No other property can be as good as Hollong Tourists Lodge of WBTDC when you are in Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary in Dooars. Hollong Bungalow is the best place for accommodation of tourists in Jaldapara forest. The lodge was inaugurated and maintained by West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDC) located deep inside the forest. All private hotels & resorts and other Govt. lodges are located on either side of the highway through the Jaldapara except Hollong. The entry gate on the highway permits you to enter the jungle after showing required documents to the guards. The narrow road through the dense woods leads you to the beautiful lodge which is approx. 7-8 km inside the forest. The journey along the road itself is a kind of safari because you never know when an elephant or a Rhino would stand by gazing at you. A bison would cross the road suddenly or your way may be blocked by a herd of elephants. Yes, these all actually happened to me on my visits to Hollong Tourist Lodge. Whenever I visit Jaldapara, I make sure I get a room in Hollong because no other property can provide me this experience as what I get here.
Why should you stay in Hollong Tourist Lodge?
Staying in Hollong is an amazing experience for the wildlife photographers and the fellows who love wildlife. The lodge is located deep inside the dense forest with a salt pit just in front of it. Forest official go and place salt at the pit regularly to attract wild animals like elephants, gaurs (Indian Bison), one horned rhinos, deer like Chitals, Sambars etc. This is an amazing service by the forest personnel which enable tourists to spot the wild fellows of Jaldapara very closely. At night they would bring in high power flashlight to spot on the wild animals at the salt pit. The salt pit is so close to the lodge that one can even spot the wild animals from the front rooms and the sitting rooms. On request the forest personnel would bring the flashlight again and again to show the wild animals. Mr. Raju has been working there since long and he is the man who is always at your help. Whenever you want, he would bring the flashlight if it is charged. If Raju is busy with his work, Mr. Lakhopati, other forest personnel there would be there to show you wild animals very closely at night. The best part of Hollong lodge is that the lodge is not surrounded by any fence. It is all open around and wild animals can reach up to the entry gate of the lodge. I still remember my last visit in January, 2014 when a tusker literally put its trunk through the window inside the dining space to lift fruits from the table. We were really taken aback when some forest personnel were able to push that giant away. Staying in Hollong and spending a couple of nights is really memorable.
The elephant safari in Jaldapara is very popular and famous for spotting wild animals in the jungle. The forest department has been operating elephant safari from Hollong Tourist Lodge since long and presently they have also introduced elephant safari from Barodabari Malangi Lodge maintained by West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC). The safari from Hollong Bungalow is the best experience and only tourists staying in Hollong Tourist Lodge get the first priority for elephant safari from here. It is tough for the tourists staying in any private hotels & resorts to confirm a ticket for elephant safari from Hollong. Tourists staying in Hollong Lodge get the first preference, tourists staying in Jaldapara Tourist Lodge get the second preference and tourists staying in Barodabari Malangi Lodge (WBFDC) get the third preference. Presently tourists from Barodabari Malangi Lodge have got the option of safari from Malangi Lodge only but I have seen the rush and craze for safari from Hollong have not dropped.
Hollong Tourist Lodge Tariff
The tariff per double bed room in Hollong is Rs 2,500 per day. An additional bed will cost Rs 600. There are only 7 rooms for tourists and other 2 rooms are reserved for VIPs. The rooms are very spacious and give you the feel of being in forest. The cost of food is Rs 400 per head per day which includes B/F, evening tea & snacks and dinner. If one needs lunch, he is supposed to pay Rs 150 extra. Rooms in Hollong are really worth and luxurious. The dining space is decorated with wildlife photography and wall hangings which keep you reminded that you are in jungle.
How to Book Hollong Tourist Lodge?
One can book a room in Hollong tourists lodge online by visiting the WBTDC website. Rooms can also be booked from the WBTDC office located in BBD Bag area in Kolkata. Rooms are booked 120 days in advance. Make sure you try from the first day of opening because it is very hard to confirm a room provided the rooms are very limited. I highly suggest you Hollong Tourist Lodge in your Dooars Trip if you visit Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary.
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