional. A permit is required for visit to the sanctuary. Entry Fees to visit the park (Hollong) : 25/- Per head for Indian Nationals. 250/- Per light vehicle. Parking charges 25/-, 20/- Per still camera. 250/- Per video camera. Elephant safari is 600/- per head (Maximum 4 persons are allowed on each Elephant) and it first preference who stayed at Hollong lodge. Hasimara station to Hollong lodge dropping charges 500/- per car.
It is a nice place for stay. Rooms were well maintained and well managed. They were neat and clean with all basic amenities as TV, geyser, etc. I went there with my family. Hotel has cottage-type rooms as well as normal rooms, and I stayed at normal room. Food was okay. There was Bengali food available. Both veg and non-veg food was there. I stayed there for one night and two days. According to budget, it is worth money paid hotel. Hotel services were good. Car parking facility was also there. Garden and pool were there. Road was not in good condition and there was some maintenance work going on. Hotel location is average. I made my booking directly with the hotel. There were no problems in getting the rooms. Jaldapara as a tourist place is beautiful.
Superb hotel! It was a 2 days stay there. Food is of best taste and quality. Different varieties of veg and non veg are available there. Services are very good. Rooms are perfectly maintained. Those are neat and clean. Geyser is there but TV is not available. Cottage type rooms are not available there. Garden area is beautiful. Hotel is situated in deep forest. It is about 8 km inside the forest from road. It was an awesome experience there. Hotel appearance is nice. You have to go with prior booking there. Jaldapara is perfect place for tourism. It is definitely a money worth hotel and perfectly recommendable.
Top Reviews of Hollong Tourist Lodge
The Hollong Tourist Lodge is around 6 KM inside the Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary. The road is not good but the journey is excellent. The right side of 6km road is covered by fencing so that wild animal could not take on to the road. The Hollong lodge is good with big room and big bathroom. Specially 2nd floor VIP rooms are good. During night, number of animals like Elephant, Rihno, Byson, Deer used to come just in front of the lodge which is hardly 300 ft. away from the lodge to take taste of salt on salt pit. Animals come on phase-wise and ofcourse in group one by one. The sounds of animals breaks the silence in night and it\'s really adventourious and enchanting and it\'s really get frightened to the tourist. Forest officials have made an arrangement with big search light so that tourist can watch animals from their room only in night upto 11 p.m. After that no body is allowed to get out from thier room. Over-all, one night stay inside the jungle will be a memorable for life. Food is good, purely bengali food, and offers good quantity. Food comes with a package with morning breakfast and dinner. Two hour jungle safari is there. One can take Elephant ride in morning with six people together on an elephant starts from morning 5 o\'clock for two hours. Spend one night and two days insde the nature with fresh wild air coupled with presence of wild animal, peace and silence. A special gift for the tourist during stay is \'you will hear sound of flowing water on Hollong river\'
Hollong Tourist Lodge - a property of WBTDC, maintained by the joint efforts of WBTDC and WBFDC located 8 km inside Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary from the main gate on the highway at Madarihat. This property was established long back when the rooms were available to VIPs only but presently this property is open to all. There are 7 double bedded rooms for tourists and 3 rooms reserved for VIPs. Booking of rooms opens 120 days in advance. You must try from the first day of opening because it is very hard to get confirmation. The property is made of wood and provide you the feeling of being in jungle. The lodge is built up on high concrete pillars so that elephants cannot make any damage. There is a salt pit just in front of the lodge. Forest personnel place salt mixed with soil and other things which the wild animals love to eat. This salt pit attracts wild animals like gaur (India Bison), elephants, rhinos, deer and many birds throughout the day. One can sit by the salt pit and view all animals feeding. The creek of the Torsha river separates the lodge from the salt pit. The salt pit is even visible from the rooms. One can spot a wild fellow even from the rooms of the lodge. The elephant safari in Jaldapara is done from Hollong lodge. Tourists staying in Hollong get the preference and first priority. There is very rush and craze for the elephant safari from Hollong, so tourists staying in private hotels & resorts and other govt. lodges would hardly get the scope for the safari from Hollong. Food served and their service is really appreciable. I highly suggest this property if you have plan to spend nights in Jaldapara. One thing I must share that do not plan your trip as per your wish, it is better if you plan your trip according the availability if rooms in Hollong. This will confirm your stay in Hollong Tourists Lodge. Cheers...!
