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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wild Grass Resort – The Place to stay at Kaziranga National Park for a memorable Wildlife Experience!!

When I travel to national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, I go there to see the denizens of the forest and hence do not bother much about the accommodation. In fact, I hate to stay at flashy/luxury hotels when on a wildlife expedition. I feel they spoil the entire fun of being close to nature’s last remaining wonders.

However, having said that, I truly appreciate the enterprising company that some wildlife resorts bring together and it is such company that allow you soak in your day’s experience and make the evenings and dinner table conversations memorable.

One such wildlife resort that I have been very impressed with recently is the ‘Wild Grass Resort’ that ensures that you get the best Kaziranga experience. Wild Grass Resort is located about 5 kilometres away from the Central Range (Kohora village) of Kaziranga National Park in Assam. It is situated very close to the Kaziranga National Park’s buffer zone and is a good distance away from the noisy highway.

I stayed here for a good week earlier this month along with my friends during our Kaziranga travel loop. One thing that stands out about this wildlife resort is their hospitality and the pleasant demeanour of their staff. They are one of the earliest wildlife resorts to cater to the Kaziranga tourists and are still one of the most popular. In spite of being immensely popular, they have not given in to the luxury splurges that the stereotype tourists seek and have kept their style very niche.

The Wild Grass Resort, located in a huge green area with all flora well marked out has accommodation options right from Rs 650 through Rs 5000, though the rates vary with tourist seasons. The accommodation options are really comfortable, tastefully designed and offer various choices from a thatched hut lodge to independent cottages to luxury cottages. The dining hall is situated in the main building and offers excellent food options. Personally, I really liked their Assamese cuisine.

In addition to accommodation and food, the wildlife resort also has a very well organized jeep safari group to cater to the tourist’s wildlife needs. Each group is also provided the services of a very knowledgeable forest guide. In our case, we were provided with the services of Gokul and we were immensely happy with him. Not only was he super knowledgeable about his subject, but he was also very accommodating. The hotel also offer cab services to take the hotel members to other tourist and wildlife areas nearby. In fact, the wildlife resort does everything to ensure that your wish is granted.

I am so happy with Wild Grass Resort that I have decided to always stay here whenever I go to Kaziranga National Park. To anyone from the outside world interested in exploring Kaziranga, I would recommend this wildlife resort with multiple thumbs up.

If you are interested in contacting them for your accommodation and/or wildlife needs, you can email them at wildgrasskaziranga@gmail.com or call them at any of the following telephone numbers: 03776 – 262085 (Hotel Fixed Line), 91 – 9954416945 (Mobile Phone of Manju Barua or Dilip Gogoi) or 91 – 9435048403 (Mobile Phone of Deepak). For those interested in a package deal, I have heard from inmates I met at this resort that they offer some great package deals.



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