Hollong Tourist Lodge, Jaldapara
Ranked 3 of 19 hotels in Jaldapara
Phone Number 0353-2511974
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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, (be) 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 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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you can get perfect jungle experience, then I suggest staying at Hollong lodge at Jaldapara Madarihat, Alipurduars. Recently January 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 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.
Lodge is very good. I stayed there for two days. 24-hour hot water facility is present. Canteen food is mind-blowing. Both veg and non-veg food is present. Cottage rooms are not available. TV is present. Hotel is located right inside the forest. I did booking through a known person. Hotel services are satisfactory. Rooms are neat, clean and spacious. Non-veg is too good, just like homemade food. Hotel is recommendable to all. It takes almost 15 minutes from station to reach the hotel, so hotel location is great. Hotel is well constructed and well decorated. Jaldapara is an awesome tourist place. You have to place the lunch order before 9 o’clock in the morning. Food quantity is also nice.
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.
Hollong Tourist Lodge - a property of, maintained by the joint efforts of and 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 online booking 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.
Very good hotel, the service of the hotel was great and the staff was cooperative. The rooms were neat and clean and the food served was tasty. The location of the hotel was nice and it looks beautiful.
Hollong tourist lodge was located near to the railway station, food served in the restaurant was simple but we liked the taste, rooms were neat and got nice forest view. Appearance of the hotel was really good, staff was very friendly and their service were proper, we liked the activities arranged in the hotel. Overall it was an excellent stay and Jaldapara was an excellent place
Hollong Tourist Lodge is ranked #3 among the 19 hotels in Jaldapara with an average rating of 5.4 out of 7. It is one of the 6, 2-star Guest Houses in Jaldapara. It is part of the "West Bengal Tourism Hotels" chain of hotels in India. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 19 photos and 52 text reviews. it is rated top for its Location, Destination and Appearance.
The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,500 per night. to check availability or to avail complimentary breakfast, we recommend contacting the hotel to check if the final tariff includes it.
The ambience and the location of the hotel makes it a suitable option for variety of travellers. Group (36%) and Family (36%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 64% of guests enjoy the hotel's natural surroundings, whereas 18% have rated the ambience as relaxed.
Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of Oct, Nov and Dec for the best experience.
The hotel ensures you are well taken care of during your stay.
Other amenities include 24 Hours Front Desk, Doctor On Call, Parking Facility, Travel Assistance and Credit card acceptance. For checkin and checkout time, we suggest contacting the hotel.
If you are in need for airport transfers or require a car for sightseeing around the city or you have to do an early check-in, then we recommend contacting the hotel directly and requesting for these additional services. All of the available amenities ensure your stay is enjoyable and free from any hassles.
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