I stayed here for several time. September and April 2012 , March 2011, April 2010, November 2009, February 2008. First of all location wise (to spot Rhino, Bison , Elephant, Peacock , Deer , Parakit and many more ) it is the best Jungle lodge or forest bunglow acroos India. Once you are inside the Hollong tourist lodge you feel the Jungle and may see Rhino or bison within 10-15 Meter distance from the bumglow. In the afternoon and dawn Maximum time Wild animals coming to Saltlik and spend time there. In the evening and night you can see the elephant , rhino, bison from the Bunglow . They have very good Search light Arrangement. The elephant ride is the added advantage of the Bunglow. For elephant ride first preference always given to Those who are stayed at Hollong Bunglow , after that outsider may get chance of elephant ride. Stay here for a perfect jungle experience. Rooms and Toilet are big and cozy, food quality is good and the wonderful part is the elephant safari. The elephant safari is the unique experience and you will love it. Animals like deer, bison and rhinos can be seen from elephant and also from the view area from the lodge. There is a salt pit just beside the lodge, at night animals do come here, and the strong light focus from the lodge will make these animals visible, this experience is unique. Superb location to viewing the one horned rhinocerous at close quarters. You can visit South Kheyerbari leopard Rescue centre , Totopara , Chilapata jungle and Buxa Jayanti from here with a Day Excursion. Big Common area where you can see the animals at a stone through distance.Very tough to manage or get Booking. Though onlinebooking is there . you can go for direct booking through Little bit of Costly as it is govt guest house some part of Lack of maintenance. Always go for View room
it was absolutely unplanned trip. One of my friends had booked the holong tourist lodge for an extended weekend but had to opt out at the last moment. My husband insisted that we should take this opportunity and transferred the booking in our name. Though I was not totally convinced with the idea yet I agreed. After all marriage teaches you to be compliant. But I must say my husband turned out to be really smart and if I had not visited the place I would have made a fool out of myself. The holong tourist lodge was beautifully places amidst lots of green. As soon as we reached the spot we were greeted by not only the hotel staffs but also as many as 6 bisons. A few moments later there was a party of about 50 elephants busy licking the salt from the salt pit located just few inches away from the lodge. It was a visual treat. Soon they were joined by two rhinos. And as dark descended it created an enchanting atmosphere with eyes of the animals glistening, orchestrated symphony of cricket and beautiful breeze. This was just the beginning of our beautiful stay which was enhanced by good, clean rooms, 24 hrs hot and cold water and sumptuous food and not to forget the exciting elephant ride early in the morning. Overall the stay was fantastic and we are already planning to revisit the place.
it was really a wonderful experience staying in hollong tourist lodge , we checked in on 20th december at 1:15 PM and was a bit disappointed that we dint get room looking into the salt lick ... but decided to stay around the place all the time ... saw glimpse of an elephant at around 2 pm ... n then they hid behind the bushes . But we dint have to wait much for the big guys to show up , a huge herd of 20 elephants took over the salt lick at 4:30 pm ... n they thoroughly entertained us wid their activities till 5:15 .. one youngish female charged us thrice ... n a handsum young tusker wanted his photosession to be done properly ... they left the stage only for the gaurs to take over .. it was fun watching them rutting ... the people there used big spotters to spot animals after dusk .... later we saw 3 sambar deers as well , we stayed awake till 1 am in anticipation ...n was fortunate enough to spot a civet just under our window ....... next day took a jeep safari n spotted a sambar ... in the evening the gaurs showed up again ... rhesus monkeys were aplenty ... as my wife had slight respiratpry allergy we needed to go out to the town to buy meds .... on our way back at around 6:30 pm spotted 7 sambar deers on the road n saw the back of 4 elephants in the bushes ... as soon as we reached the lodge we rushed to the pit only to find the 4 elephants standing there like stone statues , used the spotter to take their snaps , later rhinos showed up .. at one point of time there were 4 gaurs , 7 elephants n 5 rhinos standing together on the salt pit , was really mesmerising .. Mr Sunil helped us a lot in spotting those animals ... it was 2 am , i thought i have seen ut all n was planning to go to bed ... suddenly felt a chill down my spine when i heard a growl just underneath my window in the resort garden ... a lil scared we went to look for wat it was .. gosh .. a medium size leopard with an injured paw was limping around .. next morning saw an osprey , steppe eagle , 4 hoary bellied squirrel , 1 porcupine , n the famous single tusker elephant of jaldapara in the salt pit ... couldn't believe my luck ... now about the resort ... the rooms were cozy n comfortable , n it protected us adequately against the biting cold outside ... the foodies were excellent n the service was beoynd expectation ... overall an excellent experience ... certainly will go back there ... have attached a picture of elephants in the salt pit just in front of the loadge