I stayed for just one night at Bansbari Lodge on a quick trip arranged through Jungle Travel in Guwahati. At first sight the lodge is a bit disheartening - concrete, grey and a bit uncared for in the front. One the plus side it is right at the gate of the park and after the dismaying front, the side beyond the dining room is much nicer with a lawn and trees.
My room had a basic concrete floor but it was large and reasonably clean with clean sheest and towels. There was a hot water geyser that worked reasonably well and a foam mattress that was a bit of a luxury compared with the usual very hard Indian style. The room was cleanly painted with no signs of monsoon damage. The furniture was solid wood and bamboo and of good quality. I did find one very large cockroach but as those things fly and there were no others, I think it was an outlier.
The lodge offers full board with buffet meals. There were very few guests so early in the season and it was uncomfortable eating on my own with several staff standing watching. The food was reasonable quality.
My cell phone didn't work there but that may have been the substandard Vodaphone network rather than a general issue.
I had prepaid for a jeep safari and the lodge arranged an elephant trek. They were both good but be aware that there are extra charges that get added to the bill. Not big but it would be better if they were notified up front. There was 300R for park entry for the jeep, 150R for a man with a gun who accompanied us and 50R camera charge each day. I saw a rhino and baby from the back of an elephant which was priceless so any complaint is minor.
Overall, Bansbari Lodge is good value for money and I was pleased with their arrangements. Don't go expecting a luxury lodge but something that is fit for purpose with facilities reflecting the reasonable cost.
- Also Known As:
- Bansbari Lodge Manas National Park, Assam