From Bagdogra airport to Lataguri, we used the prepaid taxi. It took us about 2 hrs 15 min for the drive to the Rose Valley Resort (cost- 1580 INR). The path to Lataguri after you get past Siliguri is awesome! It is a serene road lined with lush green fern beds on either side with the dense majestic jungle beyond. After you go past the ticket counter for the Gorumara national park, you turn on to a mud road and after a 10 min drive, will reach the Rose Valley resort.
Situated at the edge of the jungle, this resort stands out among the many other places on the way (we looked into 2 other places) and offers great forest views. The super deluxe room we had booked was very very spacious with 2 sit-outs (one overlooking the jungle and the other the gardens) and a changing area. The bathroom could have been neater but it is decent . It sorely needs some refurbishing. There is a bathtub too but it was dirty. The beds were hard. But the resort is well maintained. There are lovely gardens, small ponds etc. and it is a huge property. There is also a children's park.
It got completely dark around 5pm and the sounds of the jungle took over. It was a clear starry night and it was absolutely beautiful. At around 7.30 pm, they was a tribal dance show (bonfires are arranged too on request) which was ok. We got to see these shows for free as our cottage overlooked the stage! It is a very calm and serene place.
Given its remote location, though there are not much options here foodwise, you get excellent food. The dal and parathas were awesome and the prices are reasonable too. The service is good too. There is no internet access in the rooms but the manager was very helpful and lent us his Airtel data card (no other card works here) for an emergency. The travel desk is good and they help out with details on getting tickets to the safari for the Gorumara national park and also recommend other places nearby.
Right next door, there is Hotel Dreamland, a newly constructed hotel, which was just opened two weeks back. This might give the Rose Valley Resort some competition. But for now, the Rose Valley Resort is the best place in the region.
- Also Known As:
- Rose Valley Lataguri Forest Retreat Hotel Lataguri