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“Terrific stay”
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Wild Mahseer
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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72 reviews
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“Terrific stay”
Reviewed 17 September 2013

Lovely property, great food and good service. The only blight for us was a storm which took down the electricity and main generator lines, but then "Acts of God" cannot be helped I suppose. Would love to be back!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Dehradun, India
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

I know I am writing this a 'long long' time after we actually made the visit - I am talking about a visit well over three years ago. I didn't know about Trip Advisor then! Well, if a place leaves an impression after all that time, it is definitely worth a review. I love plantation bungalows - makes me wish I had been a tea garden manager! What a lifestyle they must have had. I still hear tales of tea garden yore from some friends who were posted in Assam and Darjeeling.
We stayed in the main bungalow. The bedrooms are huge, and our bathroom was large enough to hold a settee and an armchair! Service was excellent, as was the food which was well prepared and plentiful. The verandah is very spacious and a good place to relax and read. We took a walk around the tea plantation, had the basics of tea growing and blending explained to us, and naturally bought different flavours of tea leaves to take home. A lovely peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. However there is one discordant note in paradise. Do not take the boat trip on the river! The river is filthy and the boat a rickety relic of some bygone age. I was told blind dolphins swam in the river. They'd have to be blind to swim there! Lunch was a disgrace. I told the manager, at that time Durgadas Sarcar, that this river trip should never have been recommended or promoted by them. It was the only blot on a very enjoyable visit.
Readers, please remember this review is a trip made some time ago,and the dates which Trip Advisor insert in the 'When did you Travel' box give you no choice, and are not at all relevant.
If anyone knows of a job going in a tea or coffee plantation, let me know! Though I hear times have changed from the 'old days.'

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Reviewed 22 January 2013

What a find it was...right from the booking formalities to the check out we experienced top quality service. I had to reschedule the booking dates due to some personal emergency and Mr. Bijoy at Mumbai office helpwed me out with booking as well as the car booking. When I landed at Tezpur, the car was waiting for us to take us to the Missing Village for an ethnic Assamese lunch at the house of the Village Head's house. It was just delightful with varieties of pork, fishes, veggies, chicken and a domestically brewed rice wine which added the punch to the lunch.
We stayed in the Golden Tips Bungalow with two persons always ready to attend our needs. We got pampered for everything, right from having an umbrella ready for a stroll in the day to having torch for the evening walk to the Glass Houe. The Golden Tips was tastefully decorated with thematic handicrafts and we had plenty of coffee table side books and wildlife encyclopedias to browse through. In the evening we had an invitation to tea tasting session which we had not planned of and was a pleasant surprise. Mr. Durreez Ahmed (the manager) was kind enough to give us a call in time to attend this session which was being hosted for a group of tea-tourists. It was a rare experience right out of the Travel and Living Channel! Getting to know the tastes of the tea right from the comon CTC up to the best of Darjeeling. Then there was the mischief round, as they call it, where they brew the same tea with a different spice and one has to guess it from the flavor an dtaste. We figured the fennel, cardamom, honey-ginger, clove, mint etc. The session was particularly fun with the wonderful company of the tea-tourist group and Mr. Ahmed's presence.
The dinner was a never ending affair...delectable dishes just came on coming and coming...they had a nice collection of wines to choose from and served it along with starters in the grand luxurious lounge where we were spoilt with music wine and kebabs.
The next day was the village market day and someone had thoughtfully place the umbrella at the living room before we went out in the sun. The breakfast was stieting and every minute details were taken care of, like the preference of the egg preparation etc.
In the afternoon we got two bicycles as soon as we requested for them for a visit to the tea garden. The person (sorry, forgot his name) who accompined us on his bike was a perfect guide with knowledge of local wildlife, tea plantation nitty gritties.
The dinner as usual was grand affair and the library is good enough to happily spend a quite a few lazy mornings and afternoons going through encyclopedias, fictions, old photographs, journals and even some very interesting table top games.
All in all a dream place to be to recharge yourself away from the madding crowd. Its an unbelievable value for money as well.
Great place great people running it...awesome job...keep it up!

Room Tip: Heritage Bungalow is just out of the world. The other Bungalows are economic yet pretty luxurious an...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2013

A very quiet location off the beaten path, with monkeys running all around and the back gate leading right on to the tea plantation, or tea garden as they call it. Each bungalow has its own charm and garden; ours had 2 rooms and there was one other person in the other room for one night but otherwise we had the whole house to ourselves along with the two maids who looked after us. Delicious eals are included and are served in another building nearby, but "bed tea" (in the morning) and "afternoon tea" were both served to us in our room. Very old world and relaxing. Tea tasting is also an option.

Room Tip: All the bungalows are nice. The Heritage Bungalow is amazing but very expensive.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

The heritage bungalow is luxurious. My favourite spot was the huge verandah where we sank into large comfortable chairs and drank endless cups of steaming Assam tea. The house was decorated with lots of interesting china & curios; the library is specially good for browsing around. The bedrooms are huge and the bathrooms are the size of a Bombay's studio apartment, with excellent fittings. We were specially charmed by the thoughtful little touches that made it seem like home. For instance, not only was a music system available in the living room, but there was an eclectic selection of music cd's too. We found toothpicks in the bathrooms too. And every morning, even without asking, tables & umbrellas were set out on the lawn and stacked away come dusk.

The wonderful staff spoiled us rotten. Nothing was too much trouble for them and we had to urge them to take a break after assuring them we could take care of ourselves for the rest of the night.

Sadly even paradise is not perfect! Our group was taken aback and when we had unexpected guests for dinner one night. Apparently the manager had arranged for them to escape a rather noisy group in the common dining room and sent them over to dine with us at the bungalow, without informing us about it. We thought this rather high handed, as none of us would have said "no" had we been asked. Our visitors must've sensed our consternation too and felt quite awkward about it.

Also the boat ride down the Jai baroli river is a rip off! For the 13200/- that we were charged for 6 people, we expected more than being cramped in one rubber dingy, sitting upright on slim wooden planks for 2 hours and having lunch (which took about an hour to get ready as we watched our crockery being washed in the river) while standing around on the shore. A few folding chairs would not have been remiss. We feel that if Wild Mahseer is promoting this ride, it should have a printed tariff and encourage the operators to improve the quality of their service. And not to leave trash on the banks; which are beginning to be visible.

Yet all said and done, the serenity and olde world charm of Wild Mahseer ruled the day. I would definitely like to revisit and the next time, i will stay on longer.

Room Tip: If you're traveling in from one of the metros, don't try and reach Wild Mahseer the same day...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Kanpur, INDIA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2012

This is an exclusive property which was not as pricey as some of the others in this category are. We travelled to this place on impulse when our trip through Arunachal Pradesh had to be abandoned because of excessive rains. The place is inside a tea estate though not part of it. The estate however, can be accessed easily. The manager and his staff arranged for a trip to a nearby Mishing village and we had dinner at the house of the village President. The dinner and the conversations we had around it were fascinating. Vegetarians however, may not enjoy the dinner as it had a lot of pork dishes and locally brewed rice wine to go with it. The food at the property was also included in the price and was wonderful. We were the only guests at that time and so though we had booked one room at the Silver Tips bungalow, we had the whole bungalow at our disposal. The covered verandah is an ideal place to just sit and watch and hear the rain. Mobile networks do not work well, there is no internet or TV in the rooms. It all adds to recreate life as it used to be in a remote tea estate 150 years ago. The Saturday market nearby was also fascinating. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, the rooms were large and cosy. Go there if you want to escape.

Room Tip: The heritage bungalow is expensive and is currently being renovated. Silver tips is a good choice es...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

Determined to find somewhere different to celebrate some of our group's 60th birthdays, 19 friends and family from Australia and the UK ranging in age between 19 and 70+ met at Wild Mahseer for a magical 10 days of celebrations. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel not only like honoured guests but also friends of the family. Assam is off the usual tourist trial for Aussies and Brits so while we felt adventurous on the one hand, on the other, we were so well looked after and the accommodation and grounds were so beautiful that we felt we had arrived in paradise. The Heritage Bunglalow was spectacular, with sumptuous furnishings and books, photo albums and curiosities to ponder over when sipping on endless cups of wonderful locally grown tea. We would have spent more time relaxing but every day was a new adventure - wandering round the colourful local market, rafting down the Jia Bholori River, an early morning elephant trek in Kaziranga National Park, a visit to a tea plantation and factory, attending a service and dancing in a local monastry, a shopping trip for silks and curios in Tezpur, bird watching at dawn, visiting a local organic farm, witnessing Bihu dancing, cultural exchanges (dancing and singing) in local Mising and Nepali villages, buying wonderful fabrics woven by Mising women, and much more. Every day a beautiful breakfast, and every evening a feast when we returned from our day's exertions. An amazing experience for one and all. Thank you all at Wild Mahseer for a holiday of a lifetime

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Wild Mahseer
Address: Balipara Division, Addabarie Tea Estate | P.O Lokra, Sonitpur, off National Highway 52, Balipara 784101, India
Region: India > Assam > Sonitpur District > Balipara
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Balipara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wild Mahseer Tea Planter BungalowsAward Winning Heritage Home Stay – Where History Is Your Host!Wild Mahseer is a combination of old -world charm and gracious living, set in lush surroundings with a vast range of activities,which make Wild Mahseer the ideal getaway. Wild Mahseer is the perfect place to relax and be pampered between forays out to witness Assam’s breathtaking pristine scenery, discover its rare and abundant wildlife, meet its eclectic mix of people and savour its flavourful multi-cultural cuisine.There are 5 independent Bungalows with 14 spacious double bedrooms and suites with individually attached bathrooms.Every room is decorated with an array of exquisite ornaments, paintings and wall hangings personally selected and shipped from every corner of the world, highlighting the different faces of Asia and making the Heritage Bungalow a perfect place to experience the fast disappearing lifestyle of the British sahib and memsahib tea planters of Assam. ... more   less 
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